In a musical landscape littered with “genreless” artists, Los Lobos stand out as fusionist pioneers with an undying love of experimentation. Rising out of ’70s-era East LA with a repertoire that blurred blues, roots and Mexican folkloric sounds, the group scored a Grammy before their major label debut (1984’s How Will the Wolf Survive?
) and reached the masses in 1987 with a chart-topping cover of Ritchie Valens’ classic “La Bamba.”
Touted by critics for their surreal 1992 album Kiko
, the band returns to Gruene Hall for an evening sure to be peppered with eclectic favorites spanning four decades, along with hidden gems from their latest (2015’s Gates of Gold
) and hopefully the whimsical 2009 tribute Los Lobos Goes Disney
. Fans can help shape Thursday’s set list by requesting songs at loslobos.org
$35, Thursday, November 9, 8pm, Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Road, New Braunfels, (830) 606-1281, gruenehall.com.