Los Lobos to perform benefit for burnt school


Arson at Garfield High School's historic auditorium earlier this year charred almost all of the framed portraits that hung on the wall of fame.

All, that is, except for a picture of Cesar Rosas of Los Lobos.

"It's a calling," said Rosas, 53, a member of the famed East L.A. band. "It means we're on a mission from God to try to help."

Los Lobos will perform a benefit concert Oct. 14 to raise funds for the reconstruction of the school auditorium, which was gutted in the May 20 fire. There was an estimated $30 million in damage.

The band, whose original four members are all Garfield graduates from the early 1970s, will headline a bill with other Chicano artists including Tierra, Little Willie G of Thee Midniters and El Chicano.

Los Lobos' latest album is "The Town and the City."

Police have arrested an arson suspect, a 16-year-old Garfield freshman who lived within walking distance of the school. The student was reportedly angry at a teacher, said Principal Omar Del Cueto.

"This little mixed-up kid, God forgive him," said Rosas. "He's just too immature to realize the damage he's caused."