The band kicks off the party October 26 at Voodoo Music Experience in New Orleans City Park and will hit clubs and theatres through late December.

Highlights include stops at Warehouse live in Houston (October 27), House of Blues in Dallas (October 30), Fox Theatre in Boulder, Colo. (November 1-2), Showbox at The Market in Seattle (November 8-9), McNears Mystic Theatre in Petaluma, Calif. (November 14), The Fillmore in San Francisco (December 11-14) and House of Blues in West Hollywood (December 18-20).

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Ozomatli originally formed to play a Los Angeles area labor protest and spent its early days participating in everything from earthquake prep “hip-hop ghetto plays” at inner-city schools to community activist events, protests and city fundraisers.

Last year, the band served as ambassadors for a series of government-sponsored international tours to Asia, Africa, South America and the Middle East.

The group explained cooperating with the Bush administration, which it hasn’t been shy about criticizing, was a response to a global cry for change by using music to promote messages of peace and understanding.