An Irish corrida ? A Mexican jig?
Whatever you want to call it, that's what a lot of people were dancing Friday at the Hollywood Palladium as Los Lobos' always-special fiesta was made even more so by the presence of the Pogues.
While the second-billed Pogues--essentially an Irish barroom brawl with instruments--might seem a strange pairing with the East L.A. rockers, it proved perfect: Both groups are rooted in cultures that are predominantly Catholic, and in musical approaches that are catholic.
Los Lobos' set demonstrated new strengths, as the quintet added country and power-blues to its already dynamic mix of original rock and blues and traditional Mexican workouts. Even "La Bamba" sounded fresh, with a good-naturedly showboating guitar solo by Cesar Rosas. And to top it off there was guitarist David Hidalgo's hilarious Hendrix-does-the-national-anthem version of--get this--"La Cucaracha."