Kimmel Center's Philly ¡En Vivo! Concert Series to Continue with Los Lobos, 11/2

Kimmel Center continues its new Philly ¡En Vivo! concert series with three time Grammy©-winning East Los Angeles-based Mexican pop rock band Los Lobos. The band celebrates their 40th anniversary with La Pistola Tour arriving in Philadelphia on Sunday, November 2 at 8 p.m. at the Merriam Theater. The all-acoustic performance celebrates the release of La Pistola y El Corazon and also features new works from their latest album release, Disconnected in New York City.

After the commercial success of their cover of Mexican folk standard "La Bamba" in 1987, Los Lobos decided to pay tribute to their Mexican acoustic music roots with the release of 1989 Grammy©-winning album, La Pistola y El Corazon. Since then, the band has continued to deliver solid recordings that explore their Mexican folk roots of traditional Tejano and Mariachi folk songs, mixed with pop rock elements.

Tickets are available for Los Lobos La Pistola Tour and can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999, online at kimmelcenter.org, at the Kimmel Center Box Office, Broad & Spruce Streets (open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.).

Los Lobos is the second performance part of Philly ¡En Vivo! concert series, which celebrates the innovative soundscape of Hispanic music with progressive artists whose creative spirit are moving music beyond traditional borders.

Formed in 1973, Los Lobos today includes members David Hidalgo, Louie Pérez, Cesar Rosas, Conrad Lozano, and Philadelphia-born Steve Berlin. Known for their rock and roll sound combined with authentic Latin instruments and melodies, the group has released 20 albums and contributed to countless soundtracks. Their latest album, Disconnected in New York Citym is a subtle acoustic exploration, tracing the band's traditional Mexican origins.

Los Lobos (Spanish translation: "the wolves") received critical success with the 1984 break out album,How Will the Wolf Survive?, which examines their musical place and Mexican influences in the mainstream world. Named one of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time" (Rolling Stones), How Will the Wolf Survive? solidified the band's presence in mainstream culture, drawing parallels between a National Geographic exposé on the survival of wolves and their own musical survival.

Los Lobos has shown their musical versatility through the years. Most recently, the band performed alongside Neil Young and Crazy Horse in Europe, and through the years have toured with U2, the Grateful Dead, and Bob Dylan. Los Lobos has composed soundtracks, such as Desperado (1995)featuring Antonio Banderas, and performed music in La Bamba (1987), based on musician Ritchie Valens' life. In 2009, they performed a remix of classic Disney songs, entitled Los Lobos Goes Disney.

Los Lobos is the winner of three Grammy awards: they have been recognized twice in the Best Mexican-American/Tejano Music Performance category for their song "Anselma" and 1989 album La Pistola y El Corazon; as well as Best Pop Instrumental Performance of "Mariachi Suite" in the 1995 film Desperado. In 2011, the band received a Grammy nomination for their performance of "Do the Murray," from Tin Can Trust album.

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