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.

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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 31 Tuscon, AZ Rialto Theatre
January 9 Napa, CA Valley Opera House *
January 10 Poway, CA Poway Center for Performing Arts *
January 11 Torrance, CA James Armstrong Theatre *
January 22 Salt Lake City, UT Kingsbury Hall
January 23 Portland, OR Aladdin Theater
January 24 Olympia, WA Saturday Washington Center For Performing Arts
March 6 Santa Cruz, CA The Catalyst
March 7 Stateline, NV Harrah’s Lake Tahoe
March 20 Espanola, NM OhKay Casino Resort Hotel
March 21 Durango, CO Ft. Lewis College Performance Hall
March 22 Aspen, CO Belly Up Aspen
March 23 Butte, CO Center For The Arts Crested
March 24 Beaver Creek, CO Vilar Center For The Arts
April 15 Albany, NY Wednesday Hart Theatre at The Egg
April 16 Mamaroneck, NY The Emelin Theatre
April 17 Utica, NY Stanley Theatre
April 18 Morristown, NJ Community Theatre at Mayo Center for the Performing Arts
April 24 Braunfels, TX Gruene Hall New
April 25 Austin, TX One World Theater
April 26 Houston, TX Houston International Festival
April 29 San Bernardino, CA California Theatre
May 29 Santa Clarita, CA Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center

* David Hidalgo and Louie Perez only