Photos: Ozomatli played a free show for the kids at the Spot at Urban Peak on Saturday afternoon
Before Ozomatli rocked the Ogden on Saturday night, the genre-bending L.A.-based act stopped by the Spot at Urban Peak, which offers services to homeless and runaway youth in Denver, where it played a free one-hour acoustic show. Instead of just playing a couple songs and leaving, the band interacted with the kids, even inviting them to play with them.
Mykhal Stewart emerges from the audience to jam with Ozomatli. The band was surprised by Stewart's talent and approached him after the show to ask what he was playing.
Since the beginning, Ozomatli has forged a reputation for using music not just as entertainment, but as social activism. At its visit to Urban Peak, the band encouraged the kids to believe in themselves. "It was important for me as a young person to have someone older say that I could be a musician," guitarist, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Raul Pacheco told the kids. "It doesn't have to be music. Whatever it is you're into, it can be done."