Media Arts: Filmmaker; Multi-Disciplinary: Performer and Writer; Performing Arts: Composer, Dancer, Musician, Vocalist/Singer
Hailed as a “Renaissance woman of Austin, Texas” by the New York Times, Patricia Vonne has claimed many titles in her illustrious career: singer, songwriter, actress, activist and award winning filmmaker. The three time Austin Music Award winner is back with her eighth album “My Favorite Holiday” on her own Bandolera Records featuring an all star cast including Rubén Blades, David Grissom, Rosie Flores, Stephen Ferron (Tom Petty) , Carmine Rojas (David Bowie), Thommy Price (Billy Idol) & three members of Chris Isaak’s band Scott Plunkett on piano, Rowland Salley on bass and Johnny Reno on red hot saxophone. Vonne continues her trailblazing ride along the borderland where Castillian & Mexican infusions of flamenco and fiery gypsy guitar meets all- American rock 'n' roll. Vonne has toured internationally including the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, World Expo in Japan, John F. Kennedy Center, Grand Ole Opry & United Nations Headquarters in NYC. She has shared the stage with Chris Isaak, Los Lobos, Texas Tornadoes, The Mavericks, & collaborated with Texas musical heavyweights such as Charlie Sexton, Alejandro Escovedo, Joe Ely, Rosie Flores, Doyle Bramhall & Flaco Jimenez. Vonne toured as a member of “Tito and Tarantula” the band featured in the Tarantino/Rodriguez film “From Dusk Till Dawn”.
Vonne has appeared on the big screen in Spykids, Desperado, Machete Kills, Four Rooms, and Sin City:A Dame to Kill For in which she reprised her role as Dallas/Zorro Girl; the role which has made her a cult figure among indie and fantasy film fans. Her song “Traeme Paz” was featured in the film Once Upon a Time in Mexico.
Vonne continues to advocate for human rights donating proceeds of her song, “Missing Women”, to Amnesty International to help bring attention to the surge in homicides in Ciudad Juarez. She is active in the United Nations’ program Artists United Against Human Trafficking. Additionally, in Austin, she works as an advocate for school music programs through the Texas Music Project.
"Imagine a young Chrissie Hynde fronting the Mavericks with a little help from Calexico."