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Monday, April 15, 2013 at 7:00pm

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One Night Only With Grammy Award-Winning Ozomatli

A one-night only intimate concert featuring multiple GRAMMY Award-winning Ozomatli, in support of the Wells Fargo Theatrical Diversity Project. Tickets are now on sale for this special evening on Monday, April 15, at 7:00 p.m. that will feature all-new music from their upcoming album. Buy your tickets now, before they sell out!

About Ozomatli:

Ozomatli has always juggled two key identities: they are the voice of their city and they are citizens of the world.

Their music – a collision of samba and funk, dancehall and cumbia, merengue and comparsa, hip hop and salsa ,East LAR&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. On the national stage, Ozomatli has been recognized for its service not just to Los Angeles but as global activists, receiving the National Council of LA Raza’s Humanitarian Award, and performing twice for President Barack Obama.

Ozomatli is a product of the region’s grassroots political scene. Proudly born as a multi-racial group in post-uprising 90s Los Angeles, the band now has achieved global reach, touring worldwide with five albums and a relentless touring schedule. In addition, the U.S. State Department has enlisted Ozomatli as official Cultural Ambassadors on a series of tours to Asia, Africa, South America, and the Middle East, tours that linked Ozomatli to a tradition of cultural diplomacy that also includes the esteemed likes of Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, and Louis Armstrong.

 In places like Tunisia, Egypt, India, Jordan, and Nepal, Ozomatli played rousing free public concerts, and offered musical workshops and master classes. They visited arts centers, summer camps, youth rehabilitation centers, and refugee camps. They listened to performances by local musicians and often joined in for impromptu jam sessions with student bands and community musicians. They then went on to be the first contemporary western band to play public concerts in Mongolia (drawing a crowd of 25,000), and to perform in Myanmar during the height of military rule.


Ozomatli also traveled to China, South Africa, Madagascar, Vietnam and Thailand performing free concerts and extending humanitarian outreach, including HIV and AIDS care clinics, visits to schools for the blind and deaf, orphanages, Methadone clinics, and outreach programs to refugees and disadvantaged youth.



 “This band could not have happened anywhere else but L.A.,” saxophonist and clarinetist Ulises Bella has said. “Man, the tension of it, the multiculturalism of it. L.A. is like, we’re bonded by bridges.”

About the Wells Fargo Theatrical Diversity Project:

The Wells Fargo Theatrical Diversity Project was organized in 2005 to support The Pasadena Playhouse’s vision to build a legacy of artistic and theatrical diversity. Embracing diversity at the Pasadena Playhouse goes beyond promoting tolerance; it is about exploring and celebrating the human experience shared by people of all colors, genders, ages, ethnicities, sexual orientations, learning and physical abilities, and socioeconomic positions. This initiative:

1. Gives priority to eclectic and dynamic productions featuring a diverse array of artists, actors, and playwrights. Our productions reflect the diverse richness that defines (in an integral and not ancillary way) our community, while never forgetting that primary goal of theater – to entertain.

2. Empowers and enriches young people of diverse ethnicities from disenfranchised communities through free student performances and arts education programs; and

3. Cultivates writers, actors, directors and designers of all backgrounds through new play development, mainstage productions and outreach programs.

DO NOT MISS THIS ONE NIGHT ONLY EVENT! Tickets are available here. A limited number of VIP tickets are available which include a Café Con Ozo meet and greet with the band members featuring Ozomatli's Ozo Espresso, courtesy of Zona Rosa Coffee. Zona Rosa and Ozomatli have a long history of collaboration, starting in 1995 when Ozo began playing weekly shows at the Pasadena coffeehouse that specializes in Organic and Latino coffees. For these VIP tickets call Kim at 626-204-7383 or via email at kruppert@pasadenaplayhouse.org.

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