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Texas Commission on the Arts
Texas Touring Roster for performances from September 1, 2016-August 31, 2018

2016-2018
Texas Touring Roster

2tone

2tone

2tone blends the magic of the electric jazz harp and the rhythmic strength of the electric bass in perfect harmony. Jazz harpist Cindy Horstman and bassist Michael Medina formed 2tone 20 years ago and have been actively touring nationally, evoking comments such as, "You have a really cool sound" from Wynton Marsalis, and "Uncommonly creative and thoroughly enjoyable" from Jazztimes magazine. 2tone's ten CDs and concert DVD were produced by Michael Medina and have received rave reviews including a top 20 popular music award on Amazon.com and featured on the front page of CDBaby. 2tone displays a unique and vibrant sound that reaches out to all age groups. Their repertoire ranges from jazz standards such as Miles Davis and George Gershwin to more contemporary artists such as Pat Metheny and Stevie Wonder as well as original compositions. Photo by Lemin Studios.

contact
Cindy Horstman
PO Box 260136
Plano, TX  75026

phone 214/207-9494
fax 972/867-9807
e-mail cindy@cindyhorstman.com
public performance/concert $2000 - $3500
school performance $500 - $1000
website http://www.cindyhorstman.com

 

A'lante Flamenco Ensemble

A'lante Flamenco Ensemble

A'lante Flamenco Ensemble was formed in 2011 by dancer and choreographer Olivia Chacón and music director Isaí Chacón with the object of presenting flamenco to Texas and regional audiences in fresh and creative ways. Flamenco is a music and dance form hailing from southern Spain, with Roma (Gypsy), Middle Eastern, and Jewish influences. A'lante Flamenco Ensemble has been hailed by audiences and critics for their dynamic and contemporary approach to flamenco productions uniting tradition and innovation. The company's five dancers and six musicians fill the stage with energy, enthralling audiences of all ages and backgrounds. The group tours three programs. "Prophecies" is a flamenco interpretation of Khalil Gibran's book "The Prophet," re-imagining the book's timeless wisdom for the digital age using video backdrops to complement traditional music and dance. "The Red Shoes: A Flamenco Fairytale" recounts Hans Christian Andersen's classic fable using flamenco dance, following a girl's obsession with a pair of magic dancing shoes. "Flamencura" transports audiences into a traditional Spanish flamenco club, where performers show off their skills with fire and passion. "Flamencura" is a highly adaptable program. Photo: Estrella Chacon.

contact
Olivia Chacon
2013 Cullen Ave., Unit A
Austin, TX  78757

phone 512/850-1115
fax /
e-mail oliviachaconflamenco@gmail.com
public performance/concert $1000 - $7000
school performance $600 - $5000
website http://www.alanteflamenco.com

 

Ad Deum Dance Company

Ad Deum Dance Company

Ad Deum is a professional modern/contemporary dance company based in Houston. It is directed by its founder Randall Flinn, who established the company in January 2000. Dancers have come to Ad Deum from around the world seeking to be connected with a community of artists that share a common vision and desire. The mission of Ad Deum is to create and perform excellent and vital works of dance that serve to wash over the heart and soul of humanity with relevant meaning and redemptive hope. The touring program will present repertoire by acclaimed choreographers from Alvin Ailey, Martha Graham, Jose Limon, Houston Ballet and Ad Deum Dance Company. These works are incredibly diverse, from dramatic to whimsical. They offer an incredible overview of creative thought, communication, and presentation. The diversity of creative imagination will be discussed within the nature of each work to help inform the audience on the process and mission of craftsmanship.

contact
Randall Flinn
PO Box 271481
Houston, TX  77277

phone 713/626-5050
fax /
e-mail addeumdance@gmail.com
public performance/concert $750 - $5000
school performance $250 - $650
optional service travel $300 - $50000
website http://www.danceaddeum.com

 

Adler & Hearne

Adler & Hearne

From Texas’ upper east side, award-winning performing songwriters Lynn Adler and Lindy Hearne (self-proclaimed "organic song farmers") tour nationally, serving up seasoned original songs mixed with fresh harvests of homegrown music in a soulful genre they define simply as "folk jazz." In concert, they blend their voices and instruments in a spirited signature sound that reflects the duo's second-nature connection through song. Their favorite places to plant songs in peoples' hearts include community concert halls, festivals, schools and libraries, songwriting workshops, and venues of all description that provide an opportunity to have a meaningful connection with a listening audience. Texas threads throughout Adler & Hearne's repertoire, which includes historically based tributes to earlier times, children's songs, love songs, and story songs (of course), plus musical tributes to current events, and modern day spirituals steeped in dry wit. From classrooms to concert stages, Lynn and Lindy enjoy a warm and humorous audience rapport, and pride themselves on their multi-generational appeal. Their latest CD, "Second Nature" (September 2014 release), was recorded in Dripping Springs, TX with producer Lloyd Maines, and new recordings are on the horizon!

contact
Lynn Adler
PO Box 979
Winnsboro, TX  75494

phone 214/952-6086
fax /
e-mail lynn.adler.songfarmer@gmail.com
public performance/concert $600 - $2400
school performance $400 - $1600
optional service commissioned song $2500 - $5000
website http://www.adlerandhearne.com

 

The Almost Patsy Cline Band

The Almost Patsy Cline Band

Entertaining, poignant, educational, respectful, fun, and even “cute” are a few words that have been used to describe the Almost Patsy Cline Band! Since 2001, Bandera’s award-winning Official Goodwill Ambassadors have toured Texas performing a wide selection of classic country and variety dance music: everything from Frank Sinatra to Patsy Cline, with an emphasis on two-step, waltz, polka, cha-cha, and classic rock. These seasoned entertainers also tour three original well-received, interactive, and fun stage shows: "From Sea to Shining Sea: Proud Songs of America" honors patriotism and timeless songs from the Library of Congress. "Timeless Tunes: The Stories and the Songs" explores country music history through the songs of legends like Bob Wills. "Merry Texas Christmas" highlights songs that became a Texas Christmas tradition. All three are a perfect blend of history, narration, voice, and instrumentation. Band members can also give an acoustic school demonstration of customized selections for grade level.

contact
Lanette Pennell
PO Box 1643
Bandera, TX  78003

phone 210/844-8549
fax /
e-mail band.leader1@yahoo.com
public performance/concert $2500 - $5000
school performance $400 - $2500
website http://www.almostpatsyclineband.com

 

Bryan Anthony

Bryan Anthony

Bryan Anthony has devoted his life to preserving the "Great American Songbook." When not on the road with his quartet, Bryan regularly tours with the Tommy Dorsey, Nelson Riddle, and Glenn Miller Orchestras. His tours have taken him around the world where he puts his unique stamp on the greatest songs of the 20th century written by the greats such as Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Rodgers and Hart, and Jerome Kern. All of the music in the program consists of songs-- and stories of songs-- mostly composed during the "Tin Pan Alley" days of the 1920's, 30's and 40's. Bryan and his band provide an evening of music that pays homage to the life and times of the "golden age" of American songwriting.

contact
Bryan Anthony
3310 Louisiana St., Apt. 2414
Houston, TX  77006

phone 917/549-5147
fax /
e-mail bryan@bryananthonymusic.com
public performance/concert $2500 - $6000
school performance $2500 - $6000
website http://www.bryananthonymusic.com

 

Ann Armstrong & Steve Hughes

Ann Armstrong & Steve Hughes

Ann Armstrong is right up there with the great musical exports of Texas! She plays guitar sometimes sweetly, sometimes prickly like an ocotillo cactus; sings like a steam-powered nightingale; and writes songs from a depth of experience. Ann Armstrong and multi-instrumentalist Steve Hughes deliver a delectable mixture of folk and blues, from classic covers like Robert Johnson's "Come Into My Kitchen" to Armstrong's own gorgeous classic, "Think About the Rain." They have, through the years, shared billings with Albert Collins, Jerry Jeff Walker, Hot Tuna, Arlo Guthrie, Guy Clark, Taj Mahal, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Richard Thompson, and many more. Ann & Steve play an infectious blend of singer/songwriter Americana music that is informed by the Delta blues of the South, including covers of classics from the thirties and forties from performers like Robert Johnson, Big Bill Bronzy, and Lil Green. They also cover more modern blues masters like Jimmy Reed, Sonny Terry and Brownie Mcghee, and Mance Lipscomb. Ann's compositions are influenced by the music of Texas' High Plains and big city swagger.

contact
Steve Hughes
2250 Hartline Dr.
Dallas, TX  75228

phone 972/765-1457
fax /
e-mail stephenhughes@sbcglobal.net
public performance/concert $300 - $1500
school performance $300 - $1500
website http://www.ann-armstrong.com

 

Asleep at the Wheel

Asleep at the Wheel

Since 1970 Asleep at the Wheel has boldly defied the mainstream-- and thrived-- by sticking to a distinctly American art form, Western Swing. They've entertained millions and recorded over two dozen albums resulting in nine GRAMMY awards. Founded in Paw Paw, West Virginia, the band gained a following in the San Francisco Bay area before settling permanently in Austin, TX in 1973. Front man Ray Benson, with the big voice and 6’ 7” stature, evokes with each performance the legacy and continuing vitality of a music first popularized by Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys. Program 1: Concert, includes the legendary presentation by Ray Benson and his band of Texas Swing hotshots, singing songs like "Miles and Miles of Texas," “Route 66," and "San Antonio Rose." Program 2: “Asleep at the Wheel On Screen and On Stage” presents a 35-minute film chronicling the improbable four-decade transformation of a ragtag bunch into Texas cultural icons, immediately followed by a live concert presentation.

contact
Ferrin Schriner
PO Box 463
Austin, TX  78767

phone 512/444-9885 x 125
fax 512/444-4699
e-mail ferrin@bismeauxrecords.com
public performance/concert $12500 - $20000
optional service film + concert $12500 - $20000
website http://www.asleepatthewheel.com

 

Austin Troubadours

Austin Troubadours

The Austin Troubadours present Medieval and Renaissance popular music from Mediterranean countries. Seven musicians in period costumes, with 30 authentic period instruments perform ancient dances and songs from Spain, Italy, France and the Balkans. The shows are unconventional, high energy, and follow the guidelines of historically informed performance. Group members include award-winning early music specialists, members of the Austin Symphony, and UT Faculty. The focal point of the show, "Mediterranean Journey," is to unite the many traditions that have enriched European musical culture for centuries by building a bridge between East and West, between ancient and still-thriving musical traditions. "Mediterranean Journey" is a multicultural, musical journey from the Spanish court of El Sabio, to the Venice Carnival, to a wedding party in Serbia.

contact
Slobodan Vujisic
13276 Research Blvd. #201
Austin, TX  78750

phone 512/983-0600
fax /
e-mail svujisic@austin.rr.com
public performance/concert $2000 - $5000
school performance $750 - $1500
optional service duet $1000 - $2000
optional service trio $1200 - $3000
website http://austintroubadours.com

 

Aztex

Aztex

Aztex is a 5-piece music group led by Joel Guzman and Sarah Fox. Together, their stunning performances have propelled them onto the national stage, garnering them three GRAMMY Award nominations in the Best Latin American category, as well as two GRAMMY wins in 2004 and 2005. Using their traditional and urban sensibilities, Aztex reach deep into the ocean of American music to create a sound as seamless as water. Aztex—Joel Guzman, Sarah Fox, Chris Mosley, Gabriel Guzman and Ed Jarusinsky—highlight songs from their studio albums using musical molds built on the blues, jazz, Latin music, and their own Mexican-American heritage. Fox's vocal power with Guzman's cross-genre accordion playing allow them to easily adapt to any audience. Photo by Todd Wolfson.

contact
Aggie Gardener
638 Lindero Canyon Road
Oak Park, CA  91377

phone 512/653-7282
fax /
e-mail aggie@atomicmusicgroup.com
public performance/concert $2500 - $6000
school performance $1500 - $2500
website http://www.losaztex.com

 

Ballet Austin

Ballet Austin

Founded in 1956, Ballet Austin now marks its 15th season under the leadership of Artistic Director/Choreographer Stephen Mills. The company’s repertoire is grounded in classical ballet and defined by a focus on innovation and the incubation of new work. Ballet Austin makes its performance home in Austin and extends its reach through regional, national, and international touring engagements. The company has performed at the Joyce Theater in New York; the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC; and in festivals and choreographic competitions in Canada, France, Italy, Slovenia, and Israel. Ballet Austin’s main company tours both full-length and mixed repertory programs. Full-length work includes Stephen Mills’ celebrated "Light/The Holocaust and Humanity Project" and "The Nutcracker." Mixed repertory programs often include work by Mills, George Balanchine, and other internationally-recognized choreographers. Ballet Austin II tours family-focused story ballets including "Snow White," "Hansel and Gretel," "Peter and the Wolf," and "Not Afraid of the Dark," a special glow-in-the dark ballet featuring music and concept by Joe Scruggs. Ballet Austin also offers on-campus programs for K-12th grade students including the interactive school performances "Build-a-Ballet / 'The Carnival of the Animals'" and "Dance Revolutions" as well as year-long campus residency programs "Leaps and No Bounds" and "Dance in the Classroom."

contact
Michelle Martin
501 W. 3rd St.
Austin, TX  78701

phone 512/476-9151
fax 512/472-3073
e-mail michelle.martin@balletaustin.org
public performance/concert $5000 - $25000
school performance $1500 - $2500
optional service residency $1500 - $15000
website http://www.balletaustin.org

 

Emanuelee "Outspoken" Bean

Emanuelee "Outspoken" Bean

Outspoken Bean has been called a "Brilliant writer" (Robert Wilson), and a "phenomenal" (Ewan McGregor) "dynamic performer" (The Short Horn) whose "words hit with the sustained force of a young James Earl Jones" (Artnet Magazine). As a writer, performer, TEDx speaker, and emerging playwright, Bean has traveled the world performing his original works and inspiring young people to give voice to their own creativity. Ranked 9th in the 2013 Individual World Poetry Slam, Bean has worked with the Harris County Department of Education, Writers in the Schools, and Houston Grand Opera, among others. He’s the lead coach for the teen slam team Meta-Four Houston. Bean is a performance and slam poet who does original work. He also has a one-man show, "Converse," which is an interactive theatrical story-telling based on Bean, a heartbroken, outspoken, comedic, military brat. The dramatic and provocative show lures the audience into joining a long overdue conversation about mistakes, redemption, and the power of words.

contact
Emanuelee Bean
1127 Usener
Houston, TX  77009

phone 210/415-7148
fax /
e-mail Outspokenbean210@gmail.com
public performance/concert $700 - $1000
school performance $500 - $1000
optional service performance of $700 - $1500
website none

 

Beto and the Fairlanes

Beto and the Fairlanes

The songs of Beto and the Fairlanes are magical, cross-cultural incantations of salsa, jazz, rock, and Latin influences, of irresistible dance rhythms and visions of the tropics. In Beto and the Fairlanes' hard-driving percussion, high-flying horns, and Beto's natural sense of fun and humor, you feel the excitement, celebration, and romance of traditions, north and south, meeting in the melodies and beat of their music. Beto and the Fairlanes tours with a 10-piece Latin-influenced ensemble, including horns, guitars, drums, percussion, bass, and keys. The repertoire includes mostly original Latin, jazz, and rock and roll tunes.

contact
Mike Mordecai
12400 Texas HWY 71 #350-177
Austin, TX  78738

phone 512/477-7777
fax /
e-mail mike@bbabooking.com
public performance/concert $2000 - $6000
school performance $1500 - $4000
optional service workshops/camps $1500 - $4000
website http://www.betoandthefairlanes.com/

 

BettySoo

BettySoo

Acclaimed singer/songwriter BettySoo performs solo and with bands, and leads workshops on songwriting, voice, and guitar. In the five years since the release of her album Heat Sin Water Skin, she has toured extensively with her band and with Canadian dobro master Doug Cox, with whom she released two duo albums of songs penned by friends and heroes. Awards include Mountain Stage New Song Winner and Wildflower! Festival Songwriting Competition Winner. May 2014 saw the release of When We're Gone, her highly-anticipated album of original songs produced together with cellist Brian Standefer in Buda, Texas. BettySoo presents solo, duo, and band performances of original music and the music of singer-songwriters from Texas and beyond. Her duo and band performances feature top Austin musicians, and she also performs as a duo with Canadian dobro master Doug Cox. BettySoo also leads workshops on singing, performing, songwriting, and guitar.

contact
Book Betty Soo
8127 Mesa Dr. B 206-245
Austin, TX  78759

phone 512/222-3889
fax /
e-mail bookbettysoo@gmail.com
public performance/concert $500 - $3500
school performance $750 - $3500
optional service festival - workshop $500 - $1500
website http://www.bettysoo.com

 

Bike Zoo

Bike Zoo

The Bike Zoo unveiled its first creations at the First Night Austin 2005 street festival on New Year’s Eve. The Bike Zoo has grown very rapidly and we now see the one-of-a-kind hand-built creations wandering the grounds of international festivals along with many educational trips into schools and museums in the US and Mexico. Bike Zoo took part in Austin’s sister city Saltillo’s International Parade and Festival July of 2015. Millions of people have experienced the Bike Zoo since its inception and the group looks forward to visiting every city and representing Texas proudly! The Bike Zoo presents a magical show for people of all ages, a unique addition to any festival or event, or as a placemaking option for a public space, environmental, arts, or science event. The ever-growing menagerie of hand-built creatures can act as a stage or a mobile activity booth, and seats many people, including guests with special needs. Photo: New York Hall of Science.

contact
Roggie Baer
2004 Maple Avenue
Austin, TX  78722

phone 512/554-4004
fax /
e-mail roggie@rajiworld.com
public performance/concert $5000 - $50000
school performance $3000 - $15000
website http://www.austinbikezoo.org/

 

The Biscuit Brothers

The Biscuit Brothers

The two-time Emmy Award-winning PBS television show "The Biscuit Brothers" is ready to come to your town and perform their imaginative, interactive, fun-filled live show. Using many traditional folk songs and original ones, too, they'll have you laughing and learning at the same time. The Biscuit Brothers bring the extensive and well-documented benefits of music education/appreciation with guitar, banjo, upright bass, and trap set. The brothers and backing band sing, dance, and story tell.

contact
Jerome Schoolar
9109 Wampton Way
Austin, TX  78749

phone 512/963-3778
fax /
e-mail jerome@biscuitbrothers.com
public performance/concert $2000 - $6000
school performance $1500 - $4000
website http://www.biscuitbrothers.com

 

Blue Lapis Light

Blue Lapis Light

Blue Lapis Light (BLL) is a site-specific aerial dance company based in Austin, Texas, and founded by Artistic Director Sally Jacques. Using aerial techniques informed by classical, interpretive, and modern dance, BLL creates transcendent works of beauty, inspiring audience members of all ages and backgrounds. BLL offers aerial dance performances adapted to each location, making every show a unique event. The apparatuses used are determined by the site. The company specializes in aerial silks, harnesses, and tiger stands. Custom music and costuming elements are chosen to reflect the theme of each event. BLL creates pieces on every scale-- from one dance on a silk to an entire ensemble on the face of a building. Photo by Earl McGehee.

contact
Sally Jacques
PO Box 1821
Austin, TX  78767

phone 512/280-6688
fax /
e-mail sallyj@bluelapislight.org
public performance/concert $3500 - $50000
school performance $3000 - $10000
website http://www.bluelapislight.org

 

Brave Combo

Brave Combo

For more than three decades this Denton, Texas-based quintet has perfected a world music mix that includes salsa, meringue, rock, cumbia, conjunto, polka, zydeco, classical, cha-cha, the blues, and more. They are America's Premier Dance Band and a rollicking, rocking, rhythmic global journey-- prompting one reviewer to proclaim, "Even if you come for the party, you'll leave with something of a musical education." Around the world at venues of all sizes, Brave Combo has charmed countless listeners and garnered many honors, including two GRAMMY Awards and the prestigious Community Arts Recognition Award from the Greater Denton Arts Council. Brave Combo’s repertoire of hundreds of songs in styles ranging from polka to pop hits allows for a performance that can flex to be compatible with a family-friendly audience or with the stages of the biggest festivals and rock clubs in the world. Featured are group and organized dances that get the crowd up on their feet. Also, more than twenty of Brave Combo’s original compositions have been scored for a full symphony orchestra.

contact
Carl Finch
PO Box 233
Denton, TX  76202

phone 940/387-0860
fax 773/346-6433
e-mail booking@bravecombo.com
public performance/concert $2000 - $6000
school performance $1800 - $4000
website http://bravecombo.com/

 

Bruce Wood Dance Company

Bruce Wood Dance Company

With high-caliber original choreography and dynamic performers, Bruce Wood Dance Project harnesses the power of contemporary dance to entertain, enrich, and heal diverse audiences. Wood, a prolific choreographer, created more than 80 works over his lifetime using music ranging from Tchaikovsky to the Jackson Five. Whether funny or sad, fierce or romantic, his dances are emotionally engaging and memorable. Artistic Director Kimi Nikaidoh leads the company onward, presenting selections from Wood’s repertoire and offering fresh, new commissions from nationally acclaimed choreographers and in-house emerging choreographers. BWDP has been named on every annual Top Ten Dance List in Dallas Fort Worth since 2011. BWDP’s repertoire consists of 80 fifteen- to twenty-minute dances created by its founder over a 20-year period. Touring programs will mix selections from that repertoire with recent premieres to give audiences dynamic, balanced and satisfying theatrical experiences. BWDP currently boasts work by international award-winning choreographer Bryan Arias and Texas emerging artists Albert Drake and Kimi Nikaidoh. Dances by Andy Noble and Katarzyna Skarpetowska will be ready to tour in June and November 2016, respectively. Photo by Sharen Bradford

contact
Gayle Halperin
3630 Harry Hines Blvd. #36
Dallas, TX  75219

phone 214/298-9212
fax 214/219-1115
e-mail gayle@brucewoodance.org
public performance/concert $2000 - $8000
school performance $1500 - $4000
website http://www.brucewoodance.org

 

State Artist Marc Burckhardt

State Artist Marc Burckhardt

Marc Burckhardt is the 2010 Texas State Visual Artist in 2-D work. Born in Germany and raised in Texas, Marc Burckhardt’s work juxtaposes old world styles and symbols with contemporary American themes. As a youth, he spent summers in Europe with his family, a tradition he continues today. The paintings, architecture, and perspectives he encounters there combine with his studies of art history to inform his work, which utilizes old masters' techniques to achieve the texture and luminosity that distinguish his paintings. Marc lives and works in a 1910 farmhouse in the shadow of downtown Austin Texas.

contact
Marc Burckhardt
PO Box 2023
Austin, TX  78703

phone 512/785-9300
fax /
e-mail studio@marcburckhardt.com
website http://www.marcburckhardt.com

 

Gwen Caldwell

Gwen Caldwell

For over 20 years, Gwen Caldwell has enjoyed sharing stories with groups of all ages at schools, libraries, festivals, and conferences throughout the country. Often using music and audience participation, she enlivens stories from around the world as well as original and personal tales. Gwen has developed a series of adult programs entitled, "Stories for the Second Half of Life," and recently recorded a CD of personal stories titled "The Lime Green Truck and Other Stories of Remembrance." Whether for young or old, Gwen loves to create programs that leave her listeners wanting more! A large repertoire allows Gwen to create customized programs for each booking. School Programs are made of story sets for each grade level with follow-up activities designed to meet specific academic objectives. Most programs include multicultural folktales, legends, and original stories. Gwen's orangutan puppet, "RubyLu," helps her tell to younger children. Adult programs can include personal, humorous, inspirational, and seasonal stories in addition to "stories for the second half of life." Gwen includes music and audience participation in most programs.

contact
Gwen Caldwell
2609 Sherrill Park Dr.
Richardson, TX  75082

phone 972/231-4469; 214-497-9315
fax 972/231-4469
e-mail gwenteller@gmail.com
public performance/concert $250 - $1000
school performance $250 - $800
optional service workshop $250 - $750
optional service lecture $300 - $850
website http://www.gwencaldwell.com

 

Carranza Puppets

Carranza Puppets

The Carranzas are a husband and wife team. They delight in working with children in the schools and in bringing children’s literature to life through the puppetry arts. They strive to stay true to children's literature by not fracturing stories. Mr. and Mrs. Carranza started out in puppetry as a hobby in 1977. They are founding members of the Greater Houston Puppetry Guild and serve as officers, and are also members of The Puppeteers of America. They have performed and lectured at Puppeteers of America festivals and at various regional puppetry festivals throughout the country. The lavish costumes, sets, and the beautiful marionettes all add to the wonder and magic of Carranza Puppets’ productions. The plays, for the most part, have original, fully orchestrated music. "Hansel and Gretel" (2015-2016 season) is a marionette play based on the original German fairy tale. "Cinderella" (2016-2017 season) is a marionette production with gorgeous period costumes and original music. The Carranzas also have other classic stories from children's literature in their repertoire.

contact
Carol Carranza
12514 Maxim Drive
Houston, TX  77065

phone 281/890-5210
fax 281/890-5210
e-mail carranza62@juno.com
public performance/concert $729 - $1500
school performance $529 - $1500
optional service consultant $500 - $1000
optional service workshops $250 - $500
website http://www.CarranzaPuppets.com

 

State Artist Rosemary Catacalos

State Artist Rosemary Catacalos

Rosemary Catacalos, 2013 Texas State Poet Laureate, was accidentally born in Florida during WWII of parents from San Antonio. She returned to San Antonio when she was three. Her poems are widely published in high school and college textbooks, among other venues. Her work has twice been collected in the annual Best American Poetry anthology and has earned fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Stegner Fellowship Program at Stanford University, and the Paisano Fellowship of the Texas Institute of Letters/University of Texas at Austin. One of her poems is included in Caroline Kennedy’s anthology, She Walks In Beauty, A Woman’s Journey Through Poems. Ms. Catacalos’ first full-length collection, Again for the First Time received the 1985 Texas Institute of Letters poetry prize. Again for the First Time was reissued in 2013 on its thirtieth anniversary. Also published in 2013 was a chapbook of newer poems, Begin Here, also from Wings Press.

contact
Rosemary Catacalos
1018 Avant Ave
San Antonio, TX  78210

phone 210/908-2562
fax /
e-mail rmcatacalos@sbcglobal.net
public performance/concert $700 - $3000
school performance $300 - $700
optional service workshop fees negotiable $ - $
website http://www.wingspress.com/author.cfm?author_ID=135

 

