Win Tickets ($50): Ozomatli @ Aladdin Theater | w/ La Misa Negra, Latin/Funk/Hip-Hop & Everything in Between

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Ozomatli @ Aladdin Theater on August 18. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, August 18.


From our sponsors:
August 18, 2017
Doors 8 p.m., Show 9 p.m. | $25 | All Ages

Aladdin Theater
3017 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, OR 97202

Since its inception in 1995, innovation and creativity have defined Ozomatli. Hailing from Los Angeles, the group found a way to represent the city’s eclectic culture through music that appeals to the local community and the world beyond. Ozomatli’s success is exemplified in an impressive variety of genres from classic Latin, electro-cumbia, Perez Prado mambo sounds, jazz, reggae, garage rock, North African, Middle Eastern, Indian, urban and hip-hop styles. The “Dioses del Baile,” or “Gods of Dance,” have created one of the most exciting, captivating and flat-out fun live shows touring today. They continue to harness their musical instincts by conceiving new concepts and forging new sounds that keep fans on their toes and the world dancing.

The band is currently in the studio working on their latest recording: Ozo-fied Volume 1: A Century of Mexican Classics, an album of classic Mexican hits reimagined with a reggae feel. This record will pay homage to the band’s Latin roots, allowing them to personalize songs that defined their youth and in turn, become part of Latin and Pop music lore. Produced by drum & bass reggae legends, Sly & Robbie (Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff, Madonna, No Doubt) and featuring various high profile guest vocalists, the album recreates the magic of classic Latin hits with a reggae dancehall vibe that only Ozomatli could make feel as natural as waves rolling in the Caribbean sands.

Prior to paying respects to the classic Latin catalogue, Ozomatli was creating its own repertoire adored by fans and critics alike. The band catapulted to the top of the live music scene with its first eponymously titled album. The impact of the then 10-piece band’s album was felt throughout the music world, and earned them the opportunity to open for Carlos Santana on his Supernatural tour. Following the success of its first album and touring with Santana and Mana, Ozomatli released its sophomore album, Embrace the Chaos, which garnered a Grammy award for Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album. The follow up album, Street Signs, won both the same award and the Latin Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album in 2005.

Ozomatli takes firm stances on various social justice issues. Their work focuses on giving voice to Latino culture, opportunity to children, fighting for workers’ rights, and promoting global unity and peace amongst people, cultures and nations. Ozomatli were named Cultural Ambassadors for the U.S. State Department in 2006, was the first musical group to speak at the TED Conference in San Francisco, and performed for President and First Lady Obama at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s 32nd Annual Award Gala.

La Misa Negra
La Misa Negra is an 8-piece band from Oakland, California that plays a unique blend of 1950’s and 60’s style cumbia and high-energy, Afro-Colombian dance music. Powered by horn and accordion-driven riffs, a fierce rhythm section, and a vintage Colombian sound, La Misa Negra delivers an electrifying performance that explodes with infectious dance grooves and punk rock energy. Since their live debut in the fall of 2011, they have toured the US, playing shows and festivals with the likes of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stevie Wonder, Florence and the Machine, Lenny Kravitz, Arcade Fire, Thievery Corporation, George Clinton, Julieta Venegas, Ozomatli, Lila Downs, Budos Band, Ana Tijoux, and Bomba Estereo. On the strength of their wild and one-of-a-kind shows, La Misa Negra has gained a reputation as one of the most exciting live bands to emerge from the Bay Area in recent years, garnering a diverse fan base that transcends musical, cultural, and generational divides.

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23 Responses to Win Tickets ($50): Ozomatli @ Aladdin Theater | w/ La Misa Negra, Latin/Funk/Hip-Hop & Everything in Between

  1. drew August 14, 2017 at 9:58 pm #

    I haven’t seen Ozomatli in years! I’d love to check them out again! Thnx!

  2. Ryan August 15, 2017 at 1:32 am #

    Always curious what a live show of theirs would be like and walking distance to my house!

  3. Danielle August 15, 2017 at 12:22 pm #

    This sounds amazing

  4. Rebecca August 15, 2017 at 12:25 pm #

    Heck yeah! This sounds like such a fun show.

  5. Bobby August 15, 2017 at 12:25 pm #

    I’ve been listening to these guys for years and have never seen them live! I finally have the chance! Pick me! Me!

  6. Melanie August 15, 2017 at 12:26 pm #

    Gah! This is a total throwback to college. Would love to see them!

  7. Cara August 15, 2017 at 12:29 pm #

    Fun fun fun!

  8. Annie August 15, 2017 at 1:19 pm #

    My friend FREAKED OUT when we passed the aladdin yesterday. would love to surprise him with these!

  9. Jessica August 15, 2017 at 1:45 pm #

    It would be incredible to see them again. The last time I saw Ozomatli was in 2005 when I came back to Portland after being displaced from Hurricane Katrina. They were playing right around Thanksgiving and I went to the concert with another close friend of mine who was also displaced and my amazing sister.

  10. Valerie Thompson August 15, 2017 at 2:24 pm #

    I haven’t seen them in concert and I am a big fan, I would love this opportunity to see them live! Thanks!

  11. Gabriel August 15, 2017 at 3:10 pm #

    Saw this band while growing up in LA. It was at the Universal Amphitheater along with many other Spanish Rock Bands who were super popular back at the time. It was one of my first ever live show experiences, which was awesome especially when they came On cause they jumped off the stage playing/singing up/down the aisles, and I would love to see them again now with my wife!!! Hopefully we get lucky!!!

  12. Cris August 15, 2017 at 7:11 pm #

    Always wanted to see them, hope to win!

  13. rex August 15, 2017 at 9:45 pm #

    My wife and I would love to see this band! They rock. There are many things to do on the weekend in PDX, but winning a couple of tickets would make our day. Thanks.

  14. Danny August 15, 2017 at 10:32 pm #

    Yo quiero Ozomatli! I will dance a jig and hoot and holler if I win.

  15. Renee August 16, 2017 at 12:45 pm #

    This would be such a fun show!

  16. Buck Nasty August 16, 2017 at 10:46 pm #

    I would make portland proud with my sweet moves and a doobie hanging from my mouth.

  17. Larry Richardson August 17, 2017 at 9:42 am #

    Love to see them !

  18. Bob MacKay August 17, 2017 at 2:26 pm #

    Ozomatli makes up for everything else about LA Oregonians don’t like – and then some! Go Ozo!!!

  19. Tracer August 17, 2017 at 2:37 pm #

    I would love to be at this show.

  20. Brittanie August 17, 2017 at 9:07 pm #

    This sounds cool!

  21. Patricia Mann August 17, 2017 at 9:18 pm #

    What A great way to spend time with daughter, and show her that I can still boogie too good music at 63 years old! We would love to hear Ozo live. Thanks for the chance! We love you PDX Pipeline.

  22. Robert Plata August 18, 2017 at 5:58 am #

    I’m Mexican and I’ve never seen them perform live. I would really like to attend! :-)

  23. Dave G. August 18, 2017 at 7:36 am #

    Dance till the sun disappears behind the moon!

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