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
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.
1420 4th Avenue, Suite #20
Canyon, TX 79015
public performance/concert $250 - $1000
school performance $150 - $1000
optional service lecture $500 - $1000
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."
Adah Leah Wolf
200 S. Bass St.
McKinney, TX 75069
public performance/concert $600 - $1700
school performance $500 - $1600
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."
6218 Wofford Ave.
Dallas, TX 75227
public performance/concert $200 - $600
school performance $350 - $900
optional service keynote $250 - $700
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.
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.
3535 Main St.
Houston, TX 77002-9529
public performance/concert $300 - $20000
school performance $750 - $895
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.
Perryton, TX 79070
public performance/concert $1000 - $4000
school performance $1000 - $4000
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.”
2104 Old York Dr.
Keller, TX 76248
public performance/concert $125 - $650
school performance $400 - $950
optional service residency services $1650 - $3250
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.
446 Northwest Mall
Houston, TX 77092
public performance/concert $595 - $3000
school performance $595 - $3000
optional service workshops $500 - $1500
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.
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PO Box 685335
Austin, TX 78768
public performance/concert $2500 - $5000
school performance $750 - $3000
optional service workshops/camps $750 - $3000
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.
5011 Daymon Court
Hutto, TX 78634
public performance/concert $300 - $1200
school performance $300 - $1200
optional service optional libraries $250 - $350
optional service optional service workshops $300 - $1500
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.
3209 Lawndale Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76133
public performance/concert $650 - $1600
school performance $350 - $1200
optional service concerto with orchestra $1400 - $3200