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DJ Gracie Chavez's Voodoo Fest Travel Diary

Houston's own DJ Gracie Chavez performing at House of Blues - New Orleans.
Houston's own DJ Gracie Chavez performing at House of Blues - New Orleans. Photo by Marco Torres
When the lineup for the 2017 Voodoo Music + Arts Festival was released earlier this year, one artist caught our attention more than the others. Right there, yes way down there near the bottom of the poster, was a familiar name: DJ Gracie.

"Could that be OUR Gracie?!" we pondered out loud. So either there was another awesome DJ that performs under that name who is talented enough to be invited to play Voodoo Fest, or that had to be Bombón Houston's very own DJ Gracie Chavez.

A quick call to La Mera Mera confirmed the latter. "They forgot to include my last name on the poster," she told us. "But yep, that's me!" We've known for a very long time how amazing this former HPMA Best DJ winner truly is, and now other cities and markets will as well.

Not only was Gracie about to make her major music festival debut at one of the best music festivals of the year, but she was also the only Houston-based act performing at this year's event. She was also booked as the opening act for Ghostland Observatory at New Orleans' House of Blues for a festival pre-show.


We quickly glanced at out availability on the calendar, submitted our media request, and decided to tag along with Gracie as she hit NOLA with her contagious energy, cool vibes, and tropical rhythms. Follow along below as we catch a glimpse of the DJ Gracie Chavez experience during Voodoo 2017:

click to enlarge Gracie and her crew catches a 5am flight to New Orleans. We were lucky enough to run into the bearded wonder Mark Austin on the same flight, who was also on his way towards letting the good times roll in NOLA. - PHOTO BY MARCO TORRES
Gracie and her crew catches a 5am flight to New Orleans. We were lucky enough to run into the bearded wonder Mark Austin on the same flight, who was also on his way towards letting the good times roll in NOLA.
Photo by Marco Torres

click to enlarge First stop: Café Du Monde. The beignets were to die for! - PHOTO BY MARCO TORRES
First stop: Café Du Monde. The beignets were to die for!
Photo by Marco Torres
click to enlarge Sugar rush! - PHOTO BY MARCO TORRES
Sugar rush!
Photo by Marco Torres

click to enlarge Waiting for an Uber in front of Jackson Square. First of many obligatory "New Orleans postcard" photos. - PHOTO BY MARCO TORRES
Waiting for an Uber in front of Jackson Square. First of many obligatory "New Orleans postcard" photos.
Photo by Marco Torres

click to enlarge After checking into the Air B&B in the city's Broadmoor neighborhood, Gracie is on the hunt for lunch. A quick walk through the quiet New Orleans streets should lead her to something delicious. - PHOTO BY MARCO TORRES
After checking into the Air B&B in the city's Broadmoor neighborhood, Gracie is on the hunt for lunch. A quick walk through the quiet New Orleans streets should lead her to something delicious.
Photo by Marco Torres

click to enlarge Jackpot! Shrimp Po-Boys, seafood pasta, and gumbo are on the menu for today. - PHOTO BY MARCO TORRES
Jackpot! Shrimp Po-Boys, seafood pasta, and gumbo are on the menu for today.
Photo by Marco Torres

click to enlarge After a nap and a quick practice session, DJ Gracie Chavez heads over to the House Of Blues. Tonight she'll open for Ghostland Observatory. - PHOTO BY MARCO TORRES
After a nap and a quick practice session, DJ Gracie Chavez heads over to the House Of Blues. Tonight she'll open for Ghostland Observatory.
Photo by Marco Torres

click to enlarge These NOLA dudes are too spooky..... - PHOTO BY MARCO TORRES
These NOLA dudes are too spooky.....
Photo by Marco Torres

click to enlarge Green room vibes. - PHOTO BY MARCO TORRES
Green room vibes.
Photo by Marco Torres

