Texas Commission on the Arts
Texas Touring Roster for performances from September 1, 2018-August 31, 2020

2018-2020
Texas Touring Roster

Lizza Connor

Lizza Connor

Lizza Connor presents: "Hoopla! Healthy Songs, Happy Kids," a dynamic, interactive live experience. As an entertainer who has performed for thousands of kids over the past few years across Texas, Lizza Connor employs music & movement to teach and inspire communities to live healthier. A dynamic live performer, Lizza brings her interactive, one-of-a-kind program "Hoopla! Healthy Songs, Happy Kids" to schools, libraries, community events, and more. With her award-winning, health-centric lyrics, Lizza leads audiences of all ages through fun sing-a-longs, live instrument play and fresh, choreographed dance moves. Lizza's latest CD, Commander Salamander, won the prestigious Parent's Choice Silver Award, placing it among the best children’s music in the nation. Her CD and inventive "Hoopla!" program are unique and creative ways to combat skyrocketing childhood obesity and metabolic diseases by getting children and families singing, moving and learning about healthy lifestyle (nutrition, physical activity, hygiene and self esteem). Additionally, Connor, among several others, was recently tapped by artist Jack Ingram, the Texas Heritage Songwriters Association and Texas Songwriter U as a songwriter on the rise in the Lonestar state. She serves as a teaching artist with Junior Players/Big Thought and Art House Dallas. Photo by Laurel Pankratz.

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Lizza Connor
5810 Morningside Ave
Dallas, TX  75206

phone 615-4987390
phone#2 214-468-4295
e-mail lizza@lizzaconnor.com
public performance/concert $500 - $1,500
school performance $500 - $1,500
travel/per diem/lodging $200-$1,500
website https://lizzaconnor.com/

 

Lannaya Drum & Dance

Lannaya Drum & Dance

Lannaya is a nonprofit organization formed in 2000. Their mission is to expose and educate audiences to authentic and progressive interpretations of drum & dance of the African diaspora. They are committed to preserving vibrant cultural traditions through workshops and performances in schools, festivals, parties, receptions, and a host of special events. In the SuSu language of Guinea, Lannaya means "confidence." It's what Lannaya seeks to express in their work and instill in audiences through a variety of programming tailored per presenter, suitable for small/large audiences and diverse facilities, including: Rhythm & Movement of West Africa - Interactive school show for grades K-12 (Complements STARR and TEKS requirements by introducing music and dance vocabulary, authentic instruments, math, history, geography, culture. Features energetic dancing to live drumming, vibrantly costumed performers, a brief history of musical instruments, and call/response songs.); Drum and/or Dance Residency - Introduction to movement, and traditional polyrhythmic music of West African countries like Guinea, Mali, Côte d’Ivoire, etc.; Drum/Dance Workshops - Ideal for classroom, family, and other festive group activitie; Drum and dance performances - Traditional and innovative Guinean and diasporic rhythms. Photo by Kirk Marsh Photography.

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Tonya Pennie
PO Box 40577
Austin, TX  78704

phone 855-526-6292
phone#2
e-mail Dance@Lannaya.org
public performance/concert $1,600 - $4,600
school performance $700 - $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $2,000
website https://lannaya.org/home/

 

Las Tesoros de San Antonio

Las Tesoros de San Antonio

Las Tesoros de San Antonio are three women singers who each enjoyed widely popular recording careers in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s throughout the US, Mexico, and beyond. Now in their 80s and 90s, these musical icons have returned to the stage, inspiring audiences to celebrate and reclaim the rich cultural traditions of San Antonio and South Texas. Las Tesoros 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. Las Tesoros perform a variety of musical styles in Spanish and English, including rancheras, musica nortena, boleros, corridos, and more. Rita Vidaurri also tells jokes during performances, making her connection with audiences quite lively. Each singer, with her own personal story and style, forms a part of this unique ensemble that represents the soul of Texas/Mexico border music. Touring performances are accompanied by a trio or mariachi, and may include the full group or highlight individuals as soloists. Screenings of the feature-length documentary, "Las Tesoros de San Antonio: A Westside Story” are also available, as well as interactive bilingual presentations and Q&A sessions delving into the remarkable lives of Las Tesoros. Photo by Ricardo Venegas.

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Amelia Valdez
922 San Pedro Ave.
San Antonio, TX  78212

phone 210-228-0201
phone#2
e-mail esperanza@esperanzacenter.org
public performance/concert $600 - $6,000
school performance $600 - $3,000
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $2,500
website http://esperanzacenter.org/esperanza-projects/las-tesoros/

 

Laser Spectacles

Laser Spectacles

Laser Spectacles, Inc. has been producing laser light shows since 1985. The company has focused upon both entertainment shows for festivals and 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 is becoming a standout in creating new "dynamic laser mapping" that brings unique buildings to life. 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. Photo by Timothy Walsh.

