For the members of Los Lonely Boys and Los Lobos, the title of their current Brotherhood Tour couldn’t be more apt.
“It’s like a freakin’ dream
come true, man,” says LLB bassist JoJo Garza, “ ... like (working with) Santana ... and Willie Nelson,” which the sibling trio from Texas has also done. “To actually be out there together, man, and doing it with (Los Lobos) is an honor for us. It’s very big to us.”
Los Lobos saxophonist Steve Berlin, meanwhile, reports that “so far it’s been going great. I think the
audiences are in harmony, as are the bands and the crew and everything. It’s obviously not a giant reach across for anyone to get from one band to the other, really. We’re in a similar (musical) vein, and so far it’s been really pleasant.”
Garza says he and his brothers, guitarist Henry and drummer Ringo, were not familiar with Los Lobos growing up but became familiar with the East Los Angeles group via the soundtrack for the 1987 film “La Bamba.” “We were like, ‘Who’s singing these songs?’” Garza recalls. “Then we started finding out what they do and everything.”
Berlin, meanwhile, remembers playing with LLB at a festival in Corpus Christi before their Grammy Awardwinning major label debut in 2004. But except for running into each other at the Latin Grammy Awards, he says they haven’t spent appreciable time together until this tour.
“We end up playing with each other, which was not unexpected,” he says. “They come out on ‘Mas Y Mas’ and (Willie Dixon’s) ‘I Can’t Undertand.’ Usually when we go out with them it’s a crapshoot; they kind of decide on the fly. But it’s been a blast.”
LLB is currently promoting its third major label album, “Forgiven,”
released in July. Los Lobos, meanwhile,
has one more album — covers of songs
from Walt Disney films — on its current deal with Hollywood Records and
is plotting its next move, while Berlin
produced the upcoming album by former Mavericks frontman Raul Malo.
Los Lonely Boys and Los Lobos perform at 8 p.m. Sunday (Aug. 10)at the Meadow Brook Music Festival on the campus of Oakland University, Rochester Hills. Tickets are $32.50 pavilion, $15 lawn. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.
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