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ARTS

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The Michigan Daily

Friday, April 3, 1987

Pag97

Diligent Los Lobos triumphs al

By Alan Paul
Los Lobos is the hottest band in
America. After several years as
college radio and club circuit
heroes, the band is the rock and roll
toast of the media, with features in
Time, Rolling Stone and Musician
magazines. Their recent release,By
the Light of the Moon , has already
been proclaimed by many as the
album of the year.
The members of Los Lobos
possess a rare ability to match
poignant social commentary with
catchy danceable melodies, and to
mix rollicking blues stomps,
soulful ballads, and traditional

ethnic musics. They manage to
make such diverse elements blend
together and work beautifully,
somehow creating highly original
music from familiar and proven
stylistic sources.
A large part of the band's
success stems from the fact that
they have been playing together for
almost fifteen years. Co-leaders
Cesar Rosas and David Hidalgo go
back to seventh grade. These guys
don't come across as rock stars but
rather as a bunch of buddies who
make music together. They look
like the paunchy, working class
Mexican American fathers that they
are (or were). It's just that their
work is playing rock and roll

music.
It would be possible at this
point to write Los Lobos off as
another promising band who sold
out for the big time, who turned
their normal guys image into
legend status a ta Springsteen. But
that would be myopic. Rather, let's
applaud the fact that the good guys
have won one, a band which truly
deserves it is receiving critical and
popular acclaim.
In1973, after individually doing
time in Top 40 bands, the members
of Los Lobos came together, intent
on discovering the Mexican folk
music they grew up hearing though
mostly ignoring.
"We were just rock and roll

musicians and we discovered this
stuff," drummer Louie Perez told
Musician. "All of a sudden it was
like we lifted a rock and there was
this incredible life teeming under it.
At that time everyone was into
Clapton. Man, Clapton couldn't
even get near what these people
were doing."
For eight years the band
remained all-acoustic,
all-traditional, learning how to play
ever more Mexican instruments
such as the bajo sexto, vihuela, and
guitarron. In 1980, Los Lobos had
a gig playing a Mexican restaurant
six nights a week, four hours a
night. Growing bored of playing
the same thing, they began to add

electric instruments and play a wide
variety of music ranging from
samba to Hendrix covers to surf
music and, of course, Mexican folk.
At the time, Hollywood's "new
music" scene was thriving. Los
Lobos sent a tape to the Blasters,
who asked them to open for them at
the legendary Whiskey A Go-Go.
The new music crowds were
impressed by the band's obvious
sincerity and ability to mix razor
sharp blues numbers with polkas
and Mexican ballads; the traditional
Mexican acoustic band soon found
themselves becoming a popular
rock club attraction.
Los Lobos' debut EP ...And a
Time to Dance garnered them a
grammy for Best Mexican -
-American performance. Their first
album How Will the Wolf Survive?
received much critical praise and

last
propelled them to a tie for best band
with a certain Bruce in Rolling
Stone's 1984 Critic's Poll. They
backed Paul Simon on one cut
ofGraceland. And now they have
become the most critically
acclaimed band in the land by
proving that it is possible to think
and dance at the same time.
Zydeco wunderkinds Terrance
Simien and The Mallet Playboys
open the show at 8, less than two
weeks after burning up the Blind
Pig dancefloor. This band is a true~
delight, particularly for those
neophytes unititiated to the joys of
zydeco, that good time Louisiana
gumbo of cajun, blues, and soul
music. Don't come late. Tickets are
$14.50 and available at the box
office, Schoolkid' s Records, PJ' s
Used Records, and all TicketMaster
locations.

Four to dance at McIntosh

By Jose-Arturo Martinez
We're approaching the end of an -
other academic year, and with it the
annual year-end concerts. Therefore,
this is the time of year that the
University's dance department
showcases its students in various

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giving them their last opportunity
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Tonight and tomorrow night,
undergraduate seniors Joy Grad,
Tracy Journee Thornton, and
Jennifer Weiser as well as graduate
student Greg Patterson, will present
eight original works in Patterson,
Grad, Weiser and Thornton Dance
in concert at the School of Music
McIntosh Theatre. The format will
consist of some form of a group
and solo work that each dancer has
created.
Gregory Patterson will present
The Nature of Womyn, a narrative
group work that takes a feminist
perspective in exploring the

female's role in traditional male-
dominated society and women
helping each other towards
independence. His solo work,
Waiting My Turn, on the other
hand, is a self portrait of his
experiences as a waiter,
daydreaming of life as a dancer.
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Crimson, and flows both with and
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