Ozomatli Debuts More New Music From Its Forthcoming Album

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Ozomatli is going the reggae route with the latest single from its forthcoming album, Marching On.

The band premiered its new single, ‘Sunsets‘ Friday. The song is the fourth single from the band’s forthcoming record, which is scheduled for release July 15 through Blue Elan Records. Its release follows those of the record’s other singles, ‘Sacude,’ ‘Mi Destino,’ and ‘Fellas’.

As noted, the musical arrangement featured in ‘Sunsets’ is a light, reggae-tinged composition. It is completely unlike the arrangements featured in the record’s current singles in that nature. It will appeal easily to fans of Sublime, Jack Johnson, and The Dirty Heads.

Front man Raul Pacheco talked about the song’s positive lyrical message in a prepared statement.

“’Sunsets’ is about the city of LA, traveling from the east side to the beach and all of those special moments in between,” Pacheco said. “We wish they could last forever but even beautiful sunsets have to end sometime. The inspiration came from the ending of beautiful things, sometimes it’s relationships, sometimes it’s important parts of your life. When you’re looking at a sunset, it’s just for a moment – you really have just a few minutes to capture this image because then it’s gone. For me, there’s something about that – about life, about how we live, there are beautiful things everywhere but they might not be permanent and you might as well enjoy it while you can.”

In other news, Ozomatli is scheduled to launch a tour in support of its new album May 15 in Redondo Beach, CA. The tour is scheduled to run through Sept. 18 in Long Beach, CA and includes stops in Pelham, TN; Taos, NM and Fort Collins, CO.

The tour’s schedule is noted below.

Ozomatli on tour
5/15/22 – Redondo Beach, CA – BeachLife Festival
5/16/22 – Los Angeles, CA – The Venice West (BeachLife afterparty)
5/22/22 – Los Angeles, CA – Getty 25 Celebrates Lincoln Heights/East L.A.
5/29/22 – Taos, New Mexico – Kit Carson Park
5/30/22 – Pelham, TN – Dia de Los Muertos in the Caverns (A PBS Television Event – with Los Lobos)
6/17/22 – Menlo Park, CA – The Guild Theatre
6/18/22 – Mammoth Lakes, CA – The Village at Mammoth
6/19/22 – Ukiah, CA – Todd Grove Park (Sundays in the Park)
6/23/22 – Fullerton, CA – Craig Regional Park (OC Parks Summer Concert Series)
7/16/22 – Ventura , CA – Ventura Pier (Surf Rodeo)
7/28/22 – Ridgway, CO – Hartwell Park
7/29/22 – Fort Collins, CO – Washington’s
7/31/22 – Carbondale, CO – Sopris Park (Carbondale Mountain Fair)
9/02/22 – Silverthorne, CO – Rainbow Park
9/15/22 – Long Beach, CA – The Old School Cruise
9/16/22 – Long Beach, CA – The Old School Cruise
9/17/22 – Long Beach, CA – The Old School Cruise
9/18/22 – Long Beach, CA – The Old School Cruise

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Ozomatli Debuts New LP’s Third Single

Courtesy: Blue Elan Records

Ozomatli is scheduled to release its latest album this summer, and in anticipation, released the album’s latest single this week.

The band is scheduled to release its new album, Marching On July 15 through Blue Elan Records. In anticipation of the record’s release, the band premiered its latest single, ‘Sacude’ Thursday through radio station KCRW in Los Angeles, California.

The song’s musical arrangement is everything that audiences have come to expect from the veteran collective, complete with all of the Afro-Latin percussion and familiar Cuban style piano licks and vocal styles. There is even a touch of a hip-hop vibe about the arrangement, too, that is so subtle, but still evident in a close listen. That, too, is familiar for longtime fans. The whole is a composition that will appeal to a wide range of audiences.

Front man Asdru Sierra said the song’s lyrical theme is meant to deliver a positive message to listeners.

“’Sacude’ is a song about shaking off toxicity,” he said. “Poetically it describes how the guy in the band that plays maracas has something strange in his instrument that rattles funny and throws off his groove.  The maracas are like an extension of our souls in this case. At first a guy in the band that’s his friend tells him there’s something off with him. He points out that he is sick with toxicity and he’s worried. But he needs to deal with it.  Then during the chorus, the pregones are the maraca player expelling his toxicity.”