Javier Chaparro

Javier Chaparro

Javier Chaparro is a virtuoso violinist born in Lima, Peru, who settled in Austin in the mid-1980s. While embedded in the classical world of the symphony and performing as a solo guest artist in Europe and the western continents, he became enamored with the fertile singer/songwriter culture of his new home. The influence of Texas/American songwriters and the lingering influence of great folk performers of his native Peru opened a creative faucet as a singer/songwriter. His voracious appetite for American music lead him to perform with local musicians, spanning the musical spectrum from country to jazz. With his band Salúd, Javier Chaparro performs original material blending Peruvian folk music with a rich assortment of sounds Javier has absorbed from classical and Texas music. Javier continues to perform classical music as a guest artist of symphonies worldwide, as well as touring and recording with his bands Los Romanceros and Salúd. Javier is available to perform with a duo, trio, quartet, or quintet.

contact
Laura Mordecai
12400 Texas HWY 71 #350-177
Austin, TX  78738

phone 512/477-7777
fax /
e-mail laura@bbabooking.com
public performance/concert $750 - $5000
school performance $750 - $3500
optional service workshops/camps $750 - $3500
website http://www.saludmusic.com

 

Chaski

Chaski

Chaski is what you get when you take a virtuosic flute/harp duo, add a colorful collection of flutes and harps from around the world, and explore music to include them all. For almost 30 years Chaski has toured with repertoire ranging from the Mozart Flute/Harp Concerto, to Bolivian huayños, Scottish strathspeys, tunes from Playford's "The English Dancing Master" (published in 1651), and world premieres of new works. Chaski frequently works in collaboration with solo artists, choirs, and, most recently, with a modern dance company, accompanying the dancers and performing alongside them. Touring offerings include: (1) choral collaboration- Chaski specializes in accompanying the choral works of acclaimed Argentine composer Ariel Ramírez, including Misa criolla, Navidad nuestra, and Misa por la paz y la justicia; (2) modern dance collaboration- Chaski joins award-winning modern dance company Psophonia onstage for an interactive music/dance performance. (3) concerts- Chaski performs from its eclectic, multi-genre repertoire. Concert programs may include Latin American and Celtic folk music, contemporary works, and early music. Chaski: flutes, harps, & the whole world to play in!

contact
Adrienne Inglis
PO Box 29807
Austin, TX  78755

phone 512/762-1153
fax /
e-mail info@chaskimusic.com
public performance/concert $2400 - $6000
school performance $600 - $2400
optional service choral concerts $1200 - $6000
optional service lecture-demo $600 - $2400
website http://www.chaskimusic.com

 

Margaret Clauder

Margaret Clauder

Is she a puppeteer? A ventriloquist? A storyteller? A comedian? A singer? A magician? A clown? Margaret Clauder is all that and more. Margaret puts fun and humor into every one of her children’s shows. Children laugh as they learn important points such as what a rhyming word is or that books can be fun. Trained in theater, her puppetry and ventriloquism skills will entice children to pay close attention as magic and mayhem ensue. A former teacher, Margaret knows kids and knows how to reach them, never boring them. She has over 20 years of experience entertaining and educating children. All programs include storytelling, puppets, and ventriloquism. Available programs include: Reading and Rhyming with Mother Goose, Let's Read with THE Bookworm, I Detect a Tale with Detective Imma Sleuth, Fiesta de Mexico with Senorita Margarita, Weather Wonders with Maggie the Meteorologist, and Wild About Reading with Masai Maggie. All programs tie in with children's books to promote literacy. All programs utilize Margaret's artistic skills of puppetry and ventriloquism, and may include storytelling, music, and special effects (magical moments). For public schools TEKS-aligned study plans are provided.

contact
Margaret Clauder
916 Wayland Drive
Arlington, TX  76012

phone 817/980-1760
fax 817/274-2123
e-mail margaret@mcpshows.com
public performance/concert $250 - $1200
school performance $495 - $895
optional service after school balloon sculpture workshop $200 - $300
website http://www.mcpshows.com

 

Conspirare

Conspirare

Conspirare is an Austin-based professional choir led by founding artistic director Craig Hella Johnson. Conspirare has sung in many Texas and US locations and in Europe, garnering international recognition. In 2005 Conspirare received Chorus America’s Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, and in 2008 represented the US at the Eighth World Symposium on Choral Music in Copenhagen. Conspirare’s recordings have received five GRAMMY® nominations and the Netherlands' Edison Award. Conspirare has a broad repertoire, so specific programming may be negotiated. Examples include: (1) "Conspirare Christmas"- Multi-work seasonal program that mixes sacred and secular, traditional and contemporary, classical and pop in Craig Hella Johnson's signature "collage" programming performed a cappella with 1 percussionist;(2) Mixed repertoire program- Multiple works across genres, composers, and time periods, can be somewhat customized. Instrumentation varies; and (3) Joby Talbot’s Path of Miracles, performed a cappella. The easiest opportunities for bookings typically require proximity to Conspirare’s mainstage season performances.

contact
Ann McNair
505 E. Huntland Dr., Ste. 155
Austin, TX  78752

phone 512/476-5775
fax 512/481-1676
e-mail amcnair@conspirare.org
public performance/concert $10000 - $20000
school performance $8000 - $10000
website http://www.conspirare.org

 

Conteño

Conteño

Juan and Federico Longoria formed their own musical group in 1998, now known as "Conteño." In June 2007, Juan was named the 1st-place winner at "The Big Squeeze" accordion competition held by Texas Folklife in Houston. This accomplishment is featured in a documentary, "The Big Squeeze," filmed by Hector Galan and broadcast nationally on PBS television stations. Federico has been recognized as a guest bajo sexto recording artist numerous times, notably his recording of the hit single "Amor y Dolor" with Siggno. Conteño performs traditional and modern conjunto, tejano, and norteño music.

contact
Juan Longoria
5103 Boca Chica Blvd.
Brownsville, TX  78521

phone 956/466-4454
fax /
e-mail conteno08@yahoo.com
public performance/concert $1500 - $2500
school performance $1000 - $2500
website none

 

CORE Performance Company

CORE Performance Company

CORE Performance Company, a professional contemporary dance company founded by Artistic Director Sue Schroeder in 1980, tours nationally and internationally, collaborates with innovative artists in all disciplines, and creates compelling and original dances that evolve through experimentation, improvisation, and collaboration. As an artist and dynamic participant in the community, Schroeder believes it is essential to develop and nurture a meaningful connection to our work and has created a diverse range of well-integrated residency activities. CORE Performance Company has been acclaimed in performance and residencies in the US, Canada, Holland, Mexico, Guatemala, Sweden, Germany, Croatia, France, and the Republic of Georgia. CORE Performance Company currently offers original full-length and mixed-bill works by Sue Schroeder ("Still," "Secret," "Monochrome in Black, White and Gray," "Walk," "Gaman"), Amanda K. Miller-Fasshauer ("The Liberated Accident," "A world too wide"), Lori Teague ("I felt my life with both hands"), and Becky Valls ("Web"). The most recently premiered "Walk," a labyrinth dance with lanterns, and "Gaman," a richly-layer performance that expresses the sorrow and joy, confinement and liberation experienced by interned Japanese-American citizens during WWII, can be adapted for every scale and audiences of any size. We invite you to explore the possibilities with us. Photo: John Ramspott.

contact
Sue Schroeder
PO Box 66008
Houston, TX  77266

phone 713/862-5530
fax 713/344-1160
e-mail sues@coredance.org
public performance/concert $5000 - $12500
school performance $900 - $1200
optional service week-long residency with multiple activities $10000 - $25000
website http://www.coredance.org

 

Decee Cornish

Decee Cornish

Born in Texas and raised in Houston’s Fifth Ward, Decee Cornish joined the military and served over a decade, traveling and attending colleges and universities worldwide. In the process, he experienced different cultures and learned their stories. Decee began to tell stories to disadvantaged and at-risk children at a non-profit youth facility, using stories to teach and motivate. He continued his work through the I have A Dream Foundation and the Stop the Violence campaign. In 2004 the President's Commission on the Arts and the Humanities recognized his work with the "Coming Up Taller" award to the Creative Solutions Summer Program. For over 17 years, Decee has told stories and entertained nationally. Programs include: "Fun and Adventures with Decee"- A fun, informative, and entertaining program about the folklore, stories, and cultures of people from around the globe; "Great People of Color," a secondary school program that shares stories of great men and women of color in world culture; special event/curriculum-related programming for Texas history, the Civil War, mythology, US history, tall tales, Black history, festivals, PTAs, traditional and non-traditional holiday events.

contact
Carole Weitzel
118 Beach Mountain Cove
Georgetown, TX  78633

phone 512/914-2596
fax 512/388-9026
e-mail carole@authorsandmore.com
public performance/concert $300 - $500
school performance $300 - $700
website http://www.authorsandmore.com

 

Sarah Cortez

Sarah Cortez

Sarah Cortez, a member of the Texas Institute of Letters, has had hundreds of poems, essays, and short stories published and anthologized. Winner of the PEN Texas Literary Award in poetry, her debut poetry collection is entitled "How to Undress a Cop." An award-winning editor of six anthologies, her most recent is "Our Lost Border: Essays on Life amid the Narco-Violence." Texas Review Press recently published her memoir, "Walking Home: Growing Up Hispanic in Houston," and her second poetry collection, "Cold Blue Steel." She lives, works, and runs a thriving freelance editing business in Houston, Texas, where she is Houston's most popular writing teacher. Programs include Aliens, Beasts, Creatures: The ABCs of Writing Imaginary Critters- specific exercises make it quick and fun to create imaginary critters (ages 10 to adult). With Let's Find A Poem, participants enjoy a stroll while creating a found poem (ages 8 to 15). The Power and Pizazz of Personal Story leads participants in writing special stories from their own lives (teens-adults). How To Begin Writing My Memoir teaches the basics of memoir writing to keep you focused (teens-adults.) Sarah also gives poetry readings for teens-adults.

contact
Sarah Cortez
2505 Driscoll Street
Houston, TX  77019-0676

phone 713/524-9404
fax /
e-mail cortez.sarah@gmail.com
public performance/concert $380 - $1275
school performance $380 - $1275
optional service half-day workshop $730 - $1525
optional service full-day workshop $940 - $1735
website http://www.poetacortez.com

 

Dallas Black Dance Theatre

Dallas Black Dance Theatre

Founded in 1976 by Ann Williams, Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s mission is to create and produce contemporary modern dance at its highest level of artistic excellence. In 2014, DBDT celebrated its 37th season as Dallas’ oldest continuously operating professional dance company. The company consists of 12 professional full-time dancers performing a mixed repertory of modern, jazz, ethnic, and spiritual works by nationally and internationally known choreographers. Annually, DBDT performs for over 100,000 arts patrons, including children. DBDT will tour a mixed repertory of classic and contemporary modern works by choreographers Alvin Ailey, Elisa Monte, Donald McKayle, Dianne McIntyre, Bridget L. Moore, Rennie Harris, and others. Among its repertory is the historical ballet "Nina," depicting the life and music of Nina Simone choreographed by Dianne McIntyre; a hip hop ballet choreographed by Rennie Harris; and "Vespers" by Ulysses Dove. DBDT II, Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s second company consists of 8 young, volunteer dancers performing for local and regional audiences with a diverse repertory of contemporary modern works. Photo: Steven Ray.

contact
Melissa Young
PO Box 131290
Dallas, TX  75313

phone 214/871-2376
fax 214/871-2842
e-mail m.young@dbdt.com
public performance/concert $8000 - $15000
school performance $3000 - $5000
optional service lecture demonstrations $1500 - $3000
optional service master class $250 - $500
website http://www.dbdt.com

 

Dallas Children's Theater

Dallas Children's Theater

Dallas Children’s Theater has been named one of the top five professional theaters for youth and families in the United States by both American Theater and Time magazines. Now in its 31st season, DCT continues its mission to produce quality theater designed to stir the heart, stretch the mind, and promote education. The acclaimed national touring company now travels internationally with large-scale productions featuring titles which reflect the cultural diversity of our world community. They encompass a combination of new plays, familiar stories, literary works, biographies, mythologies, and folktales. Study guides and curriculum-based workshops accompany every production. For the 2014-2015 season, DCT will tour "The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley," based on the popular book. Under consideration for 2015-2016 is "James and the Giant Peach." Out of Roald Dahl's incredible imagination (author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) comes an amazing adventure of a boy and his fantastical friends. When a bag of magical "mysterious things" super-sizes a peach and a group of bugs, James begins a journey across the ocean that will happily change his life forever.

contact
Sally Fiorello
5938 Skillman Street
Dallas, TX  75231

phone 214/978-0110
fax 214/978-0118
e-mail sally.fiorello@dct.org
public performance/concert $7500 - $14000
school performance $7500 - $30000
website http://www.dct.org

 

Dance of Asian America

Dance of Asian America

Dance of Asian America is dedicated to promoting and preserving the rich cultural heritage of China through authentic Chinese dance. Their repertoire is continually updated with the most recent award-winning choreography from China. Artists include DAA’s amazing local dancers as well nationally recognized and award-winning guests from China. Professionals will work with the requesting agency to determine the most appropriate program from the then-current list of works. Chinese music (CD) and authentic costumes are included with each performance. DAA reaches over 35,000 people annually. DAA promises a program that will be high caliber, entertaining, culturally educational, and professional. Many factors will help determine the program such as the size of the stage, target audience, event purpose, and budget. Educational programs will include hands-on participation and shorter pieces to engage young audiences; large productions will include full-length pieces. Both will explore the 56 ethnic groups of China through high caliber dance.

contact
Janie Yao
9889 Bellaire Blvd. C-335
Houston, TX  77036

phone 832/630-5048
fax 832/202-0176
e-mail janie0201@gmail.com
public performance/concert $650 - $10000
school performance $450 - $5000
website http://www.danceaa.org

 

Dark Circles Contemporary Dance

Dark Circles Contemporary Dance

Dark Circles Contemporary Dance (DCCD) was founded in 2010 in Seoul, South Korea. The company's newest branch—based in North Texas and lead by internationally award-winning choreographer and Dance Magazine “25 to Watch” breakout star of 2015, Joshua L. Peugh—has been hailed as “the area’s most exciting dance company” (Star-Telegram) and as the "Best Dance Company" of 2015 by D Magazine. The young company has been praised as “frequently stunning, and always fascinating” (DFW.com) and commended for innovative combinations of classical technique and modern movement styles. Since its inception, the company has performed nationally and internationally at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, in Germany, and in New York, among others. The company’s repertory includes works by Joshua L. Peugh, Mike Esperanza, James Gregg, Fabio Liberti and MADBOOTS. DCCD is dedicated to bringing the progressive work of international choreographers and dancers to a worldwide audience. Photo by Sharen Bradford

contact
Joshua L. Peugh
3630 Harry Hines Blvd. #29
Dallas, TX  75219

phone 575/993-3584
fax /
e-mail joshualpeugh@gmail.com
public performance/concert $2000 - $15000
school performance $300 - $1160
website http://www.darkcirclescontemporarydance.com

 

Del Castillo

Del Castillo

Del Castillo has become a symbol of the cross-cultural power of music with their eclectic blend of flamenco, rock, Latin, blues, and world music. They have been described as a "cross between Paco de Lucia and Yngwie Malmsteen," or a "Latinized Allman Brothers Band." Their shows consist of passionate material including fresh-faced flamenco, many originals, classics given a new coat of paint, and jamming with the enthusiasm of a band that is comfortable together, but years away from feeling tired. They have received numerous awards, and their music has appeared in a dozen major films and TV shows. Del Castillo can tour as a full-blown electric band, or as a somewhat stripped- down acoustic band. They can offer workshops in guitar playing, songwriting, and percussion.

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Nancy Fly
6618 Wolfcreek Pass
Austin, TX  78749

phone 512/288-2023
fax /
e-mail nfly@nflyagency.com
public performance/concert $3500 - $10000
school performance $800 - $2000
website http://www.delcastillomusic.com

 

The Derailers

The Derailers

The Derailers are an American country music band based in Austin and were founded in 1994. Buck Owens and the Buckaroos have been one of the band’s primary influences from the beginning, along with legends such as George Jones, Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley, Charlie Rich, and the Beatles. In a career that has given rise to more than a decade’s worth of fine-tuned, highly anticipated, and wonderfully received music, the Derailers continue to build the relationship between song, listener, and dance floor. The Derailers tour all across the United States, but mostly in Texas, performing a mix of well-crafted original songs and thoughtfully chosen cover songs. The band describes their sound as mirroring the shuffle of happy boots on a hardwood floor. They have fed the hungry dancehall crowds with their classic country beats and a 60's pop sensibility. Fans continue to show their appreciation and admiration with requests for encores.

contact
Davis McLarty
4609 Eagle Feather Drive
Austin, TX  78735

phone 512/444-8750
fax /
e-mail davis@atomicmusicgroup.com
public performance/concert $2500 - $3500
school performance $1200 - $1500
website http://derailers.com/

 

James Dick

James Dick

Recognized as one of the truly important pianists of his generation, James Dick brings keyboard sonorities of captivating opulence and brilliance to performances that radiate intellectual insight and emotional authenticity. Dick's early triumphs as top prizewinner in the Tchaikovsky, Busoni and Leventritt International Competitions were a mere prelude to an eminent career highlighted by acclaimed recitals and concerto performances in the world's premier concert halls. For solo recitals, Mr. Dick offers repertoire chosen from Bach, Italian Concerto; Beethoven Sonatas, Op. 13, 57, 81a; Chopin, various works, Polonaises, waltzes, etc.; Schumann, Carnaval; Debussy, various works; and Ginastera, Sonata. Mr. Dick's orchestral repertoire includes: Grieg, Concerto; Beethoven, Concerti 3, 4, and 5; Mozart, K. 488, K. 453; Rachmaninoff, Rhapsody; Tchaikovsky No. 1; Gershwin, Concerto; and Khachaturian, Concerto. Chamber music in his repertoire includes: Schumann, Piano Quintet; Dvorak, Piano Quintet; Shostakovich, Piano Quintet; and others.

contact
Jan Lehman
1801 Lavaca Street, Suite 111
Austin, TX  78701

phone 210/478-1131
fax /
e-mail jan@lehmanassociates.com
public performance/concert $2500 - $8000
school performance $2500 - $8000
website http://jamesdick.org/

 

Amber Digby

Amber Digby

When Amber Digby sings, people listen. "Amber is a great traditional singer," says Vince Gill, who knows whereof he speaks, and like his following observation, "which is so hard to find these days," it's just the simple truth. Amber was raised in Nashville by parents who have been in country music for decades. Amber realized her dreams of becoming a country music singer at the age of three. She recorded her first album in 2002 and she has created an overwhelming base of fans from all over the world. Amber Digby and her band Midnight Flyer tour regularly as an American country and honky tonk band that is breaking ground in modern country music. While Amber has toured internationally, playing at festivals in Sweden, Australia, Norway, and France, she also has the Grand Ole Opry to her credit. Amber Digby has released 10 albums of songs she has written or co-written with Country Music Hall of Fame legend Vince Gill, Dale Dodson, and Odie Blackmon.

contact
Davis McLarty
4609 Eagle Feather Drive
Austin, TX  78735

phone 512/444-8750
fax /
e-mail davis@atomicmusicgroup.com
public performance/concert $2000 - $3500
school performance $1200 - $1500
website http://www.amberdigby.com

 

State Artist Dornith Doherty

State Artist Dornith Doherty

Dornith Doherty, 2016 Texas State Visual Artist in 2-D work, is inspired by the expressive possibilities of photography. Her work explores the ever more complex relationship between the natural environment and human agency through projects focusing on landscape stewardship and genetic resource preservation. Wide ranging travel to work in collaboration with biologists and institutions has resulted in an extensive body of work, Archiving Eden. A 2012 Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, Doherty was born in Houston, Texas and received a B.A. cum laude from Rice University and a MFA in Photography from Yale University. She currently resides in Southlake, Texas and is Distinguished Research Professor of Art at the University of North Texas. In addition to the Guggenheim Fellowship, she has also received grants from the Fulbright Foundation, the Japan Foundation, and the United States Department of the Interior. Her work has been extensively shown and collected, both nationally and internationally.

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Dornith Doherty

Southlake, TX 

phone /
fax /
e-mail Dornith.doherty@unt.edu
website http://www.dornithdoherty.com

 

Eldrena Douma

Eldrena Douma

Storytelling and Pueblo singing were a way of life in Eldrena Douma's upbringing. During everyday activities family and friends shared pueblo stories, songs, and family history including the humorous and serious personal stories that life brought. Reflecting back, Eldrena realized that listening to story allowed her to strengthen and stimulate the use of her imagination and creativity. Stories helped her at an early age to develop her use of vocabulary, pronunciation, and sentence structure while teaching core values. The traditional songs gave her an appreciation of all music and songwriting along with the crafting of traditional instruments. As a professional storyteller and educator, Eldrena offers captivating stories of American Indian folklore, a varity of recorded music, and history titled "The People, Their Stories and Songs." A workshop titled "Imagineering" will focus on imagination, listening, and story crafting using quick creative thinking to develop a story. Eldrena also offers a lecture titled "Nampeyo & Lesou, Their Family Stories, and Their Legacy." Nampeyo is known in the art & history world for the revival of Hopi pottery and is Eldrena's great-grandmother. Photo: Katy Pair.

contact
Eldrena  Douma
1420 4th Avenue, Suite #20
Canyon, TX  79015

phone 806/679-9322
fax /
e-mail bluecorn_teller@hotmail.com
public performance/concert $250 - $1000
school performance $150 - $1000
optional service lecture $500 - $1000
website http://nastoryteller.blogspot.com

 

E-Flat Porch Band

E-Flat Porch Band

The E-Flat Porch Band is named for the porch in McKinney, Texas where the members first practiced-—it resonates to the key of E-Flat. Audiences are entertained with a unique blend of acoustic "porch music," including folk, blues, early country, jazz and original tunes. This "Porch" band is visually exciting as well, with multiple instruments played at one time, including one made out of a wooden soda pop box. Known for their fun delivery and quick wit, this band takes their music seriously without taking themselves too seriously. You will enjoy learning about our rich and varied Texas musical heritage. "Typical" programs include Texas Blues such as Freddie King’s "Tore Down," Leadbelly’s "Midnight Special," swing jazz like "Route 66," Woody Guthrie’s Dust Bowl tunes, and songs by Texas songwriters including Townes Van Zandt. Traditional tunes by legendary Texas Blues artists highlight playing styles such as the "Dead Thumb" technique of Mance Lipscomb and the slide mastery of Blind Willie Johnson. Band members are also songwriters, and performances include their original songs such as "Havana Blues."

contact
Adah Leah Wolf
200 S. Bass St.
McKinney, TX  75069

phone 972/548-7186
fax 972/548-7186
e-mail eflatters@tx.rr.com
public performance/concert $600 - $1700
school performance $500 - $1600
website http://www.eflatporchband.com

 

Elizabeth Ellis

Elizabeth Ellis

Raised in Appalachia in a family of storytellers, Elizabeth Ellis has shared her tales with more than a million children and countless adults in her 36-year career. A perennial favorite at schools and libraries throughout Texas and at the National Storytelling Festival, she is a recipient of the John Henry Faulk Award and the National Storytelling Network's Lifetime Achievement Award. A noted teacher of tellers and writers of all ages, she is the author of "From Plot to Narrative." Her work has been described as "invariably moving and amusing." Knowing more than 400 stories makes it possible for Elizabeth to create programs tailored to the age and interests of the presenter and participants. Tales of Texas, Appalachia, and heroic American women are much requested, but stories of Elizabeth's own life are arguably her best. Adult concerts include "Tougher Than Woodpecker Lips" (challenges), and "An Elder Is a Kind of Tree, Right?" (on aging). Children's concerts include "Tricksters and Troublemakers," and "Around the World in Fifty Minutes."

contact
Elizabeth Ellis
6218 Wofford Ave.
Dallas, TX  75227

phone 214/381-4676
fax /
e-mail storyellis@sbcglobal.net
public performance/concert $200 - $600
school performance $350 - $900
optional service keynote $250 - $700
website http://www.elizabethellis.com

 

State Artist Joe Ely

State Artist Joe Ely

Joe Ely, 2016 Texas State Musician, is a true pioneer of the Americana sound. Ely’s boundary-blurring blend of rock, country, blues and folk might most accurately be described as “Texas Roadhouse.” His musical roots were established as a boy growing up on the vast and empty plains of West Texas. Ely’s legend was forged onstage, with relentlessly riveting live performances, hammered out over thousands of shows and countless touring miles from Lubbock to London and back again the long way around. Ely is embraced as a kindred spirit by artists as diverse as Bruce Springsteen, Linda Ronstadt and the Clash. Over his four-decade career, he’s been at the forefront of Outlaw Country, Alt-Country, and Texas Country and has been recognized as one of the best songwriters of his generation. Ely has garnered well-deserved accolades including a GRAMMY Award, a CMA Award, and the Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance. In addition to his groundbreaking work as a solo artist, he is also widely known for his musical partnership with country’s first super group, The Flatlanders, with fellow Texas troubadours Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock.

contact
Patrick McAuliff
Monterey International 200 West Superior, Suite 202
Chicago, IL  60654

phone 312/640-7500
fax /
e-mail patrick@montereyinternational.net
website http://www.joeely.com

 

The Ensemble Theatre

The Ensemble Theatre

The Ensemble Theatre (TET) was founded in 1976 to preserve African-American artistic expression. TET produces a mainstage season of six contemporary and classical works devoted to the portrayal of the African-American experience by local and national playwrights and artists. Theatre programs benefit a multicultural audience that is diverse in age, income, ethnicity and culture. The Ensemble's touring program provides live performances for students in schools, churches, and community organizations. Curriculum materials are designed to enhance the impact of the program and link plays to specific TEKS and STEAM. Touring performances include "Uncle Remus’ Br’er Rabbit," adapted by TET founder George Hawkins, a fun-packed story of African-American folklore and American popular culture. "I, Barbara Jordan," by Celeste Bedford Walker, explores Jordan’s journey to greatness and those who inspired her. "The Rosa Parks Story" by Jonathan Blum details her story in her own words. See website for additional plays.

contact
Eileen Morris
3535 Main St.
Houston, TX  77002-9529

phone 713/520-0055
fax 713/520-1269
e-mail ejmorris@ensemblehouston.com
public performance/concert $300 - $20000
school performance $750 - $895
website http://www.ensemblehouston.com

 

John Erickson

John Erickson

John R. Erickson, a former cowboy and ranch manager, is gifted with a storyteller's knack for spinning a yarn. He has written more than eighty books and is best known for his Hank the Cowdog series of books and audios, which has sold more than eight million copies. Erickson self-published the first Hank book through Maverick Books. Erickson was born in Midland, Texas, but by the age of 3, he had moved with his family to Perryton, Texas, where he and his wife live today on their working cattle ranch. In live performance, John Erickson brings the characters from his bestselling Hank the Cowdog series to life through readings from his books and by performing original songs from Hank’s adventures. More than eight million books have been sold! This program is great for all ages and is sure to bring a smile to any audience.

