Los Lobos has been in the music-making business for 35 years, but the Mexican-American rockers aren’t showing any signs of slowing. The five-man band...

Los Lobos has been in the music-making business for 35 years, but the Mexican-American rockers aren’t showing any signs of slowing. The five-man band will hit the road early in 2009 for more than 20 concerts on a coast-to-coast jaunt that spans mid-January through May.

The band’s next concert is set for December 31 at the Rialto Theatre in Tucson, AZ, after which vocalist-guitarists David Hidalgo and Louie Perez will play a series of three solo shows in California on January 9 at Valley Opera House in Napa, January 10 at Poway Center for Performing Arts in Poway, and January 11 at James Armstrong Theatre in Torrance.

The first full-band show of 2009 is slated for January 22 at Kingsbury Hall in Salt Lake City, UT, with more performances following through a May 29 appearance at Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center in Santa Clarita, CA. Highlights for the U.S. tour include a March 22 set at Belly Up in Aspen, CO, and April 25 at One World Theater in Austin, TX.

The band began as Los Lobos Del Este Los Angeles in 1973 when principal members Hidalgo, Perez, Cesar Rojas (vocals/guitars), Conrad Lozaron (bass) and Steve Berlin (keyboards/saxophone) were still in high school, according to the band’s Web site. Though Los Lobos (The Wolves) released its debut album “Si Se Puede!” in 1976, the rockers didn’t break through until they recorded the soundtrack to “La Bamba” in 1987.

Los Lobos’s most recent studio record is 2006’s “The Town and The City,” which was primarily written by Hidalgo and Perez. The album focuses on a theme of immigration — a topic that the band found unavoidable because of its political spotlight at the time.

“As artists, we take our experience and put it into painting, stories or songs,” Perez explained in a statement. “Right now, when the world is in this incredible state of flux, it’s impossible for this experience not to affect your work.”

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Los Lobos itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)

December 31Tuscon, AZRialto Theatre
January 9Napa, CAValley Opera House *
January 10Poway, CAPoway Center for Performing Arts *
January 11Torrance, CAJames Armstrong Theatre *
January 22Salt Lake City, UTKingsbury Hall
January 23Portland, ORAladdin Theater
January 24Olympia, WASaturday Washington Center For Performing Arts
March 6Santa Cruz, CAThe Catalyst
March 7Stateline, NVHarrah’s Lake Tahoe
March 20Espanola, NMOhKay Casino Resort Hotel
March 21Durango, COFt. Lewis College Performance Hall
March 22Aspen, COBelly Up Aspen
March 23Butte, COCenter For The Arts Crested
March 24Beaver Creek, COVilar Center For The Arts
April 15Albany, NYWednesday Hart Theatre at The Egg
April 16Mamaroneck, NYThe Emelin Theatre
April 17Utica, NYStanley Theatre
April 18Morristown, NJCommunity Theatre at Mayo Center for the Performing Arts
April 24Braunfels, TXGruene Hall New
April 25Austin, TXOne World Theater
April 26Houston, TXHouston International Festival
April 29San Bernardino, CACalifornia Theatre
May 29Santa Clarita, CASanta Clarita Performing Arts Center

* David Hidalgo and Louie Perez only