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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

Lannaya West African Drum & Dance Ensemble

Lannaya West African Drum & Dance Ensemble

Austin-based Lannaya West African Drum & Dance Ensemble is a 13-member troupe of talented drummers and dancers, all trained in traditional drum/dance from West Africa to the Caribbean. Multicultural and dynamic, Lannaya performs intricate and intoxicating dances to rhythms of the African Diaspora. Live drumming drives gesture, music, audience participation, history, and folkore to encourage audiences to move! Lannaya has performed at Austin’s Paramount Theatre, One World Theatre, and the Levitt Pavilion for the Arts in Arlington, as well as many outdoor festivals, including Austin City Limits, First Night, Austin New Year, F1-FanFest, Violet Crown Festival, and the Waco Cultural Arts Fest. "The Rhythm of West Africa" features performance on traditional West African drums, vibrantly costumed dancers, a brief history of instruments, and call/response songs in SuSu (a Guinea language). The program can be tailored per presenter, and complements TEKS standards by introducing music vocabulary, authentic instruments, and dance. Mini-ensemble performances feature selected repertoire. Suitable for small/large audiences and diverse facilities. Lannaya also offers interactive instructional workshops in dance and drum technique incorporated in classroom, family, and other group activities.

contact
Tonya Pennie
PO Box 40577
Austin, TX  78704

phone 855/526-6292
fax /
e-mail dance@lannaya.org
public performance/concert $3300 - $5700
school performance $750 - $2500
optional service mini-performance $1500 - $3300
website http://www.lannaya.org/

 

Las Tesoros de San Antonio

Las Tesoros de San Antonio

Las Tesoros de San Antonio are a group of elder women performers whose incredible singing careers soared both locally and internationally in the 1940s, 50s and 60s. They include Rita “La Calandria” Vidaurri, Beatriz “La Paloma del Norte” Llamas, and Blanca “Blanquita Rosa” Rodriguez. A fourth member, Janet “Perla Tapatia” Cortez, passed away in 2014. Through the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, these musical icons have re-emerged and joined forces to preserve and celebrate the rich cultural traditions of South Texas, inspiring audiences with nostalgia and pride in their roots. Las Tesoros de San Antonio perform a variety of musical styles including conjunto and norteño, boleros, mariachi, trio, and tango. Rita Vidaurri, “La Calandria,” is also known for incorporating jokes into her performances. Each singer, with her personal style and grace, forms part of this unique ensemble, representing the unique sound of the Mexico/Texas border and of San Antonio. Touring performances may include individual as well as group concerts, with accompaniment by trio or mariachi. Film screenings of the full-length documentary, “Las Tesoros: A Westside Story” will also be available, along with a presentation or Q&A session with Las Tesoros.

contact
Graciela Sanchez
922 San Pedro Ave.
San Antonio, TX  78212

phone 210/228-0201
fax 210/228-0000
e-mail graciela@esperanzacenter.org
public performance/concert $1200 - $6000
school performance $1200 - $6000
optional service platica/presentation $100 - $300
optional service film screening $100 - $500
website http://www.esperanzacenter.org/LasTesoros/

 

Laser Spectacles

Laser Spectacles

Laser Spectacles has been producing laser light shows since 1985. The company has focused upon both entertainment shows for festivals and city celebrations as well as cutting edge laser art. Company president Tim Walsh has developed new techniques and built special equipment to project "laser mapping," laser lumia, and stereoscopic 3D laser graphics. Tim has won acclaim for achieving true "laser synaesthesia" by composing original "laser music" using the laser control signals as a sound source for the audio as well as simultaneously controlling the laser images and beams. He has used this technique to accompany original compositions on saxophone, accordion, and uilleann pipes. Laser Spectacles will tour a laser art show immersing audiences in "laser synaesthesia" and lumia effects, and 3D stereoscopic laser graphics. An important part of the presentation is preparing the audience to understand what they are about to experience by introducing individual aspects of the performance before each piece.

contact
Timothy Walsh
PO Box 1535
San Marcos, TX  78667

phone 512/392-4600
fax 512/392-4601
e-mail laserinfo@laserspectacles.com
public performance/concert $2500 - $7500
school performance $2500 - $5500
website http://www.laserspectacles.com

 

Le Theatre de Marionette

Le Theatre de Marionette

Le Theatre de Marionette’s repertoire of storybook classics and variety shows has delighted audiences across Texas since 1985. Known for its theaters operating from 1990-2004 in Dallas, Fort Worth, and Arlington, Le Theatre’s DFW-based touring company performs in a multitude of small and large venues from schools, libraries, and museums to malls, civic centers, and festivals. Featuring one-of-a-kind marionette puppets, designed and built by a team of local artists, Le Theatre’s cabaret and bridge performances are family-friendly, kid-tested and teacher-approved. Educational, interactive puppetry classes and marionette-making workshops are popular add-ons to round out the Le Theatre experience. Clients select online from among three levels, or tiers, of shows such as storybook classics, variety acts, and holiday specials appropriate for intimate, mid-size, and large venues. Levels I and II offer cabaret, or open stage performances characterized by visible, black-clad puppeteers. Larger venues might opt for the company's bridge productions, featuring long-strung marionettes, sets and drops and stage lighting. All Le Theatre puppets are designed and crafted in Flower Mound, Texas by numerous artists.