contact
Gary Rinker
Box 549
Perryton, TX  79070

phone 806/435-7611
fax 806/435-2410
e-mail gringary@ptsi.net
public performance/concert $1000 - $4000
school performance $1000 - $4000
website http://www.hankthecowdog.com

 

Chris Espinosa

Chris Espinosa

Chris Espinosa is a published author who despised writing as a child. Lackluster language arts lessons in elementary school stifled Espinosa’s creativity and destroyed any desire for writing. Later he discovered how the interactive nature of improvisation motivated him to write... and enjoy it! This revelation prompted him to develop Dynalogues!, an improvisational writing presentation. His energetic and humorous methods inject excitement into the writing process. Today, his mesmerizing performances inspire young writers to take control of any idea and create colorful chronicles. Espinosa's dynamic writing experience empowers students with the confidence to write. Improvisation and storytelling techniques inspire small writing groups as they collaborate on a rough draft for an original narrative or expository essay. Students also engage in dynamic lessons designed to help develop ideas, voice, and word choice. Everyone, especially the reluctant writers, discover that writing is exciting and can be simply defined by one rule: “If you can THINK it, you can INK it.”

contact
Chris Espinosa
2104 Old York Dr.
Keller, TX  76248

phone 817/281-4340
fax /
e-mail chris@chrisespinosa.xyz
public performance/concert $125 - $650
school performance $400 - $950
optional service residency services $1650 - $3250
website http://www.chrisespinosa.xyz/

 

Express Children's Theatre

Express Children's Theatre

Since 1991, Express Children’s Theatre has been creating and presenting professional, culturally diverse performing arts designed to entertain, educate, and enrich young lives. Each season includes stories that excite the imagination, raise the spirit, and bring our favorite fictional characters to life. Created and performed by Houston’s finest theatre artists, Express productions teach life lessons by looking at familiar themes in new ways. The company strives to honor the curiosity and complexity of young minds and seeks to engage and excite them as they learn and participate. From folklore and fascinating fiction to stories of perseverance and personal triumph, six fully produced new works and adaptations of classics are created and performed each season by Houston’s finest theatre artists. Reflecting the rich cultural diversity of Texas, these stories span the globe in location and imagination. Express is primarily a touring company, with a truly multicultural approach to children’s theatre that has long been the hallmark of its productions and educational programs.

contact
Tim Fried-Fiori
446 Northwest Mall
Houston, TX  77092

phone 713/682-5044
fax 713/682-5033
e-mail executivedirector@expresstheatre.com
public performance/concert $595 - $3000
school performance $595 - $3000
optional service workshops $500 - $1500
website http://www.expresstheatre.com

 

Bobby Flores

Bobby Flores

Bobby Flores & The Yellow Rose Band is a six-piece traditional country and western swing band that features three fiddles and the best musicians known in their fields. Bobby toured with Ray Price for five years as First Fiddle/Violin and has performed with numerous artists on major labels. Bobby is a GRAMMY Award recipient, and has been inducted into the Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame and the prestigious Southern Legends of Entertainment. His music plays daily at Willie’s Roadhouse on Sirius/XM Radio and on other great country radio stations all over the world. Bobby Flores & the Yellow Rose Band perform at dance halls, theaters, opries, rodeos, and private engagements.

contact
Judy Rountree
P.O. Box 927
Blanco, TX  78606

phone 682/429-8881
fax /
e-mail judy@bobbyfloresband.com
public performance/concert $3500 - $20000
school performance $750 - $2500
website http://www.bobbyflores.com

 

Flying Balalaika Brothers

Flying Balalaika Brothers

The Flying Balalaika Brothers, originally from Russia, made their debut in the US in 1995. These virtuoso musicians combined their classical training with folk traditions, creating a sensational interest in their unique blend of musical styles. They have been touring internationally, sharing their unique blend of Russian folk and classical music influenced by American bluegrass and innovative acoustic music. Between touring, they successfully present educational programs in 4 languages to students of both public and private schools, celebrating the arts in all its diversity by providing a unique approach to studying both the profound similarities and distinctive differences of people throughout history and around the world. The band's multicultural performers, in traditional costumes, present for adults and young audiences a performance which introduces the unique rhythms, harmonies, and sounds of traditional Russian folk instruments: balalaikas, spoons, bayan, and domra combined with traditional American instruments like the banjo, harmonica and guitar. The performance also fuses Russian folk and American roots music. The musical journey compares and contrasts the rich musical heritage and traditions of two cultures.

contact
Sergey Vashchenko
3710 Cedar St. # 214
Austin, TX  78705

phone 512/656-6865
fax /
e-mail balalaika@sbcglobal.net
public performance/concert $1000 - $12000
school performance $500 - $5000
optional service music for films $1000 - $30000
website http://www.russiafbb.com

 

Forklift Danceworks

Forklift Danceworks

Founded in 2001 by Artistic Director Allison Orr, Forklift Danceworks actively engages diverse communities through the creation of unique civic dance projects. Using the movement of daily life as choreographic inspiration, Forklift casts community members as the primary performers. Past productions have included Venetian gondoliers, firefighters, city sanitation employees, people who are visually impaired, a symphony conductor, and electric utility employees. Forklift’s performances have garnered local and national attention for outstanding, innovative choreography as well as appearances at national and international festivals such as Fusebox, the Kennedy Center for the VSA International Arts Festival, and the Kyoto Experiment Festival. Forklift’s unique community engagement process is best toured by commissioning the company to create a site-specific work for the host community, involving community members and local artists as performers. Choreographers Allison Orr and Krissie Marty can also set work on professional or student dancers and/or community members for theater-based performances. The company also offers school residencies from pre-K to the college level, professional development for classroom teachers, workshops in mixed-ability dance for dancers of all abilities, leadership training workshops, and keynotes.

contact
Ann Starr
2023 Cesar Chavez
Austin, TX  78702-4511

phone 512/222-5287
fax /
e-mail ann@forkliftdanceworks.org
public performance/concert $2000 - $50000
school performance $500 - $3500
optional service keynote $1000 - $5000
optional service workshop/training/professional development $500 - $10000
website http://www.forkliftdanceworks.org

 

Guy Forsyth

Guy Forsyth

Guy Forsyth is an award-winning blues musician with gripping, powerful vocals who delivers energetic yarns about love, the government, and the apocalypse, to name just a few. A true Renaissance man, he has mastered numerous instruments including acoustic, electric, and slide guitar; harmonica; ukulele; and singing saw. From his start as founder and stellar live performer with the Asylum Street Spankers to being awarded numerous Austin Music Awards, Forsyth has earned a veritable army of fans in Texas and beyond. Guy Forsyth performs solo, as well as with his three-piece band, featuring Guy on vocals, guitar, harmonica, singing saw, and more, with bass and drums. Guy also tours and performs with his Hot Nut Riveters project, a five- or six-piece acoustic ensemble performing prohibition-era jazz.

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Ray Flowers
3800 N Lamar Blvd #730-305
Austin, TX  78756

phone 512/587-9818
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e-mail ray@fifthcolumnmusic.com
public performance/concert $1000 - $7500
school performance $750 - $2000
optional service workshops/camps $750 - $3500
website http://guyforsyth.com

 

Fort Worth Opera

Fort Worth Opera

The Fort Worth Opera Studio (FWO Studio) is a group of four young singers that tour elementary and middle-school programs across the state of Texas. The elementary program, Children’s Opera Theatre (COT) presents a choice of operas based on classic children’s stories. Productions feature colorful sets, costumes, and pre-performance TEKS study guides, teaching students even as they are entertained. COT productions have included "The Three Little Pigs," which promotes literacy and independent thinking, and "The Ugly Duckling," which demonstrates how individuality and differences make us stronger. The middle-school program, Opera Mythbusters, uses pop culture to challenge common stereotypes surrounding opera. This multimedia interactive program uses a combination of film, music videos, live performance, and interactive Q&A sessions. Mythbusters travels with microphone, speakers, overhead projector, and projector screen. All FWO Studio programs are accompanied on a portable electric keyboard by Principal Coach & Accompanist Steven Carey.

contact
Amanda Robie
1300 Gendy St.
Fort Worth, TX  76107

phone 817/288-1224
fax 817/731-0835
e-mail amanda@fwopera.org
school performance $550 - $1750
website http://www.fwopera.org/education/

 

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Association

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Association

The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra is made up of 65 internationally-recruited musicians and has brought world-class symphonic performances to rural communities across Texas for nearly 35 years. The FWSO is nationally recognized for artistic excellence and diverse programming, as well as innovative and dynamic music education programs. With an experienced managerial and artistic staff, the Orchestra annually provides inspiring public and student performances in concert halls, community centers, and schools, making symphonic music accessible to adults and children who, due to geographic constraints, might not otherwise have the opportunity to attend a live, professional orchestral performance. Performing a variety of programs, the Orchestra introduces a range of traditional and contemporary works that are audience and age appropriate. Engaging education performances provide programming that is interactive and curriculum-based. Comprehensive study materials are provided in advance of education performances to prepare students for their concert experience. Based on scheduling and the presenter’s budget, community concerts can include soloists, choral support, and outdoor programs.

contact
Amy Adkins
330 E. Fourth Street, Suite 200
Fort Worth, TX  76102

phone 817/665-6500
fax 817/665-6600
e-mail aadkins@fwsymphony.org
public performance/concert $10000 - $30000
school performance $5000 - $10000
optional service ensembles $750 - $2000
website http://www.fwsymphony.org

 

Ruthie Foster

Ruthie Foster

Those who have followed Ruthie Foster’s eclectic musical history know that she can ignite any stage with her combustible blend of soul, blues, rock, folk and gospel. Ruthie’s astonishing voice has taken her on an amazing ride from humble church choir beginnings in rural Texas, to a tour of duty with the U.S. Navy Band, and finally back to Austin and an award-filled music career. Ruthie has received 2009, 2012 and 2014 GRAMMY nominations for Best Blues Album, three time Best Female Vocalist from Austin Music Awards, and Blues Music Awards for Best Contemporary and Best Traditional Blues Female Artist. Ruthie Foster can perform solo with her guitar, or in duo, trio, quartet or quintet configurations. Her show includes originals and covers in the areas of blues, folk, soul, and gospel music.

contact
Tom Gold
PO Box 440326
Somerville, MA  02144

phone 617/969-0810
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e-mail tom@concertedefforts.com
public performance/concert $3000 - $15000
website http://www.ruthiefoster.com/

 

The Gimbles

The Gimbles

The Gimbles comprises the second and third generations of a legendary Texas music family. Dick is the son of the iconic Johnny Gimble-– Johnny is considered to have been the finest fiddler to ever play with Bob Wills, the King of Western Swing. Playing alongside the elder Gimble for five decades, Dick accessed the kind of musical knowledge and nuance that only that kind of intimate relationship can impart. Third generation Emily has continued the tradition by playing actively with both her dad and granddad over two decades while also working with her contemporaries to recharge the music. The Gimbles' program is a mix of western swing, swing standards from the 30’s & 40’s, some honky-tonk and country blues, and a healthy sampling of Johnny’s own beloved compositions. Emily and Dick perform as a duo, but also as a trio with one of Johnny’s notable disciples, including such accomplished fiddlers as Jason Roberts, Randy Elmore, Wes Westmoreland, or Katie Holmes. For larger presentations, The Gimbles can assemble a full scale swing ensemble.

contact
Marilynn Gimble
168 Private Road
Waco, TX  76708

phone 254/754-2445
fax 254/754-2445
e-mail mmgimble@gmail.com
public performance/concert $1200 - $2500
school performance $1200 - $2500
optional service 2 Gimbles + guest fiddler $1200 - $2500
optional service 2 Gimbles + full band $2500 - $3500
website http://www.thegimbles.com

 

Great Promise for American Indians

Great Promise for American Indians

***Artists covered by this listing are Aili Bass, Robert Bass, Bear Claw Drum, Bill Bellinghausen, Blassingame Family Dancers, Gabe Bullock and sons, Angela Butler, Butler Family Dancers, Irwin DeLuna, J. Santford Duncan, Eagle Point Singers, Lee Francis, Howard Griffin, Ryan Harjo, William Harjo, Julia Nava, Calvin Osife family, Ursula Pike, Scissortail Drum, Brody Screaming Eagle, Josh and Shannon Smith, and Eugene Thompson.*** Great Promise represents artists from many American Indian cultures. Multiple disciplines include drum groups, native singing, dance, and storytelling. Offerings include lecture-demonstrations, performances, and exhibits of native arts/crafts. The artists of Great Promise come from all parts of the state. Each artist is knowledgeable about the traditions in their area of expertise and is pleased to share their rich heritage with audiences. Programs are tailored to the needs of the presenter, and can range from one artist to a larger group. Whenever possible, artists living in closest proximity will fulfill performance requests, containing travel expense. Touring offerings include the following: Powwow style drum group with the traditional styles of dance, explained and demonstrated, with audiences included in the dance; storytellers and poets share myths, stories, and more, (ideal for classrooms and libraries); manual and visual arts are demonstrated by traditional and modern artists,with techniques discussed in art classes); histories and traditions are presented in an entertaining and imaginative manner (TEKS aligned). Residencies of one to three days are available.

contact
Lois Duncan
3710 Cedar #10
Austin, TX  78705

phone 512/371-0628
fax 512/451-0651
e-mail ljebo@grandecom.net
public performance/concert $750 - $2500
school performance $300 - $1500
optional service student workshops $150 - $300
optional service youth/elder retreat $1000 - $2500
website http://www.austinpowwow.net

 

Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center

Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center

The Guadalupe Dance Company, founded in 1991, is the professional dance ensemble of the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center performing the colorful regional dances from Mexico, as well as the flamenco rhythms of Spain. Chosen as one of San Antonio Express-News' "Best of 2013: Dance," the company has worked with international choreographers such as flamenco artists Miguel Vargas and Lidón Patiño, and folklorico dance master Rafael Zamarripa whose stunning choreographies are featured in the company’s productions. The company is available for full-length public performances, school performances, group workshops, and mini-performances for smaller venues. Performances can include live music for additional fees. The Guadalupe Dance Company tours three productions, including: Fiesta Folklorico- from Aztec dance to mariachi music, audiences are transported to the beautiful regions of Mexico with lively dances and music; Alma Flamenco- with intricate flamenco rhythms and breathtaking choreography, this program stretches the boundaries of traditional and contemporary movement; and Rio Bravo- through five dazzling suites of dance, original choreography explores the dynamic cultural exchanges between Texas and Mexico through the ages.

contact
Jeannette Chavez
723 S. Brazos Street
San Antonio, TX  78207

phone 210/271-3151
fax 210/271-3480
e-mail jeannettec@guadalupeculturalarts.org
public performance/concert $4000 - $14000
school performance $2500 - $8000
optional service mini-performance $1500 - $5000
optional service lecture-demo $1500 - $5000
website http://www.guadalupeculturalarts.org

 

State Artist Laurie Ann Guerrero

State Artist Laurie Ann Guerrero

Laurie Ann Guerrero, 2016 Texas State Poet Laureate, was born and raised in the Southside of San Antonio. She holds a B.A. in English Language & Literature from Smith College, where she received the Academy of American Poets Prize, and an MFA in poetry from Drew University. Her first full-length collection, A Tongue in the Mouth of the Dying, received the 2012 Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize and an International Latino Book Award, and was listed as one of 14 must-read works of Chicano literature by Rigoberto Gonzalez. Guerrero’s work has also been honored with the Panhandler Chapbook Award, and grants from the Artist Foundation of San Antonio and the Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Foundation. In 2014, Guerrero and was appointed poet laureate of San Antonio by Mayor Julian Castro. Her latest collection, A Crown for Gumecindo, was released by Aztlan Libre Press in spring 2015.

contact
Laurie Ann Guerrero

San Antonio, TX  78223

phone 210/818-2147
fax /
e-mail Lguerrero@alumnae.smith.edu
website http://www.laurieannguerrero.com

 

Martha Hannah

Martha Hannah

Actress and zany comedian Martha Hannah performs as Maid Martha, Medieval Comedienne & Stand-Up Historian in "Tudors & Fleas & To Be or Not to Be," making the Middle Ages and Renaissance come alive! Her hilarious, irreverent look at village life and the Tudor reign is a unique show of medieval jokes, songs, ghost stories, multimedia, and audience participation, accompanied by recorded and live period music. Projected medieval images and art along with "The Ghost of Hampton Court" book illustrations on a stage set with Medieval banners complete the look of the production. With over twenty-six years' experience on many arts commissions' touring rosters, Martha's hilarity and charm evokes enthusiasm, laughter, and such glowing accolades as "Our audience was charmed by her genuine personality and delightful mischief!" and "She is a delight on and off stage!"

contact
Martha Hannah
PO Box 90834
Austin, TX  78709

phone 512/913-6263
fax /
e-mail marthahannah@cicadasun.com
public performance/concert $1200 - $4000
school performance $600 - $2500
optional service author visit The Ghost of Hampton Court & Henry VIII $500 - $1200
website http://www.marthahannah.com

 

Pamela Hart

Pamela Hart

Pamela Hart is highly regarded as one of Austin’s finest vocalists. She is noted by Austin Woman Magazine as “Austin’s First Lady of Jazz.” In addition to regular appearances at Austin clubs, restaurants, live music broadcasts, weddings, banquets/parties and festivals, Pamela and her husband Kevin Hart produced (and she has performed in) the semi-annual Women in Jazz Concert Series—the greatest events for female jazz musicians in Texas—1994 through 2016. Pamela performs traditional, classic jazz standards, including the music of Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson, Dinah Washington and her own original songs. In addition to jazz, Pamela also performs smooth jazz, R&B and gospel. For more information, music, videos, photos and performance schedule, visit www.pamelahart.com.

contact
Kevin Hart
3110 Castellano Way
Cedar Park, TX  78613

phone 512/751-0715
fax 512/258-7072
e-mail hartbeat@swbell.net
public performance/concert $300 - $10000
school performance $300 - $700
website http://www.pamelahart.com/

 

Garrett Hedman

Garrett Hedman

"We haven't laughed that hard in ages!" --Mrs. Robins, Frisco Elementary School, Colorado. Garrett Hedman considers himself a jack-of-all-trades; his mission, to inspire life in people, permeates throughout all his work. His wide range of impressions from SpongeBob to Elmo will delight audiences and are also featured in original, educational stories. Garrett's theatric passion has led him to play Gaston in "Beauty and the Beast," Prince Charming in "Into the Woods," and other roles at his local community theater. Garrett has self-published one interactive book for the iPad, "Cutie Bear." He authored, animated, narrated, and programmed the entire app. Elementary programs consist of character impressions, original storytelling, and explanations on how to create an interactive book for the iPad. Throughout the entire performance the audience is vital for building the story and creating the performance. For high school and public performances performances, Garrett tells stories around the theme of "It's Not About Me." These stories capture his personal experiences and interactions with people who have gone through great losses, and our collective need to help others.

contact
Garrett Hedman
515 Krebs Lane, Apt 109
Austin, TX  78704

phone 970/485-1474
fax /
e-mail garrett.hedman@gmail.com
public performance/concert $250 - $800
school performance $250 - $800
website http://www.garretthedman.com

 

State Artist Sara Hickman

State Artist Sara Hickman

Sara Hickman, 2010 Texas State Musician, began performing her own songs on stage at age 7. Since then, she has released 8 adult albums; 2 albums for children; worked as a music therapist; started her own record label, Sleeveless; runs her own design firm, Stingray; has two children; performed twice on the Tonight Show; had her own special on VH-1; won numerous awards for her humanitarian and musical contributions; toured nationally; paints murals; received a BA in art from the University of North Texas; taught songwriting/creativity classes; and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the causes she believes in.

contact
Sara Hickman
3005 S. Lamar Blvd. Suite D-109 #300
Austin, TX  78704

phone 512/443-2147
fax 512/443-1293
e-mail booksara@sarahickman.com
website http://www.sarahickman.com

 

The Hideout Theatre

The Hideout Theatre

The Hideout Theatre has been delighting child and teen audiences since 2007 with interactive improv shows. Their trained and talented improv actors take suggestions and incorporate them as they perform so the audience actively creates the story that is playing out in front of them. Everyone is fully engaged because they build the show-- from suggestions to sound effects to the occasional helper on stage-- it is truly their show, the actors just make it come to life. Programs meet several TEKS objectives and offer workshops and worksheets for extended learning. The company also offers shows for adults. The most popular show is "Fairly Silly Fairy Tales," where the actors take favorite fairy tales, the audience mixes them up, then the actors play out the hilarious results. In "Monster Families," Baby Monster believes in humans, but no one else in the monster family does. This interactive and silly evening with the monsters shows that everyone is welcome, even if they seem different. As this is an improv theatre group, they can work in other themes as requested.

contact
Jessica Arjet
617 Congress Avenue
Austin, TX  78701

phone 512/971-3311
fax /
e-mail jessica@hideouttheatre.com
public performance/concert $800 - $1800
school performance $500 - $1200
website http://www.hideouttheatre.com

 

History In Person

History In Person

Recipient of the 2008 Texas Council for the Social Studies "Friend of Social Studies Education" award, Bill Perryman is known throughout Texas for his historical portrayals of heroic figures in Texas and American history. Now in its seventeenth year, History In Person continues to inspire young audiences. An award-winning teacher, Mr. Perryman holds a master's degree in elementary education from Texas State University, administrator/mid-management certification from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and has earned graduate studies coursework hours in historical research through the University of Virginia. Mr. Perryman is co-author of the newly published children's book, "From Lanterns to Liberty - The Story of Midnight Rider Paul Revere." Each forty-minute school performance by Mr. Perryman features an historical portrayal of a pivotal character in American history augmented by music, sound effects, archival images, and maps to create a multi-sensory experience. Programs include: Adventure on the Underground Railroad- The Stories of Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman; Benjamin Franklin; Sam Houston; Thomas Jefferson; Meriwether Lewis; Abraham Lincoln; Paul Revere; George Washington; and William B. Travis at the Alamo - 1836!

contact
Billy Perryman
17314 Sable Landing
San Antonio, TX  78232

phone 210/494-8623
fax 210/494-8623
e-mail usahistory@earthlink.net
school performance $500 - $1500
website http://www.historyinperson.us

 

Warren Hood

Warren Hood

Warren Hood hails from the fertile musical grounds of Austin, Texas. The son of music legend Champ Hood, Warren began playing the violin at eleven, and graduated with honors from the Berklee College of Music. Warren became recognized as a virtuosic fiddler, and as an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and singer as a founding member of the South Austin Jug Band. Warren has been recognized three times as String Player of the Year in the Austin Chronicle Music Awards. Warren tours extensively with the Waybacks and the BoDeans. He has also performed and/or recorded with Lyle Lovett, Ben Kweller, Little Feet, Elvis Costello, and Alejandro Escovedo. The Warren Hood Band features Warren Hood on fiddle and vocals, Austin guitar ace Willie Pipkin, and award-winning pianist and vocalist Emily Gimble, granddaughter of the legendary Texas fiddler Johnny Gimble, as well as bass and drums. Warren Hood can also appear as a solo and duo artist.

contact
Book Warren Hood
3005 S. Fifth St.
Austin, TX  78704

phone 512/577-1595
fax /
e-mail bookwarrenhood@gmail.com
public performance/concert $1000 - $5000
school performance $500 - $2000
optional service workshops/camps $500 - $3500
website http://www.warrenhood.com

 

Hope Stone

Hope Stone

Hope Stone Dance Company, a dance/theatre ensemble made of professional performers, was founded in 1997. Hope Stone is an organization with an emphasis on the presentation of authentic dance, music, theatre, and arts outreach to children, in keeping with their vision of art for all. Hope Stone's goal is presenting performance art in its varied ways, shapes, and forms, through the vibrant positive message of dance, music, and theatre. Hope Stone Dance has performed throughout the US with strong emphasis in Texas. "COMPANION PLANTING" is a series of different dances grown in close proximity to one another for pollination of ideas, providing an artistic habitat for creative creatures, maximizing use of space, and to otherwise increasing art productivity. Companion planting is a form of primary education.

contact
Jane Weiner
2726 Bissonnet Street, Suite 240-513
Houston, TX  77005

phone 713/526-1907
fax 713/526-1833
e-mail jane@hopestoneinc.org
public performance/concert $2000 - $15000
school performance $300 - $2000
optional service optional service lecture-demo $300 - $2000
website http://www.hopestoneinc.org

 

Houston Ballet

Houston Ballet

Houston Ballet II is the dynamic second company to the acclaimed Houston Ballet, and is a wonderful choice for smaller communities yearning to present beautiful classical ballet at a reasonable cost, with modest technical demands. Houston Ballet II performs a wide array of dance works ranging from excerpts from stunning contemporary pieces to traditional classical ballets. HBII offers a touring repertory evening with a satisfying variety of classical and contemporary works. The program includes Houston Ballet Artistic Director Stanton Welch’s "A Dance in the Garden of Mirth," a joyful ballet set to music from the 13th and 14th centuries. The repertoire also includes former Houston Ballet soloist Ilya Kozadayev’s lovely contemporary ballet "Molto Espressivo," choreographer Ma Cong’s vibrant "Calling," and excerpts from the traditional classic "The Sleeping Beauty." Photo: Amitava Sarkar

contact
Jennifer Steiner
601 Preston Street
Houston, TX  77002

phone 713/535-3259
fax 713/523-4038
e-mail jsteiner@houstonballet.org
public performance/concert $13000 - $15000
website http://www.houstonballet.org

 

Houston Boychoir

Houston Boychoir

Regularly presenting concerts throughout the city, state and region, the Houston Boychoir has a reputation for artistic excellence. It is often featured with Houston's major performing arts organizations, including the Houston Symphony Orchestra, Houston Bach Society, Opera in the Heights, and more. The boys perform down the street and around the world, and were recently presented in concert in Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa as well as with the famed Drakensberg Boys Choir. The musical repertoire is widely varied and draws on literature from all styles, languages, and periods of music history. Audiences everywhere delight in their ephemeral sound and charming youthful exuberance. The Houston Boychoir concert program has portions of traditional liturgical music, historical in nature and "native" to singing boys. A second portion is devoted to contemporary music by current composers as well as folk music and world music that spans the globe in language and origin. A final portion of the concert is often a small staged work such as an abbreviated Broadway Musical, a one-act opera, or a theatrical work created for Houston Boychoir.

contact
Carole Nelson
PO Box 271342
Houston, TX  77277

phone 713/927-7979
fax 713/942-1968
e-mail houstonboychoir@hotmail.com
public performance/concert $1000 - $10000
website http://www.houstonboychoir.com

 

