In a convergence of late-90’s trends, Ozomatli came to Syracuse during my senior year along with the Pietasters and the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies. The latter two seemed like they might put on fun shows – and they did – but Ozomatli was the band that I was really looking forward to seeing. The show was at 7:30 or 8 on a Thursday night and right as I was getting ready to walk out the door, I get a phone call from a company looking to interview me for a job. In fact, it was the one company I was most interested in working for at the time.
So I talk to the recruiter for a bit about myself and my qualifications for the job opening that they had… and in the process, I miss the vast majority of Ozomatli’s set. To make matters worse, I don’t think I ever heard from that company again. Thanks a lot, guys!
A couple years later, I finally got to see a full Ozomatli show when they played in Pittsburgh at Rosebud and it was excellent. They brought lots of energy to their show and got the whole room dancing. I suggested that my friend Laura go check ’em out even though she had never heard the band; she sent back positive reports.
I feel like Ozomatli’s studio work has gone downhill over the years, but I’ll bet they still put on a wild live show. They probably rank in my top five live acts to see. Go check ’em out if you have the opportunity.