Amie Maciszewski/Sangeet Millennium
Sitarist Dr. Amie Maciszewski is an international award-winning performer/ensemble leader, teaching artist and educator. Audiences describe Amie's classical sitar/tabla and Indo-jazz fusion ensemble performances as "stunning" and "elegantly vibrant.” Her Sangeet Millennium Ensemble (Texas Top Ten award, 2008 and 2011, Austin Chronicle) seamlessly traverses boundaries between traditional South Asian melodies with jazz/world grooves, creating an ever-evolving sound. Passionate about sharing North Indian music culture, Amie has traveled three continents completing artist residencies, hosting recitals, and conducting lectures on Hindustani music. She also leads dynamic all-ages workshops on South Asian classical and folk music (sometimes with dance included) and world fusion music. Amie’s musical credits include five CDs and several independent films and theater productions. Programs include: (1) Sangeet, the Classical Music of India- sitar and tabla performance, other instruments and/or voice optional; (2) Songs & Colors of the Seasons- multimedia performance showcasing music & visual imagery celebrating North Indian seasonal festival/s; (3) Collaborative multimedia and/or multidisciplinary theme performance/installations exploring various topics such as women as bearers of light, global sisterhood, world music for world peace, etc.; (4) Sangeet Millennium Ensemble's Indo-Jazz Grooves- traditional & original material performed on sitar, saxophone, & tabla (vocal, bass optional). Photo by Kris Hundt.
327 S. Edgefield Ave.
Dallas, TX 75208
public performance/concert $600 - $3,600
school performance $450 - $1,500
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $2,000
Find out what over two million children and their families have discovered: a performance where books come to life on stage! Experience children's theater with the Magik Theatre-- where imagination is education. Magik Theatre On the Road brings fun and lively performances to children of all ages! At the host facility, the only thing the shows require is an empty space. The Magik Theatre will bring all of their own equipment and can perform in a large variety of venues, from classrooms to cafeterias to gymnasiums to performing arts centers. Magik Theatre tour offerings include productions of "The Three Little Pigs," "Goldilocks," "Rumpelstiltskin," "Dr. Krashunbang," and "The Kingdom of Texas." Each offering is literature-based and is easily integrated into the curricula of pre-school and elementary school grade levels and complemented by a TEKS-linked study guide that extends the play experience and facilitates discussion. Photo by Megan Coy Schwamb.
420 South Alamo
San Antonio, TX 78205
public performance/concert $500 - $20,000
school performance $400 - $12,000
travel/per diem/lodging $100 - $2,000
Matt The Electrician
Despite the name, Matt the Electrician is no longer an electrician, focusing instead on a music career that has spanned the course of two decades, a dozen records, and thousands of shows. His music, however, remains rooted in his blue collar beginnings, with lyricism that embraces the day-to-day, the mundane, the beauty of the ordinary. Key words: honest, tender, hilarious. Matt the Electrician's most thoughtful moments mirror Van Zandt. They shadow Guy Clark and haunt every great Texas storyteller with an eye for triumph and truth. Still, every lyrical twist and turn maintains his own unique style and substance. "I think Matt will be an influence on a lot of songwriters in the future," musician Scrappy Jud Newcomb says. "What really stands out about Matt as a performer is he makes every crowd his own. By the end of his set, no matter who they came to see, the audience will be Matt the Electrician fans." Matt will tour solo or with his band, and he will play one or two sets of original songs. Matt can also be available to teach songwriting workshops with children or adults. Photo by Stephanie Macias Gibson.
7513 Hart Lane
Austin, TX 78731
public performance/concert $500 - $5,000
school performance $500 - $2,500
travel/per diem/lodging $300 - $1,500
Referred to as "a Texas treasure" by the State Library Association, Joe McDermott released his first album of children's music in 1988. A former Montessori teacher, Joe has dedicated the last 30 years to honing the art and craft of entertaining children. His song writing has garnered numerous Parent’s Choice Awards and nominations, in addition to NAPPA and International Song Writing Contest awards. In 1998, he won first place in the Children’s Music category from the John Lennon Song Writing Contest. He was invited to team up with Stan and Jan Berenstain to set ten of their books to music. Impressed by Joe’s musical talent, Stan Berenstain quipped that Joe was an "absolute wizard at communicating to children with music.” In addition to his lively concerts, Joe produces school-specific music video workshops for elementary school students. With the aide of Hollywood special effects programs, children ride in rockets, airplanes, and ocean liners and visit other countries or planets! It’s an experiential workshop that showcases diverse types of student talent. In a more classical setting, thirteen of Joe’s compositions are scored for partial or full symphony orchestra. For bigger organizations such as towns and cities, Joe presents a Family Holiday Sing-Along. Photo by Joe McDermott.
