Gary Graff for BILLBOARD –
Squirrel Nut Zippers and Ozomatli will be uniting to rage against the machine, in their own distinctive ways, when they hit the road together this spring.
The two groups will play six United Together Tour dates starting March 28 in Tucson, Ariz., with more shows to be announced. They figure that the example of an idiosyncratic Americana group from Mississippi joining forces with an outspoken troupe of Latin American descent from Los Angeles will be a blow against the separatist agenda they feel is being forwarded by President Donald Trump and his administration.
“The conversation about this started in the political season leading up to the election, so I think that’ll play a big part in this,” SNZ frontman and leader Jimbo Mathus tells Billboard. “The Zippers love satire, black humor, parody. Ozo’s been more straightforward in their political thing, but I can almost certainly say that we stand politically together and socially together in bringing people together, bringing cultures together and hopefully spreading a positive energy and positive energy of unity, togetherness, music and joy. I think we can do something really positive, and really fun, and we just have to activate that creative force and then see how the audience responds to our combined message.”
Ozomatli’s Poree adds that, “We definitely come from two different worlds, but what we’ve always tried to do through music is bring people together. I’m sure (SNZ) are trying to do the same thing. I think putting us together really makes a statement.”
Take a look at the first set of United Together Tour dates below.
Mar. 28 — Tucson, AZ @ The Rialto Theatre
Mar. 29 — Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
Mar. 30 — Las Vegas, NV @ House Of Blues
Apr. 19 — Ridgefield, CT @ Ridgefield Playhouse
Apr. 20 — Concord, NH @ Capitol Center For The Arts
Apr. 21 — Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
Read the full article at Billboard
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