Elizabeth Kahura is a native of Kenya, Africa. Living in the United States since 1995, she has shared African knowledge 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 festivals 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 United States. African Safari comprises seven program choices adaptable to all ages. They include: A Day in Africa- highlights geography and culture; Folktales from Africa- highlights stories and poems of Africa; A Jungle Walk- highlights the flora and fauna of Africa; Sound of Africa- highlights story, music, and dance; African Art- highlights carvings, clothing, and instruments; Kwanzaa- a community celebration that highlights TEKS; and Embracing Diversity- workshops for adults. Elizabeth received a 2017 "Mashujaa" (heroes) award in recognition for "Cultural Preservation and Awareness." Photo by Andrew John.
5011 Daymon Court
Hutto, TX 78634
public performance/concert $500 - $2,500
school performance $350 - $2,500
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $1000
State Artist Shelley King
Shelley King, 2008 Texas State Musician, has been an ambassador of the Austin, Texas sound for twenty years. She is a self assured combination of singer and songwriter, who is both a successful solo artist and formidable band leader. King’s blend of blues, folk, country, soul and rock led her to be the first woman appointed by the Texas Legislature to represent the state as it’s Official Musician. She has won Austin Music Awards for Song of the Year and Best Roots Rock Band. Shelley has released 7 albums to rave reviews and radio chart success. King tours Texas and the US performing almost nightly at intimate concerts and major venues and festivals. Her songs have been recorded by numerous national and international artists. She is available to perform as a solo, duo, trio or band, acoustic or electric. She has also conducted song writing and team building work shops at both schools and major corporations.
PO Box 33097
Austin, TX 78764
public performance/concert $400 - $7,000
school performance $200 - $2,000
A massive force of percussion and electronics, The Kraken Quartet is a genre-crossing group known for its highly energetic and engaging performances. Since their formation in 2012, the Austin-based group has been heralded for merging elements of indie rock, minimalism, post-rock, electronica, and the avant-garde. Currently based in Austin, TX, The Kraken Quartet maintains an active schedule, regularly performing both at home and on the road. The group has performed as part of several festivals and concert series in Texas and around the country. The ensemble also has a strong educational initiative, most recently working with students at the University of Texas at Austin, Ithaca College, and Belmont University. Together they host workshops focused on collaborative composition, and playing music together in a group setting, helping to supply students with the tools they need to grow. After forming at Ithaca College, members of The Kraken Quartet pursued graduate degrees at the Eastman School of Music, Indiana University, the University of Texas at Austin, and the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. The Kraken Quartet is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Photo by Evan Chapman.
3506 Harmon Ave
Austin, TX 78705
public performance/concert $600 - $3,000
school performance $600 - $3,000
travel/per diem/lodging $100 - $1,000
Sue excites and connects to family audiences by taking them on journeys through her multicultural folktales, fairy tales, urban legends and personal stories from around the world. Using words, music, puppetry, and even string figures, she engages active participation among listeners, mesmerizing even the most reluctant of kids. Sue's storytelling passion and energy originated from her 32 years as an elementary teacher and librarian in San Antonio. She has performed at multiple schools, libraries, and festivals throughout Texas such as the Texas Folklife Festival, the George West Storyfest, and the UTSA and Tejas Storytelling Festivals. Performances include but are not limited to: "Multicultural Tales from Around the World," "Stories for the 7 Habits of Happy Kids,” "Storytelling and Writing for 3rd-7th graders,” "Stringing You Along: String Figures in Stories,” "Tales to Chill Your Bones,” and "Urban Legends for Tweens.” As a frequent presenter of workshops on integrating storytelling into the classroom, Sue has motived several schools to begin their own storytelling clubs empowering students to find their own voices. Family members telling stories to each other at home is her dream and through her modeling and encouragement, stories will live for generations to come! Photo by Chuck Kuentz.
151 Saur Road
Bulverde, TX 78163
public performance/concert $500 - $2,000
school performance $600 - $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $300 - $2,000
Kim Lehman is a storyteller, musician, workshop presenter, honey bee educator, and author. For over 30 years, she has performed at hundreds of festivals, schools, libraries, and museums including being a featured teller at the Texas Storytelling Festival. Each entertaining and educational program includes a variety of stories and songs that can be tailored to each audience and venue. Kim is a well-known educator best known for her dynamic, practical workshops featuring easy-to-implement activities for librarians, teachers and parents. She has presented over 140 workshops throughout Texas. Some popular topics include using music, storytelling, puppets, art, science, and literature with children. The Stories and Songs program combines songs, stories, props, poetry, puppets, and participation for preschool, elementary ages, and families. Possible themes include folktales around the world, pioneers, fairy tales, space, and more. All Together Now is an intergenerational program, bringing together children and senior citizens. Science programs range from Aerodynamics to The Buzz About Bees, a program about honey bees with participation, music, props, and optional hands-on activities. Known as the Bee Lady, Kim is the author of Beekeeper's Lab: 52 Family-Friendly Activities and Experiments Exploring the Life of the Hive. Photo by Mark Wieland.
PO Box 2743
Austin, TX 78768
public performance/concert $250 - $1,000
school performance $250 - $1,000
travel/per diem/lodging 0 - $1,000
With rockabilly roots and a heartache-meets-honky-tonk voice, Kelly Willis has been labeled a country ingenue. As a new traditionalist singer-songwriter, her tunes effortlessly combine the storytelling and strings aspects of country music and the driving force of rock. Kelly Willis is the alluring voice and songwriting talent who pioneered both Americana and the Texas young country scene with her debut album in 1990, and has since, over the course of five more gems, proven how she can do it all from contemporary to traditional and beyond with finesse, smarts and irresistible charm. Photo by Todd V. Wolfson.
4425 S. Mopac Expy Building 2, Suite 300
Austin, TX 78735
public performance/concert $5,000 - $7,500
school performance $4,000 - $6,500
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $1,000