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Los Lobos in town Friday night on their 40th anniversary tour

BEAVER CREEK — The Vilar Performing Arts Center presents Los Lobos Disconnected: the 40th Anniversary Tour, tonight at 7:30 pm.

Few bands can maintain longevity and evolve their sound over the course of 40 years. Los Lobos have not only withstood the test of time, they have redefined themselves several times along the way, establishing their reputation as one of the most historically innovative and indelible rock bands.

“In 1973, when we first formed,” said band member Louie Pérez. “We were four guys from east L.A. who were friends from high school who played in local rock bands.”

The group began investigating its roots and infusing traditional Mexican folk elements into the sound, creating music that didn’t just rock, but that also celebrated the members’ heritage.

Their first album, “Just Another Band from East L.A.,” debuted in 1978, and the group has been nonstop ever since. Perez, the band’s drummer, once called their powerhouse mix of rock, Tex-Mex, country, folk, R&B, blues and traditional Spanish and Mexican music “the soundtrack of the barrio.”

Their first huge hit was a cover of Ritchie Valen’s “La Bamba.” Other recognizable favorites include “Donna,” “Come On Let’s Go” and “We Belong Together.”

The east Los Angeles band that crafted a signature blend of rock, Tex-Mex, blues, soul, country and folk has since repeatedly disproven that they are not “just another” anything, but rather a band that has consistently evolved artistically while never losing sight of its humble roots.

Tickets to Los Lobos are $58. Details and tickets available online at vilarpac.org, by phone at 970-845-8497 or in person at the VPAC Box Office in Beaver Creek.

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