LOS LOBOS Mt. Tabor Theater, Portland, OR (1999)

Mt. Tabor Theater,
Portland, OR
(June 30, 1999)
Latin Music’s Coolest Export… Live.

From my hard drive to yours. Can’t remember where I scored this (thanks…) and can’t tell you much about it beyond the obvious, but fans should enjoy this nearly two hour show recorded live in Portland, two weeks before the release of This Time. The sound is clear, but be aware there are issues, mostly guitar levels and feedback, which you’ll hear the soundman wrestling with throughout the show. Los Lobos were considered cool back in 1984 for their authentic, roots/Mex spin on rock and roll. Later, they got downright excellent with 1992’s Kiko, which sported a rare radio hit for the band. But, Los Lobos became essential listening when they revamped their entire formula to incorporate junkyard percussion and lo-fi aesthetics into the amazing (almost anti-commercial) Colossal Head (HERE). They’ve been one of my favorite bands ever since. Check out this show’s unusual selection of material, including Traffic’s “40,000 Headmen” & “Dear Mr. Fantasy,” Richard Thompson’s “Shoot Out The Lights” and The Grateful Dead’s “Bertha.” Not to mention “La Bamba,” a song these guys probably wish by now they’d never heard, played here to the tune of “Like A Rolling Stone,” using Jimi Hendrix’s Monterey Pop arrangement of the Bob Dylan’s anthem. Now that’s cool! We’ve got more Lobos (including some rare solo projects (HERE) in the archives.

Intro (1:57)
This Time
Oh Yeah! (4:33)
Run Away With You (6:46)
Colossal Head (5:11)
Cumbia Raza (4:45)
Buzz Buzz Buzz (2:49)
Don’t Worry Baby (4:51)
Someday (3:55)
I Got Loaded (5:05)
Jenny Got A Pony (3:47)
Dream In Blue > (7:48)
Up The Line > (3:37)
40,000 Headmen > (3:07)
Dear Mr. Fantasy (5:37)

Let’s Say Goodnight (6:32)
Ay Te Dejo En San Antonio (2:44)
Shoot Out The Lights (6:52)
That Train Don’t Stop Here Anymore (13:53)
La Bamba (4:22)
Bertha (7:57)


  • Art Ducko
    June 30, 2009 - 04:42 | Permalink

    Another great band to listen to. We had the privilege of seeing them play last month at the Memphis in May fest. They came on before Elvis Costello & grooved that crowd right there in the rain. They even encored with a great version of "My Generation". A funky time was had by all.

  • Anonymous
    June 30, 2009 - 05:56 | Permalink

    I was at this show! It was an invitation-only gig promoted by Marlboro during the heyday of their "Marlboro Miles" promotional thingamagig. Got tix through a local indie record store. The soundman was having an off night, to be sure, but Mt. Tabor isn't a first-class venue in the least. Louie Perez had so much trouble getting his guitar to sound right he walked off stage a quarter of the way through the show, not to return until later in the encore. Still, the boys soldiered on in an aggressive fashion and tore the roof off with the Richard Thompson cover at the end. Good stuff & thanks for sharing.

  • Dr. Prophecy
    June 30, 2009 - 18:04 | Permalink

    Thanks Mr. W! This will make for a great soundtrack while I'm at work tonight. You *do* know what I like!

  • Capt. Willard
    June 30, 2009 - 20:04 | Permalink

    Thanks for the great details Anon.

  • Anonymous
    June 30, 2009 - 23:14 | Permalink


    Check the liner notes for Dylan's "Biograph", where he mentions "Like a Rolling Stone" growing out of the La Bamba riff. So are they consciously doing it to the tune of La Bamba, or does their version just sound like it's antecedent?


  • Capt. Willard
    June 30, 2009 - 23:27 | Permalink

    Cool tidbit, thanks. LL's version is clearly based on Hendrix's Monterey version, but Hendrix's version was also somewhat based on Dylan's original, so it's not like they're completely dissimilar. The elements are certainly connected. Thanks for the comment.

  • drfeelgoed
    June 30, 2009 - 23:44 | Permalink

    Thanks, great one.
    I saw LL in Bangkok many years ago, part of their La Bamba Hit tour, one of the best concerts I've seen here.

  • philip
    July 1, 2009 - 00:02 | Permalink

    Thanks Willard…great post

  • shadreck
    July 1, 2009 - 04:08 | Permalink

    Thanks for this post. Regards

  • winkingtiger
    July 1, 2009 - 05:49 | Permalink

    Great post! Coincidentally, the only other live Los Lobos recording I've ever heard was also from Portland… Maine! (1997)

  • Anonymous
    July 2, 2009 - 11:01 | Permalink

    Looking forward to hearing this. I've been a fan ever since I was in a Tokyo record store and heard Colossal Head and had to know who was making this amazing music. Finally getting to see them this summer in Amsterdam (the perfect venue for ahem.. ambience)
    Thanks for the sterling service sir/madam!
    Harry FLowers

  • Willard
    July 9, 2011 - 19:24 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • October 21, 2011 - 12:34 | Permalink

    I saw them open for Mellencamp a few years ago and was completely surprised by their chops as a jam band.

    • Willard
      October 21, 2011 - 12:52 | Permalink

      Most people (without your erudite education, of course) think of Los Lobos in only one way. Since LL haven’t been on the radio much since Kiko, many still think they’re the “La Bamba” band. These guys have traveled a lot of back roads since then.

  • Iggy
    October 31, 2012 - 16:13 | Permalink

    Another great Portland connection by some of our nicest local residents. Thanks so much.


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