To Do Música - Ninas Arriba benefit and EP Release —
July 2, 2020

To Do Música – Ninas Arriba benefit and EP Release

By Liz Lopez

Gina Chavez is host for the annual “Ninas Arriba” benefit


Gina Chavez

Gina Chavez is host for the annual “Niñas Arriba” benefit and EP Release. Opening for Gina are two incredible performers: Carrie Rodriguez and Jane Ellen Bryant. The 18 and over show is Saturday, Sep. 15, doors at 7 p.m. and show at 7:30 p.m. $17 – $50

The Long Center is turning ten and celebrating with the community—by saying thanks with a free party! Jam out to Latin funk masters Grupo Fantasma, enjoy some Austin art and other fun activities planned. You can expect bag and cooler checks at the door, so no alcohol and weapons allowed. Call the Box Office for more information (512) 474-5664. Sunday, Sep. 9 from 1- 5 p.m.

American Idol Auditions are coming to Texas: Sep. 3 in Plano, Sep. 4 in Houston, and Sep. 6 in Austin. For more information, visit americanidol/auditions.

The Texas State Legislature designates Texas State Artists during each Legislative Session. The Texas Commission on the Arts manages the Texas State Artists nomination process. These positions, including state musician, are one-year appointments. Appointees are selected for their years of excellence and dedicated commitment to the arts in Texas. Texas State Artists represent the best of Texas’ rich and diverse artistic community.  This designation is our state’s highest recognition for excellence in the arts.

The citizens of Texas can submit nominations in any of the four categories, and self-nominations are encouraged. Texas citizens may nominate more than one artist for this honor. TCA reviews all nominations and develops a list of finalists for submission to the Texas Poet Laureate, State Musician and State Artist Committee. The committee, composed of members appointed by the governor, lieutenant governor and speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, makes the final selections. The Texas State Legislature officially designates the Texas State Artists during the Legislative Session. The nomination process is currently open through October 15.

The SXSW Music Festival invites artists from all over the world to Austin, Texas for a week every March to perform in front of industry professionals and savvy fans. SXSW selects the best entries from the thousands of showcasing artist applications received each year to form the core of the festival. To help artists best represent themselves in their application, members of the SXSW Music Festival Team provide some helpful tips at


Carrie Rodriguez

Each year on HAAM Day, a city-wide celebration of Austin music, the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM) hosts over 200 free concerts across Austin, beginning at 5am and continuing late into the night (presented by Whole Foods Market). Whole Foods – Downtown: Vallejo (10am); Billy Wilson of Latin at Heart (1pm) and Lesly Reynaga (5pm).

Vanessa Lively at Whole Foods – Arbor Trails 1pm (The hard-working and compassionate singer/songwriter Vanessa Lively has a strong love for community and is known for her profound and unique lyrics and vocals. In 2017 Lively was given the Artist Activist Award by Music to Life. She then went on to create her dream project in her hometown Austin, Texas. Her nonprofit music program, Home Street Music, works with people who have experienced homelessness.

Stephanie Bergara at Whole Foods – Domain 2pm; Danny Santos Duo at Whole Foods – Gateway (6pm) Singer/songwriter Danny Santos is determined to make a name for himself across the United States by creating a unique blend of country/folk tinged with bluegrass and the blues. Originally from South Texas, Santos learned guitar at a very young age and singing/songwriting seemed to naturally come after. He is heavily influenced by the whole Texas singer/songwriter genre, including artists such as Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clar. Band Website

Superfonicos at ABGB 9:00 PM ABGB For more information, visit


In collaboration with the Consulate General of Mexico, Fiesta de Independencia Foundation,  the City of Austin, Univision, the State Preservation Board, and the Mexican American Legislative Caucus, Austin’s annual Fiesta de El Grito de Independencia is a musical celebration and historical re-enactment of Mexico’s call for independence from Spain.  The event takes place each year on the South Steps of the State Capitol. This family-oriented celebration is alcohol free. Special programming includes music, folklorico dancers and food vendors. The highlight of the evening is the re-enactment of “El Grito,” by the Honorable Carlos González Gutiérrez, Cónsul General de México. The Fiesta de El Grito will be held at the grounds of the State Capitol. Sep. 15 6-9:30 p.m.

Jonas Alvarez Band schedule: Cafe Mueller, Saturday, Sep. 15, 7-9 p.m.; Central Market North, Sunday, Sep. 16, 6:30-9 p.m.; Hills of Lakeway Country Club, Friday, Sep. 2, 6-9 p.m.; Central Market Westgate, Friday, Sep. 28, 6:30-9 p.m.

Los Bohemios Perdidos will perform their own interpretations of music from Puerto Rico, Cuba and the Hispanic Caribbean. Listen to nueva trova, guaracha, son montuno and more as arranged for strings, brass and percussion. Thursday, Sep. 6 7:30 p.m. ESB-MACC, 600 River St. $10 online, $15 at the door.

Money Chicha and Kalu James and the Electric Joint take the stage on Saturday, Sep. 15 at 10 p.m. at The Continental Club, 1315 S Congress Ave.

Lesly Reynaga is gearing up for a busy fall with several live shows in September: HAAM Day on Tuesday, Sep. 11 at 5 p.m. at Whole Foods Market downtown; Viva Mexico! A Concert Remembering Anthony Ortiz, Saturday, Sep. 15 at 5 p.m. at ESB-MACC;  Lesly Reynaga & Latin at Heart, Friday, Sep. 21 at The Saxon Pub; and Pecan Street Festival, Saturday, Sept. 22 at 1 p.m., Neches Stage. Visit her Facebook page and website for more.

Southwest Key Latino Arts Preservation Program and Children’s Promise will host an event with performances from Hawaiian Kona Isle, LAPP Teatro, Ballet East Youth Folklorico, Ashe Arts, LAPP Mariachi, Love of China, Austin Dance India and LAPP Ballet Folklorico. Saturday, Sep. 15, from 12-4 p.m. A free event for the entire community featuring food, arts and crafts. Southwest Key Programs, 6002 Jain Ln.

Guelaguetza in Austin 2018 will be held at Zilker Hillside Theater to enjoy an unique experience of culture and traditions. Family friendly and free to all. Hosted by Ballet Folklórico de Austin and Oaxaca, Arte En Movimiento Saturday, Sep. 8 from 6-9 p.m. 2206 William Barton Dr.

Mission Pachanga celebrates San Antonio’s unique heritage and culture, past and present. The diverse spirit of our city, rich in history, food, folk art and musical tradition will come to life. Live entertainment by renowned musicians and artists will be featured. Money Chicha and Bidi Bidi Banda will take the stage along with Nina Diaz and Santiago Jimenez Jr. among others. Family-friendly. Saturday, September 8 10am– 6pm. Mission County Park, 6030 Padre Dr, San Antonio.

Peter F. Ortiz will be having his work exhibited at the ESB-MACC on September 15 from 7-9 p.m. and, as part of the opening night festivities, there will be a Cerronato Reunion performance, including Clemencia Zapata, Brad Taylor, Mike Maddux and Javier Palacios. The art work/reception and performance will be in the Sam Z. Coronado Gallery, ESB-MACC. For more information, visit the Facebook page for Peter Ortiz.

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Merideth is a music writer who has covered bands from her hometown in Colorado to London to Bangkok to Shanghai and finally back to Austin. Led Zeppelin changed her life. So did Dolly Parton. You can read her music reviews at

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