For Gina Chavez, Lightbeam will forever signify a pivotal moment in not only her music, but her life. The time is now.
“These are songs my heart has been wanting to sing for so long,” Chavez said about her new EP, recorded at Matchbox Studios, “to shout from the rooftops that I am in love! To tell the world about this incredible woman who lights me up and calls me to my best self, and show that our love is more than tolerable. It’s the kind of love we’re made for.”
Chavez and wife Jodi Granado were married last year – just two years after marriage equality became legal in Texas. The EP encapsulates the joys, pain, sacrifice and deeply-rooted faith they experienced throughout their personal journey. Chavez even gave herself time to pause and write her songs while allowing herself the freedom to work without restriction of any particular genre. The result is an uplifting and unapologetic celebration of love.
Speaking of celebrations, Chavez has made her EP release celebration tonight at Antone’s, 305 E. 5th St., into something extra special. The show is also a benefit for a college fund program created by Chavez and Granado, Niñas Arriba, which offers full scholarships to young women in El Salvador. And the line-up for this evening features performances by Carrie Rodriguez and Jane Ellen Bryant.
Wonderful bill, and a most worthy cause. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the music starts at 7:30 p.m. Very recommended.
-Photography by Renee Dominguez for KUTX.
Since his days as frontman and songwriter of Brothers and Sisters, to the craftsmanship of his second solo album Planning Escapes, Will Courtney achieves an emotional depth that makes the listening experience all the more meaningful, with a way of bringing out the beauty in the bittersweet.
Now Courtney returns with another outstanding rock-solid work, Crazy Love, due for release next Friday. But you have the opportunity to get a preview courtesy of Courtney and his band The Wild Bunch at their album release show tonight at The Continental Club, 1315 S. Congress Ave. They share the bill with Jonathan Tyler and The Northern Lights, and The Tender Things.
The music starts at 10 p.m. Don’t miss out. Recommended.
-Album art courtesy of the artist.
It all began when a 14-year-old young man, one Thomas R. Gohring, starting learning about kung fu in 1986. At age 24, the tai chi and kung fu black sash wanted to open his own martial arts school on Airport Blvd. in 1996. Then, at age 35, the tai chi and kung fu master decided to get involved in “the coffee/cafe/bar/music business” in 2007. That…may have been a leap and a half for some people, but Gohring did it. And he continues to do a damn good job of it.
Alongside running the successful Master Gohring’s Tai Chi and Kung Fu studio, Gohring has turned Kick Butt Cafe into a badass hotspot of awesome live music shows. Punk, metal, really several different kinds of music running the gamut, all have made Kick Butt a standout in the local scene. And starting tonight, a four-day celebration of Kick Butt’s 10 years in the ATX will feature many of these bands who’ve graced the small stage and turned the room into an electrified live hive of moshing, headbanging and – all the things.
The party is now underway at Kick Butt, 5775 Airport Blvd., and tonight’s bill includes Bloodshot, Sugar Pill, Pleasure Venom (featured on today’s AMM) and more. Tomorrow night’s show starts at 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday’s shows start at 2 p.m.
Nonstop. And here’s to many more years of badassery. Recommended.
-Photo of Pleasure Venom by Victoria Renard.
Full disclosure: Your humble Austin Music Minute got to know songwriter and musician Beth Chrisman during her stint as part of the Project ATX6 crew a couple of years back, traveling with her, the group and project director/founder Chris Brecht to Angers, France and Toronto during the musicians’ group tour. Although, to be fair, the introduction to Chrisman was really made through The Carper Family. To use the words of bluegrass artist Devon Leger, it became quite evident that Chrisman is “a firebrand, and one hell of a performer!”
The fiddler, banjo-picker, guitarist, and singer delivers a fierce and fabulous style of bluegrass, hillbilly and all manner of musical twang like no other. Chrisman has performed on shows like Mountain Stage and A Prairie Home Companion, played more than her share of U.S. & international music festivals and official Folk Alliance International and SXSW showcases, and received recognition from the Independent Music Awards (IMA) for her songs “Cold, Dark & Lonely” (Best Americana Song) and “Foolish Ramblin’ Man” (Best Country Song). We’re talkin’ one-woman tour de force, honey.
These are just a few of the reasons it will do you good to see Beth Chrisman and Friends during her September musical residency, every Thursday night this month, at the Swan Dive, 615 Red River. It’s a guaranteed great time because Chrisman knows how to put on a damn fine show with friends. Tomorrow’s guest is honky-tonkin’ Americana/Texicana band Silo Road. Doors open at 9:30 p.m.
Good times for all. Raise that whiskey glass and watch the magic unfold. Very recommended.
All right. For the sake of today’s Austin Music Minute purposes, let’s say that you moved to the Live Music Capital not too long ago, maybe fairly recently. And since your arrival, you’ve been captivated by the endless pools of badass musical talent in the ATX. Whether it’s at venues all along Red River or E. 6th St., ACL Live or 3Ten , the random magical SXSW homespun gig you happened upon totally by accident in your neighborhood, some gargantuan celebration out at COTA, or some ear-splitting set at The Lost Well on Webberville Rd., you’ve loved the local musicians you’ve seen. They’re working their butts off to sound damn fantastic. Most of them juggle two or three day jobs, but they won’t quit the music. It’s in the blood. And you love it.
In addition to going to their shows and buying all their merch, here’s another way you can help them out. And you should.
Today is HAAM Benefit Day, an annual event in which participating local businesses all over Austin donate a portion of their day’s sales to the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM). And at these various business locales, you can see live music performances by the very musicians you’re helping out. It started bright and early this morning, and it’ll continue through tonight. Catch some great music and leave your generous contribution in the designated HAAM donation boxes.
The following is a short list of AMM-recommended HAAM Day shows going down tonight:
-A huge line-up curated by William Harries Graham at The High Road on Dawson, 700 Dawson Rd., which includes Betty Soo, Jeremy Nail, Carrie Fussell, Matt the Electrician, Bukka Allen, Nichole Wagner, Rosie Flores, Shawnee Kilgore, and the Wild Seeds. The music begins at 6 p.m.
Check HAAM’s website for today’s HAAM Benefit Day schedule. Please note: Most of the daytime shows are family-friendly, so bring the kiddos. Very recommended.
-Image courtesy of HAAM.