Balas y Chocolate
Saturday, May 2, 2015 | 8:00 pm
**$10 Duke student tickets available in person at the Duke University Box Office on the top level of the Bryan Center University Center, by phone at 919-684-4444, and online by clicking here. Box Office hours are 11 AM to 6 PM, Monday through Friday.**
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).
**$15 ages $30-&-under tickets are not available for Duke Performances presentations at the Carolina Theatre of Durham.**A co-presentation of Duke Performances and the Carolina Theatre of Durham.