MYSTERIOUS WAYS

Cross the border when Lila Downs hits Town Hall

A flamboyant performer who illustrates her music with synchronized art, film, and photography, Oaxaca-born singer-songwriter Lila Downs specializes in dramatic transformations. Marvel as she becomes a deeply emotive mariachi, realist folkie, or shamanic priestess in rapid succession. Downs’s equally malleable voice modulates just as suddenly from pop pep to tear-jerking operatics. Downs collaborated with Argentine singer Soledad and flamenco singer Niña Pastori on their forthcoming Raiz (Roots), which contains “La Cumbia de Mole,” an appetizing ode to Oaxaca’s tastiest feature, among deeper themes. She performs here with her longtime band, La Misteriosa, which deftly navigates ranchera, banda, corridos, and other Mexican styles. Raised in Mexico, California, and Minnesota, Downs is a child of the Americas who also happens to sing the best version of “La Cucaracha” ever.
Sat., April 19, 8 p.m., 2014

 
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