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Watch Gina Chavez perform “Siete-D” at XPNFest via VuHaus

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Gina Chavez | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com

Austin’s Gina Chavez performed earlier this summer at the XPoNential Music Festival, closing out the Marina Stage on Saturday with a performance that mixed up Southwest sounds and styles, drawn from her 2014 record Up.Rooted. She appeared in conjunction with World Cafe’s Latin Roots series; listen to her interview with David Dye here, hear her set in full here and watch a performance of “Siete-D” below via VuHaus. Continue reading →

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Here are all our favorite covers from this past weekend’s XPN Fest

George Ezra | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollack.500px.com
George Ezra | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollack.500px.com

Missed out on the festivities this past weekend? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. As entertaining as it was seeing some of our favorite bands play some of our favorite songs at XPN Fest, it was equally fun seeing them play some of their own favorite songs. Without fail, there is always a fantastic collection of covers played by the various performers throughout the festival, and we’re here to break down the best of the weekend for you. Continue reading →

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XPNFest Recap: Gina Chavez closes the Marina Stage with award-winning Latin music

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Gina Chavez | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com

Austin musician Gina Chavez closed the Marina Stage tonight, bringing some southwest heat to the XPoNential Music Festival and representing the “Latin Roots” project of World Cafe.

Chavez has been getting a lot of attention this year after releasing her sophomore LP Up.Rooted in 2014. She was named Austin’s 2015 Musician of the Year and earned Best Song, Best Album and Best Latin Band accolades from the city’s music awards.

Joined by a band that included a trumpet player, the set was a mix of American and Latin styles. Continue reading →

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Get to know #XPNfest artist Gina Chavez

Gina Chavez | Judson Baker/Courtesy of Press Junkie
Gina Chavez | Judson Baker/Courtesy of Press Junkie

Of the many bands we’re excited to see this weekend at WXPN’s XPoNential Music Festival, Texas native Gina Chavez is high on the list. The bilingual Latin-folk singer/songwriter blends cumbia, bossa nova, vintage pop, reggaeton, and folk injected with social commentary and her dynamic vocal range. Continue reading →

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