Mundane things like ordering from a menu, talking to a doctor, applying for a job or navigating traffic signs can be hard for people who don't know a country's language. When non-English speaking people migrate into the United States, one of the biggest obstacles they face is figuring out how to com ... More >>
Beer and community building go hand and hand, says Eric Wallace, founder and president of Left Hand Brewing Company. Over the years, the Longmont-based business has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for issues as varied as theater, flood relief, the YMCA and, most recently, Intercambio, an org ... More >>
As Goldfrapp, singer Alison Goldfrapp and musician/composer Will Gregory have created a discography of breathy, synthesizer-heavy songs that carry an inherent cinematic feeling. For the duo's sixth album, Tales of Us, Goldfrapp collaborated with Alison Goldfrapp's real-life partner, film director Li ... More >>
When DeVotchKa'sShawn King approached Raul Pacheco to collaborate, he accepted the invitation with open arms. Despite being in the middle of recording, releasing and then touring for Ozomatli's new album, Place in the Sun, Pacheco carved out time to work on Dreaming Sin Fronteras: Stories of Immigra ... More >>
DeVoktchKa's Shawn King may not think too highly of didactic protest songs, but he has devoted himself to Dreaming Sin Fronteras: Stories of Immigration and American Identity, a massive theatrical collaboration about "dreamers": undocumented students who have been in the United States since they wer ... More >>
At first, Alejandra Cardona Lamas couldn't have imagined that a single good thing would come out of July 20, 2012. She was among the hundreds of fans gathered for the midnight screening of The Dark Night Rises at the Century 16 multiplex in Aurora. And she was there for the mass shooting that kille ... More >>
THE EAGLES @ PEPSI CENTER | SAT, 10/5/13 The Eagles, who just released the three-disc documentary History of the Eagles, hits the Pepsi Center on Saturday, October 5. The band will be performing classics spanning their entire career, as well as tunes from the bandmembers' solo catalogues. Tickets, w ... More >>
This Saturday is poised to be the most celebrated day in our state's history, what with this being the first 4/20 since Amendment 64 was passed and all. Some of music's most heralded imbibers are being shipped in just to help the local stoners celebrate in style, from Slightly Stoopid and Cypress Hi ... More >>
The 2012-2013 ski and snowboard season begins winding down this weekend -- with the first round of closing-day parties at Ski Granby Ranch, Powderhorn and Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort -- despite the fact that snow conditions are actually quite good, with more snow in the forecast. Here's a r ... More >>
Welcome to the weekend, amigos! Ah, yes, we finally made it. Is it just us, or has this seemed like the longest week ever? Ah, maybe it's just the weather. Whatever the case, it's in the rearview now, and it's time to blow off some steam. Drinks are on the horizon and there's a full slate of great m ... More >>
Before Ozomatli rocked the Ogden on Saturday night, the genre-bending L.A.-based act stopped by the Spot at Urban Peak, which offers services to homeless and runaway youth in Denver, where it played a free one-hour acoustic show. Instead of just playing a couple songs and leaving, the band interacte ... More >>
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Lots of sour notes at the Colorado Symphony Orchestra last week, with twenty boardmembers resigning before the musicians ultimately agreed to a 9 percent paycut. But at a meeting yesterday, what remains of the CSO board took several strategic moves to ensure the symphony's survival.
Colorado SymphonyThe Colorado Symphony's financial woes continue, and now they're directly impacting programming. Say "finis" to five programs originally scheduled for the next two months: the Halloween Spooktacular (October 30) for families; Shuffle (November 11), part of the innovative In ... More >>
Having just won a Grammy for Album of the Year for The Suburbs, the Arcade Fire kicks off its North American tour at the 1STBANK Center on Saturday, April 9, a week before the Montreal-based band headlines Coachella. Local Natives opens the show. General-admission tickets ($40) go on sale thi ... More >>
Valerie PhillipsElisabeth Maurus, who performs under the moniker Lissie, plays tonight at the Bluebird. She had to cancel a show here in October because her voice gave out, but she's eager to return to Colorado. She spent a couple undergraduate years at CSU in Fort Collins. We spoke with her ... More >>
Cut Chemist (real name Lucas MacFadden) has been constantly redefining the art of turntablim for the past seventeen years as a member of Jurassic 5 and Ozomatli, in addition to being an innovative solo artist. Blending everything from funk and soul to hip-hop and bossa nova, Cut Chemist's sty ... More >>
Warm is the new Thursday night house music weekly at Gallery 22 (formerly the Loft at 821 22nd Street). This week, special guest Kurt Yates joins Warm residents Joey M, Louis Marr and Brandon Bass on DJ duty. Yates was a former resident at Soma during the Boulder nightclub's heyday in the e ... More >>
After selling out a two-nights at Red Rocks and a show at the Boulder Theater earlier this month, STS9 has announced its return to the area for a three-night stand at the Fillmore Auditorium from Wednesday, December 29 to Friday, December 31. While tickets for the New Year's run go on sale to ... More >>
Little did the guys from the Knew know when they picked up a trio of pinatas on Federal this past Friday for their show at the Mile High Music Festival this past weekend that they'd be such a hit. In anticipation of their early afternoon set on the Bison Stage, the boys stuffed their pinata b ... More >>
