Gina Chavez, an award-winning performer of excellent Latin music, is coming to perform at Brown on October 30th, courtesy of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.
Chavez is a native of Austin, Texas. A semester abroad in Argentina helped her rediscover her Latin roots, and since then she’s been dubbed the Joni Mitchell of Latin Music; NPR described her percussive guitar and powerful voice as “a perfect mix of Latin, folk, and bluegrass.” She has a basket of awards from this year’s Austin Music Awards, including Best Latin Traditional Act. She was also named Austin’s Music Ambassador and traveled to Japan to represent her city.
Chavez has performed with The Kills and Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, and shared the stage with Ozomatli, Grupo Fantasma, and Del Castillo. She sounds pretty cool already, huh? Well, it gets even better.
In 2009, two years after the release of her debut album, Chavez left the spotlight to go do charity work. She lived in a gang-dominated suburb of San Salvador and taught English to over 300 girls. After her eight-month stay there, she helped establish a college fund for the girls she lived with. Gina Chavez coming to our campus is a free event that you do not want to miss.
Tickets are free, and you can register for them at the Eventbrite page here. Grab them now to ensure you can see Ms. Chavez perform with her custom-built charango next Wednesday. If you’re interested in getting familiar with her music pre-concert, check out her website at www.ginachavez.com.
Images via Gina Chavez.