The Grammy-winning Latin-fusion juggernaut — and a favorite among Santa Fe audiences — Ozomatli performs at the Santa Fe University of Art & Design’s bandstand on the quad (1600 St. Michael’s Drive) at 9 p.m. Saturday, April 27, in conjunction with the university’s Artists for Positive Social Change program.
The five-year initiative, which encompasses a university-wide series of lectures, workshops, demonstrations, performances, and other events, involves students and others in an exploration of art and performance as tools to effect lasting change and meaningful dialogue within the larger community. Inaugurated during the 2011-2012 school year, AfPSC has already welcomed hip-hop legends Public Enemy and artist-activist Shepard Fairey to Santa Fe.
The program’s theme for the 2012-2013 year, Art and Political Activism, dovetails nicely with Ozomatli’s propensity for blending politics, hip-hop, and funky Latin-fusion grooves. Ozomatli, which emerged from a labor protest in mid-’90s Los Angeles, is a frequent outreach participant within Southern California’s inner cities.
Opening for Ozo will be Inner City Connection (ICC), the brainchild of Public Enemy bassist Brian Hardgroove. The group opened up the PE show at SFUAD in 2012. A new band, The Skankin’ 2x4s, also opens (with a set of Bob Marley covers). The campus is open to ticket holders at 5 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m., and the music starts at 7:30 p.m. Admission to the concert is free, and space is limited.
You need to have a ticket, though. None will be available the day of the event. To grab a couple (limit two per person), swing by the Lensic box office (211 W. San Francisco St., 988-1234) between Monday, April 15, and Friday, April 19. If you don’t mind paying a small fee, you can also order tickets online on those days through www.ticketssantafe.org.
Oh, and there’s more. You can’t park on campus unless you have a valid handicapped-driver permit. Use the lot at Santa Fe High School (across Siringo Road from SFUAD’s back entrance) instead. Also, if you’re under 18, you’ll need an adult chaperone. And there’s a laundry list of things you can’t bring into the quad area: common-sense items like glass, booze or drugs, and filthy animals (without a service-animal certification) — and weirder stuff, like no skate decks and no chewing gum. But stop whining. It’s free!
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It’s a great weekend for all-ages music in Santa Fe. First up, at 7 p.m. Friday, March 29, is Tucson conscious-hip-hop collective Foreign Tongues Cult featuring IRONIC & Einstein at Warehouse 21 (1614 Paseo de Peralta, 989-4423). Combining super-melodic narrative attacks and a lyrical bend more in tune with the slam-poetry/Midwest-underground scene than with Southwest hip-hop’s near-ubiquitous Latin flow, Foreign Tongues Cult is on the move — in a tour van, heading east, from southern Arizona.
Supporting FTC on the W21 stage are The Source, Sublmnl Rnsns, Trip + Thyme, and Zen Tempest. There’s an $8 cover at the door for the all-ages show. A few advance tickets are available at W21 for $5.
At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 30, Warehouse 21 hosts a Bollywood Club Invasion Dance Party benefit for the Amma Center of New Mexico’s charitable projects, which include Mother’s Kitchen — a volunteer-staffed program that feeds nutritious burritos to more than 100 people in need each week in Santa Fe. Mother’s Kitchen also assists with the preparation of meals for St. Elizabeth Shelter and Casa Familia shelter.
On deck to perform during the festivities are DJs Dynamite Sol and Shobanon, as well as improv media artist Agramzu. The evening also includes finger foods, chai, astrological readings, a Bollywood dance class, bhangra drumming, henna tattooing, massages, and performances by the Wild Divine Dancers. Tickets for the all-ages event are $15 at the door, under 12 $7, call 699-7275 for more information.
— Rob DeWalt