Performances by Guinga, Paco De Lucia and
Salif Keita Complete Series
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2006 at 8 PM
Presented by the Los Angeles Philharmonic
East Los Angeles rockers Los Lobos make their debut appearance at Walt Disney Concert Hall, commencing the 2006/2007 World Music Series on Friday October 13, 2006 at 8 p.m. Performing both acoustically and plugged-in, Los Lobos plays selections from their 13th full-length album, The Town and The City, as well as other music from their acclaimed career.
Los Lobos' career kicked into high gear in the summer of 1987 with the release of La Bamba. Los Lobos' cover of the title track shot straight to #1 on the Billboard Singles chart, remaining there for three weeks, transforming Los Lobos into mainstream stars. However this "overnight success" arrived 14 years after the band's inception. What started as a group of schoolmates gathering to play traditional Mexican music in the early '70s, launched a distinctive career that has prevailed for over three decades. From traditional Spanish and Mexican music, to rock, folk, jazz and even psychedelic sonic experimentation, Los Lobos has successfully redefined their sound, collecting three Grammy awards and consistently topping the charts. Their latest Hollywood Records release, The Town and The City, expands upon their roots-rock sound, and as the title suggests, serves as a reflection of "the city" - Los Lobos' experiences growing up in East L.A. - and "the town" - a nostalgic reminiscence of back home, a counterbalance to the hustle and glow of the boulevard. Ben Wener, music critic for the Orange County Register, calls The Town and The City "one of Los Lobos' all-time best."
The 2006/2007 World Music Series at Walt Disney Concert Hall continues with Brazilian songwriter and guitar virtuoso Guinga, who performs with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, on Friday, December 1, 2006. Internationally recognized master of Flamenco guitar, Paco de Lucia, performs on Sunday, February 4, 2007, and Malian superstar Salif Keita, often called the Golden Voice of Africa, performs on Saturday, April 28, 2007.
LOS LOBOS began as Los Lobos Del Este Los Angeles in 1973, having since evolved into a respected artistic entity searching for themes and topics that are an interpretive pulse of our times. Using musical molds built on the blues, rockabilly, jazz, Latin and their own Mexican-American heritage, Los Lobos have never beat their fans over the head with politics or agendas. Instead, they subtly challenge them with conscience-raising songs and thought-provoking lyrics. Their latest release,The Town and The City, does just that. Told in the first-person, each song serves as an episodic step in a journey that travels over emotional peaks and valleys. The centerpieces of the album - "The City" and "The Town" - serve as urban reflections of immigrant arrivals. Most of the thirteen songs are co-written by Louie Perez and David Hildago; Cesar Rosas contributes two songs. Every song says something significant about the mysterious journey that creates a new life in a society much different from where it began. The release of The Town and The City marks a highly anticipated event at this stage of Los Lobos' illustrious career.
The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, under Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen, presents the finest in orchestral and chamber music, recitals, new music, jazz, world music and holiday concerts at two of the most remarkable places anywhere to experience music - Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. In addition to a 30-week winter subscription season at Walt Disney Concert Hall, the LA Phil presents a 12-week summer festival at the legendary Hollywood Bowl, summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and home of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. In fulfilling its commitment to the community, the Association's involvement with Los Angeles extends to educational programs, community concerts and children's programming, ever seeking to provide inspiration and delight to the broadest possible audience.
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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2006 at 8 PM
WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL, 111 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles
Steve Berlin, saxophones, percussion, flute, midisax, harmonica, melodica
David Hidago, guitars, accordion, violin, banjo, vocals
Conrad Lozano, bass, guitarron, vocals
Louie Perez, drums, guitars, percussion, vocals
Cesar Rosas, guitars, mandolin, vocals
Tickets ($33 - $85) are on sale now at the Walt Disney Concert Hall box office, online at LAPhil.com, or via credit card phone order at 323.850.2000. A limited number of $10 rush tickets for seniors and full time students may be available at the Walt Disney Concert Hall box office two hours prior to the performance. Valid identification is required; one ticket per person; cash only. Groups of 12 or more may be eligible for special discounts for selected concerts and seating areas. For information, please call 323.850.2000.
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Adam Crane, 213-972-3034; Lisa Bellamore, 213.972.3689; Photos: 213.972.3034