Oct. 27: Gina Chavez / Connor Garvey

@ Takoma Park, MD
Doors at 6:30 pm, Music at 7:00 pm
Plucking her custom-built charango, Latina folk-rocker Gina Chavez is heralded the Joni Mitchell of Latin music. Her percussive guitar sets the mood for lyrical scenery, but it’s the folkloric “Embrujo” of Gina’s voice that sears the memory. The night she saw blues songstress Toni Price wailing at the Continental Club that she found her passion and career. A semester abroad in Argentina left Gina haunted by the folkloric sounds of the Andes and started her on a journey to uncover her own Latin roots through the rhythm, language and melody of Latin music.

Gina released her debut album, Hanging Spoons, in 2007. Since then, Gina has toured with Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, shared the stage with Ozomatli, Grupo Fantasma, and Del Castillo, and represented the City of Austin on the 2011 Austin Music Vol. 10 compilation.

In 2009, Gina left the spotlight of the Live Music Capital for a gang-dominated suburb of San Salvador where she lived with Salesian sisters and taught English to more than 300 girls. After eight months in a country where poverty and volcanoes loom large, she helped establish Austin 4 El Salvador, a college fund for girls they lived with in Soyapango.

SXSW welcomed Gina back to the live music scene with an official showcase and the Austin Chronicle named her the “breakout artist” of Austin’s 2011 Pachanga Festival. National Public Radio touted her one of eight “New Latin Artists at SXSW” and her music a “perfect mix of Latin, folk and bluegrass.” 

In her first East Coast tour in August, she played at Joe's Pub in NY and performed a solo show at the Barnes Foundation. Take a listen here to one of the songs she performed at Joe's Pub, and you'll see why we're enthusiastic about her. As Felix Contreras from NPR's alt.latino says, "I was really knocked out by that voice... she's another proud example of Austin music."

Connor Garvey's songs are like placing folk-funk guitar & ukulele, soulful vocals, and paradoxical metaphors in an electric juicer- you've never tasted it before, but its intriguing and delectable so you have to keep drinking. His clever, rhythmic string foundations provide a background for his most prominent instrument, his voice. His songs draw the attention of the entire room with humor, daring honesty, and grace through "a universal message that people can grab hold to just the kind of thing I needed." (Dennis Bigelow-Music Director of KRFC-FM) It is this conection with his audience that makes Garvey wonderfully successful in his live performances where he invites the them to share in the beauty of the moment- the shared night of music.

"Garvey's sandy tenor, attention to rhythmic detail and winsome way with a melody bring to mind the music of Paul Simon in his Rhymin Simon days as well as contemporaries Josh Ritter and Jason Mraz" writes music blog Direct Current. The entertainment publication The Portland Phoenix describes Garvey's style as "Martin Sexton-ish jangle-funk, Mraz-y confessionals, and a very clear voice." Time and again he is heralded for his unique voice, approach, and ability to connect with the listener- qualities that are necessary for a long career.

Connor Garvey's initiation as a modern troubadour came in 2008 by way of train; a 45 day, self booked tour by Amtrak across the country. Now, many tours later, Garvey is finding his place as a seasoned folk-rock singer-songwriter touring around the US in his station wagon, playing festivals, house concerts, and many of the country's best acoustic venues (i.e. Club Passim-Cambridge, MA... Me & Thee Coffeehouse- Marblehead,MA... The Tin Angel-Philadelphia, PA... One Longfellow Square, Portland, ME... Avogadros Number-Fort Collins, CO...Steve's Guitars- Carbondale, CO... Ginkgo Coffeehouse- St. Paul,MN... & The Emerson Theater-Bozeman, MT). He has shared the stage with performing greats such as Catie Curtis, Storyhill, Jonathan Byrd, Anais Mitchell, Joe Crookston, Slaid Cleaves, & Edie Carey. Listeners across the US became enthralled with Garvey's sound when his song Soul on the Line (from Constancy of Stars) remained in extensive airplay on Sirius XM's The Coffeehouse- garnering him a spot in their top 6 new Singer Songwriters of 2010.