Los Lobos fit right in at diverse Outside the Box festival

“We can take off in any one of a number of directions and do it wholeheartedly,” says Los Lobos’ Steve Berlin (far right), on the wide range of the band’s music.
“We can take off in any one of a number of directions and do it wholeheartedly,” says Los Lobos’ Steve Berlin (far right), on the wide range of the band’s music.Drew Reynolds

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Los Lobos cooks with many flavors. The band spent more than a decade logging local-hero cred in and around Los Angeles before its commercial breakthrough in the mid-1980s, while absorbing bits and pieces of musical influence, from folk to blues to Tejano music’s mix of Mexican and Texan rural styles.

It might be that mix of spices that makes Los Lobos an apt pick for the Outside the Box Festival, which offers a hearty stew of music, theater, dance, and plenty of offbeat entertainments from Saturday through July 21, at venues on Boston Common and City Hall Plaza. Other bands include Buffalo Tom, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, the Lemonheads, and Los Lonely Boys and Alejandro Escovedo, who are joining Los Lobos on its current tour.

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