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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

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.

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

phone 512/587-9818
fax /
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
fax /
e-mail tom@concertedefforts.com
public performance/concert $3000 - $15000
website http://www.ruthiefoster.com/

 


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