Before Ozomatli arrives in San Juan Capistrano for their Nov. 23 Coach House show, the Los Angeles rock/Latin/hip hop artists will have played a gig for the presidential candidate they have officially endorsed.
At 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, the six-member outfit is scheduled to perform at a rally for Bernie Sanders at Salazar Park, 3864 Whittier Blvd., Los Angeles. Doors open at 11 a.m. for the free event, and while no tickets are required, attendees are encouraged to click here to RSVP due to limited parking and space.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This just in from Bernie 2020:
NEWS: Bernie Sanders to Rally in Eastside Los Angeles
November 15, 2019
CALIFORNIA — Sen. Bernie Sanders is changing the location of his Eastside Los Angeles Rally with Ozomatli on Saturday, November 16. The rally will now take place at Woodrow Wilson Senior High School.
Here is the itinerary:
Saturday, November 16
12:00 p.m. Bernie 2020 Rally in Eastside Los Angeles with Ozomatli
Woodrow Wilson Senior High School 4500 Multnomah St, Los Angeles, CA 90032
Information for the public: Doors open at 10:30 a.m. This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required, but an RSVP is encouraged. Entrance is provided on a first come, first served basis. Parking is available on site and as well as on Multnomah Street, Wilson Way and the surrounding area; attendees are encouraged to walk, bike, or take public transit.
Attendees can take the DASH to the following nearby stations
Multnomah St. & Wilson Way
Eastern / Druid
Eastern Ave. & Druid St
“Ozomatli supports Senator Sanders and his call for a more equal American society,” says Raúl Pacheco, guitarist and lead vocalist for Ozomatli, in a statement from the band. “Our music reflects that sentiment with a spirit of inclusiveness and diversity, it is in line with Senator Sanders’ message and we are happy to be a part of his campaign.”
At the rally, Ozomatli will play a set before Sanders “is joined by local leaders and activists fighting for economic, environmental, social and racial justice for working families across America,” according to the Bernie 2020 campaign.
After appearing in LA, Sanders is scheduled to attend that evening’s Univision & California Democratic Party Real América Presidential Forum at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center (300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach). That event does require tickets or–if you are not a party delegate–it did; non-delegate tickets are sold out, reports Bernie 2020.
Formed in 1995, Ozomatli is heading into its 25th anniversary year with the same members who appeared on their first album. (How many other bands can say that?) Those members are: Pacheco (guitar, tres, jarana, vocals); Wil-Dog Abers (bass, marimbula, backing vocals, occasional lead vocals); Justin “El Niño” Porée (percussion, rap vocals, lead vocals, backing vocals); Asdrubal Sierra (trumpet, lead vocals, piano); Ulises Bella (saxophone, background vocals, requinto jarocho, keyboard, melodica); and Jiro Yamaguchi (drums, percussion, backing vocals).
The band has never been shy about delving into the political realm. During the 2000 Democratic National Convention at the Staples Center in LA, Ozomatli took to the streets to play live for thousands of protesters outside. And in 2009, the band performed for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s 32nd annual Awards Gala in Washington, D.C.
It’s doubtful you’ll bump into Mich and Barry, but there certainly could be a Bernie 2020 activist of three at the Coach House, 33157 Camino Capistrano Blvd., San Juan Capistrano, (949) 496-8930; thecoachhouse.com. Sat., Nov. 23, 8 p.m. $30.
OC Weekly Editor-in-Chief Matt Coker has been engaging, enraging and entertaining readers of newspapers, magazines and websites for decades. He spent the first 13 years of his career in journalism at daily newspapers before “graduating” to OC Weekly in 1995 as the alternative newsweekly’s first calendar editor.