OZOMATLI TO PERFORM A SPECIAL BENEFIT TO “SAVE ETHNIC STUDIES” TONIGHT AT RIALTO THEATRE IN TUCSON, AZSaturday, February 18th, 2012
If you live in Tucson, Arizona, please attend this important benefit to help save ethnic studies.
Celebrated LA based culture mashers Ozomatli will be performing a special benefit show on February 18th at the Rialto Theatre in Tucson to help raise money and support the Acosta plaintiffs of Save Ethnic Studies. The Acosta plaintiffs are teachers of various Mexican American Studies classes in the Tucson Unified School District who are involved in a lawsuit, and as Ozo singer / guitarist Raul Pacheco asserts, “Ozomatli fully support their cause, and we will be donating funds based on the Acosta plaintiffs need for fair legal representation.”
Ozomatli encourages anyone seeking more information on this issue to visit http://saveethnicstudies.org to understand their cause and, if so inclined, to donate to the Acosta plaintiffs need for fair legal representation.
Pacheco says, “playing in Arizona is not a simple thing if you are trying to respect the various methods of activism that exist in support of fair policies on immigration, education, and its political and legal systems. This is why Ozomatli has decided to play in Arizona only when we align ourselves with worthy causes and donate, promote and support to these causes and the organizations that represent them.”
Raul adds, “Ozomatli hope you support Save Ethnic Studies!”
In their sixteen years together as a band, Ozomatli have gone from being hometown heroes to being named U.S. State Department Cultural Ambassadors. Their music — a notorious urban-Latino-and-beyond collision of hip hop and salsa, dancehall and cumbia, samba and funk, merengue and comparsa, East LA R&B and New Orleans second line, Jamaican ragga and Indian raga— has long followed a key mantra: it will take you around the world by taking you around L.A.
Ozo is also a product of the city’s grassroots political scene. Proudly born as a multi-racial crew in post-uprising 90s Los Angeles, the band has built a formidable reputation over five full-length studio albums and a relentless touring schedule for taking party rocking so seriously that it becomes new school musical activism. “Just being who we are and just doing what we’re doing with music at this time is very political,” says bassist Wil-Dog Abers. “The youth see us up there and recognize themselves. So in a playful, party-type of way, I think it’s real easy for this band to get dangerous. We are starting to realize just how big of a voice we actually have as a band and how important it is for us to use it.”
Ozomatli has spent 16 years working diligently to spread its message of peace, communication and understanding through music, with a long standing tradition of performing for children all over the world, from the schools of North St. Louis to the orphanages of Southeast Asia.
Ozo’s special “Save Ethnic Studies” show in Tucson on February 18th is a continuum of the band’s longstanding devotion to multi-cultural studies and the hard work of the students everywhere
Saturday, February 18, 2012 at the Rialto Theatre, in Tucson, AZ
Tickets go on sale on Friday, January 6th at 10am at luckymanonline.com, the Rialto Theatre box office, all Bookman’s locations.
To charge by phone, call 520-740-1000 – priced at $23.00 (advance); $25.00 (day of show) plus applicable fees for general admission tickets
$23 general admission advance
$25 general admission day of show