Los Lobos started its life 40 years ago as a band with a mission: to take the influence of traditional music from Mexico and fuse it with the influence of music from this side of the border. In the process, the band offered an incredibly significant artistic distillation of the Mexican-American experience, in particular the barrios of East Los Angeles, where most of the band members spent their formative years.
Los Lobos has never abandoned its modus operandi, and the result of that unflinching artistic integrity has been a body of consistently invigorating and genre-stretching work. One of the band’s finest albums – “La Pistola y El Corazon,” released in 1988 – became the impetus for a bold new venture, which finds Los Lobos teaming with Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Carlos Moreno for an evening of seamlessly integrated song and dance. Members of the Ballet Folklorico had been dancing to the “La Pistol” album just for the fun of it. Then founder Carlos Moreno Samaniego hatched a plan to take the Lobos/Ballet union to the next step, by planning a program wherein the band and dancers would share the same performance space.
Los Lobos and the Ballet Folklorico Mexicano will offer a program featuring Los Lobos pulling songs from throughout their storied catalog, while the dancers interpret that music in real-time at 7:30 p.m. March 3 in the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts. A pre-performance talk is at 6:45 p.m. Tickets are $27-$47 (box office, Tickets.com). Visit ubcfa.org.
- Jeff Miers