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Friday Night Music with Raúl Pacheco

May 21, 2014

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He’s also the guitarist and sings vocals for the Grammy Award-winning group Ozomatli, which “fuses music from around the world in an urban-Latino-and-beyond collision of hip hop and salsa, dancehall and cumbia, samba and funk, merengue and comparsa, East L.A. R&B and New Orleans second line, Jamaican ragga and Indian raga,” reads the description on SFSymphony.org where they performed at Davies Symphony Hall last December.

That a group of people can be that knowledgable and that talented and create this fusion is what makes an Ozomatli concert one of the funnest things a person can ever do. And, we vouch for that.

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Ozomatli practicing with the San Francisco Symphony; photo by Damon V

 

On Friday, May 23rd, Pacheco & the Immaculate Conception will perform as part of the first season of Friday Night Music at Picnik. Zona Rosa Coffee, Kounter, KTCHN, and Punch Bar in Old Pasadena have rallied musicians to play in Picnik’s courtyard every Friday through late November 2014.

Pacheco answers our question (sidestepping the definition as a dogma of the Roman Catholic Church in 1854), “So what exactly is the Immaculate Conception?”

It’s called The Immaculate Conception because it started out as a jam. No rehearsals, (and only) with available musicians. Funny thing is, I know so many varied players that each performance was completely different. And sometimes I’d have a bunch of bad asses. People that play with Jack Johnson, Cee Lo Green, Jason Mraz, Oingo Boingo, etc., and we would show up, I’d count 1234, and we would start. Essentially make up songs—that is the immaculate conception part—the miracle part. The birth of something special out of nothing. Now that I have some more time, I’m developing it more. Recordings, vinyl, videos, and more shows to come.

Pacheco will be performing with Alexander E. Gonzalez, Hugo Vera Solari, and Gabriel Gonzalez.

Friday Night Music
Friday, May 23rd, 8:30-11:30 p.m.
Picnik, 168 W. Colorado Blvd., at corner of Pasadena Ave., Pasadena 91105
Event is free
PicnikPasadena.com

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Pacheco and the rest of Ozomatli performing alongside Los Lobos and Culture Clash at the Greek Theatre, May 4, 2014

Ozomatli, the full band, will next be performing Sunday, June 8th at MacArthur Park in L.A., then at the California Worldfest in Grass Valley on Saturday, July 12th. After that, they’ll be on tour in Baltimore, Japan, and Columbia (Canada), before heading back west to San Diego. For details, visit Ozomatli.com.

Their newest album is Place in the Sun.

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Even though this is an oldie (Street Signs, 2004), it’s one of our favorites…

 




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