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SIMS Foundation Austin Music Foundation Healing in the Village To Do Música

A Tribute to Akwasi Evans: Speaking Truth to Power Photo by Alan Pogue

Locally Grown Music

and Kanto Audio are proud to present our second ‘On The Record’ Music Marketplace Sunday, June 23, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Native Hostel. 

June 21 | 10:30 p.m. Hotel Van Zandt June’s showcase features our Artist of the Month, Daisy O’Connor.  An engaging, humorous, and candid performer, Daisy prefers to perform solo - folksinger style - and tours as much as she can, always taking the road less travelled.   Daisy’s sound  mixes indie folk, rock, psych, americana, country and pop into a soothing groove that’s all her own: quirky, captivating, cleverly queer, and crooning.

The marketplace provides a forum for Austin’s creative community to connect and learn about various aspects of the music business through curated talks, educational workshops and music brand activations. This year, we’ll focus on “Marketing Yourself as a Musician in the DIY Digital Age,” and On The Record will feature a performance from Night Cap, sponsored by Sofar Sounds Austin. AMF  is curating and producing the educational programming portion held in the Parlour Room from 1- 2:30 p.m. It will feature talks with two music industry trailblazers: award-winning live entertainment/ digital marketer  Betty Tran, and musician/composer/director/ producer  Mobley, fresh off his soldout record deal signing party. The talk will be hosted by musician and podcaster Johnny Goudie. 

On The Record: Marketing Yourself as a Musician in the Digital Age Sunday, June 23 | 10-3 p.m. Native Hostel Vinylmnky, Native Hostels, Austin Music Foundation, SXSW, CultureMap Austin

We’ve also partnered with TuneCore to bring you a hands-on social media workshop with digital marketing expert Ramiro Sarabia in the Romper Room at noon.  Learn how to create attention-grabbing, mobilefriendly visual content to best promote your music on social media.  Bring your iPhone or Android and design ads to promote your music using your existing photos and videos. You’ll have the opportunity to share your creation for real-time feedback from our expert.  The entire event is open to the public and free to attend, but capacity is limited so please RSVP.

SIMS Foundation experiences financial difficulties due to influx of new clients SIMS Foundation has experienced unprecedented growth largely due to SIMS adopting a more overarching, wellness-focused mission and working tirelessly to remove the stigma surrounding issues facing the music community, such as mental illness, homelessness, substance use disorders and more. These wellnessfocused efforts have resulted in a tremendous influx of new clients seeking SIMS services. As of June 2019 the organization has welcomed 299 new client into its network, a 50 percent increase from last year’s enrollment rate.

of resources and services currently available to them. The organization is dedicated to upholding the quality of care they provide to the entire community as they continue their longstanding position as a necessary resource for Austin musicians, music industry



families. “SIMS Foundation is honored to have served the Austin music community for the last 24 years, and we are excited by what the future holds,” said SIMS Clinical Director and Interim Executive




Bouressa. “Expanding our services last year to include Music Venue Trainings and Community Outreach and Partnerships has strengthened our connections to the entire community, something we hope will continue for decades to come.” SIMS is in need of further support and immediate financial aid from the





new funding, this poplar and vital organization will face the prospect of severely limiting programming and services to the clients who have come to rely on SIMS for necessary care. Preserving the Austin music scene

This growth has resulted in a serious financial shortfall. Securing necessary funds would allow SIMS to ensure not only that new clients receive the appropriate care, but also that ecisting clients are not stripped of the caliber





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PUBLISHER // Gavin Lance Garcia // • ART DIRECTOR // Dave McClinton // EDITOR // Lesly Reynaga • MANAGING/WEB EDITOR // Meredith C. Cox // ASSOCIATE EDITORS // Liz Lopez, Monica Peña, Katie Walsh, Erica Stall Wiggins, Yvonne Lim Wilson ONLINE EDITION //



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Free Summer Festival Promotes Youth and Family Healing The inaugural Healing in the Village Family Festival on June 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Huston-Tillotson University gives Austin families a place to meet with healing professionals in a fun setting with live music, food and activities for kids – all at no cost. The Excellence & Advancement Foundation organized the Healing in the Village Family Festival to connect Greater Austin families with the resources they need for mind, body and spiritual healing, and build a stronger, more resilient community. “We wanted to organize a different kind of festival,” explains Luis Urrieta, Ph.D., a Foundation board member. “Yes, there will be music, there will be dancing, there will be good food and great fun, but we want you to leave with tools for healing the mind, the body and the spirit. We want to provide a place where Black and Brown families can meet with healing practitioners that look like them and understand their culture and their language.” The Foundation has a proven track record

in intervention and prevention programs for Austin’s youth at risk of being involved with the criminal justice system. Now, they are working to develop a more holistic approach to solving the school-to-prison pipeline, including workforce development programs for schools and health workers to train on cultural responsiveness and trauma-centered care. Organizers hope that people attending the festival don’t just have fun, but also leave refreshed and reconnected with the Greater Austin community.

