Event Review: Ozomatli Crew
Live at the Santa Barbara Coach House - Friday April 9th, 2004
OK. I should have known something was up when I pulled up to the
Coach House in Santa Barbara with my girlfriend Stephanie.
Two uniformed motorcycle patrols pulled a U-turn and followed me
for about a mile as I vainly tried to find a parking spot at the packed
Ozomatli show on Friday night.
Fortunately, the sharks found other bait to attack for the moment.
Now I had heard about Ozomatli's brush with the law in Austin recently
at the famous SXSW festival. Something lame about the police waiting
to bust them as they trotted out of the nightclub after their stage show
ending with their traditional Pied Piper procession into the streets.
That violated the noise laws apparently.
Now this is their typical show, which they do nearly every chance they get.
They stir the crowd up into a frenzy, then joyously lead them into the night
like only Ozo can. They are after all a Grammy award-winning band!
And by the end of this night, the police would also have an impact on
this show as well. Apparently, word gets around.
But that is the funny thing about this whole situation.
Ozomatli plays a lively,
diverse set that includes hip hop flavors, salsa, jaracho, slow
beats that include a
masterful DJ from Oxnard, CA, a pumping rhythm section with Wil-Dog
on bass, ex Wallflowers drummer Mario Caliri and the power packing
on guitar and sotto voce, stellar percussionists Justin "Nino" Poree
(a real crowd pleaser)
and Jiro Yamaguchi, who seemingly played everything in sight, a
slamming three piece
horn section, including saxophonist Ulises Bella, a trombonist and
the sweet tonsiled lead vocalist/trumpet
player Asdru Sierra, who opened the show with some very smooth
crooning en espanol.
There were at least 10 people onstage at the show, probably some I
could not see.
With all this seemingly chaotic activity going on, the band seemed
to pull it all together
in a perfect symbiosis, kind of like a well oiled industrial machine
with 10 different parts
all going off at the same time to result in one positive action.
And that is my point.
Throughout the entire 2-hour show, the band commanded a stage
presence that really
kept the audience into their performance. The capacity filled room
was jumping, clapping,
dancing and chanting throughout the night. At one point, the band
broke into some
middle eastern vibe that entranced the audience. At another point,
you would have heard
the equivalent of latin polka music, then a turn and meet the person
next to you break
followed by a chant of "You say OZO, we say MATLI" and back to the
next groove without
missing a beat.
The band's message is a positive one, based on diversity, respect and love.
Everyone in the audience could feel it. There were no violent or
bad vibes going on,
so it was puzzling to me why, at the end of their performance when
procession was about to occur, about 10 Santa Barbara police units
and patrols busted
the party and ended the show before it could end properly OZO style.
As Nino's shirt said, "Free the OZO 3." And to add to that thought,
"free the OZO 10
to perform their show without interference or censorship based on
After all, it's not like they're the Ozomatli Crue or anything. Just
Go see the show, but watch out for the man!
Ozomatli will release their first full-length studio album in three
years, Street Signs,
June 22nd, for Concord Records, which features guest appearances by
the band's original
MC Chali 2na (now of Jurassic 5), veteran Moroccan sintir master
who's joined by the acclaimed French-Jewish gypsy violinsts Les Yeux Noir
and The Prague Symphony (yes, the Prague Symphony). The recording
label mate and legendary Latin jazz and salsa pianist Eddie Palmieri
and Los Lobos
singer-guitarist David Hidalgo.
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