Leticia Rodriguez EP release party Aug. 16

New Spanish-language music gives nod to nostalgic sound
Leticia Rodriguez Garza is a singer, bandleader, dancer, choreographer and the producer, writer and director of the one-woman show “Canciones For Generations.” To develop the show, she spent two years interviewing family members and, in the process, rediscovered the music of her aunt, Eva Garza.

By Nancy Flores

Austin-based multidisciplinary artist Leticia Rodriguez Garza will present her latest Spanish-language EP “Sagüita al Bate” this Saturday at the Sahara Lounge at 10 p.m.

The new music also pays homage to her aunt, Eva Garza, who is considered one of the first internationally recorded bilingual artists to cross over in the U.S. During the 1940s and 1950s, her aunt recorded about 200 songs and appeared in more than 20 films.

“While I was researching material for ‘Canciones For Generations’ (Rodriguez Garza’s one-woman show) my mother and aunt told me I needed to record a song of Aunt Eva’s called ‘Sagüita al Bate,’” Rodriguez Garza says. “They let me know that, of the many songs my Aunt Eva recorded, this was the one song they felt I absolutely had to record.” It’s about a man who can’t take his wife’s baseball obsession.

Doors open at 8 p.m. with Sahara Lounge’s free dinner buffet.  World music artists Roberto Riggio and Angel Ibañez, along with members of the World Music Jam, kick off the party at 9 p.m. Rodriguez Garza  performs at 10 p.m., and African band Zoumountchi closes out the night at midnight.

Author: Nancy Flores

Nancy Flores is a features writer who covers general assignments including Latino culture for the Austin American-Statesman and Austin360.

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