Nov. 4: Ozomatli at the Mystic Theater

We are human, and therefore we cannot be alone. A book, a movie, a cat—these are nice things to keep us company, but only up to a point. What we really need is other bodies, and preferably moving ones. Dancing, letting go in a room of people and just dancing is the best cure for the chill of solitude. The best bet for such escape this week is in the form of the Los Angeles Latin-hip-hop-rock ensemble Ozomatli, who for 10 years have gotten crowds on their feet with horns, turntables, harmonies, MCs and guitars. Begun as a fundraiser for a community center in L.A., Ozomatli has since toured the world with one of the most energetic live shows imaginable, and have brought people together under the banner of peace, freedom and music. On certain nights, the band has been known to hop off the stage, walk through the crowd while playing, and lead everybody out into the street for a parade of music and dancing. Some call it radical, but really it’s just human nature at its best when Ozomatli play on Wednesday, Nov. 4, at the Mystic Theatre. 23 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 9pm. $30–$32. 707.765.2121.Gabe Meline

Sonoma County Library