Top Latin alternative acts Café Tacuba, Ozomatli and Molotov will lead the charge at this summer's Watcha 2000 tour.
The road show, named after a "Spanglish" term for "check it out," will kick off Aug. 11 in Los Angeles. After three California shows, the tour will fly to New York for an appearance at the Latin Alternative Music Conference on Aug. 14. The bands will then pass through the Midwest, play Caribbean shows in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, and finish up with shows in Florida, Texas and Arizona.
Los Angeles band Ozomatli are known as much for blending cultures and sounds as for their political activism. Their eponymous debut album (1998) featured soul, funk and rap blends on songs such as "Superbowl Sundae" (RealAudio excerpt). In February the group performed a typically energetic live set at a rally opposing a California youth-crime bill.
Mexican rockers Café Tacuba, who recently opened for Beck on the West Coast leg of his recent tour, also blend musical forms. Last year's double-CD Reves/Yo Soy earned them a Grammy nomination. The first disc features a poppy blend of Mexican folk and alternative rock, as on "Guerra" (RealAudio excerpt), while the second disc is an experimental blend of instrumental music, with a guest appearance by the Kronos Quartet.
Hardcore rappers Molotov have generated acclaim for their music, and controversy for their lyrics, since their 1997 debut, Donde Jugaran Las Ninas, with explicit Spanish-language rhymes on such songs as "Puto" (RealAudio excerpt).
Also performing on the tour will be Argentinean hard-rockers Enanitos Verdes and A.N.I.M.A.L., as well as Colombian punk-dance duo Aterciopelados.
Watcha 2000 tour dates:
Aug. 11; Los Angeles, Calif.; Universal Amphitheatre
Aug. 12; San Diego, Calif.; Coors Amphitheatre
Aug. 13; San Jose, Calif.; TBA
Aug. 14; New York, N.Y.; Irving Plaza Latin Alternative Music Conference
Aug. 16; Denver, Colo.; TBA
Aug. 18; Chicago, Ill.; TBA
Aug. 19; Detroit, Mich.; TBA
Aug. 20; Washington, D.C.; TBA
Aug. 22; Boston, Mass.; TBA
Aug. 23; New York, N.Y.; TBA
Aug. 25; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; TBA
Aug. 26; Puerto Rico; TBA
Aug. 27; Miami, Fla.; TBA
Aug. 30; Houston, Texas; TBA
Aug. 31; San Antonio, Texas; TBA
Sept. 1; South Padre Island, Texas; TBA
Sept. 2; Dallas, Texas; TBA
Sept. 3; El Paso, Texas; TBA
Sept. 4; Phoenix, Ariz.; TBA