Sierra continued, “We all have toxicity in our lives, whether it’s from other people or our own addictions or insecurities, everyone has experienced toxicity. So, we all aim to clean out our maracas to get rid of whatever makes it sound bad to continue grooving.”

Ozomatli debuted two other singles from the album in 2021. One of those singles was ‘Mi Destino, which features guest appearances by Cypress Hill/Prophets of Rage’s B-Real and vocalist Gaby Moreno. The other single produced from the album is ‘Fellas,’ which features a guest appearance by Lisa Lisa (Cult Jam) and the ladies of J.J. Fad.

More information on Ozomatli’s new album is available along with all of the group’s latest news at:

Website: https://ozomatli.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ozomatli

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ozomatli

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Details Announced For Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare

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Shock rocker Rob Zombie will close out this year’s “Great American Nightmare” festival.  The month long horror and music festival will be held at the Fearplex in Pomona, just outside Los Angeles.  It will be held every Thursday through Sunday during the month of October.  This year’s festival will include music performances, screenings of classic horror films, a haunted house, and lots of food and a variety of beverages.  The haunted house is run by Steve Kopelman, one of the nation’s preeminent haunted house producers.  Kopelman’s haunted house will have three attractions, all of which will be based on Zombie’s own films.

The music side of the “Great American Nightmare” will be just as entertaining as the haunted house and movies.  Each Thursday during the month of October will feature alternative bands.  Fridays will see electronica/dance acts.  And most Saturdays will feature hard rock and metal, while Sundays will feature music from Latin acts.  Among some of the music festival’s most notable acts are:  3OH!3, 45 Grave, Beware Of Darkness, Blaze Ya Dead Homie, Butcher Babies, Duane Peters, Eagles Of Death Metal, Ghost Town, Mod Sun, Motionless In White, Powerman 5000, TSOL, The Dickies, The Vandals, and Wallpaper.

Tickets to the “Great American Nightmare” are available now starting at thirty dollars.  They can be purchased online at http://GreatAmericanNightmare.com.  VIP packages are also available at the Great American Nightmare website.  Tickets include:  Access to all haunted house attractions, concerts and Bloody Boulevard activities.  Tickets can also be bought on-site at the Los Angeles County Fair at Pomona Fairplex from August 30th to September 29th.  The full lineup for the “Great American Nightmare” Music Festival is listed below.

Thursday, October 10: 3OH!3, Wallpaper


Friday, October 11: Blood On The Dance Floor, HeavyGrinder


Saturday, October 12: Kottonmouth Kings, Twiztid, Blaze Ya Dead Homie


Sunday, October 13: Ozomatli, with special guest


Thursday, October 17: The Used, William Control


Friday, October 18: DJ Bl3nd, DirtyLoud, One More Time (Daft Punk Tribute)


Saturday, October 19: The Vandals, TSOL, The Dickies, Duane Peters


Sunday, October 20: pro-wrestling sensations Lucha Libre USA, Metalachi


Thursday, October 24: Emilie Autumn with special guest


Friday, October 25: Doctor P, Zomboy, Terravita, Evol Intent


Saturday, October 26: Motionless In White, Butcher Babies, Ghost Town


Sunday, October 27: Reel Big Fish, Goldfinger, with special guest


Thursday, October 31: Andrew W.K., Mod Sun, Beware Of Darkness


Friday, November 1: MAJOR EDM HEADLINER to be announced on September 25, Dirtyphonics, Fei-Fei


Saturday, November 2: Rob Zombie, Eagles Of Death Metal, Powerman 5000, 45 Grave


The “Great American Nightmare” from 6:30pm – 11pm each Thursday, and Sundays, and from 6:30pm – 1am each Saturday.  It is sponsored by Monster Energy Drink and Ernie Ball.

More information on the “Great American Nightmare” is available online at http://www.GreatAmericanNightmare.com, https://www.facebook.com/RobZombiesGreatAmericanNightmare, and http://twitter.com/RobZombiesGAN.

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