3413 Gable Drive
Austin, TX 78759
public performance/concert $350 - $1,200
school performance $200 - $400
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $300
Carson McHone, a songwriter from Austin, Texas, "writes songs like her life depends on it" (Ray Wylie Hubbard), and brings an intelligence to alt-country that is both immediate and lyrical. She has shared the stage with Vince Gill, Gary Clark Jr., Ryan Bingham, Lydia Loveless, Charlie Mars, David Ramirez, Jerry Jeff Walker, and Shaky Graves, among others. McHone has been working on a new album in Nashville with producer Mike McCarthy (Spoon, Heartless Bastards, Patty Griffin) and performed at this year's Austin City Limits Music Festival and at the Americana Music Festival. Photo by Aaron Bir.
210 Peach Street
Buda, TX 78610
public performance/concert $750 - $2,000
school performance $750 - $1,500
travel/per diem/lodging $100 - $400
Vickie McMillan-Hayes is considered a world-renowned wildlife conservation artist in her field of painting. Her exhibitions include art museums/galleries throughout the country and abroad. Vickie is published in well-known books, magazines, articles, and reviews both locally/internationally Vickie conducts collaborative community paintings/murals with groups of people for installation in libraries, public buildings, hospitals, schools, correctional facilities, government organizations, treatment centers, foster care, and health and human service centers. She delivers specialized workshops including AP art, residencies, lectures (elementary-college), live performance painting, collaborative painting at festivals, team-building and staff development (teachers), judging (is a RodeoArtJudge). Her collaborative paintings/murals integrate TEKS curriculum goals for schools, fosters unity in community, advances global conservation causes, and encourages the use of recycled materials when possible. Each project is designed/conceptualized in advance with set project goals, or designed under Vickie's guidance during workshops. Vickie teaches and demonstrates use of materials, technique, research, team-building, cooperation, creative learning through educationally relevant objects, life skills, and pride. Large scale murals/paintings can be based on curriculum (including topics such as science, technology, engineering, math, the earth, life cycles, rain forests, geography, and history) or other interests. Participants are engaged in the project from concept (brainstorming/themes) to unveiling.
10419 Hollowback Dr.
Katy, TX 77494
public performance/concert $250 - $700
school performance $250 - $850
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $2,000
Curtis McMurtry, born and raised in Austin, TX, strives to push the definition of Americana music in new and eclectic directions. Influenced by Fiona Apple, Django Reinhardt and Leonard Cohen, Curtis' music combines polished, sinister lyrics with lush, unconventional arrangements. Curtis studied music composition and ethnomusicology in college, primarily writing contemporary chamber music for banjo and strings. After graduation, he moved to Nashville to sharpen his songwriting by co-writing with elder statesmen including Fred Koller and Guy Clark. Beginning with his first album, Respectable Enemy, Curtis has forged a singular musical style that combines the lyrical craft of his Texas singer-songwriter heroes with the classical and jazz composition skills he acquired in college. Curtis has been touring relentlessly since the release Respectable Enemy in 2014, often opening shows for Sarah Jarosz, Hayes Carll, John Fullbright and many others. Curtis' sophomore album The Hornet's Nest was released in February 2017, and continues to garner critical acclaim. Curtis' music has been featured on NPR's Weekend Edition, and his song "Wrong Inflection" was included in the soundtrack for comedian Tig Notaro's Amazon Prime series One Mississippi. Photo by Foreside Photography.
