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December 22, 2005 | Richard Cromelin, Times Staff Writer
WHEN Lila Downs joins the polyglot Tucson rock band Calexico in a Christmas concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall tonight, the border-busting Mexican singer will add to a list of notable Los Angeles area performances, including appearances at the World Festival of Sacred Music, the Getty Center, an Orange County Performing Arts Center world music showcase and a bill of "Latin Divas" at the Greek Theatre. A classy resume, but come 2006, Downs is thinking about trying something a little earthier.
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November 19, 2013 | By Reed Johnson
Like folk art and fine art, or mezcal and worms, sins and miracles might seem like a very odd couple. But for Demián Flores and Lila Downs, mixing pecados (sins) and milagros (miracles) proved to be a potent combination. Flores is a Oaxacan graphic artist and painter who often creates mash-ups of pop-culture and pre-Columbian imagery. Critics' darling Downs is a Oaxaca-born, Mexican American singer-songwriter. She's known for her theatrical stage persona and a syncretic musical style that cross-stitches elements of jazz, hip-hop, rock and ranchera.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 23, 2012
MUSIC Check out famed Mexican folk singer Lila Downs as she takes to the stage at the Wiltern. Downs' music was featured on the soundtrack for the film "Frida," but now she's playing in support of her new album as part of a tour called "Sins and Miracles. " The Wiltern, 3790 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. Sat. Ticket prices vary. (213) 380-5005; http://www.livenation.com.
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March 8, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Los Lobos, Carly Rae Jepsen, a symphonic tribute to Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia, Diana Krall and a complete performance of English prog-rock band Jethro Tull's “Thick as a Brick” Parts 1 and 2 by the  band's frontman Ian Anderson highlight the Greek Theatre's 2013 season, venue officials announced today. Meanwhile at the Gibson Amphitheatre, an Alice Cooper-Marilyn Manson shock-rock double bill,  Gloria Trevi, Ramon Ayala, Il Volo, Lila Downs, Pepe Aguilar and the Brian Setzer Orchestra top the new season's offerings, all of which become available March 8 to members of the amphitheaters' joint subscription program, the Premiere Marquee Club (PMC)
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September 20, 2012
MUSIC. Lila Downs is an artist who always seems to have her act together. The Mexican American singer has a stunning voice, a confident multicultural vision grounded in her Mixtec Indian roots and a successful career in world music circles, finding a natural fusion of disparate strains of music and different sides of herself. Luckman Fine Arts Complex, 5151 State University Drive, L.A. 8 p.m. Sat. $25-$55.luckmanarts.org.
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February 10, 2013 | By Reed Johnson
Lila Downs, the colorfully theatrical Oaxacan singer-songwriter who mixes indigenous Mexican roots music with contemporary sounds, has won the award for regional Mexican album, including Tejano. GRAMMYS 2013: Full coverage | Live blog | Show highlights | Winners and nominees | Ballot Downs' "Pecados y Milagros" (Sins and Miracles) won in a field often dominated by Mexican regional genres such as ranchera and norteño . Besides English and Spanish, Downs also sings in indigenous Mexican languages such as Mixtec, Zapotec and Nahuatl, an artistic choice that underscores her political involvement in supporting native people's rights.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 19, 2013 | By Reed Johnson
Like folk art and fine art, or mezcal and worms, sins and miracles might seem like a very odd couple. But for Demián Flores and Lila Downs, mixing pecados (sins) and milagros (miracles) proved to be a potent combination. Flores is a Oaxacan graphic artist and painter who often creates mash-ups of pop-culture and pre-Columbian imagery. Critics' darling Downs is a Oaxaca-born, Mexican American singer-songwriter. She's known for her theatrical stage persona and a syncretic musical style that cross-stitches elements of jazz, hip-hop, rock and ranchera.
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September 13, 2008 | AGUSTIN GURZA
LILA DOWNS is an artist who always seemed to have her act together. The Mexican American singer has a stunning voice, a confident multicultural vision grounded in her Mixtec Indian roots and a successful 15-year career in world music circles. What she doesn't have is a child. Downs faced her inability to conceive as she approached her 40th birthday this month, and the productive artist suddenly felt barren. Depressed and drinking, the together performer fell apart. "What . . . am I doing in this life if I can't have children?"
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June 28, 2000 | ERNESTO LECHNER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The complacent acts that routinely dominate the Latin charts could have learned something about the real thing Monday at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre. The emotionally charged performances by Los Angeles group Quetzal and Mexican-American singer Lila Downs demonstrated what quality Latin pop should sound like. Both Quetzal and Downs--sharing the bill in a benefit for listener-sponsored radio station KPFK-FM (90.7)--make music that's easy on the ears and deserves wider exposure.