Brian Landis FolkinsOzomatli on the Wolf Stage.When I interviewed him a few weeks ago in advance of his appearance here, Raul Pacheco, guitarist for Ozomatli, told me he wanted to invite audience members to bring instruments and join the band to jam onstage -- and while the band didn't entire ... More >>
As I crossed the festival grounds toward the Bison tent, where BoomBox was scheduled, I caught strains of Matt Morris and his amazing voice, and Ozomatli getting their reggae-style funk on. I reached my destination just as BoomBox took the stage and immediately knew I was in for a good time. They op ... More >>
This is distinctly American music. Working with a lineup that's fluctuated between six and ten and has included members of Jurassic 5, Ozomatli has for some fifteen years been blending Latin rhythms and hip-hop influences for a sound that's as big as it is varied and multicultural. The U.S. ... More >>
Less than a month left until this year's Mile High Music Festival. Figured out your itinerary yet? We have. Well, sorta. My Morning Jacket, Weezer, Phoenix, Drive-By Truckers, Ozomatli, Damian Marley & Nas are on our shortlist so far. The full schedule was just released a few moments ago, and ... More >>
Got your tickets to Mile High Music Festival yet? No? It's a month away -- what are you waiting for? Ah, you have to work on Sunday, and you can't afford a two-day pass? Good thing you waited. Starting today at 10 a.m., you can purchase single day advance tickets for $99.50 (or pick up sing ... More >>
Angie Zapata, the transgender Greeley teen who was murdered in July 2008, has been immortalized in song. She's an integral part of a verse of Los Angeles-based Latin band Ozomatli's anti-Proposition 8 song "Gay Vatos in Love." Here are the lyrics, courtesy of Ozomatli's MySpace page:
As people who think about, talk about, listen to and make music, the most common question we encounter is, "What are you listening to right now?" So whether you're looking for recommendations, trying to get a feel for our individual sensibilities, or are just curious, we've compiled a list of ... More >>
Gotta give it up to the men of Ozomatli for having the cajones to embody their convictions rather than merely paying lip service with vacant platitudes, as so many artists do. These cats are putting themselves out there for better or worse. Witness the track "Gay Vatos in Love," from their latest ... More >>
While no specific artist dominated sales across the board at local record stores for the week ending April 25, Natalie Merchant's Leave Your Sleep, Cypress Hill's Rise Up Willie Nelson's Country Music claimed the top spots at Albums on the Hill, Independent Records and Twist & Shout, respect ... More >>
Pennywise is one of the many bands at this year's Vans Warped TourWhile the Mile High Music Festival was announced yesterday, the Vans Warped Tour is also coming to town. Alkaline Trio, Andrew W.K., Bring Me the Horizon, Dillinger Escape Plan, Every Time I Die, Reel Big Fish, Anti-Flag, Face ... More >>
Okay, whoever speculated that Dave Matthews Band and the Samples were going to be a part of this year's Mile High Music Festival: Sorry we doubted you. You were right, evidently. So was the guy who said Jack Johnson, as well as the person who pointed us in the direction of the erroneous lin ... More >>
(Editor's note: The author is a moron and forgot his camera. The above video is basically what happened in the Ogden lobby). Ozomatli with the Nathen Maxwell and the Original Bunny Gang Saturday, November 14, 2009 The Ogden Better Than: Whatever you did, unless whatever you did featured a thousan ... More >>
Aaron ThackerayAaron ThackerayBecause that would have been swell. Either way, it was a wild weekend in Denver, with midgets wrestling and people trying out for The Real World at Hooters and bodies flying at the Ski Expo and dance-music kids dancing at Cervantes and lots of other shit ... More >>
It's been an insanely busy week of concert announcements that run the gamut from King Kahn & BBQ Show and Melt-Banana, Wolfmother and Ghostland Observatory to Stone Temple Pilots, Insane Clown Posse and Kevin Smith (yep, Silent Bob himself will speak). Steely Dan fans might get a bit giddy to ... More >>
Soren McCartyMost years, I make it up to Red Rocks for just one show. It has to be a real occasion -- something to make it worth the drive, the parking, the overpriced beers and the difficulty of escaping once the show is over. Two years ago, I made the journey for Ozomatli, and I left when the h ... More >>
Who: Debajo Del Agua In Their Words: "Formed in Denver, Colorado, Debajo is composed of musicians from Chile, Peru, El Salvador, Mexico and the States. We fuse a vast diaspora of styles incorporating elements of hip hop, Andean music, salsa, samba, cumbia, reggae, and more. Our music is a reflectio ... More >>
Chicano Studies is more than an introduction to lowriders.
Celebrities spotted in this tent. Our Denver contingent arrived at the Coachella campgrounds Thursday night to set up; we quickly became known as the "Denverites who came with the Hawaiians." The entire festival was amazing, but here are some of the highlights: Friday: Brother Ali, Digitalism, To ... More >>
Don¹t Mess With the Dragon
Sunday, October 29, Fox Theatre, Boulder, 303-443-3399.
Saturday, August 19, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 303-830-8497.
From the week of September 2, 2004
Ozomatli imagines one world under a groove.
Backbeat writers revisit their favorite albums of the year.
Ozomatli hopes its cross-cultural music spurs a revolution -- and makes you want to dance.