Lila Downs

Wednesday, October 16th
Mexican singer-songwriter and actress. She performs her own compositions and the works of others in multiple genres, as well as tapping into Mexican traditional and popular music. She also incorporates indigenous Mexican influences and has recorded songs in many indigenous languages such as Mixtec, Zapotec, Mayan, Nahuatl and Purépecha. Born and raised in Oaxaca, she primarily studied at the Institute of Arts by Oaxaca and briefly attended University of Minnesota, before withdrawing to focus on her musical career. She soon began performing in the traditional music scene of Oaxaca City. via artist wiki

AL CHILE – a fiesta of music, dance and ritual. Lila brings her unique interpretation of traditional Mexican and Mesoamerican music, deeply personal renditions of classic rancheras, and her original songs to Día De Los Muertos: AL CHILE, a voyage of emotions, movement and sound that celebrates the rich traditions of Day of the Dead. The program features Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company, the premiere Los Angeles folk ballet company celebrating 15 years of dance; and Mariachi Femenil Flores Mexicanas, the leading all-female mariachi group in the Southwest. Their rich sound and inspiring musicianship is a strong yet elegant statement not typically seen in this traditionally male-dominated art form. Come dressed in your favorite Día de los Muertos outfits and makeup to share in the celebration that is Día De Los Muertos: AL CHILE!

Rufus Wainwright

Sunday. October 13th

American-Canadian singer, songwriter, and composer. He has recorded seven albums of original music and numerous tracks on compilations and film soundtracks. He has also written a classical opera and set Shakespeare sonnets to music for a theater piece by Robert Wilson.

Wainwright’s self-titled debut album was released through DreamWorks Records in May 1998. His second album, Poses, was released in June 2001. Wainwright’s third and fourth studio albums, Want One (2003) and Want Two (2004), were repackaged as the double album Want in 2005. In 2007, Wainwright released his fifth studio album Release the Stars and his first live album Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall. His second live album Milwaukee at Last!!! was released in 2009, followed by the studio albums All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu (2010) and Out of the Game (2012). The double album Prima Donna (2015), was a recording of his opera of the same name. His ninth studio album Take All My Loves: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets (2016), featured nine adaptions of Shakespeare’s sonnets. via artist wiki

Fox Theatre | 17 W Congress | 7pm

Aaron Watson

Friday October 11th

Watson has recorded several independent albums in his career. His 2015 album The Underdog reached No. 1 on Top Country Albums that year, and in 2017, Watson had his first major radio airplay hit with “Outta Style”, which reached top 10 on Country Airplay. via artist wiki

Rialto Theatre | 318 E Congress | 7pm

August Alsina

Sunday, August 18th

His first mixtape The Product was released in April 2012, though an “Untitled” mixtape with six acoustic covers premiered in October 2011. His single “I Luv This Shit” featuring Trinidad James was released in January 2013, and his mixtape The Product 2 followed in May 2013.[

The EP Downtown: Life Under the Gun was released on August 20, 2013, with a video for “Hell on Earth” released the following month. On December 9, 2013, the third single from his EP Downtown: Life Under the Gun, “Ghetto” featuring Rich Homie Quan, was serviced to urban contemporary radio and it was the most added song on urban radio the week ending December 12, 2013. On January 14, 2014, Alsina released “Make It Home” featuring Jeezy, as the lead single from his debut studio album. Along with the release, it was revealed that the album would be titled Testimony, which was released on April 15, 2014. He was named part of the 2014 XXL freshmen class. via artist wiki

Rialto Theatre | 318 E Congress | 7pm


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