The fun part is here! After endless hours of prep work, I’m so excited to share the first taste of my new album, UP.ROOTED!
“On her new album UP.ROOTED, Gina Chavez traverses many Latin forms, including cumbia and bossa nova, merging them with the singer-songwriter aesthetic of major influences such as Patty Griffin and Ani DiFranco. The result is genre stew that is a perfect representation of what “Americana” really means. In other words, Americana is about more than the US, as it’s really the indigenous roots music of the Americas and it’s multi-ethnic to the bone. Chavez‘s many fans supported the production of UP.ROOTED through a highly successful Kickstarter campaign that allowed her to bring on some major Austin talent as players on the record, including Adrian Quesada and David Pulkingham on guitars; Glenn Fukunaga on bass; the Grupo Fantasma Horns; the Tosca String Quartet; and Michael Ramos on keys and accordion.”
6th ANNUAL PACHANGA LATINO MUSIC FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FULL LINEUP FOR CELEBRATION AT FIESTA GARDENS MAY 10 & 11
April 02, 2013 (Austin, TX) – Pachanga Latino Music Festival, the Latin-themed music, cultural arts and food festival, announced today the final music lineup for its 2013 festival. The festival will kick off Friday evening, May 10th and run through Saturday, May 11th at Fiesta Gardens in Austin, Texas.
Additions to the lineup features international, national and local favorites Grupo
Fantasma, Vallejo, Este Vato, Gina Chavez, Como Las Movies, Bang Data, Susan
Torres y Conjunto Clemencia, Selena y Los Burritos, Miranda Gil and Anthropos
“We are so excited about the line-up this year,” said Rich Garza, founder of Pachanga
Latino Music Festival. “The addition of Carla Morrison and Enjambre to this year really brings us up another notch. We love that we can showcase all this music from Mexico, Austin and beyond.”
2013 FINAL LINEUP:
Intocable (Zapata, TX)
3ball MTY (Monterrey, Mexico)
Grupo Fantasma (Austin, TX)
Vallejo (Austin, TX)
Este Vato (Austin, TX)
Los Lobos (Los Angeles, CA)
Celso Piña (Monterrey, Mexico)
Carla Morrison (Tecate, Mexico)
Enjambre (Mexico City, Mexico)
Flaco Jiménez (San Antonio, TX)
Los Master Plus (Guadalajara, Mexico)
Los Rakas (Oakland, CA)
Raul y Mexia (Fresno, CA)
Y La Orkesta (Tucson, AZ)
Sweet & Tender Hooligans (Los Angeles, CA)
Mariachi Mystery Tour (Albuquerque, New Mexico)
Money Chicha (Austin, TX)
Gina Chavez (Austin, TX)
Como Las Movies (Austin, TX)
Bang Data (Oakland, CA)
Susan Torres y Conjunto Clemencia (Austin, TX)
Selena y Los Burritos (Austin, TX)
Miranda Gil (Austin, TX)
Anthropos Musicians Collective (Austin, TX)
(see the complete issue of this edition of gina mail)
The Austin Chronicle SXSW issue came out yesterday and, thanks to your incredible support, we took the Austin Music Awards by storm! Check it out…
If you missed the award show last night, grab a peek and then celebrate the big win with us tomorrow night at Guero’s for our final full band showcase… I in no way expected to win anything at the AMAs, much less to place in four categories! I’m still in shock from last night’s wins and continue to be humbled by your support and honored by your love. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Ah yes, wanna see photos from the event?
In the age of iTunes, Spotify and playlists, it seems silly to fret over things like album titles and song order. But we musicians do. We fret because we care. A lot. After all, who goes to the movie with no title or reads the unnamed book? You probably wouldn’t be too inclined to buy “gina’s new album” or tell your friends about that rando collection of music Gina just made, so… a title!
Since titling my first record was a two-month process of list-making and opinion polls, I was determined not to repeat the madness this go-round. I eased into it, starting with the song titles — good, but none of them weighty enough to carry the album. Diving into the lyrics, I saw some interesting themes bubble to the surface: distance, travel, heartache, connection to the earth (and the loss of it), disparity, crossing borders, longing, discovery.
Everything regarding imaging, packaging and promotion is heavily tied to the album title (i.e. deadlines! stress!), so I lit each theme like incense and took a deep breath, hoping the right fragrance would find me.
On an impulse errand (that I had zero time for) I stopped by the library and found the words “Mexican Enough” staring back at me from the shelf. The author, Stephanie Elizondo Griest, had me laughing to tears with her first book, so I snatched it up and found our stories oddly similar: Latina by nature, gringa by nurture, seeks to uncover and connect with her lost Latin roots. Picking up where I’d left off one morning, I opened the book and couldn’t read past the word uprooted.
1. to pull out by the roots.
2. to displace, as from a home or country; tear away, as from customs or a way of life.
So why the period?
The songs on this album tell about a time of discovery for me, a moving forward: up. They also tell the story of one finding peace in the present, where she’s standing, who she is: rooted. And yet there’s an ever-present restlessness, a need to uncover a past that’s been lost, to find her place among a people whose blood she shares but whose injustices she’s been spared: uprooted. How can something be both up and rooted? The word itself seems torn between two worlds, longing to find its place. And so am I: up.rooted.
