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.
The Sagüita Al Bate EP includes three songs from her debut album La Americana and a recording of “Sagüita Al Bate” Rodriguez made with her band. The title tune, “Sagüita Al Bate,” was written in the 50s as a mambo but Rodriguez and her Austin band play it as a cumbia/salsa fusion. Isaac Peña, who arranged the song with Scotty McIntosh, produced the track. The arrangement opens with Peña’s multi-tracked trumpets and the tenor and baritone saxes of McIntosh adding a conjunto-like feel to the proceedings. Greg Jones’ smooth guitar groove, Daniel Durham’s attention to the downbeat and Mosgofian’s cool rhythms and stops makes standing still impossible. The ensemble is peerless and Rodriguez, as is dictated by the saucy lyrics, sings it with a wry, theatrical flair.
The EP and single has been supported by key tastemaker radio stations including a performance on Seattle’s KEXP (http://kexp.org/live/liveperformance.aspx?rId=35171) and charted in the top 10 slot of CMJ World Music Chart for two straight weeks.
Saturday, January 3, 2015 @ Sahara Lounge
1413 Webberville Road, Austin, TX 78731
10:00 pm – 1:30 am // $7 // 21+
http://www.saharalounge.com/ Tickets at the Door
Friday, January 23, 2015 @ Central Market North
4001 North Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78756
6:30 pm // Free // All Ages
Saturday, February 21, 2015 @ Mexican American Cultural Center
“KUTX Map Jam 2015”
600 River St, Austin, TX 8701
1:00 pm // Free // All Ages