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July 16, 2004 | Agustin Gurza, Times Staff Writer
Mexican singer Lila Downs opened her concert at the Echo on Wednesday with a toast of mescal, the mystical firewater with ancient, indigenous roots in southern Mexico. A bottle of the powerful brew, along with plastic shot glasses, was passed around the packed crowd at the small Sunset Boulevard club, turned into a muggy hothouse by the current heat wave. A resplendent Downs, her black hair in two long braids, raised her glass and thanked people for "coming and communing with us."
ENTERTAINMENT
February 10, 2013 | By Reed Johnson
Lila Downs, the colorfully theatrical Oaxacan singer-songwriter who mixes indigenous Mexican roots music with contemporary sounds, has won the award for regional Mexican album, including Tejano. GRAMMYS 2013: Full coverage | Live blog | Show highlights | Winners and nominees | Ballot Downs' "Pecados y Milagros" (Sins and Miracles) won in a field often dominated by Mexican regional genres such as ranchera and norteño . Besides English and Spanish, Downs also sings in indigenous Mexican languages such as Mixtec, Zapotec and Nahuatl, an artistic choice that underscores her political involvement in supporting native people's rights.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 20, 2012
MUSIC. Lila Downs is an artist who always seems to have her act together. The Mexican American singer has a stunning voice, a confident multicultural vision grounded in her Mixtec Indian roots and a successful career in world music circles, finding a natural fusion of disparate strains of music and different sides of herself. Luckman Fine Arts Complex, 5151 State University Drive, L.A. 8 p.m. Sat. $25-$55.luckmanarts.org.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 23, 2012
MUSIC Check out famed Mexican folk singer Lila Downs as she takes to the stage at the Wiltern. Downs' music was featured on the soundtrack for the film "Frida," but now she's playing in support of her new album as part of a tour called "Sins and Miracles. " The Wiltern, 3790 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. Sat. Ticket prices vary. (213) 380-5005; http://www.livenation.com.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 10, 2010
Buika and Lila Downs Where: Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave. When: 8 p.m. Wednesday Price: $45.75 to $103 Info: http://www.laphil.com
ENTERTAINMENT
November 10, 2010 | By Valerie Gladstone, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Concha Buika moves like a dancer, roaming the stage as if she were playing by the sea. Barefoot, sinuous in sparkling gowns, her hair pulled back from her pretty face in elaborate braids, she appears both childlike and womanly, engaging the audience with her emotions, giggling shyly when overcome by her feelings. The vocalist, who uses her surname as her stage moniker, surprises with her range, her warm, husky voice as expressive in jazz standards as in plaintive Spanish songs and gutsy American blues.
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September 13, 2008 | AGUSTIN GURZA
LILA DOWNS is an artist who always seemed to have her act together. The Mexican American singer has a stunning voice, a confident multicultural vision grounded in her Mixtec Indian roots and a successful 15-year career in world music circles. What she doesn't have is a child. Downs faced her inability to conceive as she approached her 40th birthday this month, and the productive artist suddenly felt barren. Depressed and drinking, the together performer fell apart. "What . . . am I doing in this life if I can't have children?"
ENTERTAINMENT
June 25, 2000 | LORENZA MUNOZ, Lorenza Munoz is a Times staff writer
Lila Downs knelt onstage, as if in prayer, in a dark auditorium, only a few dim lights reflected off her onyx-black hair and ruby-red lips. Before a hometown crowd, she directed her prayer-like song to La Llorona. Downs' powerful voice echoed off the stage. Suddenly she became La Llorona--a mythical woman said to haunt the river valleys of Mexico, weeping and moaning for her children whom she drowned in a fit of madness.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 13, 2002
I commend Agustin Gurza for featuring Lila Downs and her "Border/La Linea" CD among his top 10 ("A List Without Borders," Jan. 6) Neither am I Latin nor do I even speak Spanish, and yet this recording has spoken to me, more eloquently than any other in recent memory. In various dialects and rhythms, Downs conveys the depth, complexity, joys and pain involved in the struggle to find and attain personal and cultural freedom. She does so with a magnificent five-octave range and sympathetic musical backing.
NEWS
December 22, 2005 | Richard Cromelin, Times Staff Writer
WHEN Lila Downs joins the polyglot Tucson rock band Calexico in a Christmas concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall tonight, the border-busting Mexican singer will add to a list of notable Los Angeles area performances, including appearances at the World Festival of Sacred Music, the Getty Center, an Orange County Performing Arts Center world music showcase and a bill of "Latin Divas" at the Greek Theatre. A classy resume, but come 2006, Downs is thinking about trying something a little earthier.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 16, 2004 | Agustin Gurza, Times Staff Writer
Mexican singer Lila Downs opened her concert at the Echo on Wednesday with a toast of mescal, the mystical firewater with ancient, indigenous roots in southern Mexico. A bottle of the powerful brew, along with plastic shot glasses, was passed around the packed crowd at the small Sunset Boulevard club, turned into a muggy hothouse by the current heat wave. A resplendent Downs, her black hair in two long braids, raised her glass and thanked people for "coming and communing with us."
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