I’ve heard many people from the West Coast refer to Austin as the “New LA.” While I think Austin is a city with a personality all its own, it’s hard not to be flattered by the comparison. Ozomatli, a band that hails from the City of Angels and is quite passionate about it, are playing here in Austin. These guys are considered hometown heroes and claim that their music could not have been inspired anywhere else but Los Angeles. Austinites can definitely relate to a love for their city and keeping things local. Ozomatli is a blend of Latin, hip hop, and rock music, which is a pretty awesome mix. This nine-member band of musical eclecticism are playing at Stubbs on May 27th, which is going to be an amazing show!
Formed in 1985, Ozomatli originally came together to play at a Los Angeles labor protest. Ever since then, the band has stayed true to their politically active roots by using music as a language to communicate a need for change and to promote peace. In 2007, they were invited by the U.S. State Department to serve as official Cultural Ambassadors on a series of government-sponsored international tours to Asia, South America, and the Middle East. Not only is Ozomatli a voice for their city, but a voice of the world. These guys are playing for more than just fame and fun, but to make a difference.
Ozomatli is the name of the Aztec astrological symbol of the monkey, which is the god of dance, fire, the new harvest, and music, meaning that these guys must be a ton of fun. For fifteen years, these “culture-mashers” have been playing for audiences all over the world, so click here to buy your ticket in advance or here for a chance to win a pair of tickets, because this is a show you won’t want to miss!