Music Monday: Gina Chavez

We’re kicking off our “Music Monday” series showcasing the musicians that are new to the Armadillo stage this year. First up, the award winning Gina Chavez.

Backed by a six-piece band, Chavez has claimed a prominent stake in the Live Music Capital. An eight-time Austin Music Award winner, Chavez and her band swept the 2015 awards, winning Musician of the Year, Album of the Year (Up.Rooted), Song of the Year (“Siete-D”), Best Latin Band, and the Esme Barrera Award for Music Activism and Education, while placing in six other categories. Aside from making a mark on the local music scene, Gina Chavez is also a philanthropist. Chavez and her partner, Jodi Granado, co-founded Niñas Arriba, a college fund that offers full scholarships to a private, Catholic university for girls in Soyapango. Southern Living and Olay named Chavez one of 11 “southern iconic women who have left a beautiful footprint across the South,” for her continued work in El Salvador.

We are honored to have her collection of bilingual songs that includes cumbia, bossa nova, vintage pop, reggaeton and folk on the Armadillo stage. You can hear more Gina Chavez in this NPR Tiny Desk concert.

Gina Chavez will play the Armadillo stage December 16, 2015 at 3pm.

 

Renée Rice

by Renée Rice