Ozomatli to Release New Album in April, Tour Through Spring

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[Photos by Christian Lantry]

Ozomatli is a crew of Los Angeles musicians from who spend their time bringing together musical styles from all over the world. They spent 2009 hopping around southeast Asia on a State Department trip, performing both music and community outreach. Now, they’re back stateside and plotting to spread the love using merengue, ragga and hip-hop.

Ozomatli’s fifth studio album promises to bring their signature cultural mash-up style and socially conscious lyrics with songs like “Gay Vatos in Love.” Fire Away will be released April 20. Until then, the band’s got an appearance at the TED Conference, a couple of gigs at this year’s upcoming South by Southwest, and plenty of multicultural love-spreading on the road in between.

February
10 – Long Beach, Calif (private show) @ TED Conference
19 – Honolulu, Hawaii @ Pipeline Café
20 – Maui, Hawaii @ Maui Arts & Cultural Center
24 – Los Angeles, Calif. (private) @ Gibson Showcase
26 – Anaheim, Calif. @ House of Blues
27 – Anaheim, Calif. @ House of Blues

March
5 – Tucson, Ariz. @ Rialto Theatre
6 – Scottsdale, Ariz. @ Martini Ranch
9 – Colorado Springs, Colo. @ Black Sheep
10 – Breckenridge, Colo. @ Three20South
11 – Vail, Colo. @ Agave
12 – Aspen, Colo. @ Belly Up
14 – Ft. Collins, Colo. @ The Aggie
17 – Austin, Texas @ SXSW
18 – Austin, Texas @ SXSW

April
17 – Houston, Texas @ World Stage
26 – Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
27 – Baltimore, Md. @ Ramshead Live
28 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ World Café Live
30 – New York, N.Y. @ Highline Ballroom

May
1 – New York, N.Y. @ Highline Ballroom
2 – Burlington, Vt. @ Higher Ground
4 – Chicago, Ill. @ House of Blues
5 – Urbana, Ill. @ Tryon Festival
7 – Boston, Mass. @ Boston Pops
8 – Boston, Mass. @ Boston Pops
14 – St. Louis Mo. @ St. Louis Symphony

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