Seeing live music can be a transcendent mind-body experience, akin to getting a tattoo underwater, or making out during an eclipse. Transcend boredom with today's side deal: for $25, you get one premium ticket to see Ozomatli in Memorial Hall at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Friday, October 1, at 8 p.m. (a $55 value). The premium ticket will be in the main-floor- or mezzanine-premium seating section and will be available for pick-up at Memorial Hall's will-call by September 28.
Praised by Spin magazine for including its audience in their worldly jams, Ozomatli has been spreading a Latin-tinged gospel of high-energy rock since its formation 14 years ago. After winning Grammies in 2002 and 2005, both for best Latin-rock/alternative album, the band continued to record and tour tirelessly. Known for its connection and commitment to its hometown of Los Angeles, Ozomatli has slowly become recognizable all over the world. Catch its move-inducing live show before it gets a steady late-night talk-show gig or becomes the first band in history to run for political office as a giant, musical, 14-armed organism.
*A long-time fixture of the L.A. scene and occasional musical ambassador (the band has toured Asia sponsored by the U.S. State Department a few times), Ozomatli plays high-energy, eclectic music that's world-influenced but distinctly American. Throughout its set, which the band packed with everything from old-school hip-hop to norteño mariachi, the boys from Ozomatli—particularly emcee Justin Porée—got down from the stage and worked the crowd. But that was just a precursor to the set's final moments – Jef Otte, Spin magazine