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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 20, 2023

Get It

Tomar and The FCs, tonight and tomorrow at C-Boy’s Heart and Soul.


October 19, 2023

Come Around and Love Me

KUTX’s 10th Birthday Concert series presents Jalen Ngonda, tonight at Empire Control Room and Garage.


October 18, 2023

Toda Esta Musica

¡Tan spectacular! KVRX Presenta Un Show Hispano, tomorrow night at Chess Club…


October 17, 2023


Seriously. It’s heavy. Acid Mothers Temple tonight at Hotel Vegas…


October 16, 2023

What’s Yr Damage

Following the breakup of their previous psych-gaze band Creepoid, Anna and Patrick Troxell forged an electro post-punk dynamic as the duo Lovelorn. And now the ATX-by-way-of Philly outfit is ramping things up with two new additions to the line-up, guitarists Steve Pike and Kyle Harris. No doubt extra shreds will add even more discordant dimensions […]


October 14, 2023

More Weekend Picks

The AMM’s back at it with a few more ACL Fest selections, and a couple of must-see non-festival related shows to sink your fangs into. Here’s a list. Check it twice: Gonna say this over and over: Go support the bands, even if you’re abstaining from those of the wrist variety.


October 13, 2023

ACL Fest Friday and More

It’s round two of the Austin Music Minute‘s selections for ACL Fest 2023, along with AMM show picks off the beaten path for those not festivally-inclined. No, “festivally” is not an actual word, but you get it: And remember: Go support the bands, even if you’re abstaining from those of the wrist variety.


October 12, 2023

5th Wheel

Wait. You missed Night 1 of Deezie Brown’s Wire Wheel Opera House series (Part II) last night?? Do not despair! The Austin-based rap artist and producer behind 5th Wheel Fairy Tale is presenting the next round tonight, Thursday Oct. 12, at Chess Club on Red River. And true to form from the previous iteration of […]