The celebrated Mexican-American singer Lila Downs closes Duke Performances’ 2014/15 season with a special May concert at the Carolina Theatre. Renowned for her magnetic performances, Downs has created a singular exploration of Mexican roots music that engages the rich culture on both sides of the U.S./Mexican border. The ferocious sweep of Downs’ voice provides the foundation for her performance; as “she shifts from cumbia to norteño, jazz to balladry, Downs alternates the lower register of her voice with breezy, childlike murmurs and sustained, high-pitched bursts of passion” (New York Daily News).
Born in Oaxaca and raised in Minnesota, the daughter of an American professor and a Mixtec cabaret singer, Downs came of age in both countries. With her passionate lyrics, charismatic exuberance, and a musical vocabulary that ranges from Celtic folk to brassy banda, this GRAMMY Award winner “has reinvigorated the place in Mexican music where popular and traditional sound collide” (Washington Post).
Duke Performances at the Carolina Theatre of Durham
25% Pick-Four or More Discount
Take 25% off your total price when you purchase tickets at one time to four or more shows co-presented by Duke Performances and the Carolina Theatre during the 2014/15 season, including Pat Metheny Unity Group, Los Lobos, Allen Toussaint & Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Diego El Cigala, Cassandra Wilson, and Lila Downs.
Note: Ticketmaster service charges will be applied. There is a new 7.5% North Carolina sales tax that will be applied as well.