"Stories in Song": Los Lobos' David Hidalgo and Louie Perez Play Intimate Acoustic Set
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“With the exception of U2, no other band has stayed on top of its game as long as Los Lobos.” —Rolling Stone
Irvine Barclay Theatre is delighted to present David Hidalgo and Louie Perez, the principal songwriters of the legendary roots/rock band Los Lobos, in Stories in Song.
In this very special night of intimate acoustic music, Hidalgo and Perez will offer a departure from the larger-scale Los Lobos shows and will shine a light on the creative process of their songwriting. After experiencing a set of their most memorable tunes, as well as original never-recorded compositions, Hidalgo and Perez will return to the stage, for what will prove to be an entertaining and thought -provoking discussion with the audience, moderated by Oscar Garza, editor of Tu Ciudad. It’s an evening of amazing music and an opportunity to be a part of a lively conversation with two of music’s finest songwriters.
David Hidalgo and Louie Perez have known each other nearly all of their lives. They started jamming and writing songs together when they were both in high school in East L.A., cruising around the neighborhood and absorbing musical influences that would flower in a band they called Los Lobos (Spanish for “the Wolves”).
It didn’t take long for critics to notice their unique roots-rock sound and sensibilities. And decades later, they’re still noticing Los Lobos’ ability to create fresh, innovative material. Rolling Stone recently acknowledged Los Lobos’ power and impact with the comment, “With the exception of U2, no other band has stayed on top of its game as long as Los Lobos.”
“The creative intuition we have comes from years of work, and of course, our friendship underscores everything we do,” Perez says. Los Lobos has won three Grammy awards and recorded several hit singles, including a cover of Richie Valens’ “La Bamba,” which hit No. 1 in 1987. Many more critically acclaimed projects followed, including the 1992 release, Kiko, “a quirky yet emotionally gripping album,” (Rolling Stone) featuring compelling narratives penned by Hidalgo and Perez.
Using musical molds built on the blues, rockabilly, jazz, Latin and their own Mexican-American heritage, Hidalgo and Perez have challenged their fans with thought-provoking lyrics and consciousness -raising topics. Their compositions have been recorded by acclaimed artists such as Waylon Jennings and Bonnie Raitt, and have been widely used in films by filmmakers including Wim Wenders, Robert Rodriguez and Robert Altman.
Singer-guitarist David Hidalgo was born on October 6, 1954, in Los Angeles. In addition to Los Lobos, he’s a member of the supergroup Los Super Seven. He’s also formed a band with Mike Halby of Canned Heat, which they’ve named Hounndog. Hidalgo frequently contributes accordion and guitar to other artists’ releases as well; he’s collaborated with Paul Simon (Graceland); Elvis Costello (harmony vocal on King of America); John Lee Hooker (multiple projects); Dolly Parton (Treasures); Tom Waits (multiple projects); and Roy Orbison (King of Hearts). He has performed at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival twice, an honor bestowed upon only the most talented of guitarists.
Louie Perez was born on January 29, 1953, in Los Angeles. His main side project is the Latin Playboys, an experimental band he formed with Hidalgo in 1994. The pair composed all of the material for the band’s self-titled (and critically-hailed) 1994 album, as well as Dose, which followed in 1999. A master guitarist and drummer, Perez is also a gifted lyricist. Regarding the sources of his inspiration, Perez says, “It comes from the deep well of experience from growing up in East Los Angeles as a starting point, and then moves out into the rest of the world.”
Oscar Garza (Moderator) brings more than 20 years of journalism experience to his post as editor-in-chief of Tu Ciudad, a Los Angeles magazine. During his 15-year tenure at the Los Angeles Times, Garza served for eight years as editor of Daily Calendar and supervised the Calendar’s contributions to The Times’ Latino Initiative. Calendar’s Latino coverage was recognized with the Raul Julia Award for Public Service from the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts. For his final two years at The Times, Garza was deputy editor of the Los Angeles Times Magazine. He has written extensively about music and Chicano art, including stories about Los Lobos and Rickie Lee Jones for the Los Angeles Times Magazine, and artist Adán Hernandez for Texas Monthly. His R&B fable, “Land of 1000 Dances,” was published in 2006 in the journal of Popular Music, by Cambridge University Press.