click to enlarge She absolutely owns the stage! A mix of Latin sounds and hip-hop equals a fun night for the appreciative crowd. - PHOTO BY MARCO TORRES
She absolutely owns the stage! A mix of Latin sounds and hip-hop equals a fun night for the appreciative crowd.
Photo by Marco Torres
click to enlarge Later that night, Bombón and Red Bull co-hosted a party at Dragon's Den, where veteran New Orleans DJ Tony Skratchere provided the soundtrack. - PHOTO BY MARCO TORRES
Later that night, Bombón and Red Bull co-hosted a party at Dragon's Den, where veteran New Orleans DJ Tony Skratchere provided the soundtrack.
Photo by Marco Torres
click to enlarge The next day, Gracie and her crew wake up early to arrive to City Park for soundcheck on the Le Plur stage at Voodoo Fest. Here she is with the Snapchat selfie. - PHOTO BY MARCO TORRES
The next day, Gracie and her crew wake up early to arrive to City Park for soundcheck on the Le Plur stage at Voodoo Fest. Here she is with the Snapchat selfie.
Photo by Marco Torres

click to enlarge A quick group hug before hitting the stage. - PHOTO BY MARCO TORRES
A quick group hug before hitting the stage.
Photo by Marco Torres

click to enlarge ***INSERT HEART EYE EMOJIS HERE*** - PHOTO BY MARCO TORRES
***INSERT HEART EYE EMOJIS HERE***
Photo by Marco Torres

click to enlarge What y'all know about dem Texas gurls?! - PHOTO BY MARCO TORRES
What y'all know about dem Texas gurls?!
Photo by Marco Torres
click to enlarge All smiles from the queen! - PHOTO BY MARCO TORRES
All smiles from the queen!
Photo by Marco Torres
click to enlarge Houston rapper Buckamore served as Gracie's MC for the set. He pumped everyone up with his deep baritone voice and crazy antics. - PHOTO BY MARCO TORRES
Houston rapper Buckamore served as Gracie's MC for the set. He pumped everyone up with his deep baritone voice and crazy antics.
Photo by Marco Torres
click to enlarge It wasn't a big crowd, but they were LIT AF! (I believe that's what the kids say nowadays.) - PHOTO BY MARCO TORRES
It wasn't a big crowd, but they were LIT AF! (I believe that's what the kids say nowadays.)
Photo by Marco Torres
click to enlarge "Sola, sola, sola!" - PHOTO BY MARCO TORRES
"Sola, sola, sola!"
Photo by Marco Torres
click to enlarge After her set, Gracie watched the rest of the DJs and artists on the Le Plur stage do their craft. She loves to show support for her fellow DJs, and is genuinely happy to see others succeed. The whole squad eats! - PHOTO BY MARCO TORRES
After her set, Gracie watched the rest of the DJs and artists on the Le Plur stage do their craft. She loves to show support for her fellow DJs, and is genuinely happy to see others succeed. The whole squad eats!
Photo by Marco Torres

click to enlarge Say good night, Gracie! - PHOTO BY MARCO TORRES
Say good night, Gracie!
Photo by Marco Torres
The audiences at both shows were loud and very supportive as they danced, sang, and clapped along to every track Chavez selected. It was a wild mix of all types of genres, from salsa to dembo, reggaeton to dancehall, baile funk to corridos, as well as all types of hip-hop.

Late last year, Gracie helped found Bombón Music, a new label which will be utilized as a platform for artists to release music. The latest project was released earlier yesterday, which is Screwmbia Vol 1 by Bombón/Royal Highness DJ and producer Principe Q. The EP consists of four tracks that are laced with a syrupy-slow, bass-heavy cumbia sound, which is a complete mash up of Houston attitude and tropical vibes. Take a listen below:



If you'd like to check out this musica y mas, Bombón's 7-year anniversary party will take place this Saturday, November 4 at Fox Hollow. Expect big things from Chavez and the rest of the Bombón Houston crew later this year and going forward into 2018.

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When he's not roaming around the city in search of tacos and graffiti, Houston Press contributor Marco points his camera lens toward the vibrant Houston music scene and beyond.