A Los Lobos Tiny Desk Christmas Concert [VIDEO]

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Dec. 18, 2019 | Felix Contreras — When Los Lobos gathered behind the Tiny Desk, it felt like they were cramped in the back room of a family Christmas party. “The only thing missing today are the tamales!,” I told my office mates while introducing the band, a reference to a Mexican-American Christmas meal staple. The vibe in the room was definitely familia, with the presence of many long-time fans as well as folks who came for the holiday cheer, Lobos style.

The band called up tunes from the Latin Holiday song book, straight from their recently released, first-ever Christmas album, Llegó Navidad, a bilingual collection of songs from across Latin America and the U.S.

They kicked it off with an obscure novelty hit that was once popular in Latino households in the southwest, “¿Dónde Está Santa Claus?.” It was originally a lushly orchestrated affair that is now a “lowrider oldie.”

The new album’s title cut, “Llegó Navidad,” is actually a classic from the Fania Records catalog originally performed by the Puerto Rican composer and singer Ismael Rivera. Los Lobos retains its pan Latin callout to holiday celebrations across Latin America, set to a slow burning montuno groove.

The band adds a David Hidalgo and Louie Perez original to the Latin holiday songbook with “Christmas and You,” a plaintive ballad about desperate loss that we would easily call a carte vena (vein cutter). The great Mexican essayist Alma Guillermoprieto once wrote that it’s not a real Mexican party “until someone cries” and this song does the trick.

The party ends by sending everyone home, dancing with “It’s Christmas Time In Texas,” a song by the great Tex- Mex troubadour, Freddy Fender. It’s a Los Lobos scorcher, complete with accordion and good times that would get even abuelita dancing.

SET LIST
“¿Dónde Está Santa Claus?”
“Llegó Navidad”
“Christmas and You”
“It’s Christmas Time in Texas”

MUSICIANS
David Hidalgo: guitar, vocals; Louie Perez: percussion, jarana, vocals; Cesar Rosas: guitar, vocals; Conrad Lozano: bass, vocals; Steve Berlin: baritone sax, keyboards; Enrique “Bugs” Gonzalez: drums, vocals; Marcos Reyes: percussion

CREDITS
Producers: Felix Contreras, Kara Frame, Maia Stern; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio engineers: Josh Rogosin, Patrick Boyd; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Maia Stern, Kara Frame, Jack Corbett; Editor: Morgan Noelle Smith; Executive producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Catie Dull/NPR

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