BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival

Lila Downs / Orkesta Mendoza

Lila Downs is one of today’s great ambassadors of Mexican folk music, while Orkesta Mendoza specializes in cumbia, merengue and ranchera through a psychedelic prism.



Thursday, Jun 29, 2017

6:30PM GATES / 7:30PM SHOW




Prospect Park Bandshell (2020)
9th Street & Prospect Park West
Brooklyn, NY 11215
United States
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  • Lila Downs | Photo credit: Marcela Taboada

  • Orkesta Mendoza


Promotional Partners

June 2017 is New York Music Month

LILA DOWNS is one of today's great ambassadors of Mexican folk music. For twenty-five years, she has brought her magnetic, operatic voice to twelve albums, earning a GRAMMY and four Latin GRAMMYs. She has a long history as a human rights activist both onstage and off, telling stories that touch on cultural and political issues, including a deeply felt ballad about the assassination of social activist Digna Ochoa. Born to a Mixtec mother, Downs preserves her heritage by singing in many indigenous Mexican languages such as Zapotec, Mayan, Nahuatl, Purépecha, and her original Mixtec.

Balas y Chocolate (Chocolate Bullets) is Downs' eighth studio record, released on RCA in 2015, and Salón Lágrimas y Deseo (Tears and Desire), out on May 26, 2017 (Sony Music), will be her ninth. Both albums continue her legacy of outspoken lyrics, framed in feminine power and perspective, and Salón Lágrimas y Deseo features guest appearances by Carla Morrison, Mon Laferte, Diego El Cigala, and András Calamaro.

ORKESTA MENDOZA is the Tucson-based project of Sergio Mendoza, originally formed as a tribute to Cuban mambo king Pérez Prado, but ultimately evolving into a unique and delightful concoction of ranchera, indie rock, and pure showmanship, led my Mendoza's rich baritone.

Come early while the sun sets, and enjoy "generous handfuls of cumbia, merengue and ranchera — all fed through a psychedelic prism." (NPR)

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Member Seating & Tent Access

Friends Seating: Front seats open to Seat-Pass and Tent-Pass members
Friends Tent: Open to Tent-Pass members
Sponsor Tent: Closed for a Private Event


Venue Information:

The BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival is one of New York City's longest running, free, outdoor performing arts festivals and is held every summer at the Prospect Park Bandshell. View seating arrangements here.

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