Photos and review: Los Lobos at the Boulder Theater - Reverb

Live review: Los Lobos @ the Boulder Theater

With classic folk hits like “Volver,” “Anselma,” and “Guantanamera,” Mexican-American rockers Los Lobos wow’d a sold out Boulder Theater Friday night with what was advertised as an “all acoustic” set.

But it wasn’t acoustic at all.

Never to be caught without his Roy Orbison shades, front man Cesar Rosas also won’t leave home without his amp or left handed Fender strat. He must have not gotten the message that the show was going to be all acoustic — much to the benefit of the crowd.

When the night finished, no seat was taken — because they had all been pushed into the aisles to make room for dancing.

Even though Los Lobos retired their version of “La Bamba” from the set list years ago, the dedicated fans always go to the show and secretly hope to hear it. They are never disappointed because the aged and seasoned Los Lobos always deliver new surprises as they did Friday, highlighting the show with famed covers of Buddy Holly’s “Not Fade Away” and the Grateful Dead’s “Bertha.”

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Evan Semón is a Denver freelance writer and photographer and regular contributor to Reverb. See more of his work.

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  • John J. Wood

    I’m sorry, but this is a seriously pedestrian review.  I’ve been seeing Los Lobos since 1986, and I do not look for La Bamba every night; plus, the band still plays it on occasion, mixing it in with “Good Lovin'”  If Evan actually knew the band and done some research, he would have recognized the rare version of “Angels With Dirty Faces” (done as a fan request) or the extended take of the “Neighborhood”, or the stretch run of “Dream In Blue” > “10,000 Headmen” [Traffic] > “Maricela”.  Yes, there were a couple of cumbias, plenty of polkas, and 115 minutes of great music.   Yes, there were some electric overtones, as Caesar Rosas played electric guitar at times, and Conrad Lozano played electric bass in spots.  the occasional-electric tones made this a bit different from the 2005 tour when the band played a fine two-set show at the Fox (3/22/2005).  However, like the Fox that night, Friday night was a high quality evening of music.  Also a shout out to Halden Walford & The Hi-Beams for their fun country opening set.