Houston Grand Opera

Houston Grand Opera

Houston Grand Opera offers two touring programs serving children: Opera to Go! and Storybook Opera. Opera to Go! (OTG) delivers high-energy opera to schools, libraries, and community centers in a fully staged, 45-minute performance for grades pre-K through 8. Performances are sung in English or English/Spanish. OTG brings costumes, sets, and beautiful music to life! Shows are available Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Teachers receive a study guide in advance. The 2015-16 season includes two operas, "The Velveteen Rabbit" (fall 2015) by Mary Carol Warwick and Kate Pogue and "The Puffed-Up Prima Donna" (spring 2016) by Mark Buller and Charles Anthony Silvestri. An engaging and enjoyable introduction to opera for young children (pre-K through grade 2), Storybook Opera brings singing storytellers to schools and libraries for 30 minutes of captivating fun with opera-based books! English or bilingual programs are available weekdays or weekends by request.

contact
Dennis Arrowsmith
510 Preston St.
Houston, TX  77002-1504

phone 713/546-0231
fax 713/228-4355
e-mail darrowsmith@hgo.org
public performance/concert $50 - $1200
school performance $50 - $1200
optional service OTG overnight tour presentation $1000 - $2000
website http://www.houstongrandopera.org/hgoco

 

Houston Metropolitan Dance Company

Houston Metropolitan Dance Company

Founded in 1995, Houston Metropolitan Dance Company strives to educate and revitalize a passion for dance through the finest instruction and performance. With professional and youth dance companies, as well as a strong community outreach program, Met continues to be a leader in the vitality and diversity of Houston’s dance community. Met Dance Company has performed throughout the United States in dozens of theaters, receiving high acclaim for performing works by some of the most influential and talented choreographers of our time. The MET Dance Center opened its doors to a newly renovated facility May 2013 in the Midtown district. MET Dance has over 35 works to tour as it celebrates it’s 20th Season being Houston’s premiere contemporary dance company. "The METdance’s gorgeous dancers push the choreography to its fullest and most generous capacity, while sharing the joy and electric verve of their craft with the audience." Adam Castaneda, Houston Press, June 4th, 2015. Photo: Ben Doyle.

contact
Marlana Doyle
PO Box 980457
Houston, TX  77098

phone 713/522-6375
fax 713/849-2766
e-mail marlana@metdance.org
public performance/concert $15000 - $25000
school performance $700 - $3000
optional service lecture $500 - $1500
website http://www.Metdance.org

 

Houston Symphony

Houston Symphony

Founded in 1913, the Houston Symphony is an internationally recognized orchestra known for its artistic excellence, innovation, and service to the community. Each year, the 87 full-time musicians of the Houston Symphony perform more than 250 concerts, recitals, education and community programs and events that impact the lives of more than 300,000 people, including over 80,000 children and students and more than 100,000 who attend performances free of charge. In addition to concerts in major performance spaces, the orchestra regularly performs in hospitals, schools, places of worship, and other community centers throughout the city. The Houston Symphony offers a wide variety of programming options that can be customized to meet the diverse needs of its presenters. In addition to concerts featuring classical masterpieces and popular programming, the Houston Symphony can perform interactive family concerts, multicultural programs, and engaging educational concerts that are TEKS-aligned. Also available for tour are performances of the orchestra’s multimedia HD Odyssey film projects: "The Planets" and "The Earth." Photo: Wilson Parish.

contact
Steven Brosvik
615 Louisiana Street, Suite 102
Houston, TX  77002

phone 713/224-1473
fax 713/224-0453
e-mail steven.brosvik@houstonsymphony.org
public performance/concert $50000 - $100000
school performance $15000 - $50000
website http://www.houstonsymphony.org

 

Impande Ye Africa

Impande Ye Africa

Impande Ye Africa (meaning "The Root of Africa") is a production and performing arts company founded in 2012 that serves as an authentic African cultural arts theatre that provides activities throughout Houston and the U.S., educating the young and old in schools, colleges, libraries, civic halls, community centers, and festivals with entertaining educational programs. Impande Ye Africa strives to preserve the history and traditions of the continent of Africa, with an emphasis on southern African cultures. Impande presents performances in dance, theatre, music, and storytelling, donned in spectacular authentic costumes and props that represent different tribes of Africa. The Safari Concert consists of Impande’s mixed repertory which highlights southern African traditional and contemporary dances. Drumming Pupils is a program that is designed to help students learn drumming techniques in residency & workshops. Company members can also demonstrate gumboot dance, invented by mine workers in South Africa who incorporated the rubber boots into their body-slapping rhythms as a way of communication. The Ubuhle Bemvelo program uses songs, dances, drumming, and games which are energetic.

contact
Cynthia Hicks
PO Box 771511
Houston, TX  77215

phone 832/273-2183
fax 713/771-0635
e-mail impande@att.net
public performance/concert $3500 - $15000
school performance $850 - $2800
website http://impandetheatreproduction.com

 

Indigenous Cultures Institute

Indigenous Cultures Institute

***Artists covered by this listing are Mark Standing Eagle Baez, Cuicani In Xochitl, Dr. Mario Garza, Grupo Pakal, Michael Heralda, Kathy Lynn & Joe Copeland, Emma Ortega, Aaron Pyle, and Ramon Juan Vasquez, Miltotiliztli Yaoyollohtli.*** Indigenous Cultures Institute (ICI) offers a variety of Native American performers including storytellers; flute players; powwow dancers; Aztec and Mayan traditional dancers; visual artists who work with indigenous materials, symbols, and concepts for educational experiences; and traditional singers. ICI offers demonstrations and workshops on Native arts and crafts, comedic performers on Native issues, and unique indigenous poetry. ICI artists are amazing, professional, inspiring Native American performers of the highest caliber. Touring artists include individual Native American storytellers, traditional singers, flute players, and visual artists, all of whom can also provide workshops on these topics. Performers dress in traditional Native regalia and describe the significance of their garb. Dance companies representing Aztec and Mayan culture, and powwow dancers are frequently requested by promoters.

contact
Mario Garza
600 Boulder Bluff
San Marcos, TX  78666

phone 512/393-3310
fax 512/393-3310
e-mail ICIinfo@indigenouscultures.org
public performance/concert $100 - $3000
school performance $50 - $500
website http://indigenouscultures.org

 

Donna Ingham

Donna Ingham

For almost 20 years, Donna Ingham has taken the ancient art of storytelling and given it a Texas twist. A college English professor in her former life and the author of six books, she creates finely crafted stories from history, folklore, and her own personal experiences. And although she did not set out to be a liar, she has been named the Biggest Liar in Austin, Houston, San Antonio, and, yes, the whole state of Texas. Her stories reflect her native roots in the Lone Star State, and she chooses appropriate tales for all ages and stages. Donna will continue to expand her "Tall Tales and True" touring program, adding original lies that have now won her seven titles as the "Biggest Liar in Austin" and other stories that reflect the humor, history, and traditional folklore of the Lone Star State. She has begun to complement the stories with music as well. A flexible well-received program for all ages, it allows for multicultural elements and geographic scope.

contact
Donna Ingham
1025 Coventry Road
Spicewood, TX  78669

phone 830/693-1641
fax /
e-mail tell.write@gmail.com
public performance/concert $600 - $1200
school performance $450 - $900
optional service festivals $1500 - $3000
optional service after-dinner speaking $500 - $1000
website http://www.donnaingham.com

 

InterActive Theater

InterActive Theater

Over the past decade, InterActive Theater has produced over 50 original plays, specifically written to teach history, science, biography, folklore, world culture, and literature. They have performed for students from over 250 schools in every school district in the greater Houston area and reach over 60,000 children each year. The company has also traveled around southern Texas with several of their programs. With innovative and original scripts and an improvisational performance style, InterActive Theater strives to be the arts experience that delights children and adults at the same time. InterActive Theater Company has been awarded Best Professional Children's Theater by the Southwest Theater Association. InterActive Theater is offering 3 plays for touring. "Meet The Presidents of the United States of America" begins in a time when kings ruled the world, then proceeds through each Presidents term until today. The play features our first four Presidents, Washington, Adams, Jefferson & Madison as super heroes, the Civil War as a football game and teaches about the electoral process. In "Goldilocks & the Three Plays," Goldilocks teaches how to tell a story, facing off with the 3 Bears, Billy Goats, Blind Mice and Pigs. "Rabbit Tales" is a fast paced interpretation of 4 famous stories about Rabbits: Peter Rabbit, Peter Cottontail, Brer Rabbit & the Velveteen Rabbit.

contact
Robb Brunson
1548 Heights Blvd.
Houston, TX  77008

phone 713/862-7112
fax /
e-mail iact@interactivetheater.org
public performance/concert $650 - $900
school performance $650 - $900
optional service commissions $500 - $1200
optional service camps $125 - $350
website http://www.interactivetheater.org

 

The Intergalactic Nemesis

The Intergalactic Nemesis

The Intergalactic Nemesis Live-Action Graphic Novel trilogy is a touring theatrical production based in Austin that tells a series of sci-fi adventure stories in a unique live theatrical format. Book One premiered at Austin’s Long Center for the Performing Arts in September 2010, Book Two premiered in 2012, and Book Three in 2014. The shows began touring in 2011. Since that time, they have played more than 100 venues worldwide and have been featured on NPR's All Things Considered, TBS's CONAN with Conan O'Brien, PBS's Arts In Context, The Wall Street Journal, and dozens of other media outlets. "The Intergalactic Nemesis Live Action Graphic Novel" is a trilogy of plays entitled Target Earth, Robot Planet Rising, and Twin Infinity. Each show tours independently and each is 120 minutes long (including intermission), telling a period adventure story. In performance comic-book artwork is projected panel-by-panel on a movie screen while three actors, one Foley artist, and one keyboardist perform the voices, sound effects, and music live.

contact
Jason Neulander
2318 Canterbury St.
Austin, TX  78702

phone 512/739-9769
fax /
e-mail jason@theplanetzygon.com
public performance/concert $12000 - $18000
school performance $2500 - $6000
website http://www.theintergalacticnemesis.com

 

Elana James

Elana James

Violinist and singer/songwriter Elana James is an internationally acclaimed performer who has been featured at countless major concerts and music festivals worldwide. Along with her solo career she is the driving fiddle player in the hot jazz/western swing trio the Hot Club of Cowtown. In 2004-06, Elana was the first female instrumentalist in thirty years to tour with Bob Dylan as part of his band. Elana is also a regular guest on Prairie Home Companion and has also appeared on The Grand Ole Opry, All Things Considered, World Cafe, Mountain Stage, E-Town, and many others. Along with standard gypsy jazz, klezmer, and western swing, Elana's original material crosses into the indie folk world with ease. She blends these worlds seamlessly with her lyrics, voice, and fiddle/violin stylings.

contact
Book Elana James
PO Box 685335
Austin, TX  78768

phone 512/470-1259
fax /
e-mail bookelana@gmail.com
public performance/concert $2500 - $5000
school performance $750 - $3000
optional service workshops/camps $750 - $3000
website http://www.elanajames.com

 

State Artist Craig Hella Johnson

State Artist Craig Hella Johnson

Craig Hella Johnson, 2013 Texas State Musician, is known for crafting thought-provoking musical journeys that create deep connections between performers and listeners. He is the Founding Artistic Director and Conductor of the Austin-based, internationally renowned, Grammy® nominated choir Conspirare. Additionally, he serves as Music Director of Cincinnati Vocal Arts Ensemble and Conductor Emeritus of the Victoria Bach Festival. In 1998, Johnson was Artistic Director of San Francisco-based Chanticleer and from 2000-2005 was Music Director of Houston Masterworks Chorus. Johnson is in frequent demand as a guest conductor of choral and orchestral works. He has served as guest conductor with the Austin Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Santa Fe Symphony, Chicago’s Music of the Baroque, Berkshire Choral Festival, Taipei Male Choir, Oregon Bach Festival and St. Olaf Choir. Johnson and Conspirare were awarded the 2015 Best Choral Performance Grammy® for The Sacred Spirit of Russia (Harmonia Mundi label). In June 2015 Johnson received The Michael Korn Founders Award for Development of the Professional Choral Art, Chorus America’s lifetime achievement award. Johnson received the Louis Botto Award for Innovative Action and Entrepreneurial Zeal from Chorus America in 2009 and was inducted into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame in 2008. Johnson is a Texas State University Artist in Residence and served as the Director of Choral Activities at the University of Texas in Austin from 1990 to 2001. Johnson’s compositions, arrangements, and edited scores are published by Alliance Music and as part of the Craig Hella Johnson Choral Series with G. Schirmer and Hal Leonard. He also performs as a pianist and singer in a variety of styles. Photo: Chris Patunas

contact
Ann McNair
505 E. Huntland Dr., Ste. 155
Austin, TX  78752-3827

phone 512/476-5775
fax 512/481-1676
e-mail amcnair@conspirare.org
public performance/concert $2000 - $10000
optional service workshops/multiple day residencies $2000 - $10000
website http://www.craighellajohnson.com

 

The Jones Family Singers

The Jones Family Singers

The Jones Family Singers are a Texas-based gospel powerhouse. Bishop Fred A. Jones, Sr. serves as father, pastor, and manager to this unique family ensemble that is made up of his daughters and sons. The Jones Family Singers have been featured at Austin City Limits, SXSW, and on Black Entertainment Television (BET) on Dr. Bobby Jones Show & the National Sky Angel Network. They have performed in the US, Canada, and the Bahamas. Arts+Labor (producer/filmmaker of "Outside Industry: The Story of SXSW") is filming a documentary exploring the triumphs and tribulations of the Jones Family Singers. The Jones Family Singers is an eight- to twelve-piece band that performs traditional gospel music.

contact
David Lobel
2023 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX  78702

phone 512/628-0171
fax /
e-mail david@lobelarts.com
public performance/concert $2500 - $12000
school performance $2000 - $5000
optional service workshops/festival gospel hours $2000 - $7500
optional service religious organization $2000 - $5000
website http://www.thejonesfamilysingers.com/

 

Elizabeth Kahura

Elizabeth Kahura

Elizabeth Kahura is a native of Kenya, Africa. Living in the United States since 1995, she has shared the African beat with audiences of all ages through the African Safari program. A teacher by profession, Elizabeth educates while at the same time entertaining audiences through storytelling, puppetry, music, language arts, and hands on art projects. Schools, libraries, museums, and other venues enjoy her inspirational countenance, her displays of African artifacts, and her ability to build a bridge of understanding by demonstrating the similarities between cultures and traditions of Africa and her current home in the United States. African Safari includes 7 program choices adaptable to all ages. They include: A Day in Africa- highlights geography, culture, and lifestyle; Folktales from Africa- highlights stories, poems, and proverbs of Africa; A Jungle Walk- highlights the flora and fauna of Africa; The Rhythm of Africa- highlights story, music, and dance; African Art- highlights carvings, clothing, and instruments; Kwanza- a community celebration that highlights TEKS; and Embracing Diversity- workshops for adults.

contact
Elizabeth Kahura
5011 Daymon Court
Hutto, TX  78634

phone 512/826-0756
fax 512/642-3100
e-mail ekahura@hotmail.com
public performance/concert $300 - $1200
school performance $300 - $1200
optional service optional libraries $250 - $350
optional service optional service workshops $300 - $1500
website http://www.safariprogram.com

 

Mary Grace Ketner

Mary Grace Ketner

Once upon a time, Mary Grace Ketner worked as a teacher, then a director of religious education, and finally a museum educational specialist, but along the way, (I cannot say when) this goal-oriented M.Ed discovered storytelling, and off she went on a quest! She authored one children’s book (Ganzy Remembers, Atheneum 1991) and recorded two award-winning story CDs ("Ghostly Gals and Spirited Women" and "1001 Years of 1001 Nights," Three Swans Productions 2008 and 2010). A recent recipient of Tejas Storytelling Association’s prestigious John Henry Faulk Award, Mary Grace has been a member of the Texas Touring Roster since 2008. From Ali Baba to Baba Yaga, La Llorona to Jack, storyteller Mary Grace Ketner brings traditional folktales, fairy tales and legends to life. Her engaging story programs circle the globe, finding common ground in humor, love, courage, wisdom and-- yes!-- horror while affirming family and community values. Her interactive programs for schoolchildren stimulate higher level thinking skills as described in the TEKS and reflect each grade’s scope and sequence as well as its essential knowledge objectives.

contact
Mary Grace Ketner
109 Fir Street
San Antonio, TX  78210

phone 210/887-0628
fax /
e-mail mgk@talesandlegends.net
public performance/concert $250 - $1000
school performance $350 - $1000
optional service keynote address $750 - $2000
optional service after dinner speaking (storytelling) $250 - $600
website http://talesandlegends.net

 

The Killdares

The Killdares

Blending traditional Celtic playing skills, power-pop accessibility, and straight up rock n’ roll hooks, the Killdares have created a fresh new sound that’s blended with enough commercial edge to be instantly recognizable, always engaging, and appealing to fans of all ages. Even die-hard fans of purely traditional Celtic music have embraced the band’s powerful genre-bending sound. Expanding the definition of "Celtic," the band uses the unconventional pairing of screaming, fire-driven fiddle and bagpipes with the wail of electric guitar, bass, and drums to create brilliant arrangements of traditional tunes and original compositions. Family friendly events/shows include (but are not limited to): general music & arts festivals, Irish festivals/world music festivals, theaters, performing arts centers, colleges, and high school programs. The Killdares will occasionally adjust their programming to meet the needs of each event (i.e. more traditional music for Irish festivals, more varied material for colleges, Q&A's for high schools, etc.).

contact
Steve Belkin
PO Box 595733
Dallas, TX  75359

phone 800/610-0616
fax 877/266-6730
e-mail steve@openallnite.com
public performance/concert $2000 - $5000
school performance $2000 - $5000
website http://www.killdares.com

 

State Artist Shelley King

State Artist Shelley King

Shelley King, 2008 Texas State Musician, has been an ambassador of the Austin, Texas sound for twenty years. She is a self assured combination of singer and songwriter, who is both a successful solo artist and formidable band leader. King’s blend of blues, folk, country, soul and rock led her to be the first woman appointed by the Texas Legislature to represent the state as it’s Official Musician. She has won Austin Music Awards for Song of the Year and Best Roots Rock Band. Shelley has released 7 albums to rave reviews and radio chart success. King tours Texas and the US performing almost nightly at intimate concerts and major venues and festivals. Her songs have been recorded by numerous national and international artists. She is available to perform as a solo, duo, trio or band, acoustic or electric. She has also conducted song writing and team building work shops at both schools and major corporations.

contact
Perry Drake
PO Box 33097
Austin, TX  78764

phone 512/386-6355
fax /
e-mail lemonade_records@yahoo.com
public performance/concert $400 - $7000
school performance $200 - $2000
optional service workshops/camps $400 - $5000
website http://www.shelleyking.com

 

KoumanKe'le' African Dance & Drum Ensemble

KoumanKe'le' African Dance & Drum Ensemble

KoumanKe’le’ African Dance & Drum Ensemble is dedicated to presenting, promoting, and preserving African traditions and culture through quality artistic performances. With a repertoire including traditional and contemporary dances of Guinea, Mali, South Africa, and the Congo, KoumanKe’le’ drummers and dancers make any event unforgettable! Live drumming and authentic costumes enhance each performance, while interactive audience participation adds to the experience. Offering custom entertainment packages, company professionals will work with the requesting agency to determine the most appropriate program for each event. Reaching over 45,000 people annually, KoumanKe’le’ promises a program that will be dynamic, culturally educational, and energetic. The Soweto Sunset program highlights traditional songs and dances of South Africa from the Zulu, Xhosa, Sotho, and Shangaan people. From the goat herder’s coaxing song to the young girl’s dance competition, this presentation is full of culture and life.

contact
Christina Gerard
3346 Airport Blvd.
Houston, TX  77051

phone 832/859-2156
fax /
e-mail koumankele_dance@yahoo.com
public performance/concert $850 - $6000
school performance $650 - $2300
website http://www.koumankele.com

 

Sue Kuentz

Sue Kuentz

Having been an elementary school educator for 32 years, and conducting several workshops integrating the TEKS and storytelling into writing, reading, and theater arts, Sue Kuentz excites youth audiences with her folktales and fairy tales from around the world. She not only continues her youth storytelling club in the schools, empowering each child involved, but has been the organizer for the Texas Storytelling Youth Challenge each year. Sue has been honored with H-E-B's Lifetime Excellence in Teaching award; has been named NEISD's teacher of the year; and was a featured Texas Teller at the Tejas Storytelling Festival, as well as emceeing and storytelling on their various stages. Sue's storytelling sessions are age appropriate, utilizing participatory tales for the pre-k through 3rd grades such as folktales and personal tales. She enjoys telling longer tales for 4th–7th graders, often using myths, legends, and historical tales that relate to their TEKS. The presentation ends with Sue sharing how to take a bare bones story to completion with the students using an iPad presentation, throwing in a few educational and fun apps to enrich writing and storytelling.

contact
Sue Kuentz
151 Saur Road
Bulverde, TX  78163

phone 210/326-7877
fax /
e-mail sue.kuentz@gmail.com
public performance/concert $200 - $1000
school performance $300 - $1000
optional service school workshops $300 - $1000
optional service education keynote speaker $250 - $800
website http://www.door2lore.com

 

Lannaya West African Drum & Dance Ensemble

Lannaya West African Drum & Dance Ensemble

Austin-based Lannaya West African Drum & Dance Ensemble is a 13-member troupe of talented drummers and dancers, all trained in traditional drum/dance from West Africa to the Caribbean. Multicultural and dynamic, Lannaya performs intricate and intoxicating dances to rhythms of the African Diaspora. Live drumming drives gesture, music, audience participation, history, and folkore to encourage audiences to move! Lannaya has performed at Austin’s Paramount Theatre, One World Theatre, and the Levitt Pavilion for the Arts in Arlington, as well as many outdoor festivals, including Austin City Limits, First Night, Austin New Year, F1-FanFest, Violet Crown Festival, and the Waco Cultural Arts Fest. "The Rhythm of West Africa" features performance on traditional West African drums, vibrantly costumed dancers, a brief history of instruments, and call/response songs in SuSu (a Guinea language). The program can be tailored per presenter, and complements TEKS standards by introducing music vocabulary, authentic instruments, and dance. Mini-ensemble performances feature selected repertoire. Suitable for small/large audiences and diverse facilities. Lannaya also offers interactive instructional workshops in dance and drum technique incorporated in classroom, family, and other group activities.

contact
Tonya Pennie
PO Box 40577
Austin, TX  78704

phone 855/526-6292
fax /
e-mail dance@lannaya.org
public performance/concert $3300 - $5700
school performance $750 - $2500
optional service mini-performance $1500 - $3300
website http://www.lannaya.org/

 

Las Tesoros de San Antonio

Las Tesoros de San Antonio

Las Tesoros de San Antonio are a group of elder women performers whose incredible singing careers soared both locally and internationally in the 1940s, 50s and 60s. They include Rita “La Calandria” Vidaurri, Beatriz “La Paloma del Norte” Llamas, and Blanca “Blanquita Rosa” Rodriguez. A fourth member, Janet “Perla Tapatia” Cortez, passed away in 2014. Through the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, these musical icons have re-emerged and joined forces to preserve and celebrate the rich cultural traditions of South Texas, inspiring audiences with nostalgia and pride in their roots. Las Tesoros de San Antonio perform a variety of musical styles including conjunto and norteño, boleros, mariachi, trio, and tango. Rita Vidaurri, “La Calandria,” is also known for incorporating jokes into her performances. Each singer, with her personal style and grace, forms part of this unique ensemble, representing the unique sound of the Mexico/Texas border and of San Antonio. Touring performances may include individual as well as group concerts, with accompaniment by trio or mariachi. Film screenings of the full-length documentary, “Las Tesoros: A Westside Story” will also be available, along with a presentation or Q&A session with Las Tesoros.

contact
Graciela Sanchez
922 San Pedro Ave.
San Antonio, TX  78212

phone 210/228-0201
fax 210/228-0000
e-mail graciela@esperanzacenter.org
public performance/concert $1200 - $6000
school performance $1200 - $6000
optional service platica/presentation $100 - $300
optional service film screening $100 - $500
website http://www.esperanzacenter.org/LasTesoros/

 

Laser Spectacles

Laser Spectacles

Laser Spectacles has been producing laser light shows since 1985. The company has focused upon both entertainment shows for festivals and city celebrations as well as cutting edge laser art. Company president Tim Walsh has developed new techniques and built special equipment to project "laser mapping," laser lumia, and stereoscopic 3D laser graphics. Tim has won acclaim for achieving true "laser synaesthesia" by composing original "laser music" using the laser control signals as a sound source for the audio as well as simultaneously controlling the laser images and beams. He has used this technique to accompany original compositions on saxophone, accordion, and uilleann pipes. Laser Spectacles will tour a laser art show immersing audiences in "laser synaesthesia" and lumia effects, and 3D stereoscopic laser graphics. An important part of the presentation is preparing the audience to understand what they are about to experience by introducing individual aspects of the performance before each piece.

contact
Timothy Walsh
PO Box 1535
San Marcos, TX  78667

phone 512/392-4600
fax 512/392-4601
e-mail laserinfo@laserspectacles.com
public performance/concert $2500 - $7500
school performance $2500 - $5500
website http://www.laserspectacles.com

 

Le Theatre de Marionette

Le Theatre de Marionette

Le Theatre de Marionette’s repertoire of storybook classics and variety shows has delighted audiences across Texas since 1985. Known for its theaters operating from 1990-2004 in Dallas, Fort Worth, and Arlington, Le Theatre’s DFW-based touring company performs in a multitude of small and large venues from schools, libraries, and museums to malls, civic centers, and festivals. Featuring one-of-a-kind marionette puppets, designed and built by a team of local artists, Le Theatre’s cabaret and bridge performances are family-friendly, kid-tested and teacher-approved. Educational, interactive puppetry classes and marionette-making workshops are popular add-ons to round out the Le Theatre experience. Clients select online from among three levels, or tiers, of shows such as storybook classics, variety acts, and holiday specials appropriate for intimate, mid-size, and large venues. Levels I and II offer cabaret, or open stage performances characterized by visible, black-clad puppeteers. Larger venues might opt for the company's bridge productions, featuring long-strung marionettes, sets and drops and stage lighting. All Le Theatre puppets are designed and crafted in Flower Mound, Texas by numerous artists.

contact
Kent Williams
2201 Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, TX  75207

phone 469/744-3436; 214-761-SHOW
fax 972/874-0003
e-mail kabukimankent@yahoo.com
public performance/concert $475 - $3000
school performance $475 - $950
website http://geppettostheater.com

 

