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:
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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.