Singer and composer Lila Downs was born in Mexico, but it would be inaccurate to describe her songs as Mexican music. She mixes traditional Latin rhythms with elements of jazz, blues, soul and African roots music to create something that is uniquely her own. Her latest album, Pecados y Milagros, was released to enthusiastic reviews and held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Top Latin Albums Chart for three consecutive weeks. Downs, presented here by the Society for the Performing Arts, takes the stage at 8 p.m. Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas. For information, call 713‑227‑4772 or visit spahouston.org. $35 to $70.
Fri., April 5, 8 p.m., 2013