11 January 2011

Patricia Vonne Headlines Jan. 23 Rag Blog Benefit Bash

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Latina rocker Patricia Vonne
headlines Rag Blog benefit at Jovita’s
What: Rag Blog Benefit
Who: Latina rocker Patricia Vonne and singer-songwriter Gina Chavez
Where: Jovita's, 1617 South First Street, Austin, Texas
When: Sunday, Jan. 23, 2010, 6:30-10 p.m.
How much: $10 recommended donation
The Rag Blog and Rag Radio present acclaimed Latina rocker Patricia Vonne and folk-rock singer-songwriter Gina Chavez at Jovita’s, 1617 South First Street, Austin, Texas, on Sunday, Jan. 23, from 6:30-10 p.m. Suggested donation is $10. Jovita’s full bar and restaurant menu will be available.

The event benefits the New Journalism Project, inc., a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that publishes The Rag Blog, an influential Austin-based progressive internet newsmagazine with roots in Austin’s legendary 60s underground newspaper, The Rag.

Rag Radio is a public affairs program hosted by Rag Blog editor Thorne Dreyer that airs on KOOP 91.7 FM, Austin's community radio station, every Friday from 2-3 p.m. and streams live on the internet.

Patricia Vonne and Gina Chavez will by Thorne Dreyer's guests on Rag Radio, Friday, Jan. 21. The show will include live performance.

Patricia Vonne is a Latin-roots rocker and song stylist. The Times of London called Vonne, who has toured Europe 19 times, “a hot-blooded mix of Latin Rhythm and rollicking bar-room rock,” and the Austin Chronicle said she “is quickly taking her place among Texas’ musical treasures.”

Vonne’s song “La Huerta de San Vicente” won the grand prize in the Latin division at the 2009 John Lennon Songwriting Contest, and her “Mujeres Desaparecidas” is featured on the Amnesty International website. Vonne is the sister of famed Austin filmmaker Robert Rodriguez.

Gina Chavez is an indie folk-rock singer-songwriter whose style has been called a cross between Sheryl Crow and Selena. Chavez is also an activist who established Austin 4 El Salvador, a college scholarship fund for girls from a gang-dominated suburb of San Salvador where Chavez spends time working in the community.

Those unable to attend can still help out with a much-needed contribution to the New Journalism Project. Please go here to donate through PayPal, or send a check to the New Journalism Project, inc, P.O. Box 126442, Austin, Texas 78761-6442.

For more information, contact Thorne Dreyer at tdreyer@austin.rr.com, or Alice Embree at alice@nuevoanden.com.

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