7513 Hart Ln.
Austin, TX 78731
public performance/concert $500 - $3,000
school performance $500 - $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $2,000
Founded in Houston in 2000, Mercury has a mission to serve the community by celebrating the power of music, Baroque and beyond, teaching, sharing and performing with passion, intimacy and excellence. The orchestra offers performances of a broad repertoire of music on period instruments and has garnered critical acclaim around the world through innovative and accessible performances, domestic and international tours, and groundbreaking music education programs. Each year, Mercury performs over fifty concerts and reaches over 20,000 listeners and 5,000 youth in its performances around the Houston area and beyond.Touring programs are flexible to meet presenters' needs but range from two-hour concerts of orchestral music featuring the full ensemble performing works from the Baroque to Romantic eras for large audiences of up to 1,000 to smaller ensembles for more intimate venues. Mercury also offers 45-minute educational presentations for school assemblies that mix standard curriculum topics such as science and history with an introduction to classical music as well as workshops for school orchestral programs. Photo by Runaway Productions.
3400 Main St Ste 295
Houston, TX 77002
public performance/concert $2,500 - $20,000
school performance $500 - $1,400
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $5,000
METdance, founded in 1995, strives to educate, entertain, and inspire its audiences through a diverse curation of repertory that spans a full range of emotion, content, and collaboration. Based in Houston, TX, METdance performs throughout the United States and provides audiences with a chance to see a vast body of works by some of our country's most prominent contemporary dance artists including Robert Battle, Camille A. Brown, Larry Keigwin, Rosie Herrera, and Kate Skarpetowska. METdance’s passionate performers and choreographers come from a range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds, instilling the company’s repertory with a complete spectrum of emotionality and physicality. From comedy and humor to poignant and dramatic, from fierce athleticism to detailed minimalism, METdance is committed to presenting works that speak to every audience member. In this way, METdance is proud to be a leader in diversity and vitality of content. Presenters can create a unique program from over 35 works in METdance’s current catalogue of repertory. METdance also offers original educational productions perfect for all ages such as Swing, Jive, and Pop Into Dance! and Moving Myths. Additionally, the company is available for an array of residency activities including master classes, movement workshops, and meet-the-artist talkbacks. Photo by Ben Doyle.
PO Box 980457
Houston, TX 77098
public performance/concert $5,000 - $25,000
school performance $1,000 - $4,000
travel/per diem/lodging $2,500 - $10,000
Mexico 2000 Ballet Folklorico
Bring the flare of Mexican culture to your event! Mexico 2000 Ballet Folklorico concerts are fast-paced and nonstop, featuring dances from different regions with their European, Mayan/pre-Colombian, and South American influence. These dances highlight the beauty, romance and culture of traditional Mexico. The programs "Fiestas de Mexico!" & "Christmas in Mexico" are available in educational and concert type options. Presentations range from 20 minutes to 2 hours. At the Fiestas de Mexico educational school shows, audiences will learn history about Mexican holidays while connecting to TEKS in language arts, social studies, Spanish, fine arts and music while enjoying the most beautiful and representative dances, costumes and music from different regions of Mexico (Veracruz, Jalisco, Mayans, Chiapas). During these interactive shows audiences will participate by clapping, yelling (cheers of joy/gritos), stomping, and selected students will try out steps with music on stage with hats, rattles, etc. School study guides and programs for concerts are available. "Christmas in Mexico” is a compilation of traditional Christmas dances & songs (villancicos), including the traditional Pastorela, the Piñata, the three Wise Men & Feliz Navidad! Presentations are strictly focused to preserve and promote Mexican traditional heritage. Questions and pictures are allowed at the end. Photo by Leopoldo A. Palencia.
Leopoldo "Alex" Palencia
2807 Bissell way
Wylie, TX 75098
public performance/concert $2,800 - $8,500
school performance $900 - $3,000
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $2,000
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.
12805 Winding Creek Rd.
Austin, TX 78736
public performance/concert $400 - $1,000
school performance $450 - $1,200
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $700
Pianist Evan Mitchell's recent highlights include debuts on the prestigious Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts series (Chicago), at Merkin Concert Hall (NYC), and at several major venues in Shanghai. He has played concerti with the symphony orchestras of Dallas, Fort Worth, and Victoria, among others, and collaborated in recital with such major figures as double bassist Gary Karr and clarinetist Corrado Giuffredi. Evan's new recording of world premieres with bassist Szymon Marciniak is earning rave reviews; most recently, Bass World called their performances "intoxicating," deeming this "a seminal recording." He is also featured on the 2012 release "Piano de Pampa y Jungla: A Collection of Latin American Piano Music." Since 2014 Evan has been featured on the TCA Texas Touring Roster, and over the past six years he has given more than 200 performances for Cliburn in the Classroom. He teaches privately and at Tarrant County College, and serves as a chamber music coach for the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra.Programs include a repertoire of some 30 concertos, an extensive chamber and collaborative repertoire, and thoughtfully curated solo recital programs. Photo by Dani Snell.