Kim Lehman

Kim Lehman

Everyone loves a good story. Kim Lehman has been telling tales and singing songs for many years, first as a way to entertain younger cousins and now as a professional storyteller, musician, puppeteer, science educator, and workshop presenter. "I could not believe how well Kim kept the children’s attention. I laughed so hard at the stories and the nose whistle that I almost fell out of my chair. I needed that!" Known as the Bee Lady, Kim writes a column for a beekeeping magazine and is the founder of an international kids club called Bee Buddies. The Tales and Tunes program is a combination of songs, stories, sign language, props, poetry, puppets, and participation that can be tailored to each audience and venue. Possible Tales and Tunes themes are world cultures, pioneers, fairy tales, space, and more. The Buzz About Bees shares many interesting tidbits about honey bees with participation, music, props, and optional hands-on activities. All Together Now is an inter-generational program, bringing together children and senior citizens for a highly participatory program.

contact
Kim Lehman
PO Box 2743
Austin, TX  78768

phone 512/627-0113
fax /
e-mail kim.lehman@sbcglobal.net
public performance/concert $250 - $700
school performance $250 - $1200
optional service workshops $250 - $1200
website http://www.kimlehman.com

 

Light Crust Doughboys

Light Crust Doughboys

The Light Crust Doughboys (the State of Texas' Official Music Ambassadors as proclaimed by the Texas Legislature) are touring Texas with perhaps the most exciting stage show in the band's 84-year history. Present Doughboys include Dion Pride (son of Charley), Randy Wills (cousin of Bob), Mr. Violin Showmanship Marek Eneti, and Doughboy veterans Art Greenhaw, and Jim Baker. The group covers the state from the smallest hamlet to the largest city, from the most intimate art gallery to the largest festival, with music that launched Doughboy Bob Wills and hundreds of others. The Light Crust Doughboys tour with their 84-year Texas history of country blues, old-time fiddle music, Texas western swing, rockabilly, cowboy, and a sprinkling of patriotic, spiritual, and pop music. Full symphonic arrangements to Doughboys' hit songs are available upon request. Ballet and modern dance collaborations are possible and have been highly successful in past touring years.

contact
Art Greenhaw
105 S. Broad St.
Mesquite, TX  75149

phone 972/285-5618
fax /
e-mail artgreenhaw@webtv.net
public performance/concert $3500 - $10000
school performance $1000 - $4000
optional service lecture-demo $1000 - $4000
optional service symphony or dance collaboration $3500 - $10000
website http://www.lightcrustdoughboys.org

 

Line Upon Line Percussion

Line Upon Line Percussion

Formed in 2009, line upon line percussion is committed to seeking new ways for percussion instruments to advance contemporary art music by performing newly commissioned works alongside existent masterpieces, for adventurous and curious listeners. To date, the ensemble has commissioned and premiered a dozen new works for percussion. In 2011, the Austin-based trio released a disc of commissioned, homegrown music and premiered their award-winning project, "seeing times are not hidden," a site-specific work for custom chimes. April 2013 brought the North American premiere of Hugues Dufourt's massive, evening-length masterpiece, "Erewhon." After nominations in 2011 and 2012, the trio was named Best Ensemble by the Austin Critics' Table in 2013. line upon line percussion's programs primarily consist of new works for percussion trio (written specifically for the group) alongside staples from the repertoire. The ensemble also aims to assemble well-balanced programs demonstrating the wide range of colors, textures, and timbres that percussion offers.

contact
Matthew Teodori
PO Box 49890
Austin, TX  78765

phone 512/944-5785
fax /
e-mail lineuponlinepercussion@gmail.com
public performance/concert $1500 - $3000
school performance $600 - $1200
website http://lineuponlinepercussion.org

 

State Artist Ken Little

State Artist Ken Little

Ken Little, 2014 Texas State Visual Artist - 3-D, is a visual artist and a musician. Since 1988, he has maintained an art studio in San Antonio. He has exhibited his work in sculpture, nationally, and internationally. He has received many awards and honors, including his current designation as the 2014 Texas State 3 Dimensional Artist of the year. Ken is also a singer/songwriter and a composer. Ken performs solo, or with the bands: Rodeo Ho Ho and, The Swingbillies. Ken was born in 1947 and raised on the high plains of the Texas Panhandle. There he cut his teeth early, on the music of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, Willie Nelson, and Hank Williams. He would later be influenced by Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, and others. His contemporary influences include Terry Allen, Billy Joe Shaver, Lyle Lovett, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Randy Newman, and more. Performances can be as simple as Ken, solo with guitar. Additional side musicians, which could include a fiddle, mandolin, bass, drums, and/or steel guitar are possible. The size of the band is tailored to fit the venue and the budget. The repertoire includes Little’s original music, as well as, covers of classic country, western swing, and Rock and Roll. Ken has one published CD of original music titled “Simple America” which is available via his email.

contact
Ken Little
PO Box 830085
San Antonio, TX  78283-0085

phone 210/229-9994; 210-364-9994
fax /
e-mail kdlittle@sbcglobal.net
public performance/concert $200 - $1000
school performance $150 - $1500
website http://kenlittle.com

 

Los Texmaniacs

Los Texmaniacs

"Los Texmaniacs of San Antonio are probably the best conjunto band out there today. Led by Flaco Jimenez's longtime bajo sexto player Max Baca. Jr., Los Tex puts drive in their polkas, boleros and rancheras, while staying true to the music of the pioneers."- Michael Corcoran. Founded by Max Baca, a legend on the bajo sexto, and featuring his nephew on button accordion, Los Texmaniacs are a product of his wide-ranging experience touring and recording with everyone from his father's family conjunto, Flaco Jimenenz, the original Texas Tornados, Los Super Seven, and even the Rolling Stones. The band offers concerts; lecture-demos on the conjunto music tradition, bajo sexto, and button accordion; school shows; and master classes.

contact
J. Garza
7123 Mountain Brook
San Antonio, TX  78244

phone 210/362-8201
fax /
e-mail texmaniacs@gmail.com
public performance/concert $2000 - $7500
school performance $750 - $3500
website http://www.texmaniacs.com

 

Lost and Nameless Orchestra

Lost and Nameless Orchestra

They are not sure when people began lumping all folk music into soft or subtle categories. Sometimes it just doesn’t always apply. If you’ve ever experienced the Lost and Nameless Orchestra, you know exactly what they’re talking about. Chris Peterson and Patrick Conway first met in St. Louis in 1993, and they made an instant connection between performing traditional fiddle tunes and their original songs. Moving to Austin in 2006, they added multi-instrumentalist/fiddler Kimberly Zielnicki and keyboardist Nathan Quiring. All of this talent in one band is mind-blowing, and it surely explains their fierce and varied live performances. To play the kinds of music the Lost and Nameless Orchestra wants to play-- and this is a quartet capable of Irish fiddle tunes, pop-folk ballads, Eastern European jazz numbers, contemporary country and more-- they've all picked up new instruments to serve the music: Patrick on harmonica to Nathan's accordion to Kimberly's bass guitar to Chris' lap steel. Their innate talents allow them to make switching instruments and genres easy, from western swing to gypsy jazz.

contact
Book Lost and Nameless
PO Box 40882
Austin, TX  78704

phone 512/256-3706
fax /
e-mail booklostandnameless@gmail.com
public performance/concert $1000 - $5000
school performance $750 - $1500
optional service workshops/camps $750 - $2000
website http://www.lostandnameless.com/

 

Amie Maciszewski/Sangeet Millennium

Amie Maciszewski/Sangeet Millennium

Sitarist Amie Maciszewski is an award-winning artist and educator. Audiences describe Amie’s classical sitar/tabla and Indo-jazz fusion ensemble performances as “stunning” and “amazing.” Her Sangeet Millennium Ensemble (Texas Top Ten award, 2008 and 2011 Austin Chronicle polls) seamlessly blends traditional Indian melodies with jazz/world grooves, creating an ever-evolving boundary-defying sound. Passionate about sharing North Indian music culture, Amie has traveled three continents completing artist residencies, hosting recitals, and conducting lectures on Hindustani music. She also conducts dynamic all-ages workshops on classical, folk, and world fusion. Amie’s musical credits include four CDs and a number of independent films. Programs include: (1) Sangeet, the Classical Music of India- sitar and tabla performance, other instruments and/or voice optional; (2) Songs & Colors of the Seasons- multimedia performance showcasing music & visual imagery celebrating North Indian seasonal festival/s; (3) Collaborative multimedia and/or multidisciplinary theme performance/installations exploring various topics such as women in contemporary South Asian music, dance, and film; (4) Sangeet Millennium Ensemble's Indo-Jazz Grooves- traditional & original material performed on sitar, saxophone, & tabla (vocal, bass optional). Photo by Ed Lehmann.

contact
Amie Maciszewski
327 S. Edgefield Ave.
Dallas, TX  75208

phone 512/965-2368
fax /
e-mail sangeetmil@yahoo.com
public performance/concert $900 - $3900
school performance $500 - $1400
optional service cultural festival $900 - $1800
optional service collaborative production $2500 - $6000
website http://www.sangeetmillennium.org

 

The Magik Theatre

The Magik Theatre

Find out what over 2 million children and their families have discovered - a performance where books come to life on stage! Experience children's theatre with the Magik Theatre-- where imagination is education. Want to take your students on a journey but can’t afford the rising cost of buses? Magik Theatre On the Road brings fun and lively performances to children ages 3–18. At the host facility, the only thing the shows require is an empty space. The Magik Theatre will bring all of their own equipment and can perform in a large variety of venues, from classrooms to cafeterias to gymnasiums. Magik Theatre touring offerings include their current national tour production "Jungle Book" and local tour productions of "Pirate Pete’s Story Ship", "Dr. Krashunbang", "Rumpelstiltskin", "Jack and the Beanstalk", "The Three Little Pigs", "Goldilocks", and our special Theatre for the Very Young (5 years and younger) "Wake Up, Brother Bear!". Each offering is literature-based and easily integrated into the curricula of pre-school, elementary, middle, and high schools and complemented by a TEKS-linked study guide that extends the play experience and facilitates discussion. Photo: David Frank for ArtGives.

contact
Lilly Canaria
420 S Alamo
San Antonio, TX  78205

phone 210/227-2751; 210-683-5089
fax 210/227-2753
e-mail lilly@magiktheatre.org
public performance/concert $300 - $800
school performance $300 - $600
optional service CPE workshop $300 - $700
website http://www.magiktheatre.org

 

Main Street Theater

Main Street Theater

Main Street Theater has a long history of touring plays based on children’s literature, Shakespeare works, and issue-oriented pieces throughout the state. Founded in 1975, Main Street Theater reaches over 130,000 children, educators, and families yearly through their resident and touring productions. Tours include a short question and answer session with the students as well as a photo opportunity, following each performance. The company also provides free educational materials for teachers and students to supplement the learning experience. For the 2015-2016 season, Main Street Theater will tour "Magic Tree House: A Night in New Orleans," based on the book "Magic Tree House: A Good Night for Ghosts" by Mary Pope Osborne, and targeted to elementary age children.

contact
Arianna Day
PO Box 524020
Houston, TX  77052

phone 713/524-9196
fax 713/520-7581
e-mail arianna@mainstreettheater.com
public performance/concert $800 - $3000
school performance $800 - $3000
optional service character visits $175 - $175
website http://www.mainstreettheater.com

 

Colleen Mallette

Colleen Mallette

“Rapier wit with a mesmerizing voice,” says the Dallas Observer, "Colleen Mallette is charming audiences from Manhattan to Scotland." She is a favorite with orchestras as well as cabaret venues. Ms. Mallette discovered her funny bone with her spoof “How to Birth a Song!”, deliciously sacrificing music’s most sacred cows. Ms Mallette is a former, Musical Awakenings artist for The Cliburn and on the TCU faculty. In 2016 she will perform for, Austin’s Frontera Fest, Willcox Theater in Arizona, and directing opera scenes in Wisconsin for young professionals. Touring programs include: How to Birth a Song! Exhale as Colleen tweaks opera’s sacred cows with irreverent frivolity; Evenings in Paris- Revel in the ambiance of Paris complete with strolling violin, Edith Piaf, and more--you add the chocolat (Ideal in gallery or museum venue); La Danza Fiesta! Colleen y amigos percolate passion! Ready to tango? Audiences close this show with a conga line; and Insert your City Here! Allow the High C Diva to create entertainment for a Kickoff, fundraiser, or gala with grace, humor, and style—customized for your organization.

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Colleen Mallette
PO Box 101731
Fort Worth, TX  76185

phone 817/694-2561
fax 817/257-7344
e-mail highcdiva@aol.com
public performance/concert $1500 - $4000
school performance $350 - $600
optional service directing and script writing $650 - $1000
website http://www.highcdiva.tumblr.com

 

Marshall Ford Swing Band

Marshall Ford Swing Band

With firm roots in traditional country music, the Marshall Ford Swing Band found more than inspiration when studying under Texas fiddle legend Johnny Gimble. Namely, they met Emily Gimble, Johnny’s granddaughter, who became the band’s co-lead singer and pianist, while pushing them deep into the world of western swing. Greg Harkins leads the Marshall Ford Swing Band on guitar and vocals, Kris Wade plays upright bass, and James Gwyn is the band's drummer. This core quartet is often augmented by Austin violinists Danny Levin or Katie Holmes. The Marshall Ford Swing Band tours as a duo, trio, quartet, or quintet. The band showcases western swing traditions, while drawing inspiration from artists as diverse as Nat King Cole, Bob Wills, T-Bone Walker, and Django Reinhardt. The Marshall Ford Swing Band's combination of toe-tapping western swing and bebop jazz can swing any dance floor into a full tilt boogie.

contact
Book Marshall Ford Swing Band
PO Box 41808
Austin, TX  78704

phone 512/667-4954
fax /
e-mail bookmfsb@gmail.com
public performance/concert $2500 - $4000
school performance $1500 - $3000
optional service workshops/camps $1500 - $3000
website http://www.marshallfordswingband.com/

 

Matt the Electrician

Matt the Electrician

Key words: honest, tender, hilarious. Matt the Electrician’s most thoughtful moments mirror Van Zandt. They shadow Guy Clark and haunt every great Texas storyteller with an eye for triumph and truth. Still, every lyrical twist and turn maintains his own unique style and substance. "I think Matt will be an influence on a lot of songwriters in the future," musician Scrappy Jud Newcomb says. "What really stands out about Matt as a performer is he makes every crowd his own. By the end of his set, no matter who they came to see, the audience will be Matt the Electrician fans." Matt will tour solo or with his band, and he will play one or two sets of original songs. Matt can also be available to teach songwriting workshops with children or adults. "Matt is a wonderful musician and captivating performer… He is an artist who has serious weight to his music, yet it's delivered in a beautifully light and accessible manner… He would be a great edition to any festival" (Martyn Joseph).

contact
Laura Thomas
7513 Hart Lane
Austin, TX  78731

phone 512/423-7667
fax /
e-mail laura@comboplatebooking.com
public performance/concert $500 - $3000
school performance $500 - $2000
website http://www.matttheelectrician.com

 

Joe McDermott

Joe McDermott

Joe McDermott has been described as a "Texas treasure" by the Texas Library Association. His performances are dynamic and highly entertaining for children as well as parents. His awards include the NAPPA Gold Award, several Parent’s Choice Awards, and the grand prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest for his song "Great Big World." Joe has written songs for a Michael Eisner company and set 6 books to music for Stan and Jan Berenstain. He plays solo or with his five-piece band, and has scores for full orchestra. His music is in regular rotation on Sirius/XM Radio. Joe’s shows are highly interactive, combining age-appropriate movement, music, and storytelling. The performances can be geared for preschool, family concerts, school shows, and concerts with symphony orchestras. During his shows, his audience will be asked to ride a porcupine, have some alien ice cream, and learn what happens when a little brother brings a skunk home. Joe’s Montessori training allows him to easily help the audience transition from energy-filled movement songs to sit-down story songs. In addition to his music performances, Joe offers a recording and video workshop. This is a two or three day workshop where Joe and the students shoot a music video to an original song written by Joe and the students. The video can be placed on the school website, YouTube, or can be sold to the students on a DVD disc.

contact
Joe McDermott
PO Box 270111
Austin, TX  78727

phone 512/689-5361
fax 512/339-9528
e-mail joemcdermott@sbcglobal.net
public performance/concert $450 - $3000
school performance $450 - $850
optional service libraries $350 - $700
optional service recording & video workshop for students $1200 - $2500
website http://joemcdermottmusic.com

 

Tom McDermott

Tom McDermott

A first generation Irish-American, Tom travels the US as a storyteller, guitarist, theremin player, percussionist, and virtuoso ukulelist at festivals, conferences, and schools. He addresses comparative cultural studies, character education, memoir, problem solving, and creative writing. A John Henry Faulk Award recipient for storytelling, Tom accompanies his original stories, adapted folktales and Texas lore with humor, participation, and music to create an unparalleled experience for all ages. Tom was the US performer at the 2012 International Storytelling Festival in Sneem, Ireland. His children’s books include "Otis Steele and the Taileebone: A Southern Tall Tale" (Pelican, 2013) and "The Ghouls Come Haunting One by One" (Pelican, 2010). Programs for elementary and middle schools include: "Please Make Me Care– Stories to Make Life Interesting" (folktales, original and personal stories with music and humor, illustrating how stories make us and make us interesting: pre-K – 6th grades), "Sometimes You Gotta Mess With People" (trickster tales, ghost stories, Irish folklore, and historical tales of trickery and lessons learned: 5th – 9th grades), and "Cooperation Garden Time" (global tales of cooperation, bully prevention, and paying attention: pre-K - 5th grades).

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Tom  McDermott
PO Box 470593
Fort Worth, TX  76107

phone 817/846-4295
fax /
e-mail uketeller@aol.com
public performance/concert $450 - $1500
school performance $450 - $1000
website http://www.tommcdermott.com

 

Susan McDonald

Susan McDonald

Susan McDonald has delighted audiences the world over- from the Amazon to Iraq, community concerts to Carnegie Hall, Holocaust survivors in Vienna to the President of the United States. A protegee of Pepe Romero, Susan's recordings and performances have been heard on radio and television broadcasts worldwide. Susan has created an art form called "Animal Ballets," in which she combines original music and video footage to create performances in which animals are the "dancers" and she is their "orchestra." She is also on the rosters of Young Audiences of Houston and the YES Academy in Iraq. Susan can provide solo concerts, including several themed performances: Spanish Caravan; Gilgamesh; Animal Ballets- original compositions for guitar with choreographed video footage of wildlife; soloist with orchestras performing Concierto de Aranjuez and Fantasia para un Gentilhombre (Rodrigo), Concerto in D Major (Vivaldi).

contact
Susan McDonald
3609 Turkey Creek Drive
Austin, TX  78730

phone 512/795-3933
fax /
e-mail mayflyartists@juno.com
public performance/concert $500 - $3500
school performance $500 - $1500
website http://www.animalballets.com

 

Vickie McMillan

Vickie McMillan

Vickie McMillan, a native Texan, is considered a world-renowned wildlife conservation artist in her field of painting. Vickie conducts collaborative community paintings and murals for installation in public buildings, hospitals, schools, correctional facilities, and other government organizations, and in treatment centers, foster-care, health and human service centers. Vickie delivers specialized workshops, residencies, lectures, live performance painting, team-building, staff development, and judging. Her collaborative paintings/murals integrate TEKS curriculum goals for schools, fosters unity in community, advances global conservation causes, and encourages the use of recycled materials when possible. Projects are envisioned and executed by Vickie or with engagement of the organization and participants. Vickie specializes in large-scale collaborative paintings and murals. Each will be designed/conceptualized in advance with set project goals, or designed under Vickie's guidance during workshops. She teaches and demonstrates technique, use of materials, research, team-building, cooperation, creative learning through educationally relevant objects, life skills, and pride. The project would be executed during designated workshops with participants. Murals can be based on the curriculum (including topics such as science, technology, engineering, math, the earth, life cycles, rain forests, geography, and history) or other interests. Students are engaged in the project from concept (brainstorming/themes) to installation and unveiling. A teaching curriculum is available.

contact
Vickie McMillan
23 White Bark Place
The Woodlands, TX  77381

phone 404/771-8084
fax /
e-mail vickiemcmillan@mac.com
public performance/concert $250 - $700
school performance $250 - $850
optional service large collaborative paintings $2500 - $15000
optional service murals $5000 - $50000
website http://vickiemcmillan.com

 

Mexico 2000 Ballet Folklórico

Mexico 2000 Ballet Folklórico

Bring the flare of Mexican culture to your event! Mexico 2000 Ballet Folklorico concerts are fast-paced and nonstop, featuring dances from different regions with their European, Afro-Caribbean, and South American influence. This includes Mayan/pre-Columbian dances that highlight the beauty, romance, and culture of traditional México. During interactive and educational school shows, audiences will learn about Mexican holidays and enjoy beautiful traditional dances, costumes, and music from México while connecting to TEKS in language arts, social studies, visual arts and music. Study guides are available. The programs "Fiestas de México!" & “Christmas in México” are now available. Presentations range from 20 minutes to 2 hours. Audiences will learn history about Mexican holidays and enjoy the most beautiful and representative dances, costumes, and music from México (Veracruz, Jalisco, the Mayans, Chiapas). During the interactive shows audiences will participate by clapping, yelling (cheers of joy/gritos), stomping, and even trying out steps with music on stage with hats, rattles, etc. Presentations are strictly focused to preserve and promote Mexican traditional heritage. Questions and pictures are allowed at the end.

contact
Alex Palencia
2807 Bissell Way
Wylie, TX  75098

phone 214/364-2629
fax 972/429-1082
e-mail info@mexico2000.net
public performance/concert $2800 - $8500
school performance $900 - $3000
optional service DFW libraries performances $400 - $600
optional service dance workshops $500 - $2000
website http://www.mexico2000.net

 

Michael "Mr. Blue Shoes" Dyson

Michael "Mr. Blue Shoes" Dyson

With his easygoing style, backwards baseball cap, iconic blue shoes, and comedic persona, Mr. Blue Shoes is anything but a conventional bluesman... Mr. Blue Shoes is the brainchild of Michael Dyson, GRAMMY Award-winning producer, youth entertainer, guitarist, and performer. Since 2008, Dyson has shared his unique version of the blues story with over 200,000 children. As a senior in high school, Michael served as a mentor, offering third graders a helping hand and an understanding ear. His funny and humble demeanor became infectious. Through these experiences and his interest in the blues, the Mr. Blue Shoes program was created to help continue to educate the youth about this important genre. The primary program that will be touring is the Mr. Blue Shoes assembly program and youth concert, which takes kids on a journey through the blues, starting with its origins in West Africa leading all the way up through rock and roll. During the program, audience members will hear stories about influential blues men and women as well as the songs that made a profound impact on Texas music and American music history.

contact
Michael Dyson
PO Box 181255
Dallas, TX  75218

phone 214/267-8879
fax /
e-mail mike@mrblueshoes.com
public performance/concert $2500 - $5000
school performance $800 - $2200
website http://www.MrBlueShoes.com

 

Mid-Texas Symphony Chamber Players

Mid-Texas Symphony Chamber Players

Under the baton of Maestro David Mairs, the 36-year-old Mid-Texas Symphony enjoys an outstanding and growing regional reputation. The Mid-Texas Symphony Chamber Players, composed of the most outstanding players in the Mid-Texas Symphony, presents engaging, high quality chamber concerts, educational concerts, and specialized events. Concertmaster Craig Sorgi serves as Artistic Director of the Mid-Texas Symphony Chamber Players, planning concerts that meet the specific requests of the presenting organization. Other musicians, as required by repertoire, include Mid-Texas Symphony Assistant Concertmaster Laura Scalzo, Windecker Chair violist Eliza Thomason, cellist Ryan Murphy, principal oboe Jennifer Berg, and principal clarinet Vanguel Tangarov, among others. The Mid-Texas Symphony Chamber Players present chamber concerts featuring the best of the standard chamber literature and specially created programs. Whether performing works from Thomas Jefferson's music library (in a library) or helping celebrate Canyon Lake Reads with works by composers mentioned in the community's chosen book, the MTS Chamber Players present programs that are engaging, connect with audiences, and meet the presenter's objectives. Interesting, witty commentary to great music performed at the highest level.

contact
Patricia Schofield
PO Box 3216 TLU
Seguin, TX  78155

phone 830/372-8089
fax 830/372-8112
e-mail mts@tlu.edu
public performance/concert $2000 - $5000
school performance $500 - $1500
website http://www.mtsymphony.org

 

MilkDrive

MilkDrive

Austin jazz-grass band MilkDrive features Texas award-winning instrumentalists Brian Beken on fiddle and lead vocals, Noah Jeffries on guitar and harmony vocals, Dennis Ludiker on mandolin and harmony vocals, and Matt Mefford on double bass. Fueled by equal parts tradition and innovation, MilkDrive delivers a distinctive acoustic experience marked by sophisticated arrangements and fierce musicianship. The Austin-based band's second studio album, WAVES, featuring Noam Pikelny of the Punch Brothers and Futureman of Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, was released in 2012. The band performs a mix of traditional music with influences from bluegrass, jazz, swing and old-time music.

contact
Heidi Labensart
9013 Palace Pkwy
Austin, TX  78748

phone 512/698-2621
fax /
e-mail heidi@mcguckinpr.com
public performance/concert $1000 - $3500
school performance $750 - $1500
optional service workshops/camps $500 - $3500
website http://www.milkdrive.com

 

Lucas Miller

Lucas Miller

Imagine an auditorium packed with kids who are laughing, smiling, singing, and dancing as they learn about the migrations of monarch butterflies, the importance of wetlands, the life cycle of bluebonnets, and much more. Picture how happy their educators and parents will be, knowing that this performance fulfills a wealth of educational objectives. This is what you’ll enjoy when you bring Lucas Miller, the “singing zoologist,” to your event. With a degree in zoology and over twenty years’ experience working with kids, Lucas’ dynamic, multimedia presentations are celebrated across the continent for their unique blend of humor, arts, and accurate science. Typically 45-50 minutes, each of Lucas' multimedia programs addresses a major science theme such as life cycles, adaptations, ocean ecology, and endangered species. Programs normally feature 4-5 original songs and 1-2 stories to teach about photosynthesis, food webs, metamorphosis, symbiosis, and other age-appropriate science content. With a blend of humor and interaction, Lucas aims to create a dynamic, memorable experience for students and to provide educational touch points for educators and parents.

contact
Lucas Miller
12805 Winding Creek Rd.
Austin, TX  78736

phone 512/567-2626
fax 512/373-3145
e-mail jlucasmiller@gmail.com
public performance/concert $350 - $1700
school performance $450 - $1700
website http://www.lucasmiller.net

 

