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Ozomatli with Banda la Maravillosa

Aug 11, 2017
8:30 p.m.

6000 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, TX 77030 United States

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Since its inception in 1995, innovation and creativity have defined Ozomatli. Hailing from Los Angeles, the group found a way to represent the city’s eclectic culture through music that appeals to the local community and the world beyond. Ozomatli’s success is exemplified in an impressive variety of genres, from classic to modern Latino, urban, hip-hop, and other world styles. The “Dioses del Baile,” or “Gods of Dance,” have created one of the most exciting, captivating, and flat-out fun live shows touring today. They continue to harness their musical instincts by conceiving new concepts and forging new sounds that keep fans on their toes and the world dancing.

Prior to paying respects to the classic Latin catalogue, Ozomatli was creating its own repertoire adored by fans and critics alike. The band catapulted to the top of the live music scene with its first eponymously titled album. The impact of the then 10-piece band’s album was felt throughout the music world and earned them the opportunity to open for Carlos Santana on his Supernatural tour. Following the success of its first album and touring with Santana and Mana, Ozomatli released its sophomore album, Embrace the Chaos, which garnered a Grammy award for Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album. The follow up album, Street Signs, won both the same award and the Latin Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album in 2005.

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The latest recording is an album of classic Mexican hits reimagined with a reggae feel. Titled Non-Stop: Los Angeles → Mexico → Kingston, it pays homage to the band’s Latin roots, allowing them to personalize songs that defined their youth and in turn, become part of Latin and Pop music lore. Produced by drum & bass reggae legends Sly & Robbie (Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff, Madonna, No Doubt) and featuring various high profile guest vocalists, the album recreates the magic of classic Latin hits with a reggae dancehall vibe that only Ozomatli could make feel as natural as waves rolling in the Caribbean sands.

With Non-Stop, Ozomatli continues creating music for entire families and communities. By recreating these classic Latin songs, Ozo redefines their meaning and reimagines their beauty for generations to
come. As Ozomatli percussionist and MC, Justin Poree, puts it, “Anyone who is eight or 80 will recognize “Sabor a Mi” or “Besame Mucho.” These rhythmically and melodically rich songs bridge the
generational gap, captivate all who listen, and beautifully mesh a variety of rich cultures.

Banda la Maravillosa was formed January of 2016 in southern California. Consisting of 16 members -- all were a part of local bandas and high school marching bands -- they carry the sinaloan banda sound.

La Maravillosa is currently in the process of recording their first album, which will be titled Ahora o Nunca (Now or Never) after one of the songs included in the album. Their first single will be a heartbreaking song titled "Perdi" about a man dealing with a breakup, drinking in a bar coping with his emotional situation. The song is written by California singer songwriter Ilka Cortez.

La Maravillosa recently began a 15 city tour with up and coming artist Chiquis Rivera (daughter of the late Jenni Rivera). They are the first Banda to perform at a post season baseball game at Dodger Stadium and the first regional Mexican banda to perform at the Troubador in Hollywood, CA.

The majority of the band members are Dream Act students pursuing the American dream performing the music they grew up listening to with their parents.

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This is a ticketed event for the covered seating area. Free tickets are available (4 per person over age 16 while they last) at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of the performance between the hours of 10:30 AM-1:00 PM. If tickets remain at 1:00 PM, the box office will re-open one hour before show time to distribute the remaining tickets. As always, open seating on the hill. The shows goes on rain or shine.

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