Original Latino voices
Two of today’s most innovative Latino singer-songwriters, Lila Downs and Romeo Santos, are slated to appear in metro area concert halls in April.
Lila Downs packs a lot of attitude into her glam-folk image, but she backs it up with wow-inducing performances with her band, La Misteriosa. Oaxacan-born Downs reveres the traditional music of Mexico, but delivers it, along with her own compositions, in a style that draws on a variety of musical genres, like jazz, blues and roots music. Unlike most radical divas, many of Downs’ songs deal with serious themes of political and social justice.
Downs’ most recent album, Pecados y Milagros (Sins and Miracles), is now out on iTunes and will soon be available on CD. She will perform at the Ikeda Theater, Mesa Arts Center, Friday, April 12, 8 p.m. Tickets are $35; for info, call 480-644-6500.
Anthony “Romeo” Santos, of Dominican-Puerto Rican parentage, hails from the Bronx. His first band, Los Tinellers (Teenagers), became Grupo Aventura, pioneers of the Urban Bachata movement, a fusion of Dominican rhythms with contemporary pop elements. Santos, Aventura’s lead singer and songwriter, decided to go solo in 2011 with Formula Vol. 1, one of the best-selling Latin albums of 2012.
Santos is coming to the Comerica Theatre on Wednesday, April 10, 8 p.m. Ticket prices range from $55-$99; call 602-379-2888.