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.
2609 Sherrill Park Dr.
Richardson, TX 75082
phone 972/231-4469; 214-497-9315
public performance/concert $250 - $1000
school performance $250 - $800
optional service workshop $250 - $750
optional service lecture $300 - $850
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.
4505 Bull Creek Rd
Austin, TX 78731
public performance/concert $1000 - $7500
school performance $750 - $2000
optional service workshops/camps $750 - $3500
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.
168 Private Road
Waco, TX 76708
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
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.
3710 Cedar #19
Austin, TX 78705
public performance/concert $750 - $2500
school performance $300 - $1500
optional service student workshops $150 - $300
optional service youth/elder retreat $1000 - $2500
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.
723 S. Brazos Street
San Antonio, TX 78207
public performance/concert $4000 - $14000
school performance $2500 - $8000
optional service mini-performance $1500 - $5000
optional service lecture-demo $1500 - $5000
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.
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.
2023 E. Cesar Chavez Street
Austin, TX 78702
public performance/concert $1500 - $12500
school performance $1200 - $6500
optional service commission $5000 - $50000
optional service composition for film, theater, dance, etc. $5000 - $35000