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September 24, 2021

What Teaches You

By: Laurie Gallardo

At the DAWA website, a bit further below poet Joe B‘s heartening video testimony of the Austin nonprofit, is the root of DAWA’s work in a single quote from West African writer Malidoma Patrice Somé: “One can say, ‘Teach me what you know,’ but the better request is, ‘Teach me about what teaches you.'”

This lifelong learning experience inspired Jonathan “Chaka” Mahone (Riders Against the Storm) to create DAWA in 2019. In addition to providing support for people of color in the Austin community, there’s an emphasis on art and its many practitioners – artists, musicians, social workers, teachers, healers, service industry workers – all serving as catalysts toward social and cultural change.

-Photo of Riders Against the Storm by David Brendan Hall.

To celebrate its second year, DAWA presents Healing Ain’t A Luxury: DAWA 2-Year Anniversary benefit bash tomorrow, Saturday September 25, at Empire Control Room, 606 E. 7th St. Catch performances by CP Loony, Honey Made, Ivy Roots, Johnny Jukebox, M3cca, Money Chicha, and Riders Against The Storm, along with a special presentation by artist/poet/life coach/healer  Sunni Patterson, and a performance by The Teeta; along with DJ sets by Chorizo Funk, Kay Cali, and Zetroc. Doors open at 8 p.m. And please remember to bring your mask.


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.