28.2.05

Lila Downs rifa con safos

I have wanted to write about this, but every time I sit down to write it, I forget what I was going to write about. Anyway, here goes.

Every year, Houston has an annual International festival. They pick one country and try to provide that kind of food, entertainment and customs. In 2003, for the maybe third or fourth time, the selected country was Mexico. Of course, they didn’t really sell authentic Mexican food or anything because well, most gringos don’t really like it. They tried, but there were still smoked drumsticks and gyros in the hands of festival attendees. They brought tons of Mexican musical talent, but the three I was concerned with were Maldita Vecindad, CafĂ© Tacuba, and Lila Downs. Of course they were on center stage and a ton of people showed up for Maldita Vecindad y los Tacubos and they both put on a hell of a show.

Lila Downs was scheduled for like 2 P.M. and was to perform on one of the side stages. With my sister being a huge fan, we arrived really early to ensure a spot front and center. Of course, there had to be someone to announce her so this Flanderesque vato comes out and says, “Wow, when we booked this next performer, we didn’t think so many people were going to show up.”

If you all recall, this was after the Frida movie had been released in which her song was featured. Yeah, maybe a lot of people didn’t know who she was, but come on, what kind of shit is that?

5 comments:

cindylu said...

I would have been concerned about seeing those same three bands/singers too. Good choices.

Cracked Chancla said...

Yes, that was not a very polite introduction. I love Lila Downs and went to see her last time she was in town. Her music is simply amazing.

AnalisaGuzman said...

I fell in love with Lila Downs when I saw her in concert. Chancla can tell you! :-)

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