When Xiomara Cordova walked across the Stateside at the Paramount stage in her cap and gown last summer, a roar erupted from the crowd at the benefit concert that helps raise money for the college fund Niñas Arriba (Girls Rising). Cordova was the first graduate of the program founded by Austin musician Gina Chavez and her partner Jodi Granado, and the show last year included a symbolic walk up to the stage for the graduate to celebrate her achievement.
Niñas Arriba offers scholarships to young women in El Salvador, where Chavez and Granado spent about eight months as volunteers in the gang-dominated suburb of Soyapango in 2009.
The annual benefit concert brings together performers and music fans to raise money for women who are seeking a better future. This year’s summer concert, which will also feature a silent auction with items such as Kendra Scott jewelry, returns to the Stateside on Aug. 5 featuring music by Patrice Pike and Wayne Sutton, who are the founders of the band Sister 7, Roger Blevins of Mingo Fishtrap and, of course, Chavez, who will headline the show.
Chavez will debut a new song called “Heaven Knows” and perform new renditions of old favorites. Expect a few surprise cover songs as well.
Doors open at 6 p.m. and tickets, which range from $25-$65, are available at austintheatre.org.