Lila Downs Is Launching Her Special “Balas y Chocolate” Fall U.S. Tour – Including Historic Theater Performances During Hispanic Heritage Month

 With A Second U.S. Tour Leg To Celebrate Her Recent Critically Acclaimed Album Balas y Chocolate, The Outspoken Latin Cultural Ambassador Will Take To The Stage At New York’sAPOLLO THEATER, Los Angeles’ HOLLYWOOD PANTAGES THEATER, THE FILLMORE At The JACKIE GLEASON THEATER In Miami And More Special Theater Shows In September & October.

Lila Will Also Perform As Part Of The 2015 Hispanic Heritage Awards, Taping September 17th At Washington D.C.’s Historic Warner Theatre And Broadcast Nationally October 9TH ON PBS

 Just Ahead Of Her Fall Tour Dates, Lila Downs Also Recently Unveiled A New Video For Album Title Track, “Balas y Chocolate”:

Filmed in Mexico City and directed by Diego Álvarez, the video’s concept was formulated by Lila Downs, Paul Cohen and the creative team of Plataforma. The final product contains choreography by Lila, beautiful illustrations, and a wardrobe that pays loving tribute to the ancient Goddess of Cocoa. The video highlights Lila‘s persisting love for her land in spite of the violence that is found there. It draws parallels between the importance and passion of chocolate with affection for the people, culture and customs that make Mexicans proud. It’s the same sentiment that forms part of Mexicans’ offerings to their departed loved ones on Day of the Dead. With choreography that mixes modern dance with Mexican folklore, and incorporates racial diversity and understanding of the language of movement, Lila Downs creates a ritual to chocolate. This symbol of Mexican agriculture is considered an essential element in establishing a dialogue with the deceased. The video intersperses drawings by the Mexican illustrator and tattoo artist Chanok, which portray children.Lila uses rural and urban settings to show the offering of the cocoa bean, which is in danger of extinction. Downs also uses the video to describe the journey of the cocoa bean. Every outfit worn by the artist in this video, represents a portion of the route that this bean takes as it grows and is eventually transported across Mexico – a ceremonial huipil garment from Chiapas, another from the southern coast of Oaxaca; a bustier painted by artesans from San Antonio Arrazola, Oaxaca; and clothing from Tabasco and the Mazateca region. It all comes together for a spellbinding spectacle that onlyLila Downs could create. 

The Tour Kicked Off With A Performance Last Night in DALLAS And TONIGHT In HOUSTON, And Will also Be Highlighted By A Special November 7th Tour Conclusion That Will See Lila Downs Perform With The San Francisco Symphony

Upcoming Lila Downs Concert Dates

Sep. 10       Houston, TX       House of Blues

Sep. 19       Los Angeles, CA  Hollywood Pantages Theater

Sep. 22       Tucson, AZ         Fox Theater

Sep. 24       El Paso, TX         Plaza Theater

Oct. 01       New York, NY    Apollo Theater

Oct. 03       Miami, FL           The Fillmore at the Jackie Gleason Theater

Oct. 25       Costa Mesa, CA Segerstrom Center for the Arts 

Nov. 7        San Francisco, CA  Davies Symphony Hall w/ the San Francisco Symphony

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“4 ½ STARS – Balays y Chocolate, focuses squarely on the current condition of Mexico, and the turmoil that rages within it: the violence of the drug war, the disappearance of students, the migration of children, rampant international greed, and unrestricted capitalism played out on its soil-destroying a large, varied ecosystem and indigenous culture… Balas y Chocolate expresses that as long as one breathes, change is possible. Everything is on the line on this album. Though it reflects the dire present, it is also a statement of profound faith in humanity’s future and an act of resistance against the powers of darkness.” – ALL MUSIC/iTunes

“She’s David Bowie as the Thin White Duke. Beyoncé as Sasha Fierce. One key difference: Downs has no special name for her alter ego — she is her alter ego… Downs channels Lola Beltrán, Mercedes Sosa, Chavela Vargas, and other musical greats in performances that conjure their voices and spirits, but with intensified makeup, heightened colors, and a sweeping vocal range that takes her from deep, guttural moans and soft coos to dramatic, high-pitched wails. On Balas y Chocolate (bullets and chocolate), the singer — also a human-rights activist who has long sung of cultural and political issues — takes a more personal turn, combining her relationship to death and transformation with larger issues of cultural decay and rebirth.” – SF Weekly