The Brass House will host a fundraiser for Barrio Writers on Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014, doors will open at 7pm to feature Mi Trova, Leticia Rodriguez, Omarr Awake and Como Las Movies from 8pm-12am. The evening event will also include special guest appearances by local artists presenting youth readings on behalf of the published youth, bringing together a unique gathering of Latino/a Austin talent.
The headliners for the evening, Como Las Movies, is spearheaded by former guitarist/founding member of (the ahead of their time) Maneja Beto - Nelson Valente Aguilar. Como Las Movies uses a foundation of cumbia interspersed with a dash of jam rock, experimental scrapes and cosmic space. Their first two singles “Mermelada” and “Feedback Cumbiero” were produced by new Latin music wunderkind Adrian Quesada (Grupo Fantasma, Natalia Clavier, David Garza, The Echocentrics) and released under Cosmica Artists.
MiTrova is the brainchild of Cuitlahuac Ortiz, featuring ten of his music students of ages 8-13 years old. Together, they perform various styles of music including Trova Cubana, Boleros, Rock Pop, and Canciones del Recuerdo Baladas. Established in 2012, Ortiz and his students have performed in a variety of venues throughout the Austin area.
Leticia Rodriguez, Austin artist and musician, performs Música Tropical, ranging from 1950 covers learned as a child from her internationally acclaimed tia, Eva Garza, to original music. Rodriguez recently released her second album, “Sagüita al Bate,” which made Top Ten in the CMJ national radio charts this September. She has also had careers in dance and theatre, and with this experience, delivers unforgettable performances.
OmarrAwake made his mark on the Texas music scene last November, through the release of his newest album, “Time Spent in The Machine.” The album’s tracks carry the listener through a myriad of moods and draws on the maniacal excitement of playing on stage for fans, with some chaotic horn lines and funk feeding the energy. In addition to Omarr’s songwriting and performance, “Time Spent in The Machine” features some of Austin’s finest musicians, and the masterful contributions of Grammy Award winning engineers Jason Schweitzer and Bob Lanzner.
The Brass House is located at 115 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin, Texas. The fundraiser entitled, “Día de los Vivos: A Fundraiser for Barrio Writers” is themed with the unique quote, “Pray for the dead, and fight like hell for the living,” by Mother Jones. The event is open to the public and a suggested donation of $20 for table reservations is available (includes door donation for 4 guests) prior to Dec. 3rd, or a $5 suggested donation per individual will be accepted at the door.
The proceeds of this event will go towards the Spring publication and Summer 2015 writing workshops. This event is sponsored and co-hosted by by Barrio Writers, Red Salmon Arts, Brass House, and Omarr Awake. For more information about the event or to make a table reservation, please contact Barrio Writers at (512) 537-2751, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets available online: Click Here!