Home Street Music, founded by Austin based songwriter and musician Vanessa Lively, will present its debut concert “La Voz Latina – A Tribute to Latin American Female singers,” on Saturday, May 5, at the Cactus Cafe. Doors open at 7 p.m. with tickets $12-$15 (also available in advance).
Suzanna Choffel, Vanessa Lively, Leti Garza, Stephanie Bergara, Ley Line and Lively will be paying tribute to Violeta Parra, Mercedes Sosa, Lila Downs, Lhasa de Sela, Celia Cruz, Isabella Parra, Eva Garza, Selena, Eva Ayllon and more. The show will open with a popular Mexican folk tune sung by one of the Home Street Music participants, Helen Hopkins. She was homeless, but now lives at Community First! Village.
Lively’s dream was to create a music program for Austin’s homeless and recently homed community, and to empower artists through music to create change within their communities. In May 2017, she was awarded the Artist Activist Award by Music2Life – a nonprofit founded by Noel Paul Stookey (of Peter, Paul and Mary) and his daughter Elizabeth Stookey Sunde; this grant enabled Lively to create Home Street Music.
Home Street Music provides a safe place for artistic expression and musical creation to come to life along with providing the tools to make music and build community. Lively started the first pilot last November with an eight-week program offering a weekly musical song circle. “I always have carried with me the desire that my music is touching people and helping people in some way,” Lively states. “I was thinking of a beautiful open studio space allowing people who are living on the streets, or have lived on the streets to come together and to be creative and musical together.”
The concert is part of a broader season of programming, which includes a vocal workshop component to be held on Saturday, May 12, 10-11:30 a.m., at Community First! Village, led by Choffel.
Tickets at http://cactuscafe.org/.