Riders Against the Storm

Saul Paul, an Austin-based rapper and singer/songwriter, will headline the festival, alongside Austin-based husband and wife duo Riders Against the Storm and Rambo. Their performances will fill the festival with energy as participants hear from noted speakers. Experts in their fields like Rakima Parsons, Calvin Kelly, Ph.D., Nikki Lewis and Tiffany Gillis will talk about mental health and the role of mental health and trauma in Black and Brown communities, while Austin Health Commons will facilitate two racial healing circles. A blessing ceremony by Danza Azteca Guadalupana, Performances from Flava Dance Company, LM Rivers Dance Company and Ballet Folklorico Mexikayotl will also entertain the crowd and invite festival-goers to join in the fun. For more information about the festival, performers, speakers and program, please visit

A Tribute to Akwasi Evans: Speaking Truth To Power On Sunday, June 23, join three arts-focused non-profits South Austin Museum of Popular Culture, Diverse Arts and Six Square Austin’s Black Cultural District as they present an evening of art, poetry and music dedicated to Akwasi Evans. Evans, a long-standing journalist of the people and East Austin activist, passed last month. The evening will feature a pop-up exhibit of Akwasi images and writing, spoken word from “Voices of Struggle and Celebration” poets group, and a headlining performance from award-winning hip hop duo, Riders Against the Storm. “We stand on the shoulders of those that came before us. Let’s welcome our brotha Akwasi into the ancestral realm, and call upon his guidance to take us higher, further, deeper,” Riders Against the Storm stated on Facebook.

A poet, Evans neglected that talent to produce a weekly print newspaper, NOKOA: The Observer, from conception to delivery. Poets who knew him or his work are invited to bring one or two poems to share. An open mic portion of the evening will invite people who worked with Akwasi on any of his many interests to briefly share their memories, and their takeaway on his life of almost monk-like service. The evening also features a set of Soul-jazz from Harold McMillan and Friends and a special appearance by Akwasi’s daughter, SHERi Mogul. Light refreshments provided. Taking place from 6-10 p.m. at Kenny Dorham’s Backyard on 1106 E 11th St., the event is sponsored by Austin Beerworks, Big Swig and Planet K Gifts, Austin Chronicle. The South Austin Popular Culture Center collects, conserves, and exhibits vintage posters and live music ephemera from the 1960s through today to educate future generations on the rich and unique culture that makes Austin the Live Music Capital of the World. For more info, please visit TODO AUSTIN // MAY 2019 // TODOAUSTIN.COM 03

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Latino Moonlight Serenades

By Liz Lopez

BROWN SOUND NEWS Oscar Ornelas is a multi- instrumentalist from San Angelo, Texas who calls Austin home since 2014. With Oscar’s roots in gospel, blues, R&B, and jazz, the mix of his growling, soulful voice resonates with his upcoming album, “Some Gospel.” This new 10-song album will also be available on June 14 on all online streaming services. The Oscar Ornelas Album Release party will also feature Nané, as well as Ms. Mack and the Daddies on Thursday, June 13 at the all -ages show. Tickets are $10 - $13. Doors 8 p.m. Mohawk, 912 Red River St. Ornelas will be leaving on tour for Europe this summer, but will also be performing as The Big O Trio on Sunday, June 16, at 2 p.m. at Craft Pride (61 Rainey St.) and Saturday, June 29, from 3 - 6 p.m. at Oskar Blues Brewery Austin (10420 Metric Blvd.). --The WEPA Cumbia Roots Festival brings the past, present, and future of this longstanding music. Cumbia has roots in the Caribbean

region of Colombia. From the tradish gaita sound of Son de la Provincia, to the future sounds of Nemegata, the range of what is done yearly is vast. Schedule is as follows: 1 p.m. - Orión (DJ sets between bands) Founding member of Peligrosa, a collective of DJs, producers, and visual artists re-energizing the sights and sounds of Latin America. 2 p.m. - Nemegata - Influenced by cumbia, bullerengue, gaita music, Colombian Andean songs, Southern Mali’s wassoulou music, Sahara’s desert blues, as well as 60’s and 70’s delirious psychedelia from Africa and South America, Nemegata is a power trio currently stretching its roots in Austin. 3:15 p.m. - Fabuloso Sexteto Caracha 4:30 p.m.: Son de la Provincia - from Carmen de Bolívar, Colombia 5:25pm - Rueda de Bullerengue y Gaita - Join in an interactive jam session where all of the

