Ordway Center for the Performing Arts proudly presents iconic Grammy and Latin Grammy Award-winning singer Lila Downs on Tuesday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Ordway Music Theater. Tickets start at $32 and can be purchased online at www.ordway.org, by phone at 651-224-4222 or in person at the Ordway ticket office.
One of the world’s most singular voices, Lila Downs’ poignant storytelling transcends all language barriers. Raised in Minnesota and Oaxaca, this global superstar’s exquisite artistry bridges traditions from across the Americas, with influences ranging from the folk and ranchera music of Mexico and South America to North American folk, jazz, blues and hip-hop. As a passionate human rights activist, Lila’s lyrics often highlight issues relating to social justice, sharing stories that too often go untold.
Downs’ current album, Salón, Lágrimas y Deseo, is an anthem for female empowerment and earned her a fifth Latin Grammy. The initial single, “Peligrosa,” includes lyrics that invite all “dangerous” women to join her – women who are intelligent, independent, who know how to get things done, make decisions, fight and love. Salón, Lágrimas y Deseo, released in May 2017, features a blend of genres from blues to cumbia, danzón, banda, and Cuban son, with ballads that perfectly suit Lila’s unmistakable, contralto voice. Downs’ previous album, Balas y Chocolate, went platinum in Mexico.
Downs has graced the stages of 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 on the Academy Awards and Latin Grammy Awards telecasts. Her music has also been included in several feature films such as The Counselor, Tortilla Soup, Real Women Have Curves, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, Carlos Saura’s Fados, Mariachi Gringo, and Hecho en Mexico.
Arrive early at 6:30 p.m. for the Ordway Pre-Show Extra, a lecture-demonstration moderated by Rebekah Crisanta de Ybarra, Artist/Musician/Curator, and Electric Machete Studios co-founder, with members of Curandero, a band made up of Rico Simon Mendez, Xilam Balam & Gustavo Lira, whose music is a fusion of pre-Columbian Indigenous instruments with contemporary electronic elements. Then experience visual art on display by Xilam Balam, a 2017 McKnight Artist Fellow, featuring the contemporary clay pre-Columbian style flutes used in Curandero’s music. The Lila Downs’ concert also features a Post-Show Artist Mingle. Both the Pre-Show Extra and Post-Show Mingle take place in the Target Atrium.
The performance is part of the Ordway’s Music and Movement Series, sponsored by Target, with generous support provided by the Scrooby Foundation. For tickets and more information, visit www.ordway.org.
ABOUT ORDWAY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS:
For over 30 years, Ordway Center for Performing Arts has been telling stories that exemplify the human experience. Our stage has been a dramatic canvas for artists to create worlds of love and loss, hope and despair, war and peace, victory and defeat. Audiences have been transported to exotic locations, met iconic characters, and embarked on exhilarating adventures. Recognized as one of the U.S.’s leading not-for-profit performing arts centers, the Ordway presents and produces a wide variety of performances throughout the year that encompass the finest in musical theater, concerts, dance and vocal artists. In addition, each year the Ordway presents its Flint Hills Family Festival and serves over 60,000 children through its education programs. The performing arts center houses a 1,900 seat Music Theater, a 1,100 seat Concert Hall, two large rehearsal halls and magnificent lobbies. The Ordway is a proud member of the Arts Partnership, a collaboration comprising the Minnesota Opera, the Ordway, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Schubert Club. For more information, visit ordway.org.
Tuesday, March 6
Tickets start at $32 (subject to change)
Pre- and Post-Show Events:
ORDWAY PRE-SHOW EXTRA
Tuesday, March 6 at 6:30 p.m.
POST-SHOW ARTIST MINGLE
Tuesday, March 6
Theater Venue & Location:
Ordway Music Theater
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington Street
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55102
Ticket Office: 651-224-4222