Jesus Diaz y Su QBA, Ozomatli, Horn of Dagoth -- ASD's Live Music Picks for Tuesday, August 7
Jesus Diaz y Su QBA, 9 at Elbo Room. $10.
"Considered one of the first Cuban timba bands in the U.S., Jesús Díaz y su QBA planted these musical seeds in the Bay Area in the late 1990s. On their first album (Caramelo), we saw the seedlings sprout. On Jardinero, they harvest a bouquet of original songs. On vocals, Díaz surprises the listener with the rich resonance of his low tenor voice. Stories about growing up in Havana and observations about today's urban dramas are insightful and have something to say. The horn-driven arrangements ate performed with a top-notch cast of Bill Theurer (trumpet), Derek James (trombone), Alex Budman (sax) and Melecio Magdaluyo (sax). Add to that a rhythm section of Diaz (on trap drums, timbal and bongó) and a superb cast of young lions, and the rhythmic pulse is set." -- Latin Beat
Ozomatli, 7:30 at Mountain Winery. $35/40/48.50
"If not as consistently accomplished or as impressive as Street Signs – which raised the bar so high that Ozomatli will have to go some (and then some!) to better it – Don’t Mess With The Dragon still showcases one of the most inventive, imaginative and politically aware of America’s contemporary music outfits to compelling effect. Check out, too, the buoyantly defiant “Magnolia Soul” as it takes the Bush administration to task over its non-response to Hurricane Katrina and the pro-immigration and irresistibly chaotic “La Temperatura”, which injects itself straight into that part of your brain that says ‘Dance like you’ve never danced before’ and be prepared to crow along like a cockerel on heat at dawn!" -- BBC