Miró Quartet

Miró Quartet

Celebrating 20 years in the 2014-2015 season, the Miró Quartet is consistently praised for their deeply musical interpretations, exciting performances, and thoughtful programming. In the 2013-2014 season, the Quartet premiered a new Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts with the University of Texas Symphony Orchestra. The Miró Quartet has served as the quartet-in-residence at the University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music since 2003. Based in Austin, the Quartet took its name from the Spanish artist, Joan Miró, whose surrealist works are some of the most original of the 20th century. In the 2014-2015 season, the Miró Quartet offers the works of classical visionaries such as Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Schubert, and Bartok. Included in these offerings are the complete quartet cycles of Beethoven and Schubert, among several other works. Presenters are encouraged to work with the Quartet to plan the most suitable program for their needs. For this reason, the Miró offers a wide range of repertoire that is sure to please all audiences.

contact
Sarah Gordon
470 Park Avenue South 9th Floor North
New York, NY  10016

phone 212/584-7500
fax 646/300-8200
e-mail sgordon@opus3artists.com
public performance/concert $3000 - $12000
school performance $500 - $2000
optional service lecture-demo $500 - $1500
website http://www.miroquartet.com

 

Evan Mitchell

Evan Mitchell

Evan Mitchell’s performances have been heard in New York’s Steinway Hall and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and broadcast on WFMT (Chicago), FM 91 (Northwest Ohio), and WFHB (Bloomington, IN). He has played concerti with ensembles including the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and the Victoria Symphony. Recent highlights include debuts on Chicago's prestigious Myra Hess recital series, and at Shanghai's Oriental Art Center. Touring programs include "From the New World: Piano Music of the Americas," plus an extensive concerto repertoire. "From the New World: Piano Music of the Americas" is a full-length program of solo piano music. The first half comprises works written by American composers, with music of Brazilian and Canadian composers filling out the second half. Evan can provide original program notes and enjoys discussing these pieces with the audience. Additionally, he is happy to tour as a concerto soloist and offers an extensive and varied repertoire, from Beethoven to Bernstein.

contact
Evan Mitchell
3209 Lawndale Avenue
Fort Worth, TX  76133

phone 201/704-2644
fax /
e-mail evan@evanmitchell.net
public performance/concert $650 - $1600
school performance $350 - $1200
optional service concerto with orchestra $1400 - $3200
website http://www.evanmitchell.net

 

Montopolis Chamber Ensemble

Montopolis Chamber Ensemble

The Montopolis Chamber Ensemble performs the modern classical music of composer Justin Sherburn. The group is composed of Austin Symphony Orchestra string players and members of Okkervil River, a world-renowned group from Austin. Montopolis combines a traditional approach to string chamber music with folk instrumentation: pedal steel, acoustic guitar, and mandolin. The group strives to create concert music that is unique to Texas, progressive and inventive, and accessible to all. Leading the Montopolis Chamber Ensemble is Justin Sherburn, a critically acclaimed composer, producer, and musical director. Offerings include "Yakona," a feature film score performed live to a beautifully photographed nature documentary about the San Marcos River. "Monolith" is a performance inspired by the Central Texas landmark, Enchanted Rock, combining music, a projected photo essay, and audio recordings of interviews about the legends associated with Enchanted Rock. Montopolis also performs live scores to several public domain films.

contact
Justin Sherburn
6805 Santos Street
Austin, TX  78741

phone 512/964-7979
fax /
e-mail jsherburn1@gmail.com
public performance/concert $1000 - $10000
school performance $1000 - $10000
website http://www.montopolismusic.com/

 

State Artist Karla Morton

State Artist Karla Morton

Karla K. Morton, 2010 Texas Poet Laureate, is an award-winning author and a celebrated poet and presenter. She has been described as “one of the more adventurous voices in American poetry,” but don’t let the title “poet” fool you– Karla is an outgoing, warm and energetic ball of fire that loves to promote poetry and the arts. She has spoken, offered workshops, and performed her poetry at venues and events across Texas. From small town classrooms to cancer support groups to large corporate conferences, Karla is comfortable in any crowd. Her poetry spans many subjects and forms and evokes laughter, tears, and inspiration. Karla is the author of Wee Cowrin' Timorous Beastie (a North Texas Book Festival Awards Finalist), Becoming Superman, Stirring Goldfish, Redefining Beauty (a 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Award Winner written during her journey through cancer), and 6 additional books. She has been featured on Good Morning Texas, NPR, ABC News and in newspapers across Texas. A Texas native and mother of two, Karla is a graduate of Texas A&M University and currently resides in Denton, Texas. Karla also offers presentations on her photography.

contact
Kelly Kirkendoll
236 River Bend Trail
Combine, TX  75159

phone 972/330-2882 or 817-236-6075
fax 972/330-2881
e-mail kelly@thrivepublicrelations.com
public performance/concert $400 - $1200
school performance $400 - $600
optional service workshops $400 - $1200
website http://www.kkmorton.com

 

Mother Falcon

Mother Falcon

Mother Falcon began as a jam session of classically-trained high school cellists and has since blossomed into an indie chamber orchestra of twenty young musicians, creating an intricate soundscape of rock, jazz and hip hop rhythms. The band’s albums have been praised by NPR, and they have collaborated with artists such as Alejandro Escovedo, Amanda Palmer, Tony Trischka, and Ben Sollee. Continually creating new work, Mother Falcon debuted an extract of Stravinsky's “The Rite of Spring” and an orchestral interpretation of Radiohead’s OK Computer. Committed to music education, Mother Falcon conducts a summer songwriting camp for orchestra students. Mother Falcon tours its own music and also tours in collaboration with other artists, as it recently did with cellist Ben Sollee.

contact
Erik Selz
PO Box 12783
Austin, TX  78711

phone 773/489-3500
fax 773/489-3535
e-mail erik@windishagency.com
public performance/concert $2500 - $10000
school performance $1000 - $10000
website http://www.motherfalconmusic.com/

 

Anuradha Naimpally

Anuradha Naimpally

Anuradha Naimpally, Bharata Natyam dance soloist, collaborator, and educator, is an experienced performer worldwide. From concert halls to school cafeterias, libraries to universities, Anuradha connects this ancient art of India to modern audiences of all ages through interesting introductions and moving performances. She is a recipient of the prestigious Jacqueline LeMieux Prize from the Canada Council and the title of “Sringara Mani” (Artistic Jewel) in India. She has been named and nominated Best Dancer by the Austin Area Critics’ Circle numerous times. She is a popular performer known for her mesmerizing presentations and articulate explanations of this classical form. When touring, she can offer a traditional solo or mother-daughter duet performance: formal full- or partial-length concert of original and traditional pieces introduced with demonstrations and explanations, performed in exquisite costumes to traditional recorded music (may be adjusted to suit venue). The Arts and Culture in Education: Moving Myths of India interactive children’s show is for all ages, highlighting the mythology, storytelling, dance, rhythms, and cultural values of India, performed in colorful costume. This may be performed in classrooms, assembly halls, or libraries.

contact
Anuradha Naimpally
5602 N. Scout Island Cir.
Austin, TX  78731

phone 512/795-8627
fax /
e-mail anu@anudance.com
public performance/concert $2000 - $5000
school performance $500 - $1000
optional service lecture-demo $750 - $1500
optional service workshop $350 - $500
website http://www.austindanceindia.com

 

Bernadette Nason

Bernadette Nason

Award-winning, awfully English storyteller, actress, and writer Bernadette Nason has studied all over the world, including Guildford Acting School. She appears in movies like "Miss Congeniality" and regional theatrical productions, and has performed on four continents. Nason believes the power and influence of live storytelling can change the world. She produces thrilling programs of multicultural folktales, mixing traditional telling with creative drama. Her many programs include ethnic world tales, holiday themes, and personal family yarns. With shows suitable for all ages, she performs in theatres, schools, libraries, festivals, and retirement homes. If there's an audience prepared to listen, she'll perform anywhere! Working closely with educators, Bernadette offer entertaining, moral-based stories with content supporting school testing requirements. With 30 years' experience, she has hundreds of stories available (and is always preparing new ones) but programs are carefully chosen seasonally for ease of selection and booking. Always available: collections for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Chinese New Year, African-American History Month, Valentine's Day, Legends of Texas Flowers, St. Patrick's Day, and Cinco de Mayo. Upcoming: "English Myths and Legends" and "Arabian Nights."

contact
Bernadette Nason
7933 Vinewood Lane
Austin, TX  78757

phone 512/633-1803
fax 512/454-4925
e-mail bnason@austin.rr.com
public performance/concert $300 - $1200
school performance $250 - $1200
optional service lecture-demos $300 - $1200
optional service workshops $300 - $1200
website http://bernadettenason.com

 

NobleMotion Dance

NobleMotion Dance

NobleMotion Dance (NMD) exploded onto the Houston dance scene in 2009 and has since received critical acclaim for their "extraordinary athleticism" and "cutting edge" programming. NMD is a company of 10 dancers that seeks to make work that is emotionally daring and honest; inspires discourse and understanding among diverse communities; and integrates dance, theatre, and technology in unique ways. In the last two years, NMD has received over 20 positive local and national reviews for its work and was described as one of Houston’s "A-list" dance companies in Dance Magazine. NMD tours nationally and has been invited to perform by numerous organizations. NMD strives to create a total theater experience. Their broad-ranging repertory offers dance performances that integrate technology and light installations. This submerses the audience into new worlds, allowing them to see dance in fresh and exciting ways. NMD's repertory holds over 25 works and ranges from intimate to technical wow.

contact
Andy and Dionne Noble
3201 Allen Parkway Ste.150
Houston, TX  77019

phone 832/627-9664
fax 832/627-9663
e-mail noblemotiondance@yahoo.com
public performance/concert $10000 - $20000
school performance $2000 - $5000
optional service setting NMD choreography $2000 - $5000
website http://www.noblemotiondance.com

 

Orchestra of New Spain

Orchestra of New Spain

The Orchestra of New Spain is a professional period instrument orchestra/chorus presenting in concert the neglected repertory of the Spanish and New World 17th and 18th centuries, dedicated to the exploration of the Hispanic heritage of which it is a part, and educating the public on the importance of the repertory and its broader cultural implications. From the research of ONS's artistic director to locate the works, through the entire editorial process, the Orchestra brings this music to audiences of all ages in imaginative and compelling concerts, lecture-demonstrations, and educational programs, most recently extending to staged operatic production. Works available for 2016-17 include Christmas/Epiphany repertory and small form baroque works for 8 vocalists and 7-8 instruments: early Spanish opera, zarzuela, tonadillas (secular cantatas) and liturgical works from Bolivia, Cuba, Mexico. Open to repertory requests.

contact
Grover Wilkins
10260 North Central Expressway, Suite 276
Dallas, TX  75231-3440

phone 214/750-1492
fax 214/750-1492
e-mail gw3@orchestraofnewspain.org
public performance/concert $1000 - $30000
school performance $1000 - $5000
website http://www.OrchestraOfNewSpain.org

 

Steve Parker

Steve Parker

Steve Parker is a trombonist in Austin. He directs SoundSpace at the Blanton Museum, is an artist of Ensemble Signal, and is a Fulbright and Harrington Scholar. Steve has performed as a soloist throughout the world premiering over 100 new works. He is particularly interested in large-scale collaborative projects and has organized performances for 80 car horns, 100 tubas, 80 trombones, and 99 percussionists; he has also built large interactive instrument sculptures. Steve has been recognized by the Austin Chronicle (Best of Austin), Austin Critics' Table, the NEA, and New Music USA. His work has been featured on NPR, PBS, and SXSW. His programs appear in several formats. As a community arts organizer, he produces new works for large ensembles featuring community members performing on automobiles, pedicabs, tubas, and trombones. As a music director, Steve conducts large ensemble performances, including “Music for Wilderness Lake,” and writes new electronic works for theatre and dance companies, including Ballet Austin. Steve also performs solo trombone + electronics programs featuring original music, cutting-edge sound processing, and video. Photo: Jay Janner, Austin American-Statesman

contact
Steve Parker
12026 Wycliff Ln.
Austin, TX  78727

phone 312/498-6047
fax /
e-mail steven.c.parker@gmail.com
public performance/concert $1000 - $10000
school performance $500 - $5000
optional service commission $4000 - $25000
website http://www.steve-parker.net/

 

State Artist David M. Parsons

State Artist David M. Parsons

David M. Parsons, 2011 Texas State Poet Laureate, poems are straightforward, vivid writing bringing settings alive, shaping intimate portrayals of everyday life. His poetry speaks from the past and the present, balancing ordinary and extraordinary experiences. Audiences and readers will find in his most celebrated work: award-winning poems found in as diverse locales as a romantic, historic house in England to another favorite about the poet running into President Lyndon Johnson in an iconic Austin restaurant. His latest works are also included with new revelations that will bring what has become a Parsons Poem trademark, the rewarding discovery of a transforming moment. Award-winning poetry critic Ange Mlinko writes of Parsons and his work, “It is deeply informed by English and American literature. There is no artificial barrier between art and life, love and intellect. The Renaissance man was once a courtly ideal; Parsons shows that it is a democratic ideal too—warm-blooded, muscular, as companionable on the page as in the flesh.” Both tangible and cerebral, Parsons’s poetry lifts its readers into a new, transformational reality with a depth of insight that is truly exceptional. Institute of Letters in 2009. Though his performances are appropriate for any venue, he is particularly interested in providing programs for high school teachers on how to conduct successful Creative Writing Workshops and Poetry Workshops for students and veterans.

contact
David Parsons
414 Oakhill Dr.
Conroe, TX  77304

phone 936/524-6537
fax 936/760-2743
e-mail dmparsons@suddenlink.net
public performance/concert $500 - $1000
school performance $300 - $500
optional service workshops (one to two hours) $300 - $500
website http://www.daveparsonspoetry.com

 

Ruby Nelda Perez

Ruby Nelda Perez

Ruby Nelda Perez is considered one of the most talented and acclaimed Chicana theatre performance artists in the nation. She is recognized for her solo performances, where she enchants, captivates, and delights audiences with her insightful portrayals of unforgettable characters. For over 30 years her performances have taken her from labor camps and prisons, to such prestigious venues as Lincoln Center, and the Whitney Museum in New York. In 1999, the San Antonio Theatre Coalition awarded her with the Living Legend Award and in 2008 she was designated an NEA American Masterpieces touring artist. Ruby Nelda tours with two one-woman shows entitled "Dona Rosita’s Jalapeno Kitchen" and "Rosita’s Day of the Dead." These two bilingual comedies have been called "irresistible and irreverent." Surrounded by her piles of chilies, Ruby Nelda Perez dishes out plenty of laughs with some philosophical advice on the side. Rollicking laughter, heartfelt stories, and cultural pride ensue as Rosita cooks up flavorful food and stories.

contact
Ruby Nelda Perez
3243 W. Ashby Place
San Antonio, TX  78228

phone 210/260-6106
fax /
e-mail rubynelda55@gmail.com
public performance/concert $1000 - $3000
school performance $500 - $1500
website http://www.rubyneldaperez.com

 

Pollyanna Theatre Company

Pollyanna Theatre Company

Pollyanna Theatre Company is an ensemble of professional, adult theatre artists who perform original plays for young people and their families. Pollyanna's ensemble includes up to six actors, award-winning designers, a Resident Playwright, and a Producing Artistic Director with over 30 years of experience in creating theatre for young audiences. Supporting the elementary school curriculum through the arts is at the core of Pollyanna's mission. Pollyanna's 2016-2018 touring productions are LIBERTY!, EQUALITY!, AND FIREWORKS! (for children ages 8-12) which is a theatrical exploration of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and our newest production for very your children, ages 2-5, COWBOY IN THE KITCHEN. This new interactive introduction to theatre for very young children engages very small groups of children in what will likely be their very first audience experience. Photo: John Lyon.

contact
Judy Matetzschk-Campbell
PO Box 30203
Austin, TX  78703

phone 512/743-7966
fax /
e-mail judy@pollytheatre.org
public performance/concert $750 - $1500
school performance $475 - $475
website http://www.pollytheatre.org

 

Jiaan Powers

Jiaan Powers

Jiaan ("Jan") tells traditional folktales, literary tales, ghost stories, and snippets from down home which delight and surprise audiences of all ages. A native Texan, Jiaan has been traveling since 1997, providing performances and workshops here and beyond Texas. Jiaan discovered her passion for storytelling and her talent for connecting students, teachers, and librarians to stories and literacy during her twenty-two years as an elementary teacher. Eight years writing lessons for the Dallas Opera reinforced the connections with storytelling for the TEKS. Jiaan’s inspiration currently thrives in developing new programs with her puppet Spike for all audiences, and expanding programs for adults. Programs include and are not limited to: "Supporting Literacy with Folktales"– oral language and reading; "Fun With Folktales"– requests; "Fun and Fright"- for student, family, and adult audiences; "Folktales in Pioneer Texas"- Texas facts and tales; "Ancient Civilizations"– myths, fables; "Honoring Those You Love"- adult audiences; and "Born to Read"– for the very young and their parents. All programs are created to ensure age-appropriateness, audience participation, and follow-up activities.

contact
Jiaan Powers
4060 Creekdale Drive
Dallas, TX  75229-5302

phone 214/357-7073
fax 972/687-9017
e-mail jiaanpowers@jiaanpowers.com
public performance/concert $350 - $1200
school performance $350 - $1200
optional service festivals $500 - $1500
website http://www.jiaanpowers.com

 

Puppet Pizzazz

Puppet Pizzazz

Gregory Ruhe is the owner and director of Puppet Pizzazz, a Houston-based puppetry performance company. Sharing his passion of puppetry worldwide has been a career for Greg for the last thirty years. As well as touring to educational institutions with extraordinary puppet performances, he conducts workshops on puppet making, manipulation, and TEKS integration. When not working in schools, Greg performs at special events with unique larger-than-life puppet characters that are "the life of the party." Greg is on the touring roster for Young Audiences of Houston and is a teaching artist for International Schools Theatre Association. Offerings include “Sharing the Secrets of Puppetry”: Puppeteer Greg interweaves entertaining puppet characters, while sharing behind the scene secrets used to create and manipulate them; “African Tales and Puppet Pizzazz”: Mr. Greg shares his real life adventures of teaching puppetry in the Sudan, while sharing puppets and stories inspired by his journey into Africa; and “Rhyme, Reason, and Shadow Puppetry”: The Wheels on the Bus, Mother Goose, and other familiar favorites are illustrated with exciting shadow puppet action.

contact
Gregory Ruhe
1718 Alamo Street
Houston, TX  77007

phone 713/724-3847
fax 713/862-1108
e-mail greg@puppetpizzazz.com
public performance/concert $425 - $850
school performance $425 - $850
website http://www.puppetpizzazz.com/

 

Oliver Rajamani

Oliver Rajamani

Oliver Rajamani represents the multicultural life and sounds of modern-day Texas. Distinguished for redefining Roma (Gypsy) music by transporting it to its original roots in India, Rajamani is also the first to blend Indian and Romani music with Texas country and blues. His performances and recordings with international artists are as stylistically far flung as Willie Nelson, Gypsy Kings, Eric Johnson, Dotschy Reinhardt, Edie Brickell and L. Shankar. As a teacher of music and therapy, Rajamani has presented at leading hypnosis conferences in the United States, Germany, Nepal, and India. He has taught "nada yoga" to incarcerated youth and mentally and physically ill patients. Touring programs include Texas Gypsy Fire: from the magical sounds of India, to the passion of Romani (Gypsy) music, to Texas country and blues, Rajamani sings in English, Spanish, and languages from India, accompanying himself on exotic instruments backed by traditional lone-star musicians. In Moonlight Tanz, Rajamani performs with his western classical orchestra featuring dancers from the Indian, Middle Eastern, flamenco, and ballet traditions. Songs are sung in English as well as foreign tongues and performed on instruments such as the rebab, oud, and flamenco guitar.

contact
Oliver  Rajamani
3103 Bee Caves Road Ste. 120
Austin, TX  78746

phone 512/627-1575
fax /
e-mail booking@oliverrajamani.com
public performance/concert $2000 - $12000
school performance $1000 - $1500
website http://www.oliverrajamani.com

 

Joel Laviolette and Rattletree

Joel Laviolette and Rattletree

"Sound, Energy and Enormous Instruments. Amazing!" (WWOZ, New Orleans) begins to describe the full sensory experience created by Joel Laviolette and Rattletree. With performances that range from high-energy multimedia events (Rattletree) to traditional acoustic engagements (Kupira Marimba), each show is customized to the needs of the event--fusing giant African marimbas (wooden xylophones) with electronica, world percussion, cutting-edge video projection, and choreographed dance. Composed of Austin’s finest percussionists, all of the musicians in the Rattletree family have been hand-selected and trained by Laviolette, who has over 20 years experience teaching and performing traditional Zimbabwean music around the world. Joel Laviolette and Rattletree offer a multimedia performance of Zimbabwean marimba mixed music with electronica, featuring visual projection, and choreographed dance. Kupira Marimba is a high-energy fully acoustic family-friendly Zimbabwean-style band, with an optional educational component offered. Kupira Trio provides an eclectic blend of marimba music and intricate mbira (Zimbabwean thumb-piano) melodies--perfect for galas, museums, and conventions. Another option is solo mbira: often described as "musical rain," mbira is perfect for quiet listening environments, including libraries, galleries, weddings, and cocktail receptions.

contact
Rakefet Laviolette
300 Crockett St. #112
Austin, TX  78704

phone 512/417-2041
fax /
e-mail booking@rattletree.com
public performance/concert $2000 - $8000
school performance $1800 - $8000
optional service Kuipra Marimba Trio $1000 - $2500
optional service solo workshop/lecture $500 - $1800
website http://www.rattletree.com

 

Graham Reynolds

Graham Reynolds

Called "the quintessential modern composer" by the London Independent, Austin based composer/bandleader Graham Reynolds creates, performs, and records music for film, theater, dance, clubs, and concert halls with collaborators ranging from Richard Linklater and Jack Black to Ballet Austin. Heard throughout the world in films, TV, stage, and radio; from HBO to Showtime, Cannes Film Festival to the Kennedy Center, BBC to NPR, he recently scored "Before Midnight" starring Ethan Hawke, and "Bernie" with Jack Black. His score to the Robert Downey, Jr. feature "A Scanner Darkly" was named "Best Soundtrack of the Decade" by Cinema Retro magazine. Reynolds' touring package generally includes a multidisciplinary voyage into his works from the past decade. The "Film Music Retrospective" showcases selected themes from Graham's original motion picture soundtracks for feature films by Richard Linklater and others. "DUKE! Three Portraits of Ellington" is an exploration of America's greatest composer in three modes: full band, experimental string extracts, and modern remixes. The Golden Arm Trio is Reynolds' smaller ensemble that crossbreeds classical futurism and punk spirit.

contact
David Lobel
2023 E. Cesar Chavez Street
Austin, TX  78702

phone 512/628-0171
fax 512/220-1662
e-mail david@lobelarts.com
public performance/concert $1500 - $12500
school performance $1200 - $6500
optional service commission $5000 - $50000
optional service composition for film, theater, dance, etc. $5000 - $35000
website http://www.grahamreynolds.com

 

Rhythm Path

Rhythm Path

Rhythm Path helps to bring the culture of west Africa to people of all ages through hands-on drumming events. Facilitator and performer David Cox uses the drum circle format to teach traditional songs and rhythms. The program emphasizes the importance of listening and working together to make the sum of the music greater then the individual rhythms. Since 2008, Rhythm Path's "Day of Drumming" program in schools and other programs has taught and encouraged over 200,000 students to live together in community. The Day of Drumming Program is all-day drumming program where each grade drums together as one big "village." Each student receives their own west African djembe drum to play and learns traditional songs and rhythms. Students are encouraged to listen, work together, and improvise their own rhythms while experiencing hands-on drumming. Rhythm Path's Library Drumming Program teaches hands-on drumming in the library.

contact
David Cox
713 Meadow Dr.
Burkburnett, TX  76354

phone 940/867-0646
fax /
e-mail info@rhythmpath.com
public performance/concert $250 - $1200
school performance $125 - $950
website http://www.rhythmpath.com

 

Riyaaz Qawwali

Riyaaz Qawwali

Riyaaz Qawwali is a South Asian musical ensemble specializing in qawwali, a semi-classical genre representing Pakistan, India, and surrounding areas. The group includes vocalists, tabla, dholak, harmonium, and violin players. Their mission is to expose qawwali to new audiences, while paying homage to the cultural and lyrical tradition that has existed for 700+ years. They have performed for 8+ years (in and outside Texas), and have entertained both non-South Asian crowds and Indo-Pakistani audiences. They are the only group in the US representing this genre, and have played for educational centers, museums, public events, and select private events. The touring program would include a mini-performance with lecture-demonstrations by Riyaaz Qawwali. Sessions will showcase the music, explain the musical style/lyrics, and get the participants actively involved in making music. Riyaaz Qawwali will take this exciting genre of music and make it relevant to non-native speakers with multimedia support. The goal will be to use the musicians' background and musical talent to give participants a cultural, lyrical, and musical glimpse into India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.

contact
Varun (Sonny) Mehta
12405 Alameda Trace, Apt #1027
Austin, TX  78727

phone 512/709-4003
fax /
e-mail riyaazqawwali@gmail.com
public performance/concert $3250 - $4500
school performance $2000 - $3500
website http://www.riyaazqawwali.com/

 

Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis

Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis

Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison have released fourteen albums between them, toured with combined solo shows, and appeared on each other's records. The Bruce & Kelly Show is a nationally renowned favorite. The duo's 2013 release "Cheater's Game," their first full-album collaboration, garnered two nominations from the Americana Music Association for Album of the Year and Duo/Group of the Year, and the album remained #1 on the Americana charts for 12 weeks. Bruce and Kelly can tour as a full band or as a duo. Bruce Robison can tour with a small acoustic group or as a solo act. He can also teach songwriting workshops. Kelly can also appear with her own backing band independently from Bruce.

contact
Davis McLarty
4609 Eagle Feather Drive
Austin, TX  78735

phone 512/444-8750
fax /
e-mail davis@atomicmusicgroup.com
public performance/concert $2500 - $10000
school performance $750 - $1000
optional service workshop/camp $1000 - $3000
website http://www.brucerobison.com

 

State Artist Dario Robleto

State Artist Dario Robleto

Dario Robleto, the 2016 Texas State Visual Artist - 3-D, is a native of San Antonio. His sculptures, prints and installations combine esoteric materials and processes to explore forgotten corners of history, art and science. He received his BFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Robleto has had over 30 solo exhibitions since 1997 and has had works included in many prestigious group shows and collections. His work has been seen most recently in solo exhibitions at the Menil Collection, Houston and the Baltimore Museum of Art. He has received numerous awards, including the 2007 Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, the 2009 USA Rasmuson Fellowship, and the 2011 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship. He is currently an Artist Research Fellow at Rice University in Houston, where he lives and works.