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Timothy Walsh
PO Box 1535
San Marcos, TX  78667

phone 512-392-4600
phone#2 512-787-7585
e-mail laserinfo@laserspectacles.com
public performance/concert $3,500 - $20,000
school performance $2,500 - $5,500
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $2,000
website http://www.laserspectacles.com

 

Laughter League

Laughter League

The Laughter League produces hundreds of shows annually throughout Texas and beyond. School assembly programs: Science of the Circus utilizes skills seen at the circus such as juggling, balancing and dance to teach laws of motion, simple machines and other science concepts; Count on Comedy Math Show shows audiences how math is everywhere; and The Magic Storybook introduces children to the elements of stories, such as characters, settings, costumes, music and structure. Libraries book the summer reading show year after year, which aims to excite young children about reading and learning to use their imagination. All school and library shows are presented by a team of gifted physical actors who utilize comedy as a tool for inspiring laughter and engaging their audience. Laughter League presents large scale theatrical presentations, which take audiences on a journey through the Golden Age of Comedy by combining the dazzling excitement of Cirque du Soleil with the madcap mirth of Saturday Night Live, featuring a talented ensemble of musicians, comedians and cirque artists. They create memorable shows filled with stunning feats of daring and purely magical moments, that have been performed around the world, from China to the Middle East and even Paris, Texas. Photo by Paul Radke.

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Tiffany Riley
410 S. Windomere
Dallas, TX  75208

phone 972-258-6313
phone#2 917-861-5030
e-mail tiffany@foundationforlaughter.org
public performance/concert $500 - $3,000
school performance $600 - $900
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $750
website http://www.laughterleague.org

 

Le Theatre de Marionette

Le Theatre de Marionette

Le Theatre de Marionette's repertoire of storybook and variety shows has delighted audiences across Texas since 1985. Based at Geppetto's Marionette Theater at the Dallas Hilton Anatole Hotel, Le Theatre performs its one-of-a-kind marionette puppets, designed and built by a team of local artists, to audiences of families, field trips and birthday parties. Le Theatre’s puppet performances are family-friendly, kid-tested and teacher-approved and are engaging for all ages. Conveniently performing in both small and large venues, Le Theatre's clientele range from schools, libraries, and museums to malls, performance halls, and country festivals. Educational, interactive puppetry classes and marionette-making workshops are popular add-ons to the Le Theatre puppetry experience and can be customized to meet any occasion. Clients select online from among storybook classics, variety acts, and holiday specials, all appropriate for intimate, mid-size, and large venues. Le Theatre offers show formats in both cabaret and bridge formats. Cabaret, or "open stage" performances are performed up-close by visible, black-clad puppeteers and are perfect for small and intimate venues such as schools and libraries. Bridge productions feature long-strung marionettes operated from an elevated "bridge" complete with drops, sets and props and are best for large venues and performance halls. Photo by John Hopkins.

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Kent Williams
2201 N Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, TX  75207

phone 469-744-3436
phone#2 469-442-1919
e-mail kabukimankent@gmail.com
public performance/concert $595 - $5,000
school performance $595 - $2,500
travel/per diem/lodging $150 - $1,500
website http://www.letheatredemarionette.com

 

Kim Lehman

Kim Lehman

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.

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Kim Lehman
PO Box 2743
Austin, TX  78768

phone 512-627-0113
phone#2
e-mail kim.lehman@sbcglobal.net
public performance/concert $250 - $1,000
school performance $250 - $1,000
travel/per diem/lodging 0 - $1,000
website http://www.kimlehman.com

 

Line Upon Line Percussion

Line Upon Line Percussion

Formed in 2009, Line Upon Line Percussion exists to strengthen others and to challenge the status quo. To date, the Austin-based trio has premiered thirty new works written specifically for the group, in addition to performing the greatest existing music for percussion instruments by influential composers such as John Cage, Steve Reich and Iannis Xenakis. The trio has twice been named "Best Ensemble" by the Austin Critics' Table and its self-presented concert series, now in its fifth year, was listed as one of the Austin Chronicle's Top 10 Dance/Classical Music Treasures. The Austinist called Line Upon Line "the premier new music percussion ensemble in Texas and the South" and the Austin American-Statesman considers the group "a riveting, always-surprising and delightful trio.”Line Upon Line has been in residence at Stanford University and has performed and taught at universities in twenty-one states. Internationally, the group has twice toured England and also performed in Basel (Hochschule für Musik), Berlin (Unerhörte Musik) and Cologne (Loft Köln). Line Upon Line has performed at the 2013 and 2017 Fusebox Festivals, 2012 and 2015 Percussive Arts Society International Conventions, as well as SXSW, the Victoria Bach Festival and the International Festival-Institute at Round Top. Photo by Rino Pizzi.

