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November 16, 2001

Ozomatli rocks at CSUS

Photo of Ozomatli band membersHot off the success of their recent sophomore album release, "Embrace the Chaos," Interscope Records recording artists Ozomatli will showcase their new tunes at California State University, Sacramento at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 6. The concert is in the University Union Ballroom.

With Spanish and English lyrics - and insistent Latin, Afro-Cuban, salsa, samba, merengue, ska, funk and jazz rhythms - Ozomatli's music defies categorization. Ozomatli features a diverse instrumental makeup including the standard rock-n-roll line-up as well as congas, claves, turntables, trumpets, and saxophones. A samba line marches through the crowd to commence every live performance.

The internationally renowned Los Angeles-based band's lead vocalist, Raul Pacheco, is a CSUS alumnus. The band has a large following in California and their last two concerts in Sacramento have sold out.

The band takes it named from the Aztec word for the God of dance and is co-produced by Los Lobos saxophonist Steve Berlin, which is fitting since Los Lobos also tore down many misconceptions about what it means to be a Hispanic band. Ozomatli's lyrics have a strong political message matched with danceable music and infamous stage antics.

Tickets to the concert are $15 general and $10 for students. Tickets are available at the CSUS Ticket Office at (916) 278-4323 or at Tickets.com at (916) 766-2277. Media assistance is available by contacting CSUS public affairs at (916) 278-6156.

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