Los Lobos is a band I’ve been getting into slowly but surely over the past couple years. The band “from East LA” has gained plenty of attention recently as a result of last year’s release of The Town and The City.

And here’s what I love about Los Lobos and why they get the attention they deserve — they follow up last year’s touring schedules with a Spring acoustic tour to smaller markets. They’re mixing it up and appealing to as many audiences as they can be taken seriously in front of. It’s really a smart idea and one that many bands don’t really fully utilize — strip it down, make it special, make it intimate, make it different, etc. Hell, even STS9 does this. Phish always did. The Grateful Dead did it early on. I’m happy to see the band take advantage of this market. I mean, who doesn’t like a mellow acoustic show every once in a while?

Here’s a few mp3’s from their December 30, 2006 show opening up for Umphrey’s McGee right here in Chicago. I have to admit that I wish I was in attendance for this after reading the Hidden Track review from the show, but it just wasn’t in the cards. That’s unfortunate, too — I saw them at Ravinia Park back in late summer 2006, and while the show was good and all, the venue wasn’t really the ideal location to see them perform and watch them jam away.

Tour dates after the jump.

Los Lobos 2007 Tour Dates | (mostly) Acoustic

February 08 Mandeville Auditorium La Jolla CA
February 10 The Canyon Club Agoura Hills CA Full Electric Set
February 11 Key Club Morongo Cabazon CA Full Electric Set
February 13 Van Duzer Theater Arcata CA
February 14 Laxson Auditorium Chico CA
February 15 Cascade Theatre Redding CA
February 16 University of California – Davis Davis CA w/ Taj Mahal
February 17 Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium Santa Cruz CA w/ Taj Mahal
February 22 UCSB Campbell Hall Santa Barbara CA
February 23 Rialto Theatre Tucson AZ
February 24 Mesa Arts Centre Mesa AZ
March 06 Rams Head Live Baltimore MD w/ Taj Mahal
March 07 Count Basie Theatre Red Bank NJ w/ Taj Mahal
March 08 Keswick Theatre Glenside PA w/ Taj Mahal
March 09 State Theatre Falls Church VA w/ Taj Mahal
March 11 Langerado Music Festival Sunrise FL
March 14 Western Kentucky University Bowling Green KY
March 15-16 Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Arlington Heights IL
March 17 Victoria Theatre Dayton OH

Look for plenty more appearances from the band in 2007; they’re already booked for Gathering of the Vibes and Langerado and I’m sure they’ll be adding to that in the upcoming weeks…