Ozomatli to Headline Fiesta Friday Concert!

Popular Latin/Hip Hop band Ozomatli will headline the April 13 Fiesta Friday Concert at the 2018 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, officials announced.

The Fiesta Friday Concert will begin at approximately 6:45 p.m. on the plaza in front of the Long Beach Performing Arts Center adjacent to the Long Beach Convention Center and is free to Friday race ticket holders. Space at the plaza is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Formed in Los Angeles in 1995, Ozomatli features a wide variety of musical styles, including salsa, jazz, funk, reggae, rap and others. Its six current members have been with the band since their self-titled debut album in 1998:  Wil-Dog Abers, Raul Pacheco, Justin “El Niño” Poree, Asdrubal Sierra, Ulises Bella and Jiro Yamaguchi.

The band has released seven studio albums in total and played all over the world, including China, Tunisia, Jordan and Burma.  Since 2011, Ozomatli has also served as the in-house band for stand-up comedian Gabriel Iglesias’ TV show, Gabriel Iglesias Presents Stand-Up Revolution.

“The Grand Prix of Long Beach is a long-time tradition that Ozomatli is happy to be a part of,” said Pacheco. “There is nothing like the close up roar of high-performance race cars against the beautiful downtown skyline. With the 20th anniversary of our debut record right around the corner, we’ll be bringing a little somethin’ new and a little somethin’ old to our performance. No doubt, we’ll all be dancing!”

The group has found a way to represent Los Angeles’ 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 and they 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.

Past Fiesta Friday concerts have included acclaimed artists including El Tri, Moderatto, Fobia, Moenia and many more.