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groups of the day will get together and jam in the middle of the crowd. Call and Response for everyone to give and take. 6 p.m. - Kiko Villamizar - He studied jazz in Miami, then began traveling, collecting melodies and rhythms that make for a genuine world-class fusion of Colombian rhythms. 9 p.m. - La Banda de Nayo - Winner of the prestigious Congo de Oro Award twice at Carnaval de Barranquilla, Nayib Feres leads this incredible ensemble. Tickets by Eventbrite - early bird sales end on June 8th at 4pm. Saturday, June 15 1 - 10 p.m. at Kenny Dorham’s Backyard, 1106 E 11th St. R E C O M M E N D E D S H O W S The Latino Moonlight Serenades continue this summer. Lesly Reynaga is set to perform on

Friday, June 14. Dancing on the musician’s barge is permitted while floating towards a quiet area on the lake to enjoy music by local musicians. Participants allowed to take their own food and non-alcoholic drinks. The cost is $15 per person for kayaks and canoes, and $12 per person for SUPs. Advanced reservations must be made by credit card using the PayPal option to ensure the boat of your choice. Walk-ups are welcome and will be provided available boats on a first-come, first-served basis. Check-in for participants is at 6:15 p.m. and launch is promptly at 7p.m. Other dates/musical artists include Hora Once (Tango) on July 12 and Atash on August 16. Texas Rowing Center, 1541 W Cesar Chavez St. --Check out Los A-T Boyz Saturday, June 1 from 9:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. No cover. Borrachos Bar & Grill, 1300 Gattis School Road, Round Rock.

Exhibit: HERITAGE. Rakhee Jain Desai combines the centuries-old textile dyeing technique, Batik, with the weight and texture of oils to push an Eastern art into a modern application. Through June 8. AARC Hallways. Exhibit: Pioneer Painter. Rose Chin Wong (1915-2012) was a prominent artist and owner of several East Austin grocery stores. She became well known for her naturalistic portraits of children in oils, pastel, and watercolor. Through June 22. AARC Foyer and Ballroom. Loud and Proud Open Mic Night. Friday, June 21 - 7:30 p.m. Every quarter, Y’all We Asian and the Asian American Resource Center hosts an open mic where anyone can sign up to try out anything in front of an audience. We’re wanting to grow local talent and to give more people an opportunity to work out their material. Music, comedy, dance, poetry, film - you name it. Snacks and refreshments provided. Chinese Opera Club of Austin. Saturday, June 29 - 9 a.m. - noon. Dedicated to an effort of introducing and presenting to the public the Peking Opera as an unique part of Chinese culture and tradition. The club is where the amateurs and fans of Chinese Opera from Austin gather to study, practice, perform and entertain. Contact Frank Yang at fyanggm@ for more details.

The Carver and GoogleFiber will host “Let Freedom Ring Juneteenth Celebration” on Saturday, June 15, from noon - 4 p.m. We invite the community to join us for live musical performances by Austin-based artists and a special performance by the Greater Houston All-Star Marching Band. The celebration will  have Juneteenth crafts and activities, carnival games, Games2U  Human Hamster Ball Races  and Bungee/Joust Jumper as well as a mobile arcade. A Juneteenth Marketplace featuring local vendors and community organizations, character reenactments from the “Texas Slave Narratives,” and Juneteenth Storytimes are just a few of the Carver’s jubilee offerings to enjoy. This event will be FREE and open to the public. On exhibit: “Constant Escape.” Founding members of the Austin-based Black Mountain Project Adrian Aguilera, Betelhem Makonnen, and Tammie Rubin debut a new body of work in sculpture, photography, text, and video, at the Carver.  Constant Escape runs March 7 - July 27. On exhibit: “Our People: The Life and Works of Angela Shelf Medearis.” This exhibition runs February 2 to June 22, to coincide with the African-American Book Festival which is held annually at the Carver. “Our People” is about literature—with a focus on the African American family experience--for young readers.

The ESB-MACC is excited for the next phase of our residency program. In October 2019, our Latino Artist Residency Program (LARP) will become the Latino Artist Access Program (LAAP).  LARP fosters the development of Austin-area Latinx arts organizations and artists in all disciplines in an effort to build and enhance quality, sustainable community arts, and cultural programming. LARP is undergoing a review for the first time since it began in 2013 to ensure that the program can grow in its mission to tangibly benefit participants to graduate from the residency with a greater ability to sustain artistic production. Austin Parks and Recreation and the ESB-MACC is seeking your feedback on the LAAP Contract. The deadline to review is Thursday, June 27. The  contract  is posted in six sections, including Agreement, Payment, Scheduling, etc. You can read the entire  contract  and  share your feedback using your SpeakUp Austin account or create an account. Please note that there will be a  Spanish  version of the contract on Speak Up Austin by June 17. Your voice is important to us, and we welcome your ideas. Thank you to all who have participated in the program review and for lending your voice. More information at


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TODO Austin June 2019  

EQ Austin's TODO Austin is a print and online monthly journal that focuses on Austin's multicultural community.

TODO Austin June 2019  

EQ Austin's TODO Austin is a print and online monthly journal that focuses on Austin's multicultural community.