Little Willie G & Los Tamaleros
@ The Vanguard Theatre (6021 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, 90028)
“Lila Downs grew up in the Sierra Madre mountains of southern Mexico, in the state of Oaxaca, and also in Minnesota in the U.S.A. Combining formal vocal training with an extreme emotional intensity, her remarkable voice is as varied in range as the musicians with whom she performs - a Brazilian guitarist, a Cuban bassist, a Chilean drummer, a Mexican harpist, and a pianist/saxophonist/musical director from New Jersey. Each brings his particular musical slant to create a crisp, jazzy Latin sound leaning in no single direction but inclusive of all of them. She performs her own compositions and also taps into the vast reservior of native mesoamerican music, by singing songs in the the Indian languages of Mexico such as Mixtec, Zapotec, Maya and Nahuatl.”
FMI: Lila Downs
Tickets available here.