THE MAVERICKS & LOS LOBOS
October 13, 2022 - 8:00 PM Add to cal
Two of America’s most renowned and exciting live bands, The Mavericks and Los Lobos, will journey north of the border for two special performances in Canada this fall. The award-winning, fan-favorite artists will play in Hamilton at the FirstOntario Concert Hall on October 13, 2022.
ABOUT THE MAVERICKS
“The Mavericks are capable of doing everything from rock & roll to Tex-Mex to jazz & soul…
a breathtaking collective that can do anything – everything, really – better than the rest. …
The big band sound of the … wildly eclectic group …is an earthy but globetrotting place...
[It’s impossible] not to get up and dance.” – Rolling Stone
“The Mavericks are a stomping, rowdy band that mix country, Latin, and rock & roll, creating the kind of music that makes you want to get off your ass and celebrate life while you still can.”- Vice
Widely respected as one of the most dynamic live music bands in the country, with a passionately dedicated fan base that embraces their genre-bending eclecticism, THE MAVERICKS will now be returning to the road with an added multi-cultural/bilingual energy added to their musical melting pot. Soon after the GRAMMY, ACM and CMA winning band recorded their first Spanish language album 'En Español’, the unexpected COVID-19 pandemic interrupted plans to quickly bring these additional high-energy songs to the stage. But now, after a #1 chart debut, extensive best of the year picks from NPR, Rolling Stone and many more, and both longtime fans and Latin music lovers new to the Mavericks embracing the album, the Miami born, Nashville based touring road warriors plan to integrate the highlights of these distinctive take on Latin music classics, as well as new Mavericks originals into their live set alongside many of their longtime greatest hits and Raul Malo’s penchant for unexpected reverential covers. A sure highlight of these new live set additions will be perfect summer song “Por Ti (Yo Quiero Ser)”- an up-tempo, horn extravaganza from the band’s just released “En Español Edicion Deluxe” album.
“The Mavericks are America’s greatest live dance band... Even if you're dance-challenged, it’s hard to resist moving your hips, feet or arms to the infectious rhythms of the Mavericks whether the vibe is Mexican, tango, R&B, rock, blues, country, western swing or unclassifiable. Listing the highlights… of their outstanding concerts… is like writing out the entire set list” – Minneapolis Star Tribune
“This is one of America’s sharpest bands… whose sound is synonymous with a good time… a wild, woolly and wonderful showcase of the group’s singular, irresistible style. Traversing the breadth of their eclectic, genre-blind catalog [and] the velvet-wrapped, honey-dipped, bourbon-soaked voice belonging to Raul Malo, which wraps itself lovingly around lyrics full of feeling. To hear the singer croon, is to witness one of music’s most life-affirming spectacles. …When the Mavericks lock into an irresistible groove, the band seems to be speaking to one another — and to the audience — through their instruments; sizzling guitar licks, piano runs and squeezebox solos abounding…. a melting pot musical extravaganza making America’s concert venues shake with satisfaction night after night.” – Dallas Observer
ABOUT LOS LOBOS
The journey of Los Lobos began in 1973, when David Hidalgo (vocals, guitar, and pretty much anything with strings), Louie Perez (drums, vocals, guitar), Cesar Rosas (vocals, guitar), and Conrad Lozano (bass, vocals, guitarrón) earned their stripes playing revved-up versions of Mexican folk music in restaurants and at parties. The band evolved in the 1980s as it tapped into L.A.’s burgeoning punk and college rock scenes. They were soon sharing bills with bands like the Circle Jerks, Public Image Ltd. and the Blasters, whose saxophonist, Steve Berlin, would eventually leave the group to join Los Lobos in 1984.
Early on, Los Lobos enjoyed critical success, winning the Grammy® for Best Mexican-American Performance for “Anselma” from its 1983 EP …And a Time to Dance. A year later, the group released its full-length, major-label debut, How Will the Wolf Survive? Co-produced by Berlin and T Bone Burnett, the album was a college rock sensation that helped Los Lobos tie with Bruce Springsteen as Rolling Stone’s Artist of the Year.
A major turning point came in 1987 with the release of the Ritchie Valens biopic, La Bamba. The quintet’s cover of Valens’ signature song topped the charts in the U.S. and the U.K. Rather than capitalize on that massive commercial success, Los Lobos instead chose to record La Pistola y El Corazón, a tribute to Tejano and Mariachi music that won the 1989 Grammy® for Best Mexican-American Performance.
That kind of sharp artistic turn has become Los Lobos’ trademark, serving to both fuel the band’s creativity and keep its fans engaged. In 1992, that willingness to defy expectations led them to record Kiko, an adventurous album produced by Mitchell Froom that’s considered by many to be one the band’s very best.
Since then, Los Lobos has continued to deliver daring and diverse albums such as Colossal Head (1996), Good Morning Aztlán (2002), The Town and the City (2006), Tin Can Trust (2010) and Gates of Gold (2015). On top of that, the band’s live shows never disappoint, as documented on the recent concert recordings Live at the Fillmore (2005) and Disconnected in New York City (2013). Through the years, they’ve managed to keep things interesting with unexpected side trips like an album of Disney songs in 2009, along with countless contributions to tribute albums and film soundtracks. One of those – “Mariachi Suite” from the 1995 film Desperado ¬– earned the band a Grammy® for Best Pop Instrumental Performance. Los Lobos’ love letter to the city of Los Angeles as their album Native Sons (2020), returned the band to the Grammy winner’s circle with Best Americana Album of 2022.
Los Lobos has sold millions of records, won prestigious awards and made fans around the world. But perhaps its most lasting impact will be how well its music embodies the idea of America as a cultural melting pot. In it, styles like son jarocho, norteño, Tejano, folk, country, doo-wop, soul, R&B, rock ’n’ roll and punk all come together to create a new sound that’s greater than the sum of its parts.