contact
Inman Gallery
3901 Main Street
Houston, TX  77002

phone 713/526-7800
fax /
e-mail info@inmangallery.com
website http://www.dariorobleto.com

 

Woody Russell

Woody Russell

Critically acclaimed, award-winning vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Woody Russell is a contemporary troubadour with one foot in the jazz-blues tradition while the other stands firmly in defiance of any categorization. He's recorded a body of work that spans from folk-roots infused fare on his first album, As Simple As That (1996), to highly praised recordings, Salt( 2005) and Up Against It (2010). Pop-jazz offerings Delicious Days (2013) and Carry It Up (2016) further his exploration of sophisticated "adult music." Russell tours listening rooms and theaters across North America with his world-class trio. "A love fest of blues, jazz and soul." Russell’s trio (Lloyd Wright, keys and Jose Ruiz, jazz harmonica) can perform 2-3 hours of original songs along with select covers. The trio employs traditional instrumentation (vocals, guitar, piano, harmonica, percussion) but also the use of electronics (loops, digital audio technology). A majority of their concerts are presented in ticketed, seated listening rooms.

contact
Woody Russell
12000 Pepperidge Dr
Austin, TX  78739

phone 512/585-8922
fax /
e-mail booking@woodyrussell.com
public performance/concert $800 - $3500
school performance $750 - $1200
website http://www.woodyrussell.com

 

Consuelo Samarripa

Consuelo Samarripa

Consuelo Samarripa shares her Mexican heritage as an author and through the performing art of storytelling. Her most recent book is Barrio Princess: Growing up in Texas. She conducts workshops for children and adults and offers other customized presentations like keynotes, after dinner speeches, and special events like literacy nights. Consuelo’s work distinctly relates her Mexican heritage with its important historical multicultural influence. Her unique storytelling style includes multilingual blends woven in multicultural folktales, folklore, legends/myths, personal, and historical stories. Props, musical "noise" makers, and special costuming with shawls enhance her presentations. Her repertoire of varied life experiences and perspectives, as a native and foreigner, relates with audiences of all ages. Touring programs like "The Cuentos Celebration" includes Hispanic Texas legends, personal stories, and creation myths or legends as they relate to Hispanic heritage. The celebration of cuentos or stories may also include European-influenced stories. The "World Medley" programs uniquely include bilingual blends, often including English and Spanish, German, French, Latin, and Chinese phrases. Photo: Bobbi Sale.

contact
Consuelo  Samarripa
521 E. Veterans Memorial Blvd. #202
Harker Heights, TX  76548-1305

phone 254/629-0453
fax /
e-mail asconsuelo@hotmail.com
public performance/concert $250 - $1500
school performance $250 - $1500
optional service festivals, theatre $500 - $1200
optional service keynotes, workshops,speeches $500 - $1250
website http://www.consuelosamarripa.com

 

Don Sanders

Don Sanders

Don Sanders is a singer, songwriter, storyteller, recording artist, and novelist. Following early recognition as a recording artist, Don turned towards theater, acting, translating plays (Spanish to English), and creating one-man shows. He currently performs for schools, theaters, and festivals. An honorary board member of Kerrville Music Festival, he helped establish listener-sponsored KPFT radio, and has served on the board of Tejas Storytelling Association. "Cancionero," a coming of age novel, "Bayou Song," recorded and released by Lyle Lovett, and the CD release of "Tourist Revisited" are among recent achievements. “Wrenching Changes," a stage memoir, is next up. Touring offerings for children include: Sing & Move (interactive songs & rhymes for younger students); Cuentos y canciones (Latin American folktales & folksongs, bilingual); Sourdough Cowboy (authentic stories & songs of the cowboys); Siempre Listo, and Ever Clever (more Latin American lore, bilingual). For adults, Don can perform Wrenching Changes: life in the performing arts (a one man show of story and song).

contact
Don Sanders
1128 Cortlandt St.
Houston, TX  77008

phone 713/863-1197
fax 713/526-5691
e-mail djsanders@mindspring.com
public performance/concert $1500 - $3000
school performance $1000 - $1500
optional service one-day teacher workshop $1000 - $1500
optional service one-week residency $2500 - $2500
website http://www.donsanders.net

 

Sehba Sarwar

Sehba Sarwar

Writer and multidisciplinary artist Sehba Sarwar was born in Karachi, Pakistan and is based in Houston, where she has recreated a community similar to the one where she was raised, filled with artists and activists. Sarwar’s writings and art have appeared in publications including the Houston Chronicle, The New York Times’ Sunday Magazine, and Callaloo. Her videos have been screened in Bangladesh, Egypt, India, Pakistan and the US. A recipient of three Houston Arts Alliance’s Individual Artist Awards, Sarwar served as Artist-in-Residence for the Mitchell Center for the Arts/University of Houston in 2012-14. Sarwar has a wide range of art that she can tour: literary reading, performance with images and/or objects, video screenings, art and/or writing workshops, site-specific installations and public talks. The content of the work she creates addresses women’s issues and displacement (migration, immigration and border crossings). Currently, Sarwar is working on a prose manuscript called "What Is Home?" that tackles these issues; she is presenting writings and art from new material that she is generating. Photo: Mahwash Rahman.

contact
Sehba Sarwar
6411 Jefferson Street
Houston, TX  77023

phone 832/677-1664
fax /
e-mail sehba.sarwar@gmail.com
public performance/concert $200 - $1000
school performance $200 - $1000
optional service installation/video $250 - $1000
website http://www.sehbasarwar.com

 

State Artist Margo Sawyer

State Artist Margo Sawyer

Margo Sawyer, 2015 Texas State Visual Artist in 3-D works, investigates the relationship between color, space and transcendence through her sculpture. Art and architecture converge in her works to transform mundane structures into euphoric icons, marrying exquisite materials in unexpected ways to form large public spaces that become intimate refuges. Her recent body of work, Synchronicity of Color, includes the lauded work that is a focal point at Houston’s Discovery Green. Margo Sawyer holds a B.A. Honors Degree from the Chelsea School of Art in London and an M.F.A. in sculpture from Yale University. Sawyer has been the recipient of numerous awards including a National Endowment for the Arts Artist Fellowship, two Fulbright Research Awards, the Japan Foundation Fellowship for Artists, and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award. She has been a fellow of the American Academy in Rome and an ArtPace resident artist in San Antonio. Her sculpture is in the public art collections of the Cities of New York City, Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, and Houston, and at Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis, Indiana. Sawyer is a Professor of Sculpture and Extended Media in the Department of Art & Art History at the University of Texas at Austin.

contact
Bright & Early Building
107 South Avenue C
Elgin, TX  78621

phone 512/281-4808
fax /
e-mail margosawyer@gmail.com
public performance/concert $700 - $3000
school performance $500 - $3000
optional service workshops/campus negotiable $500 - $5000
website http://www.margosawyer.com

 

State Artist Jan Seale

State Artist Jan Seale

Jan Epton Seale, 2012 Texas Poet Laureate, is a native Texan. She is familiar with much of Texas, having lived in north and central Texas as a youth, with summers spent in the Panhandle, and living in South Texas all of her adult life. Seale received her education at Baylor University, the University of Louisville, and the University of North Texas. She has taught English and creative writing at three Texas universities. Her life’s work includes eight books of poetry, two of short fiction, three of nonfiction, and several children’s books and dramas. Apparent in her writing is her interest in the people and places of Texas, as well as those of the Southwest and the wider world. Her short stories have been described as a “capable evocation of peculiar personalities” with a “sense of nostalgia and richly drawn places”…“all ending in epiphany.” Her poems are said to be “both beautifully witty and serious.” Seale is at home with many types of audiences. She particularly enjoys college groups, civic and writers’ organizations, nature lovers, elder learners, women, and church lay-groups. Comfortable on stage or in small gatherings, with sensitivity to and rapport with her audiences, her presentations are noted for their humor and accessibility. Seale is a member of the Texas Institute of Letters, the Texas Folklore Society, the Poetry Society of Texas, the Story Circle Network, and the Texas Writers’ League.

contact
Jan Seale
400 Sycamore Ave.
McAllen, TX  78501

phone 956/686-4033
fax /
e-mail janseale@rgv.rr.com
public performance/concert $300 - $500
school performance $100 - $200
optional service daylong workshops: negotiable $ - $
website http://www.janseale.com

 

Charlene Shakespeare

Charlene Shakespeare

Working for over three decades in theatre, and performing extensively for the last 15 years in the upper Midwest, actor/comedienne/writer Charlene Hudgins has returned to Texas with her acclaimed, tour-de-force one-woman show "Charlene Shakespeare." Her passion for Shakespeare stems from the first production she saw as a child, and grew from there. She has spent extensive time at the Globe Theatre in London and Stratford-Upon-Avon, Shakespeare's hometown, and she has been in or directed many of his works. She has been a comedy writer/performer in several states, has won numerous regional acting awards, and has performed in several solo shows. "Charlene Shakespeare" takes the audience on a visually-stunning, multimedia, interactive journey through Charlene's own Shakespearean repertoire. Classic monologues and hilarious anecdotes from working on Shakespeare's plays combine with snippets on history and literature, creating a whole historical and theatrical experience. Charlene's mission statement, "taking the fear out of Shakespeare," has audience members commenting enthusiastically, "I never knew Shakespeare could be so fun!" and "this was so perfect for my students!"

contact
Charlene Hudgins
408 Azalea Ave.
Orange, TX  77630

phone 409/553-0557
fax /
e-mail charlene.hudgins@yahoo.com
public performance/concert $750 - $1250
school performance $550 - $1050
optional service historical public presentation $300 - $800
website http://www.charleneshakespeare.com

 

Mark Shelton

Mark Shelton

The warmth and humor of Mark Shelton combine with his percussion prowess to create a family-friendly concert experience that connects with audiences. Mark entertains (and educates) with his trademark high-energy style as he romps and stomps his way through an arsenal of percussion paraphernalia that can include marimba, doumbec, bones, bodhran, cajon, hammered dulcimer, snare drum, handpan, and electronic percussion. In his one-man show, Music From My Galaxy, Mark draws upon a background that includes classical, folk, pop, jazz, gospel, ethnic, and new music to create an engaging collage for "the drummer in all of us." All the selections are original compositions, improvisations, or arrangements by Mark.

contact
Mark Shelton
PO Box 293621
Lewisville, TX  75029

phone 214/507-6366
fax /
e-mail markshelton@verizon.net
public performance/concert $335 - $2500
school performance $500 - $2500
website http://www.marksheltonmusic.com

 

Hope Shiver

Hope Shiver

Hope Shiver, a former Miss Alabama and Miss Congeniality with the Miss International Beauty Pageant, is a native of Mobile, Alabama. Ms. Shiver's credits include commercials, films, solo performances with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Garland Symphony, Las Colinas Symphony, Galveston Symphony, Houston Ebony Opera Guild, Theatre Under The Stars, Houston Grand Opera, Opera to Go, and the Eugene Opera. She has performed internationally in Greenland, Iceland, Newfoundland, Egypt, Paris, Milan, Japan, Italy, Sweden, and Spain. School programs include: "Get On Board" (Harriet Tubman), "Sojourner!" (Sojourner Truth), "King Rhythm" (the history of African American music), and "The Opera Doctor." All school programs are multi-disciplinary and interactive, with audience participation. For adult audiences, Hope Shiver performs recitals, opera, and oratorio works as well as "Voices of Hope," an evening of portrayals of the famous African-American heroines Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, and Sissieretta Jones.

contact
Hope  Shiver
8723 Kirkland Drive
Houston, TX  77089

phone 281/481-0422
fax 281/481-0422
e-mail hopeshiver@yahoo.com
public performance/concert $1000 - $3000
school performance $800 - $4000
website none

 

Ire'ne Lara Silva

Ire'ne Lara Silva

Ire'ne Lara Silva is the author of furia (poetry, Mouthfeel Press, 2010) which received an Honorable Mention for the 2011 International Latino Book Award and flesh to bone (short stories, Aunt Lute Books, 2013) which won the 2013 Premio Aztlan. Her most recent collection of poetry is Blood Sugar Canto (Saddle Road Press, January 2016). ire’ne is the recipient of the 2014 Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Award, the Fiction Finalist for AROHO’s 2013 Gift of Freedom Award, and the 2008 recipient of the Gloria Anzaldua Milagro Award, as well as a Macondo Workshop member and CantoMundo Inaugural Fellow. ire’ne will be reading from her work, including her three published books, furia, flesh to bone, and Blood Sugar Canto, and using those texts to engage audiences in far-ranging discussions about family, trauma, grief, violence, our bodies, the Texas-Mexico border and its folklore, diabetes and illness, indigenous/Latino culture and history, the importance of artistic expression, and healing of all kinds—physical, emotional, and communal. Groups of diverse ages and backgrounds have responded emotionally and enthusiastically.

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Ire'ne Lara Silva
2502 E. Oltorf St. #1527
Austin, TX  78741

phone 512/783-0994
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e-mail irenelarasilva@yahoo.com
public performance/concert $250 - $2000
school performance $250 - $2000
optional service manuscript consultations/per individual $50 - $600
website https://irenelarasilva.wordpress.com/

 

Toni Simmons

Toni Simmons

Toni Simmons is a dynamic storyteller and author who brings her multicultural stories to life with audience participation, rhythms, chants, and movements. Her book "The Cheese Chase: Why Dogs Chase Cats," is the winner of an IParenting Media Award and her video won the Parents' Choice Award. Toni's background includes work as a children's librarian, drama teacher, and actress. She has been featured at many festivals throughout the United States. She has performed at the National Storytelling Festival's Exchange Place and in South Africa, Germany, and Mexico. Toni was designated an NEA American Masterpiece touring artist. Her multicultural storytelling programs use rhythms, songs, and movements to enhance a variety of age-appropriate folktales. These energetic sessions use creative dramatics and audience participation. The audience is taken on an imaginary story trip and is engaged by helping to tell the stories.

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Toni Simmons
323 W. Beltline Road, # A 4
Cedar Hill, TX  75104

phone 972/765-4741
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e-mail toni@tonisimmons.com
public performance/concert $350 - $1500
school performance $350 - $1500
website http://www.tonisimmons.com

 

SOLI Chamber Ensemble

SOLI Chamber Ensemble

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, SOLI Chamber Ensemble has upheld its reputation for giving new voice to 20th and 21st century classical contemporary music. Winner of the 2013 CMA/ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award, SOLI continues to mesmerize audiences with its cutting edge performances around the country. Founded in 1994, San Antonio-based ensemble annually presents innovative programs. Their touring schedule has taken them to such cities as Houston, Denver, Austin, Colorado Springs, Louisville, and Dallas among many others. SOLI was one of the first chamber ensembles invited to perform in the first-ever classical music event at SXSW in Austin. The ensemble’s programs are very innovative and deeply engaging for all audiences. SOLI’s programs include newly commissioned works by today's emerging and established composers, along with some of the masterpieces from the 20th century. The ensemble regularly uses lighting, electronics, and multimedia components in their performances to create a unique environment for their audiences.

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Ertan Torgul
PO Box 6062
San Antonio, TX  78209

phone 210/317-8816
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e-mail info@solichamberensemble.com
public performance/concert $4000 - $8000
school performance $2000 - $4000
website http://www.solichamberensemble.com

 

Soul Street Dance Company

Soul Street Dance Company

The high flyin', high comedy, high energy, Soul Street Dance Company of Houston is a group of four young male street dancers who perform their special mix of choreography, filled with comic charm, to the most popular music of the decades. Their show appeals to all ages and ethnicities. They also provide in-depth educational residency activities. Their newest concert is "Breakin’ Backwards," where bustin' moves take on the music of decades past. The dancers perform their special contemporary mix of choreography to the most popular music of the decades. Music selections include Count Basie, Elvis Presley, the Temptations, Aerosmith, Michael Jackson, and more.

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Jeannette Gardner
155 W. 72nd Street, #605
New York, NY  10023

phone 212/496-9121
fax 212/496-9123
e-mail jgardner@gardnerartsnetwork.com
public performance/concert $5000 - $7000
school performance $2000 - $4000
website http://www.soulstreetdance.com

 

Spanish DanzArt Society/Antonio Granjero

Spanish DanzArt Society/Antonio Granjero

Antonio Granjero was born in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. He began his dance studies when he was ten years old, with the teachers Fernando Belmonte and Paco del Río. A year-and-a-half later, he made his debut in "Centro Cultural de la Villa" in Madrid, and presided over by the Prince and the Princess of Spain. For several years until this company came to be comprised of adults, Granjero performed in theatres in countries such as Israel, Italy, England, Switzerland, France, and Japan. Antonio Granjero presents full-length flamenco productions with original choreography and elaborate costumes and set design. His productions showcase a rich variety of different styles of traditional flamenco song and dance. The performances take form in quartets, trios, duets, and solo interpretations with interludes of musical instrumental themes. Granjero will be accompanied by female dancers, and live flamenco musicians. The number of artists representing the company is flexible, ranging from a minimum of 7 to a maximum of 9 artists. Photo: Morgan Smith.

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Stephanie  Ramirez
8503 NW Military Highway, Suite 105-134
San Antonio, TX  78231

phone 210/842-4926
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e-mail Spanishdanzart@gmail.com
public performance/concert $4500 - $7000
school performance $1500 - $3000
website http://www.entreflamenco.com

 

Peggy Stern

Peggy Stern

A recent transplant to Austin, Peggy Stern has had a rich and varied career as a musician, having toured with many jazz greats (Lee Konitz, Diane Schuur, David “Fathead” Newman, and more), and played in numerous jazz festivals worldwide. Since coming to Texas, Peggy has adopted the Texas Swing style, adding to her already eclectic embrace of musical disciplines. Perhaps best known as a composer, Peggy has four tunes in the Real Book (the “jazz bible”). Peggy created the Wall Street Jazz Festival ("where the traditions meet the progressives, and all the leaders are women") in Kingston, NY, which has been held twelve consecutive years to date. Peggy Stern can perform solo, including repertoire from the Great American Songbook, the Texas Swing Songbook, and original compositions. Her duo concerts illustrate a live “conversation,” in which the participants must listen carefully to each other, and improvise together; repertoire includes mostly standards. Trio, quartet, or quintet concerts might include bass, drums, vocals, saxophones, trumpets, etc., and the repertoire will be chosen from the Great American Songbook, the Texas Swing Songbook, and original compositions. The Z OCTET concert will be specifically the music from Peggy’s latest album, Z OCTET.

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Danielle Reich
PO Box 300907
Austin, TX  78703

phone 713/859-6515
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e-mail daniellereichmusic@gmail.com
public performance/concert $500 - $7500
school performance $500 - $7500
website http://www.peggystern.com/

 

Storybook Theatre of Texas

Storybook Theatre of Texas

Storybook Theatre of Texas has spent over 23 years touring the nation, with a tour to China in August 2014 as well. Named an NEA American Masterpiece artist, Storybook Theatre of Texas has performed for over a million young people and continues to encourage them to excel in reading and in life! Each production is carefully crafted to capture the imagination of the audience and bring stories to life! These 45-minute programs can be tailored to meet the needs of each client. Theme examples include bullying, environmental awareness, character, nutrition, math skills, history, and more. Interactive educational programs include: "Two Pigs and T.H.E. Wolf," "The New Little Red Riding Hood," "Country Mouse, City Mouse," "It’s All About Math," "Goldifox and the Two Hares," "Allie In Historyland," and "Country Mouse, City Mouse World Tour." Extension lessons/TEKS are available. Photo: Elizabeth Deserly.

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Lynn  Draper
10415 Teich Loop
New Braunfels, TX  78132

phone 866/522-9819
fax 830/214-7136
e-mail stories@satx.rr.com
public performance/concert $500 - $3000
school performance $500 - $2000
optional service family literacy nights $500 - $2000
optional service workshops $800 - $2000
website http://www.sbtheatre.com

 

State Artist Carmen Tafolla

State Artist Carmen Tafolla

Dr. Carmen Tafolla, 2015 Texas State Poet Laureate, is known internationally for her moving inspirational performances and heart-felt poetry readings. A poet, children’s writer, performance artist, storyteller, motivational speaker, and Associate Professor at UTSA, Tafolla was chosen in 2012 as the first Poet Laureate of the City of San Antonio. Her mission as State Poet Laureate is to plant seeds of poetry all over Texas through her “Poet Trees” initiative, sponsored by UTSA, in which twenty public schools with predominantly low-income student populations will be chosen to receive books and workshops free of charge between August 2015 and April 2016. Dr.Tafolla also conducts dramatic performances, keynotes, readings and workshops in English and Spanish to all age groups. The author of more than 20 books, her work appears internationally in five languages, in journals, magazines, newspapers, college textbooks, and elementary school readers, and she has won numerous awards including the Américas Award, the Charlotte Zolotow, the Art of Peace, two Tomas Rivera Book Awards, and five International Latino Book Awards.

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Dr. Carmen Tafolla

San Antonio, TX 

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e-mail CarmenTafollaSAbookings@yahoo.com
website http://www.carmentafolla.com/

 

Tapestry Dance Company

Tapestry Dance Company

Tapestry Dance Company was founded in 1989 and exists as the only fulltime, professional repertory tap company in the world. The company has presented over 550 original dance works, has hosted numerous tap dance legends and masters in residence, and was on the 2007-2009 NEA Masterpieces Touring Roster. The company's vision, presentation/preservation of classic work and the creation of contemporary rhythm and percussive dance, educates audiences about tap's unique heritage and value. Through its multiracial dancers, Tapestry reflects the diversity of Texas’ cultural heritage and broadens the understanding of contemporary/traditional choreography with an emphasis on rhythm/percussive dance. Under the direction of Acia Gray, Tapestry presents an exciting and eclectic concert and outreach programs of tap dance, bringing the best of traditional to contemporary tap works (tied together with modern dance, body percussion and contemporary movement) to the stage. Tapestry shares common bonds while defying stereotypes in presenting accessible, unique, and sophisticated works. Tapestry celebrates universal values and always surprises their audiences with fresh dance experiences. When Tapestry performs, the excitement is shared by performers and viewers alike. Photo: Chris Caselli

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Acia Gray
4544 S. Lamar Blvd #250
Austin, TX  78745-1635

phone 512/474-9846; 512-695-6560
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e-mail soulsfeet@me.com
public performance/concert $7000 - $10000
school performance $1500 - $4000
website http://www.tapestry.org/

 

Tejas Brothers

Tejas Brothers

When rock 'n' roll meets Tex-Mex in a honky tonk that is home to the blues, you get the Tejas Brothers. This quartet absolutely disregards any notions of staying within a certain "genre." If it feels good, and makes people happy, it ought to be a Tejas Brothers song. Shows are family-friendly and focus on the idea that we only live once, and we should all get the most out of life. In 2013, the Dallas Observer Music Awards named the Tejas Brothers "Best Country Act." Their latest CD, "Live a Little More," was produced by Lloyd Maines. In 2009, they had the #7 album on the Americana Radio Airplay Charts. The Tejas Brothers is a four-piece band comprising accordion, upright bass, guitar, and drums. Shows can be acoustic or electric, and up to two hours in length. The Tejas Brothers' repertoire of original and cover songs include: Boogie Woogie Mamacita (original); I Can't Sleep (original); Don't Be So Mean (original); Seven Spanish Angels; Hey Baby Que Paso; Crying Time; and El Sapito. Production and lights for venues of up to 250 people can be provided.

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Brooks Kendall
2505 Scenic View Court
Granbury, TX  76048

phone 817/573-6100
fax 817/977-6307
e-mail brooks@kenran.com
public performance/concert $2000 - $6000
school performance $1500 - $4000
website http://www.tejasbrothers.com

 

Texas Boys Choir

Texas Boys Choir

The Texas Boys Choir is an auditioned, professional 4-part choir composed of boys ages 10-18. The Choir has been an educational and performing institution since 1946. With versatile repertoire that includes classical, patriotic, folk, contemporary and world traditions, TBC has something special to offer just about any event. Throughout its history, the Choir has traveled the world over, performing before popes, presidents, and kings. TBC has appeared on national television and radio broadcasts. With numerous awards, including two GRAMMYs and more than 40 professional recordings, TBC continues to maintain its reputation as one of the premier boychoirs in the world. The first half of a typical program is sacred/classical and includes liturgical music, mass excerpts, and such composers as Bach, Brahms, Bruckner, and Britten. A typical second half is lighter fare,including Americana/patriotic, pop, spirituals, western, folk, and world traditions. Some past/current favorites are: "American Tribute," "Star Wars Medley," "Bohemian Rhapsody," "Soon Ah Will be Done," "Ring of Fire," and "The Blessing." In addition TBC has selections for holidays and special events.

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Lisa  Earl
3901 S. Hulen Street
Fort Worth, TX  76109

phone 817/924-1482
fax 817/926-9932
e-mail lisa.earl@texasboyschoir.org
public performance/concert $1 - $6500
school performance $1 - $3000
optional service not for profit special events $200 - $6500
website http://www.texasboyschoir.org

 

Texas Folklife

Texas Folklife

***Artists covered by this listing are Peter Anzaldua; Keyun Dickson; Juan Longoria, Jr.; Ignacio "Nachito" Morales; Ruben Paul Moreno; Anthony Ortiz, Jr.; Johnny Ramirez; Michael Ramos; Heriberto Rodriguez; and Robert & Tina Vega.*** Texas Folklife is a statewide organization dedicated to presenting, promoting, and preserving the diverse living heritage of the Lone Star State. They produce an annual series of public programs that have been presented at venues from the Brownsville Heritage Museum, Austin’s Paramount Theatre, the Kennedy Center, and on PBS and NPR affiliates across the country. They are engaged in projects around the state, including low-cost events that attract a multigenerational audience, and hands-on experiences for K-12 grade students and teachers in a variety of art forms. Additionally, their film and radio documentaries bring national attention to extraordinary Texas talent. The 2014-2016 touring performances focus on the talented young winners of "The Big Squeeze" accordion contest. The touring package includes a screening of "The Big Squeeze" documentary film by esteemed filmmaker Hector Galan, and a performance program that can be scaled to the presenter's budget. Master classes and TEKS-aligned support materials are also available.

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Heyden Walker
1708 Houston St
Austin, TX  78756

phone 512/441-9255
fax 844/386-2091
e-mail info@texasfolklife.org
public performance/concert $500 - $20000
school performance $200 - $2000
optional service film screening & concert $1200 - $2500
website http://www.texasfolklife.org

 

Texas Guitar Quartet

Texas Guitar Quartet

The Texas Guitar Quartet members bring their unique passions and talents to an ensemble dedicated to presenting chamber music of the highest quality. The quartet has developed an exciting repertoire by commissioning new works and creating their own arrangements and compositions. Recently, the quartet commissioned Tracks, a major new work by composer Peter Lieuwen. They have also premiered works by Andrew Dickinson, Alfredo Barros, Mark Anthony Cruz, and Joseph Williams II. Their daring arrangements, such as Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, offer fresh perspective on works from other repertoires and push the boundaries of the medium. Touring repertoire includes Symphony No. 40, K. 550 by W. A. Mozart; Egmont Overture, Op. 84 by Ludwig van Beethoven; Pavane pour une enfante défunte by Maurice Ravel; Red by Joseph Williams II; and Tracks by Peter Lieuwen.