1000 South Denver Avenue, Suite 2104
Tulsa, OK 74119
public performance/concert $900 - $3,400
school performance $650 - $1,500
travel/per diem/lodging $200 - $750
Montopolis produces multimedia events that highlight the natural wonders of Texas. Their performances combine critically acclaimed modern classical music, storytelling, and projected images of iconic Texas landmarks. "Music for Enchanted Rock" features music for string trio, pedal steel guitar, and piano, Rip Shaub's photography, and Native American legends and stories of the Texas Rangers."Yakona" is a live score performance to the award-winning nature documentary about the San Marcos River. This is a screening of the film with live musical accompaniment by piano, string trio, percussion, and an opera singer. "Big Bend" is the most ambitious Montopolis production to date. This presentation features a dynamic seven-piece group accompanying a gorgeous video portrait of West Texas and legends of the Texas Rangers and Native Americans. "The Return of Draw Egan" is a classic western silent film starring William S. Hart with a live score featuring the music of Ennio Morricone performed by a 12-piece band. Photo by Thomas Fang.
6805 Santos Street
Austin, TX 78741
public performance/concert $500 - $2,500
school performance $500 - $2,500
travel/per diem/lodging $100 - $1,000
State Artist Karla Morton
Karla K. Morton, 2010 Texas Poet Laureate, is an award-winning author and a celebrated poet and presenter. She has been described as “one of the more adventurous voices in American poetry,” but don’t let the title “poet” fool you– Karla is an outgoing, warm and energetic ball of fire that loves to promote poetry and the arts. She has spoken, offered workshops, and performed her poetry at venues and events across Texas. From small town classrooms to cancer support groups to large corporate conferences, Karla is comfortable in any crowd. Her poetry spans many subjects and forms and evokes laughter, tears, and inspiration. Karla is the author of Wee Cowrin' Timorous Beastie (a North Texas Book Festival Awards Finalist), Becoming Superman, Stirring Goldfish, Redefining Beauty (a 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Award Winner written during her journey through cancer), and 6 additional books. She has been featured on Good Morning Texas, NPR, ABC News and in newspapers across Texas. A Texas native and mother of two, Karla is a graduate of Texas A&M University and currently resides in Denton, Texas. Karla also offers presentations on her photography.
236 River Bend Trail
Combine, TX 75159
public performance/concert $400 - $1,200
school performance $400 - $600
Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton
Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton is an internationally-known poet. She is a native Californian who now resides in Houston, TX and serves as the city's Poet Laureate (2017-2019). Formerly ranked the #2 Best Female Poet in the World, D.E.E.P. has established herself as a notable force in the performance and slam poetry world. D.E.E.P. is a three-time slam champ and ten-year coach and slammaster of Houston VIP National Poetry Slam Team. She has released two full-length poetry compilations (Unfinished Work of a Genius and Beautiful Rebellion). Her moving words have been featured on BBC, NPR, ABC, Upworthy, Blavity, and Button Poetry. She has served as the opening act for Talib Kweli, MC Lyte, Amiri Baraka, John Legend, Slum Village, Karen Clark-Shield, Def Poet Sunni Patterson, Regie Gibson, and multiple national political figures. Her work can be found in Wicked Banshee Press' Survival Issue, Alight's Collection of Poetry, and in the 2012 and 2017 Houston Poetry Fest Anthology. In addition to being a decorated performer and competitor, she travels the country offering performance and writing workshops. Photo by Houstonia Magazine.
6700 Mt Carmel Dr
Houston, TX 77087
public performance/concert $1,000 - $5,000
school performance $500 - $5,000
travel/per diem/lodging $100 - $3,000