East L.A.'s legendary band Los Lobos
L.A.'s favorite sons, Los Lobos, are hosting a Cinco de Mayo festival with a cast of dozens at the Greek Theatre this Saturday. You could try drawing a Venn diagram to connect all the friends and family on the bill, but it would get pretty complicated.
First of all, you've got another veteran L.A. band, X, who were label mates with Los Lobos in the '80s on Slash Records; then there's indie chanteuse Neko Case, who featured some of the Lobos on her 2009 album, "Middle Cyclone"; there's the Austin-based rocker and balladeer Alejandro Escovedo, who has shared many a bill with The Wolves over the years; recently added to the show is Tex-Mex accordion legend Flaco Jimenez, who played with Cesar Rosas and David Hidalgo in the ad hoc band Los Super Seven; and for good measure there's an actual familial connection with Mariachi El Bronx, which includes one of Hidalgo's sons, Vincent.
"It's like all of us meeting up in a backyard for a tardeada," says Lobos' guitarist and songwriter Louie Pérez, referring to the traditional Mexican afternoon party that typically includes music, food, and drink.
Adding to the festivities is a second stage on the Greek Theatre grounds that will feature music by local bands such as Santa Cecilia, Ollin, and the .44s with Kid Ramos.
The show starts at 4 p.m. Ticket info here.