Grammy and Latin GRAMMY winning band Ozomatli will make the headlines The Music Centerfirst annual free concert of, as part of the Live at The Music Center series, on Saturday, September 3 at 8:00 p.m., the jerry moss Square. The concert, which will take place over Labor Day weekend, is made possible through a major donation from Tina and jerry moss & the Moss Foundation, which asks, in part, the Music Center to develop an annual celebration of music on jerry moss Plaza every summer.
The special evening will begin with a 40-minute A/V set by the famous leader of the Los Angeles-based label Stones Throw Peanut butter bass. Getting his start spinning and playing hip-hop beats, Peanut Butter Wolf developed the careers of Madlib, J Dilla, Quasimoto, Madvillain, Dam-Funk, Mayer Hawthorne, KNX, Mild High Club, MNDSGN and Anderson Paak.
“We are delighted that Ozomatli is giving a free concert on jerry moss Plaza at the Music Center for all Angelenos to enjoy – what a fantastic way to kick off Live at the Music Center with one of LA’s local bands!” said Rachel S. Moore, President and CEO of the Music Center. “We were able to offer this free event thanks to a major donation from Tina and jerry moss & the Moss Foundation. Their deep love and appreciation for music will reverberate in the many free and low cost events we produce throughout the year. So mark your calendars for September 3 and get ready to rock the night under the stars!”
Ozomatli’s music is as multifaceted as its members and influences. Coming together as young political activists and musicians, the original group formed in Los Angeles in 1995 to play a notorious urban-Latin-and-beyond collision of hip-hop and salsa, dancehall and cumbia, samba and funk, merengue and simile, East LA R&B and second line New Orleans, Jamaican ragga and Indian raga, all while following a key mantra: Ozomatli will make you do the around the world by showing you around Los Angeles. Their music has been widely recognized and celebrated with three Grammy® Awards (for Best Latin/Alternative Rock Album and Best Alternative Music Album, among others), and the city of Los Angeles has declared April 23 as “Ozomatli Day ” in recognition of the important contribution of the group for more than 25 years to the cultural life of the city. The group, made up of six members (Wil-Dog Abers, Ulises Bella, Raul Pacheco, Justin PoreeAsdru Sierra, and Jiro Yamaguchi), recently released a new album titled Marching On on Blue Élan Records.
“Ozomatli are an award-winning band that formed here in Los Angeles, so their next concert over Labor Day weekend will be like performing in their own backyard,” said the executive vice president of TMC Arts, Josephine Ramírez. “Ozomatli’s ability to influence and create change through his music aligns perfectly with the Music Center‘s vision to provide artistic experiences that create healthier, more compassionate, and more equitable places to live. Join- us on September 3 for an energizing performance – it’s the perfect way to celebrate the last days of summer and the strength of our LA community.”
In October 2020, Jerry and Tina Moss provided the Music Center with $25 million, the largest one-time contribution for programming in the organization’s history. The funds are intended to support the Music Center’s work to increase the breadth and depth of its public presentations with a particular focus on quality and affordable artistic programming that is relevant and reflective of Los Angeles’ diverse communities. This free summer concert, part of the Live at The Music Center series, is open to everyone and will be held outdoors on jerry moss Square.
The Music Center continues to adopt important safety practices to protect guests, performers and staff. Clients are encouraged to wear a face covering on its campus and to jerry moss Square. No proof of vaccination or test is required for Live at The Music Center. Drinks will be available for sale on site. No food, drink, alcohol or outdoor seating is permitted. Self-parking will be available in The main Music Center garage (accessible via the Grand Avenue entrance) and the waltz disney Concert hall garage. Valet parking is not available.
In accordance with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, the Music Center has been working behind the scenes during the pandemic to prepare for the return of live performances to its venues, indoors and outdoors. outside, by implementing new measures. and procedures. The Music Center became the first performing arts organization in the nation to earn the UL Verified Healthy Buildings mark for indoor air and water quality. The Music Center underwent an extensive assessment process to obtain verification, demonstrating that each of its four sites, the Grand Park Administrative Office and the Music Center Annex, has excellent indoor air quality and water. Additionally, The Music Center has improved all cleaning procedures, installed hand sanitizer dispensers in all public areas, and created a touchless experience in its public restrooms as well as electronic ticketing and a digital program, among other things. measures.
Live at The Music Center is generously supported by Tina and jerry moss/Moss Foundation.
*Programs, artists and security protocols subject to change. Photos available here.
Located on the ancestral and sacred land of the Tongva and many other indigenous groups who inhabit these lands, the Music Center gratefully recognizes and honors the land itself and the First Peoples who have been its custodians through generations.
About the Music Center
The Music Center brings together artists, communities and ideas with the goal of deepening the cultural life of every resident of Los Angeles County. The $70 million nonprofit performing arts organization has two divisions: TMC Arts and TMC Ops. TMC Arts, the Music Center’s programming engine, offers year-round programming at all four Music Center theaters, on jerry moss Plaza, outside of Grand Park – an adjacent 12-acre green space – in schools and other locations throughout Los Angeles County and on a digital platform called The Music Center Offstage. TMC Arts presents world-class dance with Glorya Kaufman Features dance at the Music Center, free and low-cost concerts and public events, as well as live and digital K-12 arts education programs, workshops, performances, interactive experiences, and special events. TMC Ops manages the theaters, Plaza and Grand Park, which represent $2 billion in county assets, on behalf of Los Angeles County. The Music Center is also home to four renowned resident companies – Center Theater Group, Los Angeles Master Chorale, LA Opera and LA Phil. For more information, visit musiccenter.org. Follow The Music Center on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @MusicCenterLA.