Latin folk-pop artist Gina Chavez recently earned several Austin Music Awards including Musician of the Year and top Latin act. She also celebrated the city’s “Gina Chavez Day” earlier this month. But for Chavez, the trailblazing doesn’t end there.
On April 11, she’s bringing together other leading local artists for an evening of special performances on April 11 at Stateside at The Paramount that will benefit Niñas Arriba, a college fund Chavez co-founded for young women in El Salvador. Hip-hop duo and Austin’s Band of the Year, Riders Against the Storm will emcee the benefit concert that includes a line-up featuring collaborative sets with Chavez and Mother Falcon as well as Elizabeth McQueen’s new experimental trio, EMQ.
Chavez will also debut the video for her award-winning Spanish-language song “Siete-D,” which fuses rap, rock and cumbia and was inspired by trips Chavez took on the 7-D bus in El Salvador while she volunteered there in 2010.
“The idea for ‘Siete-D’ came to me while I was living in Soyapango. The public transit there is wild!” Chavez said in a news release. “You climb into old American school buses that are bursting with color and blaring reggaeton (Latin hip hop) as they tear through crowded city streets and hold on. On the surface,‘Siete-D’ is a party song, but ultimately it’s a tribute to the spirit of the Salvadoran people who endure gang violence and extortion every day with quiet resilience and the most giving hearts I have ever known.”
In October 2014, Chavez and Niñas Arriba co-founder Jodi Granado returned to El Salvador and filmed the “Siete-D” music video, which features the four young Niñas Arriba scholarship recipients. Tickets for the show, which range from $26-$60, are available online. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and show starts at 7:30 p.m.
To get you ready for the show, check out a Spotify playlist of some of Chavez’ songs below as well as an Austin 360 video we featured her in called Austin Gente, where she talks about the intersection of music and Latina identity. Check it out here.[spotify id="spotify%3Auser%3Anflores15%3Aplaylist%3A6XumFuryQpkPTQJ5CJI1Xf" /]