A pair of genre-spanning bands, each known for energetic, fiery live performances—the Chapel Hill, N.C. outfit Squirrel Nut Zippers (above, rehearsing “Plenty More”) and Los Angeles collective Ozomatli (below, performing “Como Vez” live in concert for Paste)—have united together to bring their music to the people. Squirrel Nut Zippers have been mashing together swing music, punk and jazz for nearly 25 years, and they’ve been celebrating the 20th anniversary of their second studio full-length, Hot (stream it below). For roughly the same amount of time, Ozomatli have been expertly blending hip-hop, Chicano rock, reggae, world music and Latin sounds, winning over fans in the process, thanks to their exceptional stage presence and recorded fare, like 2014’s Place in the Sun (stream it below), resulting in AllMusic saying the band’s “become masters of their trade, crafting a supremely engaging album that hits the musical sweet spot every time.” Their combined tour launched in March and with it winding down now, Squirrel Nut Zippers and Ozomatli come to Brooklyn Steel tomorrow night.
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For more than 15 years, Ozomatli has been mashing together East L.A. R&B and New Orleans second line (read: hip-hop, salsa, dancehall, funk, rock and merengue) to bring a musical party to the people all while spreading “its message of peace, communication and understanding through music.” While the seven-piece band, which features a wide range of instruments, has put out five quality albums—including 2010’s Fire Away—make no mistake, the best way to experience Ozomatli (above, playing “Dos Cosas Ciertas”) is live, which you can do on Saturday night at Music Hall of Williamsburg.