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.
3310 Louisiana St., Apt. 2414
Houston, TX 77006
public performance/concert $2500 - $6000
school performance $2500 - $6000
State Artist Marcia Ball
Texas-born, Louisiana-raised pianist, songwriter and vocalist Marcia Ball, the 2018 Texas State Musician, has won worldwide fame and countless fans with her ability to ignite a full-scale roadhouse rhythm and blues party every time she takes the stage. Her rollicking Texas boogies, swampy New Orleans ballads and groove-laden Gulf Coast blues have made her a one-of-a-kind favorite with music lovers worldwide. Over the course of her five-decade career, Ball has recorded 15 solo albums, including six for Alligator Records (four of them Grammy-nominated). With each new release, including 2018’s Shine Bright, Ball’s reputation as a profoundly soulful singer, a boundlessly talented pianist and a courageous, inventive songwriter continues to grow. She draws her listeners deep into her music with instantly memorable melodies and imaginative imagery. Her songs paint vibrant musical pictures richly detailed with recognizable characters, regional flavors, universal themes and colorful scenes. Marcia’s love of the road has led to years of soul-satisfying performances at festivals, concert halls and clubs. The New York Times says, “Marcia Ball plays two-fisted New Orleans barrelhouse piano and sings in a husky, knowing voice about all the trouble men and women can get into on the way to a good time.” Photo: Mary Bruton.
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."
501 W. 3rd St.
Austin, TX 78701
public performance/concert $5000 - $25000
school performance $1500 - $2500
optional service residency $1500 - $15000
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.
Houston, TX 77009
public performance/concert $700 - $1000
school performance $500 - $1000
optional service performance of $700 - $1500
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.
12400 Texas HWY 71 #350-177
Austin, TX 78738
public performance/concert $2000 - $6000
school performance $1500 - $4000
optional service workshops/camps $1500 - $4000
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.
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8127 Mesa Dr. B 206-245
Austin, TX 78759
public performance/concert $500 - $3500
school performance $750 - $3500
optional service festival - workshop $500 - $1500
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.
2004 Maple Avenue
Austin, TX 78722
public performance/concert $5000 - $50000
school performance $3000 - $15000
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.
9109 Wampton Way
Austin, TX 78749
public performance/concert $2000 - $6000
school performance $1500 - $4000
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.
PO Box 1821
Austin, TX 78767
public performance/concert $3500 - $50000
school performance $3000 - $10000
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.
PO Box 233
Denton, TX 76202
public performance/concert $2000 - $6000
school performance $1800 - $4000
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
3630 Harry Hines Blvd. #36
Dallas, TX 75219
public performance/concert $2000 - $8000
school performance $1500 - $4000
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.
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.
P.O. Box 927
Blanco, TX 78606
public performance/concert $3500 - $20000
school performance $750 - $2500
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."
7933 Vinewood Lane
Austin, TX 78757
public performance/concert $300 - $1200
school performance $250 - $1200
optional service lecture-demos $300 - $1200
optional service workshops $300 - $1200
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.
4609 Eagle Feather Drive
Austin, TX 78735
public performance/concert $2500 - $10000
school performance $750 - $1000
optional service workshop/camp $1000 - $3000