Latin Grammy award-winning Lila Downs in
Concert April 6
BROWSVILLE, TEXAS –MARCH 14, 2013-A blockbuster
treat is in store for Brownsville at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6, when Grammy
and Latin Grammy award-winning diva Lila Downs and her band La Misteriosa come
to The Arts Center, as part of The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas
Southmost College Signature Series.
Downs’ Rio Grande Valley visit follows success with her newest album,
“Pecados y Milagros” – Sins and Miracles – which earned her a 2013 Grammy for
best regional Mexican album. A powerhouse performer in both Spanish and English,
the Oaxaca-born Downs is known for blending authentic Mexican roots music with
contemporary – and original – sounds.
Downs, who sometimes sings in native Mexican languages such as
Mixtec, Zapotec and Nahuatl, is the daughter of Mixtec singer Anita
Sánchez and Allen Downs, a Scottish-American art professor and filmmaker. She
studied voice and anthropology at the University of Minnesota, and
is known for supporting the rights of indigenous peoples as well as other
social justice causes.
Dr. Dan Barnard, Arts Center Director, calls Down’s performance a
“huge” event for the Rio Grande Valley. In an arts season devoted to authentic,
high-quality performances celebrate tradition, she is a “perfect fit,” he
“Nobody else does anything like what she does; nobody else sounds like
her,” says Barnard, who describes Downs’ style as “rich, dark and deeply
powerful – very, very distinctive.”
Her music can be heard in the soundtrack of feature films from
“Tortilla Soup” and “Real Women Have Curves,” to “The Three Burials of
Melquiades Estrada.” She played the role of a tango singer in the 2002 Salma
Hayek film “Frida,” and then performed the Oscar-nominated soundtrack song “Burn
It Blue” with Brazilian artist Caetano Veloso during
the Academy Awards ceremony.
Individual tickets for the performance may be purchased online at
or by calling 956-UTB-TKTS (956-882-8587). Patrons are encouraged to purchase
early as this concert is expected to sell out quickly.
The 2012–2013 Signature Series concludes with a multi-sensory Indian
flourish at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 27 with the dance production of
“Ragamala: Sacred Earth,” a mesmerizing
journey into the Indian arts with choreography that ranges from contemplative to
ecstatic, bringing both internal and external landscapes to
Prior to the performance, a reservation-only
Indian dinner at 6 p.m. will be open to the public. Tickets for the dinner are
$25. Attendees of the dinner do not have to purchase tickets for the