It says something about a band that they can open for a group like De La Soul… and steal the show. For the better part of 15 years, L.A. based musicians Ozomatli have been taking showgoers around the world on a musical odyssey that spans the gamut from LA hip hop and Jamaican reggae, to salsa, dancehall, and R&B. Driven to raise multicultural awareness both locally and abroad, the members have since been recognized by the U.S. State Department as official Cultural Ambassadors, sending them across the globe (Japan, North Africa, Myanmar, India, Latin America, etc.) to extend humanitarian outreach as well as spread musical education. In what is arguably one of their more watercooler moments, they were the first Western band to draw a mass gathering in Nepal that was neither a protest or religious ceremony. Suffice it to say, you want to be partying with these guys.
Concert opener, The Torn ACLs, are a pop band hailing from our very own home town. Described by The Stranger‘s Megan Seling as “Death Cab meets Tullycraft… all wrapped up in a cute package filled with handclaps and love,” The Torn ACLs’ collage of surf-rock and happy-go-lucky pop should do a snazzy job in filling any genre that Ozomatli doesn’t play later that evening.
Catch both Ozomatli and The Torn ACLs this Thursday, August 2nd 2012, at 8pm at the Showbox Market. In the meantime, check out the video for Ozomatli’s “Saturday Night” as well as The Torn ACLs’ “Can’t Say No to Friday,” now: