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Music on Main: Gina Chavez
Gina Chavez is blending the sounds of the Americas with tension and grace. A 10-time Austin Music Award winner and 2015 Austin Musician of the Year, she and her band can now be seen on PBS in “Gina Chavez: Live from the Kate.” She has completed a 12-country tour as cultural ambassadors with the U.S. State Department, uniting audiences from Texas to Uzbekistan and Venezuela to Saudi Arabia. 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 has more than 750,000 views.
Gina’s Spanish-language anthem, “Siete-D,” won the grand prize in the John Lennon International Songwriting Contest and recounts her experience volunteering in a gang-dominated suburb of San Salvador where she and her wife co-founded Niñas Arriba, a college fund for young Latinas.
Chavez is currently touring her new EP Lightbeam, a collection of five songs about the journey and hardships she and her wife have undergone to be able to publicly express their love for each other as Catholic Latinx women. “Steeped in slow-burn soul and uptempo R&B,” Lightbeam already has NPR under the spell and of a new sound that expands upon her passionate collection of bilingual songs that traverse cumbia, indie-folk, blues and Latin pop.
“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)
“‘Lightbeam‘ was born from a life with the woman I love,” Chavez said. “But really, it’s a love letter to all those who fall into that beautiful gray area between black and white. To those who feel the need to slink into the shadows and hide who they are. ‘Lightbeam‘ is about living our true selves right now. Because we are all beautiful just the way we are.”
“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 and her band have opened for Grace Potter, Grammy winners La Santa Cecilia, Gaby Moreno, and Grupo Fantasma, and are winning audiences throughout the U.S. and abroad while on tour as official ambassadors with the U.S. State Department's American Music Abroad program.
ABOUT MUSIC ON MAIN
The Portland’5 Centers for the Arts and the ArtBar & Bistro are proud to present the 14th Annual Music on Main outdoor concert series from July 10 to August 28, 2019. The free concerts are held in downtown Portland on Main Street, between Southwest Broadway & Park Avenue, next to Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.
On Wednesday evenings starting in July, Portland’5 takes advantage of the lovely summer weather in Portland to present the free outdoor concert series. The concerts feature popular local and regional musicians playing a diverse collection of music.
The free concerts are open to the public and run from 5pm to 7pm—tickets are not required.
FOOD & DRINKS AVAILABLE FROM THE ARTBAR & BISTRO
The ArtBar & Bistro will be serving seasonal fare and delicious libations starting at 4:00pm. Tables are for food and beverage patrons only and are available on a first come, first-served basis.
*Performers subject to change. In case of rain or extreme heat, Music on Main concerts will be held in the rotunda lobby of Antoinette Hatfield Hall, located next to Main Street at 1111 SW Broadway Ave., Portland, Oregon 97205.
Music on Main is made possible through the generous support of: OnPoint Community Credit Union, Trinchero Family Estates, Union Wine Company, Palm Bay International, Foley Family Wines, Tullamore Dew, Larceny Bourbon, Old Forester, Wild Roots, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Full Sail Brewing, Deschutes Brewery, the Portland’5 Foundation, Willamette Week, and Portland Radio Project.
: Upcoming Events
Portland'5 welcomes Providence Hospital Stage Band to Main Street on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 12pm...
Portland'5 welcomes Gina Chavez to Music on Main Wednesday, August 21, 2019 from 5pm to 7pm, as part of...
Talcon Ways presents motivational speaker Dr. Cesar Lozano at the Portland'5 Keller Auditorium on Thursday...
True West presents Calexico and Iron & Wine, with Orville Peck, in concert at the Portland'5 Keller...
Portland'5 welcomes Café Tacvba's 30th Anniversary Tour to the Keller Auditorium on Sunday, August 25,...