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Jenny and The Mexicats
Jenny and the Mexicats, cuyo nombre es un guiño a la forma coloquial de llamar a los madrileños (gatos), uniéndola al origen de dos de sus músicos (Mexico), mezclan ritmos de jazz, rockabilly, folk, flamenco, reggae, son veracruzano, country o cumbia… lo que les imprime una personalidad única prácticamente inimitable. Sus temas saltan de uno a otro estilo con una naturalidad en apariencia imposible. Ahora te encuentras en la plaza de Garibaldi, ahora en un tablao flamenco, y de pronto, en una playa de Jamaica. Un viaje musical que nos demuestra que no hay fronteras cuando de música se trata. Tampoco hay etiquetas, ni prejuicios, ni tapujos.
Gina Chavez is an an eight-time Austin Music Award winner and 2015 Austin Musician of the Year. Her blend of bilingual folk-pop is uniting people all over the world from Austin to Chicago and Venezuela to Saudi Arabia. In addition to garnering national attention on NPR’s All Things Considered and the Tiny Desk concert series, Chavez tours internationally as a cultural ambassador with the U.S. State Department and runs Niñas Arriba, a college scholarship fund for young women in gang-dominated El Salvador, where she and her partner Jodi lived for 8 months.
Gina Chavez is blending the sounds of the Americas with tension and grace. A is a multi-ethnic Latin pop songstress, Chavez is a nine-time Austin Music Award winner — including 2015 Musician of the Year and Album of the Year for her sophomore release, Up.Rooted. Her independent album topped the Amazon and Latin iTunes charts following a national feature on NPR’s All Things Considered, and has been hailed by The Boston Globe, USA Today, Texas Monthly and the Austin Chronicle.
Chavez’s passionate collection of bilingual songs traverse cumbia, bossa nova, vintage pop, indie-folk and reggaeton that takes audiences on a journey through the Americas as she discovers her own Latin roots through music. An eight-time Austin Music Award winner, Gina and her band have opened for Grace Potter, Grammy winners La Santa Cecilia, Gaby Moreno, and Grupo Fantasma, and are winning audiences throughout the U.S. and abroad while on tour as official ambassadors with the U.S. State Department’s American Music Abroad program. She took home the Grand Prize in the 2014 John Lennon Songwriting Contest for “Siete-D,” a song about her experience volunteering in a gang-dominated suburb of San Salvador where she founded Niñas Arriba, a college fund for young Latinas.
With over 20 years in the Texas music scene, Los Skarnales was started in 1994. The band rose out of the ashes of local punk rock band Desorden with help from original members Felipe Galvan and Jose Rodriguez. Always true to roots music in all forms, Skarnales performs a mixture of ska, reggae, rockabilly, cumbia, and danzones, all with a punk attitude. Never letting down at a live show, the band has performed extensively throughout the United States and Mexico and has shared the stage with such artists as Flaco Jimenez, Ozomatli, Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, the Aggrolites, Maldita Vecindad, the Slackers, the Specials, Fishbone, Agent Orange and many more.
Los Skarnales celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2014 with the release of “Vatos Rudos Forever”, a collection of 34 songs spanning the band’s beginnings to the current line-up, demonstrating the band’s diverse sounds.
Recently, the band released a new EP entitled “Another Day, Another Borrachera” on Smelvis Records. Once again, the Vatos Rudos from Texas are at it again, mixing global roots music with their Chicano style showing off their Pachuco Boogie sounds.
Superfónicos is Colombian Funk. Better yet, it is Caríbe Soul…fed by the Indigenous and African roots of the band’s Colombian heritage, telegraphing a politics of peace and unity from the stage to your ears. They only ask that you dance toward a place in your mind beyond struggle and strife.