The fabulous, multi-talented Leticia Rodriguez does it all – singer, bandleader, dancer, choreographer and producer. She wrote and directed the critically-acclaimed one-woman production Canciones For Generations, and, as any good songwriter, she turned to personal experience to breathe life into the show. Two years’ worth of research, including interviews with family members, led her to the (re)discovery of the music of her aunt, Eva Garza, a film star and singer who was one of the first internationally recorded bilingual artists to crossover in the U.S.
Rodriguez incorporated some of her aunt’s songs into Canciones, and it was those songs and Canciones that inspired the recording of Rodriguez’s first album, La Americana (the track “Milonga Sentimental” is featured on today’s Austin Music Minute).
Rodriguez is a wonderful performer – you may have even caught her set at MAPJAM this year at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center. Now you have another opportunity coming up when Rodriguez performs tonight at her residency show at The Sahara Lounge, 1413 Webberville Rd. The music starts at 10 p.m.
So recommended. Vamos a bailar.
– Photo courtesy of the KUTX multi-media team, MAPJAM 2015.