Thursday, March 08, 2007

Concert Review: Lila Downs at Centennial Hall Sunday

The outburst was not an everyday occurrence for a venue used to prestigious symphony orchestras and internationally acclaimed dance companies, but par for the genre.
Rancheras are passionate ballads known for evoking tears, hearty shouts of joy and pain, and, yes, even the occasional sing-a-long.
It is the kind of music that inspired Downs to create her 2006 album, "La Cantina," a collection of these classics — some original, some penned by famed artists like Jiménez — recorded and played Sunday with electric guitars, drums and the occasional sax riff courtesy of Downs' husband and artistic director, Paul Cohen.
"When I was very young I used to love this music," Downs confided to the audience of 1,600. "I didn't know at the time the songs were about drinking and dying loved ones."
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