04/11/2015 | Saturday | 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Stateside at the Paramount
719 Congress Avenue
Four-time Austin Music Award winner Gina Chavez is proud to announce the official “Siete-D” Video Premiere on Saturday, April 11 at Stateside at The Paramount, located at 719 Congress Ave., Austin, Texas. The event will feature performances by Austin’s Mother Falcon and Elizabeth McQueen’s new project EMQ and will benefit Niñas Arriba, a college fund Chavez co-founded for young women in El Salvador. Doors are at 6:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. VIP Tickets ($60) and General Admission Tickets ($26) are available for purchase at www.austintheatre.org.
One of Austin’s most beloved world music/indie artists, Chavez is known for an inimitable sound that blends North American and Latin influences. Her latest independent release, Up.Rooted, won the praise of National Public Radio (NPR), USA Today, and was declared “as confident as it is refreshing” by the Boston Globe. The album, which received a rare four-star review in the Austin Chronicle, topped the iTunes and Amazon Latin charts following an interview on NPR’s All Things Considered.
The April 11 benefit celebrates the official Video Premiere for her song “Siete-D,” a rock-cumbia-rap mix that explores the delights and dangers of El Salvador from a window on the 7-D bus she rode as a volunteer there in 2010. The Spanish-language song won the Grand Prize in the 2014 John Lennon Songwriting Contest (JLSC) and features Chavez’s first rap. The official video – filmed last October in El Salvador – follows Chavez on an exciting cross-country journey to reunite with a group of young women she considers her Salvadoran sisters, four of whom are able to attend college on Niñas Arriba scholarships.
“The idea for ‘Siete-D’ came to me while I was living in Soyapango. The public transit there is wild!” says Chavez. “You climb into old American school buses that are bursting with color and blaring reggaeton (Latin hip hop) as they tear through crowded city streets and hold on. On the surface, ‘Siete-D’ is a party song, but ultimately it’s a tribute to the spirit of the Salvadoran people who endure gang violence and extortion every day with quiet resilience and the most giving hearts I have ever known.”