And now a visual representation of the title by friend and fan, Lobo Corona…
(not the album artwork)
PS: After finishing the book, I flipped back to the beginning and found this poignant inscription on the dedication page…
Se llevaron nuestros frutos, cortaron nuestras ramas, quemaron nuestro tronco, pero no pudieron arrancar nuestras raices. -Popol Vuh
They stole our fruit, cut our branches, burned our trunk, but they could not unearth our roots. -from the Mayan “Book of the People”
New Music is on the way!!!
So I started this crazy quest for my next full-length studio album and I’m so excited! I basically have until November 6 to raise $10,000 to get this next album off the ground and into your hands If all goes well, and we raise more than my goal, then we can put promotional muscle behind the album, which I’m already working on with producer Michael Ramos.
I’ve got the songs to move you, the musicians to bring them to life, but I can’t do this without your help! I made a super fun, quirky video to explain my journey (think: coconuts, English accents and lots of graffiti). Click here to watch the video and join me!
Thank y’all so much for your support! I can’t wait to share this new music with you!
-gina “la chancleta”
It’s crazy, but it’s only 12 days until Christmas so I thought I would serenade you all with a few Christmas classics to show my appreciation for your incredible support. Every day I will add a new song/video link, each one sung from my heart to yours as we approach the light of Christ at the end of the tunnel of our Advent season. I wish you wonderfully peaceful and loving holidays with friends and loved ones…
I woke up this morning a tad freaked out. You know, the “where am I?” feeling. I didn’t take too long to remember the 12-hour flight from San Francisco to Osaka, the 3-hour train rides into the city with our host Shuichi, the beautiful green landscape interspersed with sprawling city life and bikes (with baskets) and gardens everywhere, the small box-like cars that must be cousins of my beloved Element, the very fishy dinner complete with lots of tiny bones, heads, eyes & eggs, chewy squid and some yummy sashimi. Not that the other food wasn’t oishi, but heads, eyes & eggs might take some getting used to.
I am super excited about all the new food, but I still thoroughly enjoyed my instant oatmeal. Ahh comfort food. It’s 8:10 a.m. and it seems that every other program on tv (at least 4) is featuring hangers and hanger-making. I can’t help but wonder at the extreme attention to detail here, from my robe being perfectly folded on the bed when I walked in to achieving the perfect hanger angle so the suit doesn’t wrinkle while it’s hanging. I have much to learn about the little things.
For now, I shall practice my perfection and wrap a few small gifts. We’ve been told that small gifts will be showered upon us, so we’ve come prepared with cute Austin swag. The gift exchanging will no doubt begin tonight at our first gig.
Matane (see you later)!
(For the full October 2011 edition of gina mail, click here)
The city of Austin never ceases to amaze me. Tomorrow morning I’ll be on a plane to Osaka, Japan, for a five-city tour on behalf of the City of Austin Sister Cities program. I still can’t believe it! And I still need to pack, eek! I’ll update facebook and twitter if you wanna come along for the adventure.
While I’m gone, I hope you’ll help keep local musicians healthy by visiting one of 150 businesses and venues supporting HAAM Benefit Day on Tuesday, Oct. 4. The Health Alliance for Austin Musicians offers peeps like me much-needed low-cost health coverage. They just replaced my five-year old glasses with a new pair that actually stay on my face, and I hope we can continue receiving that kind of care
A huge thanks to those who packed the Cactus Cafe on Dieciséis – it was a dream to play for you in that legendary space. (ACL what? Kanye who?)
For those of you in H-town, I had a great time at the Wine Fest and can’t wait to rock for you again at the Houston Women’s Fest! To all of you, THANK YOU so much for your incredible support – I am blessed.
Con amor y paz,
-gina “la chancleta”
(For the full September 2011 edition of ginamail, click here)
The last time I played the intimate and legendary stage at Cactus Cafe, I was a wee journalism student at UT, nervously awaiting my turn at the Monday open mic night hosted by a fantastic songwriter, Gary Graves…
Fast forward eight years and I’ve been asked to open THIS Thursday, Sept. 1, for Jon Christopher Allen, a tall drink of water from NYC with a sexy husky voice AND I’ve been asked to headline the Mexican Independence Day celebration at the Cactus on Friday, Sept. 16!
I’ve been working out some songs by notable Mexicanas, including Lila Downs, Chavela Vargas and Linda Ronstadt, as well as a few new tunes of my own. I promise it will be an intimate and unforgettable evening of Latin music, so save the date!
For those of you who made it all the way to the end, I shall reward you with a special “chunche” of insider info. At the start of October, I will be representing the Live Music Capital in…
…wait for it…
JAPAN!!! Fellow Austin artist Jeff Plankenhorn and I have been invited to play in a handful of cities in Japan, ending with the Oita Yumeiro Festiva on behalf of the Austin Sister Cities program. I am honored (to say the least) and still can’t believe it’s really true! I’ll keep you posted.
Thank you for sharing in my music and my joy.
Abrazos y paz,
-gina ” la chancleta”