I had written a rather lengthier piece about the magnificent Los Lobos show at the Santa Monica Pier last night, but somehow it didn't publish, nor did it save to my Blogspot account. Serves me right for growing cavalier where I once saved along the way to MSWord, religiously.
Sadly, I won't be putting the effort into recreating it tonight, but here's some set highlights (and there were really nothing but highlights):
"Don't Worry, Baby"
"Saint Behind the Glass"
"I Got Loaded"
"Come On, Let's Go" (Ritchie Valens)
"The Fat Man" (Fats Domino)
Forerunner Willie G dropping in to sing back-up on "This Town" and lead on his "Is That All There Is?" in his classic, bluesy soul style
"Cinnamon Girl" (blistering)
Rave-up medley of "La Bamba" (Valens again) and "Good Love" (Lovin' Spoonful).
David Hidalgo is clearly a gifted songwriter, accordion player and guitarist, and in that last capacity does a mean Carlos Santana among many other accomplished styles. Yet my heart belongs to Cesar Rosas who anchors the opposite end of the stage (they looks great at bookends, with Rosas a lefty so that their guitars seem to frame the band perfectly) with his Link Wray sound, similarly in black shirt and shades. Rosas was the one who reached out most to the audience, getting us to clap along and having a great time.
For the last couple numbers they had two kids onstage dancing in place, a little girl of maybe 3 in long dress and hair ribbons, and a boy of possibly 7 dapper in black shirt and jeans (Hidalgo handed him a set of maracas during the last number). I'm guessing they're children of band members.
In any case, they captured the open, joyous spirit of the band and the show, got some beautiful memories for themselves, and maybe in another ten or twenty years they'll be a band themselves, carrying the band's spirit unto the next generation.
Maybe that'll be how the wolf survives.