Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Carrie Rodriguez, a singer-songwriter from Austin, Texas, finds beauty in the cross-pollination of diverse traditions. A passionate performer, she effortlessly melds fiery fiddle playing, electrifying vocals and a fresh interpretation of new and classic songs with an “Ameri-Chicana” attitude. Her newest project found her switching roles from performer to composer/lyricist of an original musical. ¡Americano!, which ended its 27-show debut at The Phoenix Theatre Company at the end of February of 2020 with 10 consecutive sellout performances, follows the true story and journey of Tony Valdovinos, born in Colima, Mexico and brought to the U.S. when he was two years old. The musical casts a profoundly human light on what it means to be a DREAMer. An album of 9 selections from the musical (aptly titled ¡Americano! The Musical) was released in January ‘20. Produced by the musical’s arranger Sergio Mendoza, the album features his band Orkesta Mendoza, Carrie on vocals and strings, and guest vocalists Joey Burns (Calexico), Brian Lopez, and Carlos Arzate.
“¡Americano! is an inspired act of conscience. It is a work that speaks to a moment in time when a nation’s principles are being challenged. It carries with it an emotional power that is palpable and yet immensely entertaining.”
– Herbert Paine, Broadway World
In 2017 Carrie founded a highly acclaimed ongoing concert series set at the historic Cactus Cafe in Austin,Texas called Laboratorio that both celebrates and explores Latinx culture and its contribution to the American experiment. Carrie and her all-star Laboratorio band collaborate with a different guest artist for each unique performance, ensuring that no two shows are ever the same. They’ve collaborated with artists such as legendary Tejano vocalist Ruben Ramos (of the Grammy award winning Los Super Seven), Latin pop songstress Gina Chavez, jazz trumpet player/bandleader Ephraim Owens, and guitarist/composer/producer Adrian Quesada (of the Black Pumas) to name just a few.
“Not only does each unique “laboratory” produce joy and wonder (on stage AND in the audience), it also reflects our American experiment: men and women, young and old, black, white, brown, and everything in between, collectively creating an uplifting sense of surprise in each performance…The musicians share duties, switch instruments and take turns being featured, expressing the values of mutual respect and innovation that the best aspects of this country were built on.”
– Evan Voyles, The Neon Jungle