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.

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