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Alejandro Montiel
27261 Orth Lane
Conroe, TX  77385

phone 713/705-8139
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e-mail almontiel@sbcglobal.net
public performance/concert $3200 - $4000
school performance $3200 - $4000
website http://www.txgq.net

 

Texas Gypsies

Texas Gypsies

The Texas Gypsies describe their music as "vintage jazzy swingin' cool hep cat sounds of the 20's-30's along with a taste of western swing, with a mix of gypsy jazz magic sprinkled over the top and a pinch of retro deco rockabilly!" This award-winning band mixes passionate violin, a blazing horn section, rocking swinging guitars, slapping upright bass, and retro style drumming to harmoniously create their own unique, fun and artistic sound! The band can perform with from 4 to 8 members for a great and memorable show! The band performs a mix of classic instrumental and vocal music of American swing and jazz music of the 1920's, 30's, 40's, European gypsy jazz, and many original songs, too. The band will dress in vintage era costumes and are available to lecture on early American jazz and swing music.

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Steve Curry
1126 Shady Oaks Ct.
Allen, TX  75002

phone 469/879-2646
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e-mail senorocho@yahoo.com
public performance/concert $1600 - $7500
school performance $1000 - $4500
website http://www.texasgypsies.com

 

Tim Tingle

Tim Tingle

A member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Tim Tingle performs Native American stories for all ages, with music on his cedar flute and whaleskin drum. He has been a featured storyteller at festivals in forty-three states, including five appearances at the National Storytelling Festival. In June 2011, Tingle spoke at the Library of Congress and presented his first performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. The author of twelve award-winning books, Tingle offers a variety of writing workshops. In 2012, Tingle was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters, an honor reserved for Texas’ most renowned authors. Tingle’s repertory of 400-plus stories includes, for elementary school ages: "Grandma Spider Brings the Fire;" "Coyote and the Rock," a hilarious Trickster tale; "The Bowl," a frightfully funny Navajo story; and (from Tingle’s books) "Crossing Bok Chitto" and "Danny Blackgoat." For young adults and adult audiences, Tim can perform stories such as: "La Llorona," "Trail of Tears," and (from Tingle’s books) "How I Became a Ghost," and "No Name." He also offers the full-length theater piece, "Clarence Carnes–Boarding School to Alcatraz."

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Tim Tingle
4417 Morningside Way
Canyon Lake, TX  78133

phone 830/832-4288
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e-mail timtingle@hotmail.com
public performance/concert $150 - $1000
school performance $550 - $950
optional service keynote $1200 - $1500
website http://www.timtingle.com

 

Tumbaka

Tumbaka

Tumbaka is a multicultural musical group founded by the internationally renowned percussionist Jorge “CroCro” Orta in 2010, which released its first CD in 2014. Tumbaka was formed with the ambition to do something different in the city of Houston in the salsa genre to interpret different tropical-style music. Thanks to the experience and long musical career of Jorge “CroCro” Orta, whose musical journey includes eight years as the percussionist of the renowned "Grupo Niche" of Colombia, Tumbaka interprets the vast Latin music genre. Tumbaka plans to perform all tracks from its CD "El Capitan de mi Barco" and can also include cumbias, bachatas, boleros, Latin jazz, Venezuelan folklore and salsa music.

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Jorge Orta
16323 Rainbow Lake Rd.
Houston, TX  77095

phone 713/598-1755
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e-mail crocro77@hotmail.com
public performance/concert $2500 - $7000
school performance $1600 - $2500
optional service workshop $300 - $600
website http://www.tumbaka.com/

 

Twice Upon a Time Storytellers

Twice Upon a Time Storytellers

Inspired by a mutual passion for narrative performance, Gene and Peggy Helmick-Richardson formed Twice Upon a Time Storytellers in 1999. They have since taken their stories to various venues, from preschools to prisons. This tandem team blends degrees in science and journalism; professional experience in living history museums and writing; and respect for creativity, cultural diversity, social justice, and the strength of the spoken word to educate, entertain, and empower both children and adults with their tales. But despite their commitment to spreading the gospel of storytelling, the opportunity to also spread laughter is never turned down. Gene and Peggy offer engaging storytelling programs for all ages, including "Different Ways to Make a Story," "Texas Prairie Tales," "Ghosts, Ghouls and Goblins," "Heart to Heart: Stories from Diverse Cultural and Spiritual Traditions" and "Worldwise Traveler: Legends, Folk and Fairy Tales from Around the World." Their "Strings 'n Things" demonstrates string tricks, folk toys, and games from early rural America. In addition, Twice Upon a Time enjoys designing storytelling programs for unique performances.

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Peggy Helmick-Richardson
9003 Piper Lane
Dallas, TX  75228

phone 214/321-9791
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e-mail twiceuponatime@sbcglobal.net
public performance/concert $250 - $2000
school performance $250 - $2000
optional service workshops $400 - $2000
website http://www.twicetellers.com

 

Two Tons of Steel

Two Tons of Steel

Two Tons of Steel is an American rockabilly and Texas country band. Before there was Americana or Texas country, Two Tons of Steel front man Kevin Geil and his band created a sound that blended the best of musical worlds and pushed the envelope of "Texas" sound with a signature brand of high-energy country meets raw punk. The San Antonio-based group packed the small bars and local hangouts and quickly became the city’s most loved band, earning them a spot on the cover of Billboard Magazine and launching a 20-year journey for the band. Two Tons of Steel performs their own original music from eight albums. The band has performed numerous times at the legendary Gruene Hall in Gruene, Texas. In 2013, the band marked 18 years of "Two Ton Tuesday Live from Gruene Hall." The summer-long event drew 13,000 fans in 2012 and more than 150,000 fans since it began its annual run in 1995.

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Aggie Gardener
4609 Eagle Feather Drive
Austin, TX  78735

phone 512/444-8750
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e-mail aggie@atomicmusicgroup.com
public performance/concert $2500 - $4000
school performance $1500 - $2500
website http://www.twotons.com

 

URBAN-15 Group

URBAN-15 Group

URBAN-15 creates exciting performances and innovative workshops for audiences of all ages. From parade and festival appearances to stage performances, school presentations, and community workshops, URBAN-15 brings a display of movement, color, costume, and sonic experiences that stimulate the imagination. For forty years, the company has blended ethnic dance and drumming traditions with experimental and modern aesthetics. The group has toured throughout the US and Mexico with presentations in parades, fine arts festivals, sports events, theater settings, state fairs and conventions. Their community outreach programs for youth, seniors, at-risk and special-needs audiences are respected in Texas and beyond. URBAN-15 Performance Ensemble is the stage-based presentation group that is available for indoor theater and outdoor amphitheater shows. This ensemble travels with 18 dancers, 12 drummers, and 3 technicians. It offers a full evening spectacle of visual elements, choreography, and sound pieces that blend traditional ethnic dance and musical forms with experimental and modern aesthetics. Programs include a drummers showcase and celebration dances. Photo © 2012 Jeff Prutzman/ArtGives.org.

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Cisneros Catherine
2500 S. Presa
San Antonio, TX  78210

phone 210/736-1500
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e-mail urban15@dcci.com
public performance/concert $1200 - $4500
school performance $300 - $1500
optional service transportion $800 - $2500
optional service lodging $240 - $2400
website http://www.urban15.org

 

State Artist Vincent Valdez

State Artist Vincent Valdez

Vincent Valdez, 2015 Texas State Visual Artist in 2-D work, grew up in San Antonio and demonstrated talent for drawing at an early age. He received a full scholarship to the Rhode Island School of Design, where he earned his B.F.A. in 2000. In 2004 at age 26, Valdez was the youngest artist to have a solo exhibition at the McNay Museum in San Antonio when Stations, his suite of monumental charcoal drawings, was shown. Other exhibition venues include the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Snite Museum of Art, Parsons Paris, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, OSDE Buenos Aires, and the David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University. A recipient of residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and the Kunstlerhaus Bethania in Berlin, Valdez currently serves as Chair of the Drawing and Painting Department at the Southwest School of Art in San Antonio. Mr. Valdez is available for visiting artist workshops/lectures and also for audio/visual projects such as this one: http://livestream.com/wlu/strangest-fruit-radio-hour.

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Vincent Valdez
807 N. San Marcos
San Antonio, TX  78207

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e-mail vvaldez78@gmail.com
website http://www.vincentvaldezart.com

 

Van Cliburn Foundation

Van Cliburn Foundation

Established in 1962, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition is widely-recognized as “one of the world’s highest-visibility classical-music contests” and remains committed to its original ideals of supporting and launching the careers of young pianists and sharing the transformative powers of music with a wide global audience. In addition to cash and other prizes, the six winners of the competition receive three years of career management, with the Cliburn arranging and providing full artist services for hundreds of engagements. They are available for solo recital, chamber, and symphony performances, master classes, preview concert discussions, lecture-demonstrations, and in-school presentations. The touring repertoire will consist of music for classical piano. Each of the six artists has prepared repertoire for solo recital, as well as for performance with chamber ensembles and symphony orchestras.

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Sandra Doan
201 Main Street, Suite 100
Fort Worth, TX  76102

phone 817/738-6536
fax 817/738-6534
e-mail sdoan@cliburn.org
public performance/concert $4000 - $8000
school performance $500 - $1000
optional service with Orchestra $4000 - $12000
website http://www.cliburn.org/

 

R.J. Vandygriff

R.J. Vandygriff

R.J. Vandygriff is an award-winning singer, songwriter, poet, playwright, actor, and a real Texas cowboy. In 2004 he received the Will Rogers award for excellence, in 2012 the Wrangler Award from the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, and in 2013 the "Cowboy Keeper" Award from National Day of the Cowboy. R.J. had a small recurring role as "Ranger Mike" in the hit CBS series "Walker, Texas Ranger," and has appeared in numerous regional and national commercials. As a singer, he has shared the stage with the biggest names in country music, pop, and rock n' roll. "The Cowboy Ain't Dead Yet!" is a one-man musical comedy about the most fascinating character to ever ride across the pages of history: the American Cowboy. Joe Texas tells the story of the cowboy from the 1860s to today through songs, poems, and stories. One of the most successful one-man musicals ever, the show has begun its 26th year of touring-- truly a Texas original. R.J. also offers a Cowboy Concert program, a concert/lecture on the life of the cowboy.

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R.J. Vandygriff
PO Box 85
Lipscomb, TX  79056

phone 806/852-2432
fax 806/852-2432
e-mail rjvandygriff@yahoo.com
public performance/concert $2500 - $5000
school performance $750 - $1500
website http://www.cowboyaintdeadyet.com

 

State Artist Jimmie Vaughan

State Artist Jimmie Vaughan

Dallas native Jimmie Vaughan, 2015 Texas State Musician, is one of the most respected and critically acclaimed guitarists in the world of contemporary music. His groundbreaking band, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, introduced the Texas blues to the MTV generation and a universal audience. Vaughan has been nominated for GRAMMY Awards for his work with The Fabulous Thunderbirds, as well as his work as a solo artist, in addition to the critically acclaimed “Family Style” record he recorded with his younger brother Stevie Ray Vaughan, which sold over one million copies worldwide. Jimmie has performed and recorded with legends such as Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Albert King, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Carlos Santana, Don Henley, and his younger brother Stevie Ray Vaughan. Throughout his career, Jimmie has carried on the Texas blues tradition of T Bone Walker, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown and Lightning Hopkins, while creating his own unique sound and style. Jimmie Vaughan is proud and honored to be a Texas musician.

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Garry Buck
Monterey International 200 West Superior, Suite 202
Chicago, IL  60654

phone 312/640-7500
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e-mail garry@montereyinternational.net
website http://www.jimmievaughan.com

 

Johnny Villarreal

Johnny Villarreal

Johnny Villarreal is a multimedia artist living and working in Central Texas. For the past ten years he has studied various forms of art including film, animation, painting, and sculpture. Since completing his BFA, he has been developing, touring, and leading workshops with The Edge of Imagination Station (The E of IS), an interactive stop-motion animation lab. Johnny is particularly interested in creating a community-centered interactive art experience that encourages individuals to create rather than merely observe. With experimental workspaces and custom software, The E of IS has creatively empowered users at schools, museums, community centers and more! The Edge of Imagination Station creates a dynamic learning experience that can be customized to any lesson and can be integrated into any curriculum. Students can present what they have learned while practicing important skills such as: basic math, planning, working with technology, and communicating and collaborating with others. Workshops can be one day or multiple visits.

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Johnny Villarreal
4926 E. Cesar Chavez suite B.
Austin, TX  78702

phone 210/364-5123
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e-mail johnny@theedgeofimaginationstation.com
public performance/concert $400 - $1000
school performance $500 - $1200
website http://theedgeofimaginationstation.com

 

Vocal Majority

Vocal Majority

The Vocal Majority Chorus, America’s premier pops chorus, is a 100+ voice male a cappella chorus known for its mastery of technically demanding close harmony. All performing members of the Vocal Majority Chorus are non-paid volunteers. The Vocal Majority Chorus holds eleven gold medals in the International Choral Competition of the Barbershop Harmony Society, its professional organization. Each performance is customized from the chorus's master repertoire for each specific occasion.

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Brian Belcher
PO Box 3063
Coppell, TX  75019-3063

phone 800/867-6647
fax /
e-mail brian.belcher@att.net
public performance/concert $8000 - $12000
school performance $1500 - $5000
website http://www.vocalmajority.com

 

Redd Volkaert

Redd Volkaert

Redd Volkaert is arguably the best guitarist in a town (Austin) overflowing with them. Inspiring a cult of guitar twangers, Redd made his name as lead picker with Merle Haggard. He is an in-demand studio pro and guitar clinician in LA and Nashville but makes his home in Bastrop, TX. Redd plays everything from good ole country to honky tonk to western swing, is a great singer, and leads his own 4/5 piece band in everything honky tonk! He holds a GRAMMY for Best Country Instrumental Performance on Brad Paisley’s "Cluster Pluck." Watching him do those flashy licks like no other human being could ever do...you watch a master.

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Bill Penn
PO Box 1652
Manchaca, TX  78652

phone 512/771-8303
fax /
e-mail redcowbill@austin.rr.com
public performance/concert $1750 - $7500
school performance $750 - $1500
optional service workshops/camps $750 - $7500
website http://www.reddvolkaert.com

 

Melissa Waddy-Thibodeaux

Melissa Waddy-Thibodeaux

This professional performing artist and instructor has over 35 years of experience touring throughout the US and abroad. Melissa Waddy-Thibodeaux is sought after for historical performances which teach history, motivate, inspire, and promote literacy. She also works with incarcerated youth in Harris County teaching theatrics and historical re-enactment. Ms. Waddy-Thibodeaux is a co-author of "Places of the Underground Railroad" (Greenwood Press, 2010). One of her programs, "The Resurrection of Harriet Tubman in Escape to Freedom," travels worldwide, providing a historical account of this woman’s life story and showing how it relates to today. This national touring artist explores the lives of women in history and how their accomplishments made a difference in our country's history. Ms. Waddy-Thibodeaux portrays various women via costuming and theatrical storytelling techniques to teach US history. Harriet Tubman, Mrs. Rosa Parks, Ms. Lavinia Bell of Texas, "The Story of Bessie Coleman," and "The Buffalo Soldier Female Story" are all available for classroom and auditorium presentations, festivals, churches, libraries, and museums across the country.

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Melissa Waddy-Thibodeaux
PO Box 740606
Houston, TX  77274-0606

phone 713/884-9655
fax /
e-mail info@aflyinggeese.com
public performance/concert $650 - $1500
school performance $550 - $1100
website http://www.flyinggeese.org

 

Dale Watson

Dale Watson

Dale Watson is a country music maverick, a true outlaw carrying on where Waylon Jennings left off. Watson is an American country/Texas country singer, guitarist, songwriter, and self-published author based in Austin. He coined "Ameripolitan" as a new genre of original music and has positioned himself as a tattooed, stubbornly independent outsider who is interested in recording authentic country music. Doing just this, he has become a favorite of critics and alt-country fans, achieving national and international critical acclaim and receiving constant demand for appearances. Dale Watson tours fronting his band, the Lonestars, performing Watson’s original songs consisting of classic honky tonk, country and Western music that he best describes as "Ameripolitan." Watson tours all over the country, but can be found playing regularly at his Monday night residence at the Continental Club. He is also a regular performer at the Grand Ole Opry.

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Davis McLarty
4609 Eagle Feather Drive
Austin, TX  78735

phone 512/444-8750
fax /
e-mail davis@atomicmusicgroup.com
public performance/concert $3000 - $5000
school performance $2500 - $3500
website http://www.dalewatson.com

 

Lavelle White

Lavelle White

Long revered as a major figure in the history of Texas blues, Lavelle White continues to dazzle audiences with her energetic and soulful vocals and her rockin' blues band with ace players. She has been performing at concerts, clubs, and special events across the United States and Texas for years. "From her hits in the 1950's and '60's on Houston's Duke records through her later residency as the house vocalist at Chicago's legendary Kingston Mines, to her comeback over the last decade on Antone's Records, Lavelle has always been an avatar of 'true blues' and a class act" --Portland Oregonian. Lavelle offers concerts and mini-concerts for all sizes of venues.

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Nancy Fly
PO Box 90306
Austin, TX  78709-0306

phone 512/288-2023
fax 888/207-9561
e-mail nfly@nflyagency.com
public performance/concert $800 - $5000
school performance $750 - $3500
website http://www.nflyagency.com/artistpages/subset_lavelle.htm

 

Matt Wilson

Matt Wilson

Matt Wilson headlines numerous concerts and private events each year both as a solo performing artist and with the acclaimed Matt Wilson Band. In 2015 he released his 6th CD, “Hundred Bucks," and began limited touring with his most recent production, "Matt Wilson - On the Road and Off the Record." This Dallas native first gained national exposure as the "Piano-Man" in the First National Tour of the Billy Joel and Twyla Tharp Tony Award-winning musical "Movin' Out." In 2005, Matt was honored with a resolution by the Texas State Senate for his achievements in the area of fine arts. Drawing from his vast repertoire of original and pop/rock standards, Matt relates his experiences from over 20 years of performing on Broadway and throughout the world through story and song. While performing at schools, churches, concert venues, and theaters, Matt prefers to work with and incorporate students, church members, and local artists into his performances. The show’s material focuses on useful life lessons and “behind-the-curtain” practical entertainment know-how.

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Michael Mordecai
12400 Highway 71 West, Suite 350-177
Austin, TX  78738

phone 512/477-7777
fax /
e-mail mike@bbabooking.com
public performance/concert $500 - $7500
school performance $300 - $1500
website http://www.mattwilsonband.com/

 

WindSync

WindSync

Hailed by the Houston Chronicle as “revolutionary chamber musicians,” WindSync is North America’s foremost emerging wind quintet. The ensemble is internationally recognized for dramatic and engaging interpretations of classical music. The young, adventurous group plays exclusively from memory, including elements of staging and choreography, and focuses on building a connection with audiences through dynamic concert programming and charismatic stage presence. Supported annually by the Houston Arts Alliance and Chamber Music America, WindSync also specializes in educational assembly programs in schools, community outreach concerts, and concerts dedicated to children and families on the autistic spectrum. Their program “Something About a Rose” is a modern take on classical storytelling traditions with music inspired by Shakespeare. Highlights from the recital program include music from Romeo and Juliet by Sergei Prokofiev, Mendelssohn’s Overture to Midsummer Night’s Dream, and a creative parody of West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein. “Oh, the Places You'll Go” is an educational, family-friendly outreach program inspired by the poetry of Dr. Seuss including a unique choreographed version of Peter and the Wolf.

contact
Anni Hochhalter
220 Westmoreland
Houston, TX  77006

phone 832/639-4212
fax /
e-mail contact@windsync.org
public performance/concert $3500 - $8500
school performance $1000 - $3500
website http://www.windsync.org/

 

The Wonder Bread Years

The Wonder Bread Years

Pat Hazell is Chief Creative Officer of Sweetwood Productions in Austin. Showtime declared Hazell one of the five funniest people in America. His 25 years of experience as a writer, producer, and director have made him a go-to guy for new American theater. Hazell is one of the original writers for NBC’s "Seinfeld," a "Tonight Show" veteran, and a critically acclaimed playwright. Pat’s first endeavor, "Bunk Bed Brothers," was optioned by Columbia Pictures and filmed as the sitcom "American Pie" for NBC. Hazell’s signature work, "The Wonder Bread Years," aired on PBS and continues to tour the country theatrically. A fresh and funny salute to Americana, "The Wonder Bread Years" is a fast-paced, one-man show that hilariously illustrates our collective consciousness. Audiences across the country are enjoying a production that not only restores a much-needed sense of wonder, but leaves them laughing and savoring the past like never before. The Wonder Bread Years is a comic bulls-eye for Baby Boomers and has been hailed by Jerry Seinfeld as "milk-snorting funny!"

contact
Katie Goan
6407 Weatherwood Cove
Austin, TX  78746

phone 512/383-9498
fax /
e-mail katie@sweetwoodproductions.com
public performance/concert $6500 - $7500
optional service university/community college performances $6500 - $7500
website http://www.wonderbreadyears.com

 

Carolyn Wonderland

Carolyn Wonderland

A musical force evoking the soulful vocals of Janis Joplin and the guitar slinging skills of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Wonderland embodies the Texas blues tradition. As a teenager in Houston, she learned from Gulf Coast blues giants like Little Screamin' Kenny. Her breakthrough album release was 2008's Miss Understood, on Ray Benson's Bismeaux Records. From appearances on PBS's Austin City Limits to top slots at major festivals around the world, Wonderland's legendary performances, recordings, and songwriting confirm the unique power of the Texas blues tradition, and its promising future under her stewardship. Wonderland performs mostly original compositions in concert, adding a few rarer gems from the Texas blues tradition by artists such as Janis Joplin, Little Screamin' Kenny, Vince Welnick, and Rick Derringer. She is accompanied by Austin natives Cole El-Saleh (keyboards and bass) and Rob Hooper (drums). Together the trio performs a riveting musical presentation full of dynamics, inspiring vocals, and stirring instrument solos.

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MJ Mendell
PO Box 104
Austin, TX  78767

phone 512/444-9885 x 127
fax 512/444-4699
e-mail mj@asleepatthewheel.com
public performance/concert $2500 - $7500
school performance $1200 - $4500
website http://www.carolynwonderland.com

 

Drusilla Woods

Drusilla Woods

After 30 years of teaching, primarily in the speech/theater field, Dru entered the world of storytelling to educate, enrich, and entertain. She entwines music, puppetry, enthusiasm, energy, and story to create a memorable experience. Folktales, fractured fairy tales, historical stories, character-based stories, and original stories comprise a program that is adaptable for all ages. The presentations align with TEKS requirements in several subject areas. The keyboard, ukulele, pipe, didgeridoo, and rhythm instruments--coupled with puppets and audience participation--add atmosphere to each selection. Dru has presented in schools, libraries, hospitals, churches, and festivals. Touring offerings include: Texas Tales– a collection of tales, along with Texas facts, that have been “Texas-ized” to create a learning, entertaining experience; Folk Tales from Around the World- visits different cultures observing how traditions and morals are taught through indigenous tales and music; Animals Adapt- includes stories and scientific concepts of adaptation to nature by animals; Stories Your History Teacher Never Told You and Bullies Are Brats - programs that teach import lessons; Hooray for Heroes - explores character traits of heroes. Music and puppets accompany all programs.

contact
Dru Woods
2105 Holly Trail East
Holly Lake Ranch, TX  75765

phone 903/769-0702
fax /
e-mail druwoods@yahoo.com
public performance/concert $150 - $500
school performance $150 - $400
website http://www.storytellerdruwoods.com

 

Young Audiences of Houston

Young Audiences of Houston

***Artists covered by this listing are Stephen Bachicha, Marcy Bannor, Marsha Dorsey-Outlaw, Laura Gutierrez, Mark Ponder, and Priscilla Salisbury.*** For nearly 60 years, Young Audiences of Houston has educated and inspired children through creativity and the arts. Each year, Young Audiences of Houston reaches nearly 240,000 children through dance, music, theatre, and visual arts programming that aligns with the Texas state educational standards. Their roster includes individual professional artists who are trained to incorporate the arts into English, math, social studies, and science classrooms in unique and inspiring ways. Young Audiences of Houston offers flexible and customized fine arts workshops and professional development/in-service opportunities. All programs are highly interactive and incorporate key learning objectives that support students. Young Audiences of Houston plans to tour the Arts for Learning program. The program offers hands-on workshops which bring an individual artist to work with students in a more intimate and interactive setting. Classroom-sized audiences enable students to actively discover their own artistic potential, which enables workshops to be expanded into numerous sessions for multiple core-curriculum lessons. This collaborative approach allows the artist and students to work together through a multi-disciplinary and comprehensive approach to support student creativity.

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Mary Mettenbrink
4550 Post Oak Place, Suite 230
Houston, TX  77027

phone 713/520-9267
fax 713/552-0612
e-mail mary@yahouston.org
public performance/concert $250 - $1500
school performance $250 - $1500
optional service workshops $100 - $15000
website http://www.yahouston.org

 

Sue Young

Sue Young

Bilingual storyteller Sue Young has delighted audiences at museums, festivals, schools, and libraries around Texas and the US since 1994. An accomplished singer and songwriter, she received a 2013 Texas Music Awards nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year. Her CD "The Legend of the Quetzal" received a 2007 Parents’ Choice Silver Honor Award and she wrote the 2009 and 2011 Texas Summer Reading Club theme songs. Programs include Cantos Y Cuentos: Tales & Tunes of Latin America- a fun trip around Latin America through legends, folktales, classic and folk songs, and original bilingual songs; ¡Viva México! Celebrate Mexico- songs and stories from Mexico; Texican Tales and Tunes- cowboy songs, Mexican cantos, and stories showcasing the diverse cultural heritage of Texas; Songs from Texas to Argentina- a bilingual family concert; and Summer Reading Program– tailored to the presenter's theme and audience. Sue offers staff development sessions and workshops for adults, teens, and children.

contact
Sue  Young
PO Box 5786
Austin, TX  78763

phone 512/323-2414; 512-914-9553
fax /
e-mail sueyoungmusic@gmail.com
public performance/concert $350 - $1750
school performance $350 - $1250
website http://www.sueyoungmusic.com

 


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