Thunder and lightning and buckets of rain. In the hotel lobby bar of the Doubletree Hotel, members of Los Lobos are hanging out, waiting the word on whether their headlining set at the Houston International Festival is canceled. Outside the window is a strobe-lit storm from a B movie.
These men have played together for 40 years, from the flea markets of Pico Rivera to the top tier of festivals much bigger than this one. The appearance fee’s been paid, there’s the NBA playoffs on TV; why not just take the night off? But the mood in the lobby bar is one of desire. To play! Every ominous message relayed from one of their roadies is met with a sigh.
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Pachanga Latino Music Festival
When: Friday and Saturday. Los Lobos headlines Saturday.
Where: Fiesta Gardens, 2100 Jesse E. Segovia St.
Cost: $39 for Friday, $65 to $143 for a two-day pass, $39 to $75 for Saturday. Kids 12 and younger free with a ticketed adult.
Coming up: Look for more on Pachanga Fest in Thursday’s Austin360.