For the next few days, Austin360 will be posting dispatches from Austin singer-songwriter Gina Chavez and her band as they tour through Jordan. The full band – which includes Michael Romero, Brad Johnston, Jerry Ronquillo, Kenneth Null, and Mike Meadows – will give us insights into what it’s like for an Austin band to perform, lead workshops and collaborate with local artists in Jordan.
The U.S. Embassy invited Chavez and her band to Jordan this time, but it’s not the first time the award-winning Latin-pop outfit has represented the U.S. abroad. In 2015, the Gina Chavez Trio (a small but mighty version of her full band) became one of 10 acts across the United States selected as cultural ambassadors as part of the U.S. State Department’s American Music Abroad program. Earlier this year, Chavez also traveled on an independent tour through Costa Rica at the request of the U.S. Embassy.