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September 17, 2022

Glow Up

By: Laurie Gallardo

For Riders Against the Storm‘s Jonathan “Chaka” Mahone, the foundation of Austin nonprofit DAWA (Diversity Awareness and Wellness in Action) is deeply rooted in his own experiences of survival, and his immense gratitude for having a community network supporting him and helping him move toward a better future. This is the thinking behind DAWA’s design: Empowering artists and front line workers of color through direct financial support and culturally-relevant health-centered programming, acting as a stepping stone toward long-term life improvement.

For nearly a year, DAWA has been working on DAWA Studios, a space for BIPOC artists and grassroots organizations to produce high-quality media content. To help complete the project, DAWA organized the DAWA 50K Glow Up livestream (that’s “fifty K,” and not “501 K,” as your AMM host erroneously stated previously…), a gargantuan fundraising event featuring what is essentially an incredible Austin all-star line-up, including: Mobley, Sir Woman, former Austinite Tameca Jones, Chakeeta B, Magna Carda, Pleasure Venom, Jackie Venson, JaRon Marshall + The Collective (featured on today’s AMM), KUTX September Artist of the Month Moody Bank$, Nnedi Agbaroji (Trouble In the Streets), Shakey Graves, Tribe Mafia, J Soulja, Honey Son, Mike Melinoe, Graham Wilkinson…and it doesn’t stop there!

Gather up for the Glow Up, starting at 2 p.m. tomorrow, Sunday Sept. 18, on YouTube and Facebook.

Jonathan ‘Chaka’ Mahone, DAWA founder.


October 30, 2023


Genesis Owusu returns to Austin to perform tomorrow night at Empire Garage.


October 28, 2023

LEVITATION: Saturday and Sunday

AMM picks for LEVITATION weekend, including Amyl & The Sniffers, Durand Jones, Altin Gün and more.


October 27, 2023

LEVITATION: Friday & Saturday

The AMM’s LEVITATION 2023 picks for Fri/Sat, including Alan Palomo, Allah-Las, Queen Serene and more.


October 26, 2023

So Very Curious, Indeed

A Curious Mix of People book launch reunion show, Saturday at The Parlor on Guadalupe.


October 25, 2023

Friday at Radio East

Black Live Music Fund & Radio East present a DAWA benefit with Latasha Lee and Blakchyl.


October 24, 2023

The Returner

Allison Russell brings The Returner Tour to 3Ten tomorrow night.


October 23, 2023

Haunt Me and Dark Shadows

Cover your neck. Or don’t. It’s the Goth Gala tonight at Sagebrush, with Haunt Me, and a screening of the original ‘House of Dark Shadows.’


October 21, 2023

Bienvenido al Laboratorio

Carrie Rodriguez’ LABORATORIO at Stateside on Sunday, with Angélica Garcia & Cat Cardenas.