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Somos Chicanas: Gina Chavez with special guest Karina Frost & The Banduvloons
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Somos Chicanas: Gina Chavez with special guest Karina Frost & The Banduvloons

Presented by the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. In Partnership With The Movement

Venue: Lyric Court


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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

Gina Chavez is blending the sounds of the Americas with tension and grace. A multi-ethnic Latin pop songstress, Chavez is a nine-time Austin Music Award winner — including 2015 Musician of the Year and Album of the Year for her sophomore release, Up.Rooted. Her independent album topped the Amazon and Latin iTunes charts following a national feature on NPR’s All Things Considered, and has been hailed by The Boston Globe, USA Today, Texas Monthly and the Austin Chronicle. Her band’s Tiny Desk concert made NPR’s top 15 of 2015.

Chavez’s passionate collection of bilingual songs take audiences on a journey through the Americas. Her Spanish-language anthem, “Siete-D” — which took home the Grand Prize in the 2014 John Lennon Songwriting Contest — tells the story of her experience volunteering in a gang-dominated suburb of San Salvador where she and her partner founded Niñas Arriba, a college fund for young Latinas. The fund celebrated its first two college graduates in 2016. Gina and her band have performed in eight countries, touring as cultural ambassadors with the U.S. State Department.


With every ticket purchase, a $5 donation will help to educate a girl and change the world.

In 2009, Gina Chavez and Jodi Granado left their comfy lives in Central Texas for cold showers and chicken buses in Central America; to live out of a suitcase in El Salvador, where volcanoes and poverty loom large; to teach dramatic teenage girls in a gang-dominated barrio for eight months. They struggled, laughed, loved and received lots and lots of hugs.

But the mission didn’t end when they landed stateside in the Summer of 2010. Gina & Jodi immediately established Niñas Arriba, a college fund that offers full scholarships to a private, Catholic university for girls they lived with in Soyapango. The fund currently supports three young women.


Special Guest:
Karina Frost & The Banduvloons

The Banduvloons leave an impression, no matter what your thing is.

Led by front woman and songwriter Karina Frost, this 3 to 5 piece band performs songs that echo the likes of many genres and styles including Bob Dylan, Shakira, Tom Waits, Sade, Calle 13 and more!

Lyrically heavy and entertaining, The Banduvloons practice Being Loving With Friends as a way of life. They stand for the uplifting & protection of marginalized communities, and are anti racism, homophobia, xenophobia, sexism, ableism, and believe in using art as a bridge between where we are and where we want to be as a society.


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$10 Student and educator tickets available by calling the Box Office.

Vendors and Food Trucks will be available – more information coming soon!

This mini festival event is in collaboration with The Movement.

Buy tickets online (below), or at the Center ticket office, or by calling 800.988.4253. The ticket office is open Tue. – Sat. 12–6 PM, and Sun. 12–5 PM.

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