Celebrating their 40-year anniversary, Los Lobos brought their highly recognizable blend of Tex-Mex Rock-n-Roll to Albany’s Hart Theater inside The Egg at the Empire State Plaza. Over 500 fans joined the seemingly ageless Los Lobos in what turned out to be one fine fiesta.
The first set consisted mostly of tunes from the Los Lobos early years. “Ay Te Dejo En San Antonio” from the EP …and a Time to Dance, “Will the Wolf Survive?” from How Will the Wolf Survive? and “Set Me Free (Rosa Lee)” off By the Light of the Moon were all hits for the band in between 1983-1987. Other highlights included “Little Things” and “Burn it Down”, which featured David Hidalgo performing a blistering accordion solo. Set one finished up with a more recent dance tune titled “Tin Can Trust”.
Set two featured songs from the 90’s, including crowd favorite “Kiko & The Lavender Moon”. Other notables were “Don’t Worry Baby” and “Pigfoot Shuffle”. Probably the most memorable tune of the evening was a fantastic version Neil Young’s “Cinnamon Girl” played during the encore. Hidalgo’s crisp and unique voice added a pleasant twist to an already timeless classic.
For those that didn’t get a chance to see Los Lobos this time around or for those who simply didn’t get enough, Hidalgo and vocalist/guitarists Cesar Rosas will both return to Albany to take part in the Experience Hendrix Tour scheduled at the Palace Theater on March 28. The pair have performed on the tour since 2010.
Set 1: Got to Let You Know, How Much Can I Do?, Ay Te Dejo En San Antonio, Will the Wolf Survive?, Set Me Free (Rosa Lee), Little Things, Burn It Down, Chuco’s Cumbia, Tin Can Trust
Set 2: Dream in Blue, Forty Thousand Headmen>Maricela, Manny’s Bones, That Train Don’t Stop Here, Tears of God, Pigfoot Shuffle, Kiko & The Lavender Moon, Volver, Volver, Don’t Worry Baby, Mas Y Mas
Encore: I Got Loaded, Cinnamon Girl (Neil Young cover)