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Wednesday, March 16 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Gina Chavez

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It started so simply. A goofy girl wailing to Lyle Lovett and Little Richard cassettes in the back of a V.W. bus with her sky blue keyboard and plastic mic. Music. Joy. Simple. These days it's still simple. Just more Latin. Gina Chavez is percussive guitar, powerful vocals, unabashedly playful and refreshingly thoughtful. She is a bilingual mezcla with Latina hips and a folkie's heart. Gina has released two albums, Hanging Spoons (2007), and LIVE at Ruta Maya (2009). She recently returned from eight months of volunteer work in a gang-dominated suburb of San Salvador and established Austin 4 El Salvador'a college scholarship fund for the girls she taught there. She also united with producer Michael Ramos (John Mellencamp, BoDeans, Rembrandts, Patty Griffin) on her latest single, Miles de Millas (2000 miles). The song, a haunting bilingual cumbia featuring slide guitar, accordion and charango, is featured on the official 2011 Austin Music Vol. 10 CD (released Feb. 2011) along with songs by The Bright Light Social Hour, Sahara Smith, Ocote Soul Sounds and more. Gina has toured with Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, shared the stage with Grupo Fantasma and Charanga Cakewalk, and represented the City of Austin on The 2008 Sound is Brown compilation, as well as in international competitions and at national conferences in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., New Orleans and Las Vegas. She is accompanied by Austin musicians Roel Martinez (Second Day Red) on lead guitar, mandolin and harmony vocals, Kenneth Null (Bocastria) on electric and double bass, Sammy Foster on drums and glockenspiel, and Jerry Ronquillo on percussion. For tour dates and music samples, visit www.ginachavez.com.

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Gina Chavez

For her SXSW debut in 2010, Gina Chavez received national recognition from NPR’s “All Songs Considered” and “Alt.Latino” as one of the new Latin artists to watch. Now with the release of her sophomore album, Up.Rooted, she brings forth a powerful collection of songs that... Read More →

Wednesday March 16, 2011 7:00pm - 8:00pm CDT
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