contact
Kent Williams
2201 Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, TX  75207

phone 469/744-3436; 214-761-SHOW
fax 972/874-0003
e-mail kabukimankent@yahoo.com
public performance/concert $475 - $3000
school performance $475 - $950
website http://geppettostheater.com

 

Kim Lehman

Kim Lehman

Everyone loves a good story. Kim Lehman has been telling tales and singing songs for many years, first as a way to entertain younger cousins and now as a professional storyteller, musician, puppeteer, science educator, and workshop presenter. "I could not believe how well Kim kept the children’s attention. I laughed so hard at the stories and the nose whistle that I almost fell out of my chair. I needed that!" Known as the Bee Lady, Kim writes a column for a beekeeping magazine and is the founder of an international kids club called Bee Buddies. The Tales and Tunes program is a combination of songs, stories, sign language, props, poetry, puppets, and participation that can be tailored to each audience and venue. Possible Tales and Tunes themes are world cultures, pioneers, fairy tales, space, and more. The Buzz About Bees shares many interesting tidbits about honey bees with participation, music, props, and optional hands-on activities. All Together Now is an inter-generational program, bringing together children and senior citizens for a highly participatory program.

contact
Kim Lehman
PO Box 2743
Austin, TX  78768

phone 512/627-0113
fax /
e-mail kim.lehman@sbcglobal.net
public performance/concert $250 - $700
school performance $250 - $1200
optional service workshops $250 - $1200
website http://www.kimlehman.com

 

Light Crust Doughboys

Light Crust Doughboys

The Light Crust Doughboys (the State of Texas' Official Music Ambassadors as proclaimed by the Texas Legislature) are touring Texas with perhaps the most exciting stage show in the band's 84-year history. Present Doughboys include Dion Pride (son of Charley), Randy Wills (cousin of Bob), Mr. Violin Showmanship Marek Eneti, and Doughboy veterans Art Greenhaw, and Jim Baker. The group covers the state from the smallest hamlet to the largest city, from the most intimate art gallery to the largest festival, with music that launched Doughboy Bob Wills and hundreds of others. The Light Crust Doughboys tour with their 84-year Texas history of country blues, old-time fiddle music, Texas western swing, rockabilly, cowboy, and a sprinkling of patriotic, spiritual, and pop music. Full symphonic arrangements to Doughboys' hit songs are available upon request. Ballet and modern dance collaborations are possible and have been highly successful in past touring years.

contact
Art Greenhaw
105 S. Broad St.
Mesquite, TX  75149

phone 972/285-5618
fax /
e-mail artgreenhaw@webtv.net
public performance/concert $3500 - $10000
school performance $1000 - $4000
optional service lecture-demo $1000 - $4000
optional service symphony or dance collaboration $3500 - $10000
website http://www.lightcrustdoughboys.org

 

Line Upon Line Percussion

Line Upon Line Percussion

Formed in 2009, line upon line percussion is committed to seeking new ways for percussion instruments to advance contemporary art music by performing newly commissioned works alongside existent masterpieces, for adventurous and curious listeners. To date, the ensemble has commissioned and premiered a dozen new works for percussion. In 2011, the Austin-based trio released a disc of commissioned, homegrown music and premiered their award-winning project, "seeing times are not hidden," a site-specific work for custom chimes. April 2013 brought the North American premiere of Hugues Dufourt's massive, evening-length masterpiece, "Erewhon." After nominations in 2011 and 2012, the trio was named Best Ensemble by the Austin Critics' Table in 2013. line upon line percussion's programs primarily consist of new works for percussion trio (written specifically for the group) alongside staples from the repertoire. The ensemble also aims to assemble well-balanced programs demonstrating the wide range of colors, textures, and timbres that percussion offers.

contact
Matthew Teodori
PO Box 49890
Austin, TX  78765

phone 512/944-5785
fax /
e-mail lineuponlinepercussion@gmail.com
public performance/concert $1500 - $3000
school performance $600 - $1200
website http://lineuponlinepercussion.org

 

State Artist Ken Little

State Artist Ken Little

Ken Little, 2014 Texas State Visual Artist - 3-D, is a visual artist and a musician. Since 1988, he has maintained an art studio in San Antonio. He has exhibited his work in sculpture, nationally, and internationally. He has received many awards and honors, including his current designation as the 2014 Texas State 3 Dimensional Artist of the year. Ken is also a singer/songwriter and a composer. Ken performs solo, or with the bands: Rodeo Ho Ho and, The Swingbillies. Ken was born in 1947 and raised on the high plains of the Texas Panhandle. There he cut his teeth early, on the music of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, Willie Nelson, and Hank Williams. He would later be influenced by Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, and others. His contemporary influences include Terry Allen, Billy Joe Shaver, Lyle Lovett, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Randy Newman, and more. Performances can be as simple as Ken, solo with guitar. Additional side musicians, which could include a fiddle, mandolin, bass, drums, and/or steel guitar are possible. The size of the band is tailored to fit the venue and the budget. The repertoire includes Little’s original music, as well as, covers of classic country, western swing, and Rock and Roll. Ken has one published CD of original music titled “Simple America” which is available via his email.

