Rebels who fight to see change will enjoy this LA based hip-hop and salsa band even more knowing that the formation of the band was in preparation for an LA labor protest 10 years ago. Since then the band has helped and performed for the community with a revolutionary spirit; it even had April 23rd named “Ozomatli Day” by the City of Los Angeles!
8pm. $25. The Date Shed, 50725 Monroe St., Indio, (760) 775-6699; www.dateshedmusic.com.
It’s a night of classical music for Pomona College, so take the opportunity to soak in some culture while staying local and within budget. This is the beginning of a three-day festival of music with a little concert on Friday night featuring Cynthia Fogg on viola and Nadia Shpachenko on piano. Let the beauty of classical instruments and music lull into a relaxing, non-stressed mood.
Fri, Feb. 1-Sat, Feb. 2. Pomona College, Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E 4th St., Claremont, (909) 607-2671; music.pomona.edu/calendar.shtml
Normally you see comic headliners perform at the Ontario Improv each weekend like Carlos Mencia or David Spade but this week it’s the turn of local Improv residents of the venue, identical twin brothers Cory and Chad, who are stealing the spotlight. The sibling’s raunchy jokes and ample swearing makes it pretty clear that it’s one of those “leave the kids at home” type of events.
Thurs, Jan. 31-Sat, Feb. 2. Thurs, 8pm. Fri, 8pm & 10pm. Sat, 7pm & 9pm. $12-$17. Ontario Improv, 4555 Mills Cir., Ontario, (909) 484-5411; www.ontario.improv.com.
Three accomplished musicians ask you to open your ears to this performance of cultural music, as well as the new sounds that stem from traditional Persian, Mexican and Indian instruments. Together The Land Trio will play many instruments you’ve never seen before as they bridge the gaps between cultures while trying to unite the world through music.
5pm. Donation of $5. Harrison House Music & Arts, 6881 Mount Lassen Ave., Joshua Tree, (760) 366-4712.
The story of Cinderella is much more serious (and downright graphic according to Grimm’s Fairy Tales) than Disney portrays it to be. Minus the heel and toe cutting, this will be a familiar show with Prince Charming, Cinderella, her stepmom, stepsisters and the glass slipper. Get out of the cartoon world and see the ballet put on by the Russian National Ballet version set to thrilling music.
8pm. $25-$69. McCallum Theatre, 73000 Fred Waring Dr., Palm Desert, (760) 340-2787. www.mccallumtheatre.com.
Just as you’d expect from a corn fed rock ‘n’ roll cowboy, Thomas Rhett writes hit songs about hard work and his strong faith. Then adding Led Zeppelin and hip-hop influences to his western flavor, he’s become increasingly popular with the younger generation. But don’t expect a washed out version of classic country tunes, this boy makes sure to bring the redneck lyrics paired with his slide guitar. Not to mention, he’s the son of the successful country singer/songwriter Rhett Atkins, which keeps him true to his blue jean all-American middle class white boy roots. With rising success that appears to be nothing short of fate, it’s a surprise Rhett practically avoided his musical talent growing up—trying to find a passion within any other field until he stumbled upon a writing contract that led him to contributing to the top selling country album in 2011, My Kinda Party by Jason Aldean. Since then, he has brought us expressive country favorites including, “If I Could Have a Beer With Jesus” and “Something to Do with My Hands.” With talent, charm and his boy-next-door good looks, Thomas Rhett is sure to have the females flocking to hear his captivating vocals.
8:30pm. $13. The Brandin’ Iron, 320 S. E St., San Bernardino, (909) 888-7388; www.brandinironsaloon.com.
One soon to be reggae royalty is coming to town. Third generation Bob Marley descendent Daniel Bambaata Marley (a.k.a. DB) is creating that soulful music that made the islands so famous. He will perform laidback songs that transcend genres because he is influenced by more than just reggae. The IE’s own best reggae band Natural Heights will also be performing.
7:30pm. The Barn, UC Riverside, 900 University Ave., Riverside, (951) 827-2776; rside.ucr.edu.