In 2012, the Austin scene was shaken by the murder of Esme Barrera, a special education teacher and local music superfan. Barrera was a radiant presence with a magnanimous spirit. She seemed to warm the lives of everyone she touched.
Friends will gather to celebrate her legacy at a benefit show at the Mohawk on Jan. 18. The show, dubbed "Seven Minutes in Heaven," features sets from Cigarettes After Sex, Ted Leo, Jim Ward and more.
Barrera was a passionate supporter of Girls Rock Camp Austin, where she volunteered as a counselor each summer. To honor her legacy, Girls Rock affiliates have joined forces with her friends and family to launch a pilot program for a Girls Rock Camp in Barrera's hometown, El Paso. With money raised through the show and a GoFundMe page managed by Barrera's sister, the group hopes to provide scholarships for 25 girls, transgender and non-binary youth to attend the camp free of charge.
According to the GoFundMe page, Barrera's friends and family see the project as a way "to best manifest the effect she had on our lives and communities, and create a similarly radical and joyous effect today."
Seven Minutes in Heaven at the Mohawk
When: Doors at 6 p.m., Jan. 18
Where: 912 Red River St.
Info: $20, mohawkaustin.com