Ozomatli will be bringing their iconic world fusion sound to the stage of the Soka Performing Arts Center in Aliso Viejo on Sunday, Sep. 25 (doors 3 PM). If you haven’t yet had a chance to check out this stunning concert hall now’s your chance to see it play host to the spectacle of a band whose ecstatic live performances are well-known. Sitting pretty on a hilltop in Aliso Viejo, the 1,032-seat venue was designed by Yasuhisa Toyota, the same master acoustician who created the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles and Suntory Hall in Tokyo.
Tickets are on sale right now for Ozomatli at the Soka Performing Arts Center are on sale now. Tickets range from $25-$45, with senior, student, and military options from $22.50-$40.50 a ticket. And be sure to check out the other events that will be taking place at the venue for the rest of their season! Future shows include Judy Collins: Big Hits & Spellbound, Booker T. Jones, Celtic Christmas: “Outlander” and “Titanic” Piper Eric Rigler with Dirk Freymuth, and Bob Baker Marionettes. Visit the Soka Performing Arts Center’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for updates and additional information on upcoming performances.
Founded in Los Angeles in the 90s Ozomatli kicked off their whirlwind career with their self-titled debut album. It wasn’t long before their combinations of Chicano rock, hip-hop, and an international palette of other styles took hold across the nine albums they have released since then. Which includes their most recent Marching On, a prescient and preservering record about the turmoil that has engulfed the world in the last few years. And includes two songs featuring Gaby Moreno: “Mi Destino” and title-track “Marching On.”
Both in their music, lyrics, and actions, Ozomatli has always sought to keep social issues at the forefront of everything they do. They celebrate Latino culture and music — as well as many others via their borderless musical influences. But they’ve also fought for worker’s rights, became the first musicians to participate in a TED Conference, and performed for President and First Lady Obama at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s 32nd Annual Award Gala.
Perhaps the most important aspect of their music though is their celebratory live shows, which not only explode with energy drawn from the band’s rich music. But also from their attempt to make them wholesome family experiences. The kind that bridges generational gaps by performing classic Latino songs (Like “Besame Mucho”) at their concerts alongside their own songs. Not to mention the special OzoKidz concerts they put on just for their younger fans.
Words by Steven Ward