"I think it's really generous and really nice and like an awesome opportunity to meet them," said Erayna Johnson, a student who uses the Urban Peak drop-in center. "They won Grammys and like, they're coming here for free for us."
Johnson lives in temporary housing. Some of the students at Urban Peak are homeless. All of them are considered at-risk.
"You hear so many stories from the youth, abusive situations, drugs and alcohol," said Clayton Gonzalez, drop-in supervisor at Urban Peak.
Gonzalez says two weeks ago, he was contacted by the band from Los Angeles who have won three Grammy Awards. They wanted to play for the students before their concert at the Ogden.
"A lot of us have had hardships in our own lives," said Wil-Dog Abers, bassist for Ozomatli. "So for us, it not only feeds our soul, but it gives back, as well."
Abers shared his own story with the students. He told them how he was homeless for a time while battling a serious drug addiction.
Johnson says it was inspiring for students who sometimes feel hopeless.
"Even though you're in the situation now, this is what you can become," said Johnson. "[It] puts a positive outlook on things, like you can do it. So, I think it really helped. I'm surprised."
Ozomatli got its start about 20 years ago when they formed to help raise money for a center similar to Urban Peak in Los Angeles.
After the band played, they met and talked with students. Food and refreshments were donated to the event by Little Man Ice Cream.
Johnson says she appreciates the time the musicians spent at Urban Peak.
"I think they're good, too," Johnson said. "I think they're really good."
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