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 added.
“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 UTBTickets.com 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 life. 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 concert.