McNally Smith River Rocks Music Festival: Ozomatli

Ozomatli is one of those bands you just have to see live. If you haven't seen them before, do not miss them this time around, especially because they've reunited—at least temporarily—with rapper Chali 2na, whose rich vocals play so well off of the band's Latin beats. Even white people will dance, for sure. The L.A.-based, Grammy-winning ensemble act is here this weekend as part of St. Paul's River Rocks Music Festival, and though you wouldn't know it from the lineup arrangement, they're pretty easily the best act that's going to be there (along with the Roots). They're animated, lively, and have a clear camaraderie that's just nice to be around. And while you could have a Wikipedia field day looking up all the African and Latin instruments they use, you should really just come see for yourself. All ages.
Fri., Sept. 19, 4:30-11 p.m.; Sat., Sept. 20, 1-11 p.m., 2008

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