contact
Ken Little
PO Box 830085
San Antonio, TX  78283-0085

phone 210/229-9994; 210-364-9994
fax /
e-mail kdlittle@sbcglobal.net
public performance/concert $200 - $1000
school performance $150 - $1500
website http://kenlittle.com

 

Los Texmaniacs

Los Texmaniacs

"Los Texmaniacs of San Antonio are probably the best conjunto band out there today. Led by Flaco Jimenez's longtime bajo sexto player Max Baca. Jr., Los Tex puts drive in their polkas, boleros and rancheras, while staying true to the music of the pioneers."- Michael Corcoran. Founded by Max Baca, a legend on the bajo sexto, and featuring his nephew on button accordion, Los Texmaniacs are a product of his wide-ranging experience touring and recording with everyone from his father's family conjunto, Flaco Jimenenz, the original Texas Tornados, Los Super Seven, and even the Rolling Stones. The band offers concerts; lecture-demos on the conjunto music tradition, bajo sexto, and button accordion; school shows; and master classes.

contact
J. Garza
7123 Mountain Brook
San Antonio, TX  78244

phone 210/362-8201
fax /
e-mail texmaniacs@gmail.com
public performance/concert $2000 - $7500
school performance $750 - $3500
website http://www.texmaniacs.com

 

Lost and Nameless Orchestra

Lost and Nameless Orchestra

They are not sure when people began lumping all folk music into soft or subtle categories. Sometimes it just doesn’t always apply. If you’ve ever experienced the Lost and Nameless Orchestra, you know exactly what they’re talking about. Chris Peterson and Patrick Conway first met in St. Louis in 1993, and they made an instant connection between performing traditional fiddle tunes and their original songs. Moving to Austin in 2006, they added multi-instrumentalist/fiddler Kimberly Zielnicki and keyboardist Nathan Quiring. All of this talent in one band is mind-blowing, and it surely explains their fierce and varied live performances. To play the kinds of music the Lost and Nameless Orchestra wants to play-- and this is a quartet capable of Irish fiddle tunes, pop-folk ballads, Eastern European jazz numbers, contemporary country and more-- they've all picked up new instruments to serve the music: Patrick on harmonica to Nathan's accordion to Kimberly's bass guitar to Chris' lap steel. Their innate talents allow them to make switching instruments and genres easy, from western swing to gypsy jazz.

contact
Book Lost and Nameless
PO Box 40882
Austin, TX  78704

phone 512/256-3706
fax /
e-mail booklostandnameless@gmail.com
public performance/concert $1000 - $5000
school performance $750 - $1500
optional service workshops/camps $750 - $2000
website http://www.lostandnameless.com/

 

Lucas Miller

Lucas Miller

Imagine an auditorium packed with kids who are laughing, smiling, singing, and dancing as they learn about the migrations of monarch butterflies, the importance of wetlands, the life cycle of bluebonnets, and much more. Picture how happy their educators and parents will be, knowing that this performance fulfills a wealth of educational objectives. This is what you’ll enjoy when you bring Lucas Miller, the “singing zoologist,” to your event. With a degree in zoology and over twenty years’ experience working with kids, Lucas’ dynamic, multimedia presentations are celebrated across the continent for their unique blend of humor, arts, and accurate science. Typically 45-50 minutes, each of Lucas' multimedia programs addresses a major science theme such as life cycles, adaptations, ocean ecology, and endangered species. Programs normally feature 4-5 original songs and 1-2 stories to teach about photosynthesis, food webs, metamorphosis, symbiosis, and other age-appropriate science content. With a blend of humor and interaction, Lucas aims to create a dynamic, memorable experience for students and to provide educational touch points for educators and parents.

contact
Lucas Miller
12805 Winding Creek Rd.
Austin, TX  78736

phone 512/567-2626
fax 512/373-3145
e-mail jlucasmiller@gmail.com
public performance/concert $350 - $1700
school performance $450 - $1700
website http://www.lucasmiller.net

 

Lavelle White

Lavelle White

Long revered as a major figure in the history of Texas blues, Lavelle White continues to dazzle audiences with her energetic and soulful vocals and her rockin' blues band with ace players. She has been performing at concerts, clubs, and special events across the United States and Texas for years. "From her hits in the 1950's and '60's on Houston's Duke records through her later residency as the house vocalist at Chicago's legendary Kingston Mines, to her comeback over the last decade on Antone's Records, Lavelle has always been an avatar of 'true blues' and a class act" --Portland Oregonian. Lavelle offers concerts and mini-concerts for all sizes of venues.

contact
Nancy Fly
PO Box 90306
Austin, TX  78709-0306

phone 512/288-2023
fax 888/207-9561
e-mail nfly@nflyagency.com
public performance/concert $800 - $5000
school performance $750 - $3500
website http://www.nflyagency.com/artistpages/subset_lavelle.htm

 


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