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 has been under the capable leadership of Artistic Director/Choreographer Stephen Mills for nearly two decades. 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; in festivals and choreographic competitions; and on tour in Canada, France, Italy, Slovenia, Israel, and China. 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 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 offers on-campus workshops for K-12th grade students including the interactive school performances Build-a-Ballet and Dance Revolutions as well as year-long campus residency programs Leaps and No Bounds and Dance in the Classroom. Photo by Tony Spielberg.
501 W 3rd Street
Austin, TX 78701
public performance/concert $3,500 ? $150,000
school performance $500 ? $3,000
travel/per diem/lodging $500 ? $10,000
Beto and the Fairlanes
The music of Beto and the Fairlanes is magical, cross-cultural incantations of salsa, jazz, rock and Latin influences with irresistible dance rhythms and visions of the tropics. With 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 an 8- to 10-piece Latin-influenced ensemble, including horns, guitar, drums, percussion, bass, and keys. The repertoire includes original Latin, jazz and jazz/rock tunes. Photo by Jessie Rodriguez.
12400 Texas Hwy 71 #350-177
Austin, TX 78738
public performance/concert $2,000 - $6,000
school performance $1,500 - $4,000
travel/per diem/lodging $200 - $2,500
Acclaimed singer-songwriter BettySoo performs solo and with bands, and leads workshops on songwriting, voice, performance, harmony, and guitar. Since the release of her celebrated album Heat Sin Water Skin, she has toured extensively with her band and with Canadian dobro master Doug Cox, with whom she released two albums of songs penned by friends and heroes. In the past decade, BettySoo has toured nine countries throughout Europe and North America, sharing stages with such luminaries as Nikki Giovanni, Alejandro Escovedo, James McMurtry, Eliza Gilkyson, Jimmy Lafave, Albert Lee, the McCoury Family Band, Kim Richey, and Michael Fracasso, among others. Awards include Mountain Stage New Song Winner, Big Top Chautauqua Songwriter of the Year, and the Austin Asian Image Award, among others. 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. BettySoo has taught workshops at Berklee College of Music, John Brown University, Folk Alliance International Music Camp, Acoustic Alaska Guitar Camp, Kerrville Folk Festival Songwriting School, Sisters Folk Festival Song School, and University of Mary Hardin Baylor. Photo by Valerie Fremin.
7513 Hart Lane
Austin, TX 78731
public performance/concert $500 - $3,500
school performance $750 - $3,500
travel/per diem/lodging $150 - $1,000
Ringleader, co-founder, and mechanical engineering graduate of UT Austin, Jeremy Rosen and the Bike Zoo create life-long memories. Since first unveiling their creations at the Austin First Night Parade in 2005, the Bike Zoo has grown rapidly. Since its inception, millions of people have experienced the Bike Zoo at festivals and schools across the US and in Mexico, and the group looks forward to visiting every city and representing Texas proudly! The Bike Zoo presents a magical, immersive, and interactive environment for people of all ages. A unique and truly original addition to any festival, public space, corporate, family, or educational event, the ever-growing menagerie of giant, playful, interactive, hand-built creatures includes the Giant 80-foot Rattlesnake, many Giant Butterflies, the Beloved Bat, the Fanciful Owl, a Majestic Bald Eagle, Praying Mantis, Bicycle Carousel, and the latest, the Giant Armadillo! The Bike Zoo will engage visitors of all ages and captivate the imaginations of those who see or interact with their larger-than-life Zoo. The hand-built creatures can act as static or moving backdrops, rides for patrons or VIPs, and as stages or mobile activity booths, some of which seat many, including guests with special needs. Photo by Edgar Valdes.
2004 Maple Avenue
Austin, TX 78722
public performance/concert $3,000 - $45,000
school performance $2,000 - $5,000
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $5,000
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, harness work, Spanish web 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.
Austin, TX 78767
public performance/concert $3,500 - $30,000
school performance $3,000 - $10,000
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $25,000
For nearly four 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. Photo by Jane Finch.