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Matthew Teodori
PO Box 49890
Austin, TX  78765

phone 512-944-5785
phone#2
e-mail matt@lineuponlinepercussion.org
public performance/concert $3,000 - $9,000
school performance $1,000 - $3,000
travel/per diem/lodging $375 - $3,500
website http://www.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.

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Ken Little
27631 Timberline Drive
San Antonio, TX  78260

phone 210-364-9994
phone#2
e-mail kdlittle@sbcglobal.net
public performance/concert $200 - $1,000
school performance $150 - $1,500
website http://kenlittle.com

 

Los Aztex

Los Aztex

Los Aztex is a 6-piece music group led by Joel Guzman and Sarah Fox. Together, their stunning performances have propelled them onto the national stage, garnering them three GRAMMY Award nominations in the Best Latin American category and two GRAMMY wins in 2004 and 2005. Using their traditional and urban sensibilities, Los Aztex reach deep into the ocean of American music to create a sound as seamless as water. "The duo of Joel and Sarah-- what would seem a simple combination of accordion and vocals-- makes a bigger, purer, more directly emotional sound than any twosome I've ever encountered. Family can be a real source of musical magic and this husband/wife team has really captured it, but in some delightfully unexpected ways: his accordion can be sweet as her vocals are edgy, or her voice can pierce the heart while he plays stratospheric squeezebox."-- Pat Jasper, Artistic Director, International Accordion Festival. Photo by Gilbert Rivera.

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Joel Guzman
124 Wallops
Kyle, TX  78640

phone 512-745-3544
phone#2 512-745-3905
e-mail info@losaztex.com
public performance/concert $2,500 -$6,000
school performance $1,500 - $2,500
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $1,000
website http://www.losaztex.com

 

Lucas Miller

Lucas Miller

Want to get your students excited about science? STEM and the arts go hand-in-hand in multimedia presentations by author, YouTuber and "singing zoologit" Lucas Miller! Pre-K to 6th graders will laugh, sing and learn about wetlands, ocelots, monarch butterflies, metamorphosis and much more through Lucas' creative blend of smart songwriting, hilarious puppetry, and dazzling animations. Perfect for elementary schools, libraries, and family concerts: kids love Miller's zany, unbridled enthusiasm and adults love his focus on accurate, curriculum-related science. Each 45-55 minute presentation features several songs and stories that address a major science theme such as life cycles, adaptations, Texas ecosystems and ocean ecology. Creative animations, videos, and images accompany the music and lessons to deepen understanding and keep the audience focused. Lucas earned a degree in zoology and has been touring Texas and the nation for over twenty-five years. He knows his biology and he knows how to introduce kids to science in a way that leaves them excited and motivated to engage in STEM disciplines. Look him up on YouTube to sample his work and then visit www.lucasmiller.net for all the details on bringing him to your school, library, theater or other venues. Photo by Lucas Miller.

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Lucas Miller
12805 Winding Creek Rd.
Austin, TX  78736

phone 512-567-2626
phone#2
e-mail jlucasmiller@gmail.com
public performance/concert $400 - $1,000
school performance $450 - $1,200
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $700
website http://www.lucasmiller.net

 

Lavelle White

Lavelle White

A Texas Music Hall of Fame inductee and long revered as a major figure in the history of Texas blues, Miss Lavelle White continues to dazzle audiences with her energetic and soulful vocals and her rockin' blues band of ace players. Miss Lavelle has performed internationally with an array of iconic artists and offers shows that are a mixture of blues, soul, funk and reggae, largely songs of her own composition. Her work radiates strength and optimism as it reflects her history: she grew up a sharecropper's daughter and through music, found hope and a new life. The strong rhythms of her program invite dance, and her charm and interaction with her audience create a "feel good" atmosphere. She routinely gets standing ovations after her shows. Miss Lavelle regularly performs with her five-piece band, The L Men, but offers concerts and mini-concerts for venues of all sizes. Photo by Marv Edmund Howse.

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Deborah Lerner
4515 Avenue F
Austin, TX  78751

phone 512-576-7201
phone#2 512-576-7201
e-mail lernerbooking@gmail.com
public performance/concert $600 - $10,000
school performance $600 - $10,000
travel/per diem/lodging TBD
website none

 


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