The journeyof Los Lobos began in 1973, when David Hidalgo (vocals, guitar, and pretty much anything with strings), Louie Perez (drums, vocals, guitar), Cesar Rosas (vocals, guitar), and Conrad Lozano (bass, vocals, guitarrón) earned their stripes playingrevved-up versions of Mexican folk music in restaurants and at parties. The band evolved in the 1980sas it tappedinto L.A.’s burgeoning punk and college rock scenes. They were soon sharing bills with bands like the Circle Jerks, Public Image Ltd. and the Blasters,whose saxophonist, Steve Berlin, would eventually leave the group to join Los Lobosin 1984.Early on, Los Lobos enjoyed critical success, winning the Grammy® for Best Mexican-American Performance for “Anselma” from its 1983 EP …And a Time to Dance. A year later, the group released its full-length, major-label debut, How Will the Wolf Survive?Co-produced by Berlin and TBone Burnett, the album was acollege rock sensation that helped Los Lobos tie with Bruce Springsteenas Rolling Stone’s Artist of the Year.Amajor turning point came in 1987 with the release of the Ritchie Valensbiopic,La Bamba. The quintet’s cover of Valens’ signature song topped the charts in the U.S. and the U.K.Rather than capitalize on that massive commercial success, Los Lobos instead chose to record La Pistola y El Corazón, a tribute to Tejanoand Mariachi music that won the1989 Grammy® for Best Mexican-American Performance.Thatkindof sharp artistic turn has become Los Lobos’trademark, serving to both fuelthe band’s creativity and keepits fans engaged.In 1992, that willingness to defy expectations led them to record Kiko, an adventurous album produced by Mitchell Froom that’s considered by many to be one the band’s very best. Since then, Los Lobos has continued to deliver daringand diverse albums such as Colossal Head(1996), Good Morning Aztlán(2002), The Town and the City(2006), Tin Can Trust (2010) and Gates of Gold(2015). On top of that, the band’slive shows never disappoint, as documented on the recent concert recordings Live at the Fillmore (2005) and Disconnected in New York City (2013). Through the years, they’ve managed to keepthings interesting with unexpected side trips like an album ofDisney songs in 2009, along withcountlesscontributions to tribute albums and film soundtracks. One of those –“Mariachi Suite” from the 1995film Desperado–earned the band a Grammy® for Best Pop Instrumental Performance. Los Lobos has sold millions of records, won prestigious awards and made fans around the world. But perhaps its most lasting impact will be how well its music embodies the idea of America as a cultural melting pot. In it, styles like son jarocho,norteño,Tejano,folk,country, doo-wop, soul, R&B, rock ’n’ roll and punkall come together to create a new sound that’sgreater than the sum of its parts.