David Hidalgo & Louie Perez | Maurer Hall, Old Town School of Folk Music | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

David Hidalgo & Louie Perez All Ages Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Recommended

When: Sat., Nov. 19, 7 & 10 p.m. 2011

For nearly four decades David Hidalgo has shared front-line duties in Los Lobos with Cesar Rosas, but it's percussionist Louie Perez who's always been Hidalgo's key songwriting partner, both in that band and in their more experimental side project, the Latin Playboys. The two of them started writing together as high school students, more than five years before they formed Los Lobos; in 2010 they released The Long Goodbye (Gonzolandia/Big Stink Research), a delightfully sparse session where they play a selection of previously unreleased tunes. As usual their songs cover a considerable range—Tex-Mex stompers, poignant folk-rock, urbane honky-tonk—but there are also surprises like the vivid spoken-word piece "In 1964," which recounts the experience of growing up in Latino east LA, using evocative details like homemade tortillas, watermelon trucks, the smell of cooking beans, and checking out Thee Midniters. Tonight's concerts are especially appealing not only because the duo will traverse their large, unbelievably strong repertoire in an intimate setting—with support from drummer Cougar Estrada and bassist Juan Perez—but also because they'll discuss their shared history. Few rock bands that have lasted as long as Los Lobos have remained as relevant, and while they've made some duds through the years, they always emerge from every misstep with new energy and ideas. —Peter Margasak

Price: $34-$38

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