I remember the first time I heard Ozomatli. They opened up a show for Willie Col??n at the House of Blues and they rocked the house. Later, I saw members of the band hanging around enjoying one of the masters of salsa and they seemed to be absorbing the history, the passion and the master of the trombonist and his compa??eros.
Later, I saw Ozomatli playing at the Hollywood Bowl, one of the early afternoon bands at the Playboy Jazz Festival. They surprised the crowd as they walked down the stands, drumming and blowing and making a scene. It brought excitement to the crowd and made the other bands work extra hard to attain the same level of energy.
Ozomatli seems to have been around a long time, but they are still a young band. They've definitely made an impact of this city, hosting a radio show, appearing in promos for a TV station, but mostly, for being a band representative of the multicultural population of this city. I see them as a Latino band, but let's face it, they're a band for everyone who has a conscious heart. And likes to dance.
We scored a box at the Hollywood Bowl this Sunday, September 21. Not the really good seats, but a box is a box. My wife Linda agreed to give up two seats to a LatinoLA reader who can write something special about Ozomatli. A few paragraphs will do, but it's gotta come from the heart. The best writer as judged by me, will get the two tickets and get their story published. Heck, we'll publish all the stories, but only one writer will get the tix. I'll even throw in a bottle of wine.
Oh, yeah. Michael Franti and Spearhead, Lila Downs and Nortec Collective's Bostic + Fussible will be playing, too.
It's going to be fun and I promise I won't talk very much.
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