Arts & Entertainment

Los Lobos, Los Lonely Boys

PORTLAND -- Heat up your summer with some spicy Latin melody July 18 and make the trek to Portland for the Los Lobos and Los Lonely Boys concert at the Oregon Zoo.

Showtime is 7 p.m. at the zoo's amphitheater.

"Both Los Lonely Boys and Los Lobos are amazing musical talents, and not just in Latin rock," said Krista Swan, event coordinator for the Oregon Zoo. "They have a remarkable ability to incorporate blues, rockabilly, jazz and Latin music into their sound."

Los Lonely Boys were discovered by Willie Nelson a few years ago. So impressed by their sound, Nelson supported them by letting them record their debut album at his Austin, Texas, studio. That album, Heaven, went multiplatinum, and the trio of brothers, Henry, JoJo and Ringo Jr., went on to release another best-selling album, Sacred, in 2006.

"Los Lonely Boys layer sweet harmonies over blistering guitar solos," Swan said. "Their concert with Los Lobos will showcase each group's tremendous talent."

Los Lobos is a three-time Grammy-winning group who've jazzed up the music scene for nearly 30 years with hits like La Bamba, which earned the No. 1 spot on the Billboard charts in 1987.

Tickets to the concert cost $24 plus zoo admission, which is $9.75 for ages 12-64, $8.25 for 65 and older and $6.75 for kids 3-11. For more information, go to or call 503-226-1561.

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