Posted in music | tour dates on July 7, 2010

Los Lobos

"Grammy Award winning roots-rock band Los Lobos has decided to cancel their scheduled performance at The Talking Stick Resort on June 10th, 2010. The band has made this decision based on the current call to boycott Arizona in response to SB 1070.

Through their management, Los Lobos issued the following statement: "We support the boycott of Arizona. The new law will inevitably lead to unfair racial profiling and possible abuse of people who just happen to look Latino. As a result, in good conscience, we could not see ourselves performing in Arizona. We regret the inconvenience this may have caused the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community, Casino Arizona, Talking Stick Resort and our fans, but we feel strongly that it is the right thing to do."

The members of Los Lobos are Steve Berlin, David Hidalgo, Conrad Lozano, Cesar Rosas and Louie Perez."

The Mexican-American band are longtime supporters of immigration rights: Their 2006 LP The Town And The City touches on the subject pretty directly. When that album came out, this is what the band's Louie Perez has to say about the immigration issue...
Well, I can't ignore it. I don't think anyone can not be affected by it. Of course, Mexican-American people are more sensitive to it, but you just turn on the news at 11, I don't care where you live, you're going to know about what's going on.

I didn't set out for the record to be about immigration, but it started to go into that direction. I always go back to my neighborhood when I write songs, and in this case it was tempered by what was going on in the news. I was also thinking of the sacrifices my parents made when they came to the U.S. and the fact that if they hadn't crossed the border, I wouldn't be sitting here talking to you. I wouldn't have a career. I wouldn't have Grammys. I wouldn't have all these things that have happened in the spirit of the American dream.

Los Lobos will be releasing a new album, Tin Can Trust, on August 3rd through Shout! Factory. That's the artwork above. On that same Tuesday, they will play a record release show at Bowery Ballroom in NYC. Tickets are on sale at noon.

Robert Plant is also coming out with a new album this year, a David Hidalgo-Louie PĂ©rez song included...

Robert Plant takes an eclectic dive into Americana roots music on Band of Joy, his first new album since 2007's surprise hit, Raising Sand with Allison Krauss. The album was recorded in Nashville with an all-star group of musicians and is due Sept. 14 on Rounder Records.

Band of Joy finds Plant putting his unique stamp on a wide variety of source material, including versions of Los Lobos' "Angel Dance," "Silver Rider" and "Monkey," both by Minnesota indie "slowcore" band Low, and the Kelly Brothers' 1960s soul classic "Falling in Love Again." [The Star]

Los Lobos will be touring this summer across North America. All tour dates are below...

Los Lobos - 2010 Tour Dates
Saturday, July 10 Santa Barbara Bowl Santa Barbara CA @
Sunday, July 11 Greek Theatre Los Angeles CA @
Wednesday, July 14 - Thursday, July 15 Minnesota Zoo-Weesner Amphitheatre Apple Valley MN
Friday, July 16 Sioux Falls Jazz Fest Sioux Falls SD
Saturday, July 17 Grand Targhee Resort Alta WY
Friday, July 23 Door Community Auditorium Fish Creek WI
Saturday, July 24 Hillside Festival Guelph ONT
Tuesday, August 3 Bowery Ballroom New York, NY
Wednesday, August 4 Clayton Opera House Clayton NY
Thursday, August 5 Thursday At The Square Buffalo NY
Friday, August 6 Flood City Music Festival Johnstown PA
Saturday, August 7 North Carolina Museum of Art Raleigh NC
Sunday, August 8 Birchmere Alexandria VA
Thursday, August 12 Sandia Amphitheatre Albuquerque NM #
Friday, August 13 Arvada Center Arvada CO #
Saturday, August 14 Chautauqua Auditorium Boulder CO #
Saturday, August 21 Rodney Strong Winery Healdsburg CA #
Sunday, August 22 Mountain Winery Saratoga CA #
Monday, August 30 PNE Centre Vancouver BC #
Wednesday, September 1 Winspear Centre For Music Edmonton ALB #
Thursday, September 2 Jack Singer Auditorium Calgary ALB #
Friday, September 3 Casino Regina Show Lounge Regina Sask #
Friday, October 8 Folly Theater Kansas City MO
Wednesday, October 13 University of California - Davis Davis CA
Sunday, October 17 - Sunday, October 24 Rhythm & Blues Cruise San Diego CA
@ w/ Steve Miller Band
# w/ John Hiatt & The Combo

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Comments (6)

Los Lobos are Awesome...'nuff said!

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2010 1:23 PM

I guess all touring bands not from the States could have boycotted playing in the US the last 10 years or so, based on this country's war incursions into Iraq and Afghanistan.

But they didn't. Possibly because they realized that many, if not most Americans, did not support the administration's war mongering. Many, if not most, residents of Arizona do not support that state government's new laws meant to stop illegal immigration. It's not fair to punish the residents for the mistakes of the state government.

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2010 2:19 PM

I'm super excited about Thebes Robert plant album. His earlier release was way under rated.

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2010 3:12 PM

". His earlier release was way under rated."

Which earlier release? His last album won Best Album at the Grammys or something

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2010 3:20 PM

Plant covers Low = cool or weird or interesting

Posted by Jack | July 7, 2010 4:07 PM

I remember when everyone boycotted South Africa, during the apartheid years. It made sense then. I don't know if it makes sense any more.

The purposes of an Arizona boycott boil down to trying to send a message to that state's government that commerce is threatened if their policies are not changed. Will touring bands' boycotts make enough of an impact on local economies to do this? Perhaps.

What's a shame is the venue owners, often independents, are impacted terribly. This goes above and beyond the disappointment of fans hoping to see their fave artists.

Many of us were trained from our teenage years to boycott things that didn't seem right to us, but I'm just not sure it's effective.

I certainly see why Los Lobos, a Chicano band, would have a vested interest in the Arizona legislation. As for the likes of Conor Oberst et. al, it just sounds like sophomoric prattle.

Posted by LKJ | July 7, 2010 4:51 PM

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