When world music artists came together last spring to launch Austin’s first musical International Women’s Day celebration, they created more than just a show — they began building community.
It’s a community that local female artists hope to continue nurturing through the second annual ATX Celebrates International Women’s Day concert. This time the show will feature Austin Latinas whose diverse musical styles represent everything from rock to salsa. The Cactus Cafe show called Gender Harmony Through Music aligns with International Women’s Day 2019 theme #BalanceforBetter. The global celebration on March 8 highlights the cultural, social, economic and political achievements of women across all countries.
In Austin, where just 28.5 percent of local venue owners are female and the majority of musicians are men, according to the 2015 Austin Music Census, there is still work to do to achieve gender harmony.
Some of the bands hoping to create change include Cecilia + the Broken Hearts, Tiarra Girls, and Leti Garza y La Banda. Through its genre-blending musical style, Cecilia + the Broken Hearts has captured Austinites and beyond with what the band describes as an “Afro-Chicano Futurism” sound that pushes the boundaries of Latin music.
Throughout the years, local music fans have seen sister trio Tiarra Girls (Tiffany, Tori and Sophia Baltierra) grow up as they’ve gone from the city’s youngest Latina band to Austin Music Award winners. Leti Garza y La Banda brings the Pan American grooves for the night, and Garza also serves as this year’s event director.
She spent December singing at a Texas tent city for migrant children in Tornillo and plans to present a new song from that powerful experience at the show.
Doors open at 8 p.m. Advance tickets cost $15. Visit cactuscafe.org for more information.
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Latin music beyond South by Southwest
No SXSW wristband or badge? No problem. March in Austin is for all music lovers.
If you want to soak up some Latin beats, there are plenty of great options throughout the month that don’t require waiting in lines or fighting crowds. Here are three can’t-miss shows. All in their own way highlight the richness of the sounds that help bind and lift Latino communities.
Conjunto Tardeada Music Series (March 3): Our favorite Sunday evening conjunto music series is back at the One-2-One Bar. It’s a special treat to toast to traditional, accordion-driven conjunto music in Austin, so take the opportunity to check out these $7 shows every first Sunday from March to August. Dust off your dancing shoes for the first show from 6 to 8 p.m on March 3 featuring San Antonio-based band Joe Zimmerle y Su Conjunto. Rancho Alegre Radio, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting and preserving conjunto music, presents the one-of-a-kind music series as well as the Rancho Alegre Conjunto Festival in May.
Patricia Vonne’s Latinapolooza at Continental Club (March 13): Trailblazing Latina musician Patricia Vonne brings together a showcase with a powerful lineup that shows off Texas Latina artists. The free show includes singer-songwriter Tish Hinojosa, all-female mariachi band Las Coronelas and Latin-rooted Americana artist Stephanie Urbina Jones. There’s no cover at this Latina power celebration, which runs from noon to 6 p.m.
Chicha Summit at C-Boy’s Heart and Soul (March 15): Go back to 1960s and 1970s Peru when chicha music was king. The popular hybrid sound that blends Andean and cumbia rhythms with psychedelic effects experienced a global reawakening several years ago. Now, contemporary bands such as Austin’s Money Chicha add their own flavor to the music and spread the musical gospel to a new generation. The Chicha Summit day party brings together Austin, New York and Chicago bands together to honor the groovy tunes. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. No cover.