PO Box 233
Denton, TX 76202
public performance/concert $2,000 - $6,000
school performance $1,800 - $4,000
travel/per diem/lodging $300 - $600
Bruce Wood Dance
Bruce Wood Dance is a compelling, contemporary dance company built on the vision and prolific creativity of nationally acclaimed Texas choreographer Bruce Wood (1960-2014). Under the artistic direction of Kimi Nikaidoh, BWD presents engaging performances that harness the power of dance as a tool for entertainment, enrichment, and healing. During his lifetime Wood created more than 80 works ranging from fiercely athletic, to hilarious, to poignant. Nikaidoh curates programming that offers exciting theatrical experiences of Wood's repertoire along with new commissions from emerging dance-makers within the company and nationally celebrated choreographers such as 2017 Princess Grace awardee Bryan Arias, 2017 Bessie-nominated Katarzyna Skarpetowska, and Texas-based Andy + Dionne Noble. Touring programs are designed to presenters' specifications to provide a lasting impact. Education outreach master classes feature key movement elements and excerpts from Wood's dances. Specialized classes are designed to bring joy, healing, and inspiration of rhythm and motion to ‘kids’ of all ages. Engagement activities feature talks on the dance-making process and post-performance Q+A’s. BWD was honored as Best Dance Company by D Magazine in 2017, 2014, and 2013 and included in every annual Dallas Fort Worth Top Ten in Dance List since 2011. Photo by Jennifer Fermaint.
3630 Harry Hines Blvd. #36
Dallas, TX 75219
public performance/concert $500 - $8,000
school performance $400 - $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $25- $4,000
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, Texas Western Swing Music Hall of Famer, is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, arranger, producer, composer, and first call session musician. He has recorded and performed on stage with the legendary and late Ray Price. He toured with Mr. Price for five years as his first fiddle/violin, and led the string section. He has also shared the stage and recorded with Willie Nelson, Johnny Bush, Red Steagall, and Doug Sahm...just to name a few. He has been featured on over 500 albums, CDs and singles, including performances on major labels. You can hear Bobby's music on great classic country radio all over the world. This GRAMMY Award winner can be seen on RFD TV's "Tru-Country" and "Midwest Country Music Show" regularly. Most recently, he was inducted into the Independent Country Music Hall of Fame in September 2017 at the Josie Music Awards in Nashville, TN. Bobby Flores and the Yellow Rose Band perform as a six-piece traditional country & western swing band for dance halls, theaters, opries, rodeos and private engagements. Photo by Shot-in-Texas.
PO Box 927
Blanco, TX 78606
public performance/concert $3,750 - $20,000
school performance $750 - $3,000
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $1,200
Multiple award-winning English storyteller/actress/writer Bernadette Nason has studied all over the world, including Guildford Acting School. She's the author of "Tea in Tripoli: A Memoir," appears in movies like "Miss Congeniality" and regional theatrical productions, and has performed on four continents. She's been Houston's biggest liar, and is currently "The Biggest Liar in Texas." Believing the power and influence of live storytelling can change the world, Nason produces delightful programs of multicultural stories, mixing traditional telling with creative drama. Her acclaimed programs include ethnic world tales, holiday themes, and personal family yarns. With shows suitable for all ages, she presents in schools, libraries, festivals, conferences, theaters, museums, and retirement communities. Working closely with educators, Bernadette offers uplifting, interactive stories with content supporting character development and academic testing requirements. Need a specific program? Nason can tailor accordingly. With over 30 years' experience, she has hundreds of stories available (regularly preparing fresh ones) but programs are compiled seasonally for ease of selection and booking. Always available: collections for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Chinese New Year, Black History Month, Valentine's Day, Legends of Texas Flowers, St. Patrick's Day, Cinco de Mayo. New: "Jewels from India" and "More from Merrie England." Photo by Beth Burns.
2900 West Anderson Lane, C200/302
Austin, TX 78757
public performance/concert $350 - $2,000
school performance $350 - $1,500
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $2,000
In regard to the Lone Star State's finest tunesmiths, Bruce Robison lands at the top of the heap. His songwriting turned the heads of some of the industry’s biggest artists and took them to the top of the charts (Dixie Chicks’ No. 1 version of "Travelin’ Soldier," George Strait’s recording of "Wrapped” and the beautiful Tim McGraw/Faith Hill rendition of "Angry All The Time,” to name a few). While those achievements might be considered the pinnacle of a music career to some, Robison has never been one to rest on his laurels. Bruce continues to actively tour with his amazingly talented wife and country music staple, Kelly Willis. He also is one-third of the acclaimed Unleashed Live Tour (with brother Charlie Robison and longtime friend Jack Ingram) and performs regularly fronting his band, the Back Porch Band. Additionally, Bruce has brought his creative country music brainchild, "The Next Waltz," to life. The new web series and multi-platform music delivery concept created by Bruce hosts industry icons talking about and performing the songs that shaped them and so many others. Copyright 2017 Bruce Robison, all rights reserved.
1305 Clinton St Ste 210
Nashville, TN 37203
public performance/concert $5,000 - $7,500
school performance $4,000 - $6,500
travel/per diem/lodging $300-500