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Los Lobos Cinco De Mayo Festival - Greek Theatre - May 5, 2013

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Los Lobos began their headlining set with a series of folkloric songs, drawing heavily from their classic album La Pistola Y El Corazon. As the concert progressed, it was great to see the band switch fluently between a plethora of genres. Their cover of the recently deceased George Jones' "He Stopped Loving Her Today," featuring Max Baca on bajo sexto and Rick Treviño on lead vocals, was gorgeous. Pedal steel guru Robert Randolph joined the ensemble for "Mas Y Mas" and a cover of "Purple Haze," and Kinky helped out on "Kiko And The Lavender Moon." Although it began to rain during the latter half of the show, the crowd remained faithful until the end.

See also: On the 20th anniversary of seminal album Kiko, a look back at Los Lobos' early days

Los Lobos' decision to host a festival has been a great look, allowing them to pay homage to artists they have influenced and have been influenced by. It also ensures that they will remain relevant around these parts for years to come.

Personal Bias: I'm a San Antonio-raised Tejano lover

The Crowd: Old school chicanos and their familias.

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