There are so many topics I want to begin chatting about, it's hard to know where to begin. The most pressing thing at this particular moment is my niece, Gina Chavez, who is out there Being a BraveHeart Woman, whether she knows it or not, Creating fabulous music as a Singer/Songrwriter and leader of her band in Austin, Texas, and winning accolades from South by Southwest (SXSW) this month as Musician of the Year, for one, and building her singing career with the intention of supporting the Ninas Arribas in Soyopango, one of the worst barrios in San Salvador--her Global Purpose.
Gina is an inspiration to me, and I ask all who may be interested in collaborating in supporting her in her pursuit of her dream to help the girls in the school where she and her partner, Jodi Granado, spent 9 months working with the nuns at the school there, to give these wonderful women your support in whatever ways you feel inspired to do so.
Tomorrow, April 11, 2015, Gina Chavez and her band will be performing at their largest concert yet, and we have the chance to hear it from wherever we are...if we have an internet connection, that is. We also can make a difference by donating ANY amount, large or small, to help them reach their goal of getting 4 girls into colleges this coming year. She and two of the members of her band, Sammie Foster, the drummer, and Michael Romero, the trumpet player, just got accepted by the U.S. State Department program called American Music Abroad, www.americanvoices.org, out of 45 bands that tried out, and they will be going to several countries to play and teach kids from 15 - 25 years old over 35 days. They just keep movin' and shakin'!!
Gina Marie Chavez also just received a recognition by the City of Austin by having April 2, 2015, proclaimed Gina Chavez Day! Here's what she has to say about tomorrow's performance at the Paramount in Austin, April 11, 2015:
"Tomorrow is the biggest show we have ever put on and in my state of sleep-deprived excitement, I come to you with two pieces of exciting news!
1. We are almost sold out! There are a few tickets left (very few), BUT even if you can't join us in person, we are LIVE STREAMING the show! Now I can't promise the quality of the connection, but I'm hoping it will be enough to experience the magnitude of this show from the comfort of your home!
2. A generous donor has offered us a $1,000 MATCHING GRANT for the Ni??as Arriba college fund! If we can raise $1,000 by the end of this weekend, we will have enough funds to ensure all four of our college scholarship recipients -- Xiomara, Marta, Vanessa, and Rosmery -- can graduate!"
Thank you for sharing our passion for these young women. They are our sisters and we couldn't do this without you!
See you tomorrow! la gina chancleta