You know it's October when all of the sudden your weekend schedule becomes so jam packed with options that it's darn near impossible to decide what event to attend. Friday already has Tucson Meet Yourself and Bernie Sanders' rally at Reid Park, among many other events, so excuse me for adding to the tough decision you're already trying to make with your social event calendar, but you should know that Gina Chavez is doing a special performance at UA that night too.
Chavez is an entrancing and cerebral cantante who's traveling around promoting the recent release of her three-song Tiny Desk Concert at NPR. Her brand of alt-cumbia has been recognized by the Austin Music Awards for Musician of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year (“Siete-D”), Best Latin Band and the Esme Barrera Award for Music Activism and Education. She also won the 2014 John Lennon Songwriting Contest (JLSC) Grand Prize. Oh yeah and she also set up a fund for girls in gang-addled El Salvador to attend college, so, you know, she's a badass on many fronts.
You can see the bilingual and multi-instrumental Chavez and her banda of musicians assembled from Grupo Fantasma and more as a part of UA's Hispanic Heritage Month celebration. She will be performing on Friday, Oct. 9 from 5 to 6:30 p.m at the Gallagher Theater (1303 E. University Blvd.). For more information on other UA Hispanic Heritage Month events, check out the Daily WIldcat's round-up.