Los Lobos - 11pm show - 12/31
at City Winery Chicago
- 10:30 pm
- 11:00 pm
*VIP tickets include a 5 course dinner and wine pairing. Menu listed below.
*11:00pm show includes a complimentary champagne toast.
More than three decades have passed since Los Lobos released their debut album, Just Another Band from East L.A. Since then they’ve repeatedly disproven that title - Los Lobos isn’t “just another” anything, but rather a band that has consistently evolved artistically while never losing sight of their humble roots.
For Tin Can Trust - Los Lobos’ first release for Shout! Factory (released August 3, 2010) and first collection of new original material in four years - the venerable quintet reconnected directly with those roots by returning to East L.A. and recording at Manny’s Estudio, “in a rundown neighborhood,” says Los Lobos songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Louie Pérez. “That took us out of our comfort zone and allowed us to do what we hadn’t done in quite some time: to play together in the same room, as one. This was not about putting your feet up; this was about working.”
“This was a no-frills studio,” adds David Hidalgo (guitar, violin, accordion, percussion, vocals). “We didn’t even have a couch to sit on; we had to bring one in.”
“We went into that studio and the first day everyone was asking, ‘Does anyone have any material?’” recalls guitarist/vocalist Cesar Rosas. “So I said, ‘Well, I have a couple of songs.’ Then Dave started hitting the keys and he came up with something, and then Louie followed. That’s the way everything worked out; that’s the way we made this record.”
“What I liked about making this album,” says Hidalgo, “was the spirit of it: nobody said no to anything. If you had an idea, OK, try it. Just go for it and see where we end up.” “It felt more like a group effort,” agrees bassist/vocalist Conrad Lozano. “We went into the studio with no ideas and worked some out. Before, everybody would come in with a finished product.” That unified vision and strong work ethic are evident in each of the 11 tracks comprising the self-produced Tin Can Trust, but so is something even greater, “an intuitiveness,” says Pérez, “that happens only from being in a band for so long.”
Reception Wine – Chandon Brut
Amuse: Ceviche Shooter: coconut milk, citrus, shrimp, whitefish, salmon, toasted hazelnuts, corn tortilla ribbons, micro cilantro Champagne Pairing: Marguet Pere et Fils Blanc de Noirs Champagne, Ambonnay, France – Pinot Noir / Pinot Meunier
1st Course: Roasted Baby Beet Salad- candied walnuts, herbed goat cheese, mache, aged balsamic. Pairing: 2012 Bisson Rosato, Ligura, Italy - Ciliegiolo
2nd Course: Lobster & Kabocha Bisque – winter pumpkin, pepita gremolata & black garlic cream. Pairing: 1992 Kistler ‘Durell Vineyard’, Sonoma Coast, California – Chardonnay or 2011 Eyrie Estate, Willamette Valley, Oregon - Chardonnay
3rd Course: Pan Seared Corvina- wild jasmine rice, sunchoke chips, haricot vert,tomatillo-nopal salsa Champagne Pairing: 2010 Foillard Cote du Py, Morgon, Beaujolais, France - Gamay
4th Course: 12oz All Natural Bone In Rib Eye- roast baby carrots, heirloom bliss potatoes, bacon lardon, “Mexican truffle” ragout, port-sauce. Pairing: 2010 Yorkville Cellars, Mendocino Ridge, California – Cabernet Sauvignon
5th Course: Vanilla Mascarpone Mousse Cake – Kahlua chocolate cake, vodka glaze, cocoa nibs. Pairing: 2011 Vajra Moscato d’Asti, Piedmont, Italy - Moscato