Gina Chávez

Wednesday, April 19, 2023, 7:30 p.m.

Austin-based singer-songwriter Gina Chavez blends the sounds of the Americas with tension and grace. Only the second Austinite and the third Latina born in the continental U.S. to receive a Latin Grammy nomination in the history of the awards, this queer, bilingual, genre-bending musician is a force to be reckoned with.

A 12-time Austin Music Award winner — her honors include Female Vocalist of the Year in 2019, and Austin Musician of the Year in 2015 — Chavez explores the true meaning of “Americana" as she and her band take audiences on a high-energy journey through Latin America and beyond.

Chavez’s music is deeply personal. Her passionate collection of bilingual songs traversing Cumbia, rumba, and soul take audiences on a journey of discovery of her Latin roots. Her bilingual album, Up.Rooted, topped the Amazon and Latin iTunes charts following a feature on NPR's All Things Considered. And her Tiny Desk concert, in which she all but reaches through the screen and grabs you by the ears, has attracted more than 1.3 million views.

“Chavez’s voice is perfectly suited to reflect all of those experiences and to take us to places where we dare to let our emotional guards down.” — NPR, Felix Contreras

“Most striking is Chavez’s ease as she moves between social and love songs, between North American and Latin genres, and even between languages: When she passes mid-song from English to Spanish and back, it’s the most natural thing in the world.“  — The Boston Globe