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Ozomatli kicks off 34th season of Music Under the Stars

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The name says it all: Music Under the Stars. El Paso's free, summer concert series returns for its 34th season this Sunday.

“This will be the 34th year of Music Under the Stars and it’s something we’re very proud of. We’re happy and we’re excited," said Ismael Acosta, who works with the city's Cultural Affairs Department. “It’s just a great place to bring your family, it’s free, it’s family-oriented and it doesn’t get much better than that.”

For more than three decades, Music Under the Stars has provided El Paso with an opportunity to see some national acts perform - al fresco - for free.

“Nothing beats it, it’s just the best thing,” said Acosta.

The 34th season kicks off Sunday with a performance from LA-based band Ozomatli, which just released a new record.

“We’ve gone to El Paso many different times for many different reasons, and we’re happy to be going back," said guitarist Raul Pacheco. "If you’ve ever seen us, I think we’re really celebratory. We want to people to celebrate with one another. And I think, for us, music has always meant that to us as a collective, like it’s a celebration of positive things we can offer each other.”

In the band's 22-year history, the group has always been interested in exploring new musical territory.

“Because I think we’re the kind of band that brings people together has a celebratory moment," said Pacheco. "And you kind of forget. You wanna have fun. We want to make you dance. I think that’s part of what we to do.”

Ozomatli's performance on Sunday will take place at Cohen Stadium. In fact, the first four performances of the summer-concert series are at Cohen, while the second half of the summer lineup happens at the Chamizal National Memorial.

“So now we get the opportunity to go into the Northeast and the Fort Bliss community and, you know, spread the love there while also keeping it at the Chamizal.”

Click here for more information on the summer concert series.

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