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SFJAZZ Presents: Lila Downs' Dia De Los Muertos: Al Chile

SFJAZZ Presents: Lila Downs' Dia De Los Muertos: Al Chile


With “a stunning voice, a confident multicultural vision grounded in her Mixtec Indian roots” (LA Times), GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY-winning vocalist Lila Downs is one of the most celebrated singers of her generation. She brings a special night of music to the Paramount, celebrating Día de los Muertos, Mexico’s Day of the Dead. 

A native of Oaxaca, Downs built a career bridging cultures and languages, both as a musician and social activist for humanitarian causes. Growing up as the daughter of a Mixtec singer and a renowned American photographer, Downes blended a deep passion for the traditions of her homeland with an ingrained wanderlust. With guidance from her mother and inspiration from Mexican vocal greats Chavela Vargas and Lucha Villa balanced by the gamut of American music she heard in the States, Downs began singing rancheras at eight and explored the indigenous music of the Mixtec and Zapotec traditions of Oaxaca.

She made her major label debut with 1999’s jazz-informed La Sandunga, and her contributions to the 2002 Frida Kahlo biopic Frida elevated her status to that of a major international star. Downs has become recognized worldwide as a global ambassador for Mexico’s folkloric traditions and champion for the preservation of native Mexican culture, recording songs in indigenous Mayan, Nahuatl, Trique, and Purépecha languages. Her latest Sony Music album, Al Chile, honors the food, women, and culture of Mexico.

Masks required for this event. 

All ages require a ticket; no children under 2 years.

Doors open 1 hour prior to the show. 

Event Info

  • Dates: November 6, 2022
  • Location: Paramount Theatre
  • Address: 2025 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612
  • Time: 7:00 PM
  • Price: $108, $83, $63, $43
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