Jonah Smith, Shawn Jones
33157 Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano, CA, 927675
Doors 6:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
Los Lobos, the Grammy-winning East L.A. band, is on tour this summer in support of a brand new studio album. The new release, titled Tin Can Trust will hit streets on August 3, 2010. The band’s summer schedule brings them coast to coast, including a run of select shows with John Hiatt & The Combo. A complete list of currently confirmed dates is included below.
With Tin Can Trust—Los Lobos’ first release for Shout! Factory and first collection of new original material in four years— the venerable quintet once again redefines itself and expands its scope, while never losing sight of where they come from. And, like so much of Los Lobos’ previous work, Tin Can Trust is an album that speaks to the time and place in which it was conceived; the album’s title can be traced back more than a century, but for the band, it’s apt for the rickety state in which so many of us find ourselves—and our world—today.
The 11 tracks on Tin Can Trust offer the perfect balance of Los Lobos’ parts: the band’s lineup has remained uninterrupted since 1984, when saxophonist/keyboardist Steve Berlin joined original members Louie Pérez (guitar, drums, vocals), David Hidalgo (guitar, violin, accordion, percussion, vocals), Cesar Rosas (guitar, vocals) and Conrad Lozano (bass, vocals), each of whom had been there since the beginning in 1973.
Seven songs on the album are distinguished and genius Hidalgo-Pérez collaborations, including the opening track “I’ll Burn It Down,” which features a guest vocal harmony from blues-rocker Susan Tedeschi. Three others were written in whole or in part by Rosas – including the album’s two Spanish-language numbers: the cumbia “Yo Canto” and the norteño “Mujer Ingrata” – and display Los Lobos’ signature seamless infusion of Mexican folk songs into rock music. Also included in Tin Can Trust – a cover of the Grateful Dead’s “West L.A. Fadeaway” – offering a nod to the bands’ shared history that extends back into the 1980s when the Angelenos befriended and opened shows for their northern peers.
As with every new recording Los Lobos makes, Tin Can Trust moves Los Lobos into yet another new dimension while simultaneously sounding like no one else in the world but Los Lobos. Los Lobos’ unified vision and strong work ethic are evident throughout the self-produced album, but so is something even greater: “an intuitiveness,” says Los Lobos songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Louie Pérez, “that happens only from being in a band for so long.” As Rolling Stone once wrote, “This is what happens when five guys create a magical sound, then stick together for 30 years to see how far it can take them.”
Jonah Smith is that rare musician with the range to write the simplest folk song or an orchestral arrangement and his eight albums of original material display a wealth of American music history that has delighted critics and concertgoers for years. The New York Times perhaps said it best: "Mr. Smith's folk songs are equally well suited to downtown lounges and rural front porches." His latest record, "In The Kitchen" (July 2013) is a mostly acoustic album made with guitarist, Andy Stack. The two musicians spent two days running wires and taping microphones to ceilings in Andy's kitchen in Queens, NY. The idea was to make a record from start to finish with no outside help. The result is an alarmingly high fidelity recording of eight songs that range in topic from love to politics. As a performer, Smith has toured for the last decade on three continents. He has been invited as a guest vocalist with some of his heroes including Los Lobos and Little Feat. As a songwriter he has won an IMA in the folk category for his song "My Morning Scene". At the end of 2012, Smith relocated from Brooklyn to Los Angeles where he now resides. Jonah will be performing songs from his new album assisted by long-time associate, the multi-instrumentalist, Andy Stack.