Los Angeles, CA 90027
Lila Downs is the daughter of a Mixtec Indian woman, Anastasia Sanchez, who ran away from her village at 19 to sing in Mexico City cantinas and a Minnesota-born, Scottish-American film & photography professor, Allen Downs, who saw her singing and fell in love. Lila Downs was born in the Oaxacan mountain town of Tlaxiaco, 7,000 feet up in the heavens. The first songs she remembers are her mother singing Lola Beltrán's heartfelt rancheras, and her father singing Woody Guthrie's ''This Land Is Your Land.'' Her border-blurring, multicultural upbringing infused Downs with a firm world view in support of the disenfranchised working classes and an aesthetic vision that embraces cross-cultural pollinations.
As a result Downs has become one of the most innovative exponents of Mesoamerican music on both sides of the border. Her lyrics are high-minded and sentient and her sound is all encompassing. By drawing on a pan-Latin palette of music as well as American folk, jazz, blues and rock, Downs and her worldly band of kindred spirits, La Misteriosa, have won accolades and a devoted following of world music fans. Known for her smoky voice and magnetic performances, Downs has created a unique body of work that defies categorization in any single genre.
Hollywood, CA 90068
(AUG. 22-24) It’s been 50 years since The Beatles played their first iconic show at the Hollywood Bowl, and Beatle-Mania is still going strong. Dave Stewart (Eurythmics) will be our ringmaster and musical director, joined by special guests. As well as performing many Beatles classics, we will re-create the historic set, including “Twist and Shout,” “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “A Hard Day’s Night” plus vintage clips and much more in celebration of the Fab Four’s L.A. Invasion. Artists include Dave Stewart, Mary Lambert, Martina McBride and Michelle Branch.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Savoy are a Norwegian-American rock trio consisting of Paul Waaktaar-Savoy (famous from Norwegian band A-ha). Savoy have achieved great critical success in Norway. They have been nominated for 3 Norwegian Grammy Awards (Spellemannprisen) and won two of them, in 2000 and 2002. Their most known hits include "Velvet" (also covered by A-ha), "Rain", "Star", "Grind You Down", "If You Won't Come to the Party" and "Whalebone" (from the soundtrack of the well-acclaimed Norwegian film Hawaii, Oslo). The latter track cleverly recycles lyrics from A-ha's 1993 track, "Locust". Savoy have sold a total of 200,000 albums.
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(AUG. 22) Before R&B singer Keyshia Cole was headlining her own world tours, she was enlisted as a supporting act for such major stars as Nelly, R. Kelly, Kanye West and Lil Wayne. However, even as an opening act, Keyshia had audiences transfixed. She continued to release hit songs like “I Changed My Mind,” “(I Just Want It) To Be Over,” “Love,” “Let It Go,” “Trust” (a duet with Monica), and “Take Me Away,” and, as a result, Keyshia garnered a legion of her own fans worldwide, all eagerly lining up for tickets to watch her perform LIVE. Fans and critics regularly praise the stylish diva’s concerts not only for her vocal chops and dance skills, but for the way she’s able to emotionally connect with the audience on a deep level. This two-way exchange is enhanced by the fact that the star’s personal struggles were made public by her decision to star in her own BET reality TV show “Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is”—a brave move for any artist. Among her biggest influences, she cites the likes of Anita Baker, Faith Evans, Brandy and Mary J. Blige.