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Lila Downs for one night only in Chicago

On Wednesday May 6 at The Auditorium Theatre with a special performance featuring work from her most recent album “Balas y Chocolate”.

CHICAGO — A special addition to its historic 125th Anniversary Season, the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University and the Mariachi Heritage Foundation co-present Grammy-winning sensation and world-renowned singer Lila Downs for a one-night-only performance.

Grounded in elements of her Mixtec Indian roots, Downs’ “sonorous vocal range” (Chicago Tribune), celebrates the spirit of her upbringing as a child of a Mixtec mother and an American-born father. Downs’ music reflects an eclectic sound of folk and ranchera genres of Mexico and South America, as well as American folk, jazz, blues and hip-hop. Her most recent album, “Balas y Chocolate,” which Downs has described as her most personal album yet, speaks to the fight for the preservation of one’s land and country, evoking themes of social injustice and the perseverance of Mexican immigrants.

Downs’ performance at the Auditorium features a night of empowering lyrics and inspirational stories, told through her sultry and captivating voice. She has performed at many of the world’s most prestigious festivals and venues including Jazz at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and the Festival of Sacred Music–Hollywood Bowl. She has been invited to sing at the White House, and performed at the 75th Annual Academy Awards and the 2012 Latin Grammy Awards.

Lila Downs has one of the world’s most singular voices and innovative approaches to music. She is the daughter of a Mixtec Indian woman, Anastasia Sanchez, who ran away from her village at 15 to sing in Mexico City cantinas and a University of Minnesota professor Allen Downs, who saw her singing and fell in love.

Downs grew up both in Minnesota and Oaxaca, and her music and vocal artistry has a wide range of influences. Many of her lyrics focus on issues relating to social justice, and often tell the stories of the workers who migrate from rural Mexico to work in the U.S. She studied classical voice and cultural anthropology at the University of Minnesota.

Tickets ($40 – $103) are available online at AuditoriumTheatre.org, by calling (800) 982-ARTS (2787) or in-person at Auditorium Theatre’s Box Office (50 E. Congress Pkwy). (SOURCE: Carol Fox & Associates)

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