Known for an innovative approach to music inspired by American and Latin cultures, Latinx rock’n’rollers Making Movies are “breaking down walls in the U.S” (Rolling Stone). From their Panamanian & Mexican heritage to their fusion of international sounds and genres, Making Movies melds reinterpretations of cumbia, mambo, son, and salsa with blues and rock’n'roll, as well as traditional Mexican and Panamanian folclór, while singing in Spanish and English. Making Movies “synthesizes what’s happening in Latin music better than anyone else out there today” (MTV), having collaborated with salsa legend Rubén Blades on the Latin Grammy nominated song “No Te Calles”, as well as Steve Berlin of Los Lobos, and the late Lou Reed. The band has toured extensively, appearing with the likes of Arcade Fire, Rubén Blades, Los Lobos, Hurray For the Riff Raff, Bomba Estereo, Galactic, Jesse & Joy, and Thievery Corporation.
Four voices coalesce, rooted in rhythm. Raised on the North American traditions of blues, folk, and soul and inspired by their world travels, the four women of Ley Line transcend genres and languages. Ley Line creates a global soundscape; blending influences from Brazil, Latin America and West Africa. Dynamic harmonies run like a current through textures of stand up bass, guitar, ukulele and world percussion. With strong ties to world folklore traditions, Ley Line’s multilingual compositions evoke the beauty of the human experience through our connection to nature and each other. Ley Line is the musical merging of two duos. Austinites Kate Robberson and Emilie Basez met twin sisters Madeleine and Lydia Froncek at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 2013. Since reuniting in Austin in 2016, Ley Line has been weaving together their individual journeys into a collective vision to unite audiences around the world. Their eclectic music explores balance and harmony between the unique perspectives of the four songwriters and instrumentalists. The band’s debut album “Field Notes” released in 2016 is a compilation of original songs and world folk songs from Brazil. In the summer of 2017, the women of Ley Line returned to Brazil to further explore the roots of their musical inspiration. Over the course of three months, they traveled over 3,000 miles playing shows and capturing video footage and inspiration for their upcoming album. The visual album to be released in the spring of 2020 will incorporate original music and imagery inspired by the natural beauty, folklore and rich musical traditions of Brazil. Spring of 2019 marked the beginning of a tremendous year for Ley Line. The band was invited back to Old Settler’s Music Festival and as a main stage act at the Kerrville Folk Festival. Meanwhile in Austin, they supported great acts like Austin’s own Superfónicos at Antone’s Night Club and Billy Strings at The Mohawk. In June, Ley Line performed alongside Bonnie Paine of Elephant Revival on the main stage at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and later added to the Austin City Limits Music Festival lineup.
Monique Dache is an American singer and songwriter who performs and records in diverse genres including jazz, alternative pop, rock, country, to light opera, jazz fusion, and Latin. Boston's Berklee Alumni 00', her portfolio spans almost three decades of singing, and a lifetime of practice since childhood. Her music reflects a message of hope, love, and healing to the greater Central Texas community and globally during this pandemic. Her recently produced album, Life Is Magnificent, was recorded by platinum award winning recording engineer, Steven Crimmel at Painted Sky Studios in Cambria, California. She is currently working on her original music to be produced and recorded as an EP at the iconic Music Hill Ranch Recording Studio and Property in Austin, Texas. Her portfolio is abundant with studying under Grammy Award Musicians while attending Boston’s Berklee College of Music with Carly Simon handing her degree, and working with other greats in her formative years. She received media attention with her song, “All Together,” written for the KVUE All Together ATX Telethon participating in their philanthropic effort at a COVID-19 Relief Media Partner to help those hurt by the economic consequences of COVID-19 virus in the greater Austin, Texas community. Her singing career launched after being featured as a singer in her own concert series from 2016 to present day, sponsored by Austin Creative Alliance and supported in part by the City of Austin's Economic Development and Cultural Arts Division. In 2006, Monique founded the Artistic Education Company, to advance the performing arts with children at an early age as essential, relevant, and important to a complete education for every child. Her company is a Strategic Arts Vendor and Partner with Austin ISD Schools impacting over 84,000 children with 130 schools through grants and silent investor partners. Artistic Education Company's concerts and cause is supported in part by the City of Austin Economic Development and Cultural Arts Division, with many sponsors to include the Austin Creative Alliance, KVUE ABC, Austin 360/Austin American Statesman, KUTX 89.5 Classical Station, KUT 90.5, and all Austin media outlets, the Austin Community Foundation, and many more. She is a proud LAAP Artist with Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center.
Atlas Maior creates original music that combines elements of Progressive Jazz, Middle Eastern, Latin American, and Indian music traditions. Band members Joshua Thomson (alto saxophone, flutes), Josh Peters (oud), Stefan Del Bosque (drums) create a unique sound that balances intimate moments of sincerity with powerful melodies and incendiary rhythmic passages. Atlas Maior writes original melodies exploring maqamat (the Middle Eastern modal system) and harmonic progressions found in American jazz. As an ensemble, Atlas Maior has released 4 studio albums Keyif, Palindrome, Four Shades, Atlas Maior EP, and preparing to release Riptide in the of Spring 2019. The group has received positive reviews and media placement from Public Radio International, KUTX, Austin’s National Public Radio network, All About Jazz, World Music Central, UTNE Reader, Midwest Record and more. Atlas Maior has toured internationally in France, Spain, and Turkey, and has received hometown recognition as City of Austin Creative Ambassadors 2019, & the proclamation of “Atlas Maior Day” on March 27, 2014 by Austin’s City Council. They have opened for internationally acclaimed artists Vieux Farka Touré, Tal National, Josh T. Pearson, performed with & Lou Lou Ghelichkhani of Thievery Corporation.
DJ Gracie Chavez
DJ Gracie Chavez is an ambassador for the Texas music scene. She’s doin it real big (DIRB!) pushing the crossover of music genres, playing a spectrum of sounds and winning folks over. And this mami is the perfect act with a pedigree heavy enough to handle any party. A veteran DJ of the Lone Star State, she co-founded and leads Bombón, one of the region’s hottest tropical bass crews and record label. Her sharp skills and taste-making selections have also earned her Houston’s Best DJ (2016) title and influential out-of-town bookings making her a top choice for events nationwide. She also founded Les Femmes, Texas’ best all-lady DJ crew, and is the founding DJ workshop instructor for Girls Rock Camp Houston. She holds DJ residencies at House of Blues - Houston and Marriott Marquis Texas-sized pool deck (2017-2018). Gracie has been nominated for various Music Awards, including Houston’s Best Club/DJ Night, back-to-back years (2014-2016, Houston Press). Gracie is a producer/songwriter; contributing music writer, lecturer and panelist; community activist, social media influencer and a radio show host. She has performed for various festivals and conferences (Voodoo Fest 2017, SXSW Interactive + Music, Microsoft Women in Tech), sporting events (Super Bowl 2017, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit), a political rally for Beto O'Rourke, and future-forward branded events pushing the sounds of tomorrow. She’s also partnered with national brands like Deep Eddy Vodka, Topo Chico, Chivas Regal US and Red Bull Music Academy as one of their choice artists and brand ambassadors in the Southern region. Gracie has been represented by Scratch Music Group, the world’s leading DJ academy and agency founded by Run DMC’s Jam Master Jay.