Los Tigres del Norte, Wild Horse Pass Casino, 8/3/12 (Video)
Photos by Anthony Sandoval
Los Tigres del Norte
Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino
Friday, August 3, 2012
With a career that's spanned four decades, immensely popular norteño group Los Tigres del Norte has plenty of practice making Grammy-award winning music. So when I say last night's show was riveting, electric, compelling, or any other positive adjective I've ever used to describe a concert, it should come as no surprise. But for the sold-out crowd that filled the Ovations Live Showroom at Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino it was more than any one word can surmise. It wasn't a vanity concert that groups like Los Tigres are often afforded after reaching certain heights: it was a fan's show.
Comprised of Mexican-American brothers Jorge, Hernan, Eduardo, Luis Hernandez, and cousin Oscar Lara, the quintet ran through their expansive inventory of hits while indulging every fan that approached the low-sitting stage for a handshake, photo op or handwritten song request.
After a brief introduction from a Radio Campesina personality, the show started with a short video covering some of the groups highlights over the years, including clips from last year's MTV Unplugged live album that featured collaborations with musicians such as Zach de la Rocha, Juanes, and Paulina Rubio. And when the curtain dropped to reveal the Jefes de Jefes, or Boss of Bosses as they're often called, concertgoers went absolutely wild.
They burned through their signature storytelling corridos, accordion-infused ballads and cumbias, opening first with "El Carro Rojo," "La Mesa Del Rincon," and "El Jefe de Jefes." Every brother shares duties on vocals either as back up or lead on certain songs. Jorge is the frontman, lead vocalist, and full-time accordionist, responsible for delivering a powerful baritone. Hernan is known for his signature salt and pepper coif, rocking electric bass slaps, and more nasally vox contributions. Eduardo is the multi-instrumentalist alternating between the accordion, sax, and guitar. He and full-time guitarist Luis took care of the more falsetto pitches.
Lara was barely visible over his drum kit, but he and fellow percussionist Mike Ramirez kept the foot tapping pace through the night.
While every song was virtually a fan favorite, the first huge crowd response of the night came with the first notes of, "Ni Parientes Somos." The audience let out a great cheer and either hollered from their seats or got up to dance.