Ozomatli rocks south shore of Lake Tahoe
The band representing the whole world by way of Los Angeles came back to blaze the stage on the South Shore last Saturday with an amazing performance set within the wonderfully intimate confines of the MontBleu Theatre.
The show was set apart from a September performance at the Crystal Bay’s Crown room simply by the vibe of the crowd in attendance. Once again, the people’s enthusiasm and dedication to have a good time showed off that the South Shore knows how to party. The whole room bounced with the band. I witnessed one of the larger patrons repeatedly check his pulse as he danced his heart out.
The band played favorites such as “Cumbia de los Muertos,” “After-party” and “City of Angels.” It made the ballroom implode when they played “Saturday Night,” as everyone celebrated their weekend.
Ozo extended its repertoire with a rendition of The Clash’s “Police and Thieves,” and as an interlude played a few bars of U2’s “Still Haven’t Found.” Both songs were responded to with cheers and chants from the crowd who enjoyed the Latin feel brought to a couple of classic songs.
Ozomatli is known for their political activism, speaking openly about immigration reform, legalization of marijuana and their support of gay marriage. But Saturday it seemed able to put down their placards and put on their party hats. The band’s ability to have a good time while promoting a positive message is most definitely one of their strong points.
The band ended their set by bringing themselves down into the crowd to play among the people in the pit where they improvised a few songs and did the hokey pokey.
Their signature way of creating a conga line out the door was somewhat foiled by strict and confusing new measures reportedly put in by a fire marshal. Instead of having exits available at both sides of the showroom, patrons were greeted by gates set up blocking entrances and exits to the lower levels near the stage.
The band and crowd did manage to exit the showroom and continue the party outside into the casino, where the band jammed and mingled with the patrons of the show.
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