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

Gina Chavez | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo |

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 →


XPNFest Recap: Fly Golden Eagle keep things breezy on the Marina Stage

Fly Golden Eagle | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo |

There were many audience members on their feet and swaying to the grooves of Nashville’s Fly Golden Eagle as they hit the Marina Stage. The band released its sophomore LP Quartz Bijou last fall, so of course plenty of those tracks made it into the set, along with older favorites like “Violet Crown”. Continue reading →


XPNFest Recap: Son Little got mellow and groovy on the Marina Stage

Son Little | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo |

Local guy Son Little put the packed Marina Stage crowd into a mellow groove during his set this afternoon midway through this year’s XPoNential Music Festival.

Easing into “Loser Blues,” Son Little’s Aaron Livingston reprised his stand-out Non-COMM set from a few months ago with a mix of old and new songs. This first song was built around sparse guitar playing from Livingston, foreshadowing some of the bluesier riffs that were still to come. Continue reading →