Anuradha Naimpally, Bharata Natyam dance soloist, collaborator, and educator, is an experienced performer worldwide. From concert halls to school cafeterias, libraries to universities, Anuradha connects this ancient art of India to modern audiences of all ages through engaging explanations and moving performances. She is a recipient of numerous awards including the prestigious Jacqueline LeMieux Prize from the Canada Council and the title of "Sringara Mani" (Artistic Jewel) in India. She has been named and nominated Best Dancer by the Austin Area Critics' Circle numerous times. Anuradha offers a traditional solo concert of original pieces introduced with demonstrative explanations, performed in authentic costumes to recorded music. Concert length and themes may be adjusted to suit the venue and audience. Her Arts in Education presentation is popular in schools, libraries and museums. Moving Myths of India is an engaging, interactive children’s show for all ages, highlighting mythology through storytelling embellished with creative hand symbols, rhythms, and cultural values of India, performed in colorful costume. Live musical accompaniment is available on request. Anuradha has an MFA in Dance and also offers master classes, workshops, and lecture-demonstrations at the high school and university level. Photo by Sadu Bajekal.
5602 N Scout Island Cir
Austin, TX 78731
public performance/concert $2,500 - $6,000
school performance $650 - $1,200
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $2,000
Nakia and the Blues Grifters
Before Nakia was a Top 8 finalist on the first season of "The Voice" on NBC, he was fronting Nakia and the Blues Grifters. In fact, it was his full-throated, soulful performance on a YouTube video of the band that led to producer Mark Burnett recruiting him for the hit TV show in 2011. Nakia moved from Chicago to Austin in 2002. After a brief stint in the Small Stars, a tongue-in-cheek lounge act fronted by Fastball's Miles Zuniga, he formed Nakia & His Southern Cousins, got booked to perform at the 2008 Austin City Limits Festival, and wound up singing with Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings. Alejandro Escovedo heard him at a Rolling Stones tribute, which led to him singing backing vocals on Escovedo’s Street Songs of Love album. Nakia formed the Blues Grifters with guitarist and producer Mac McNabb (Patty Griffin, Michael Fracasso), bass player Chris Johnson (Roky Erickson, McLemore Avenue), and drummer Kevin Lance (Carolyn Wonderland, Gnappy). Photo by Reuben Atkins.
Austin, TX 78714
public performance/concert $2,500 - $15,000
travel/per diem/lodging $1500 - $2,500
Multiple award-winning English storyteller/actress/writer Bernadette Nason has studied all over the world, including Guildford Acting School. She's the author of "Tea in Tripoli: A Memoir," appears in movies like "Miss Congeniality" and regional theatrical productions, and has performed on four continents. She's been Houston's biggest liar, and is currently "The Biggest Liar in Texas." Believing the power and influence of live storytelling can change the world, Nason produces delightful programs of multicultural stories, mixing traditional telling with creative drama. Her acclaimed programs include ethnic world tales, holiday themes, and personal family yarns. With shows suitable for all ages, she presents in schools, libraries, festivals, conferences, theaters, museums, and retirement communities. Working closely with educators, Bernadette offers uplifting, interactive stories with content supporting character development and academic testing requirements. Need a specific program? Nason can tailor accordingly. With over 30 years' experience, she has hundreds of stories available (regularly preparing fresh ones) but programs are compiled seasonally for ease of selection and booking. Always available: collections for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Chinese New Year, Black History Month, Valentine's Day, Legends of Texas Flowers, St. Patrick's Day, Cinco de Mayo. New: "Jewels from India" and "More from Merrie England." Photo by Beth Burns.
2900 West Anderson Lane, C200/302
Austin, TX 78757
public performance/concert $350 - $2,000
school performance $350 - $1,500
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $2,000
"Sure to get you on your feet" (Southern Living), Austin's "vintage soul" (Allmusic) ten-piece The Nightowls' live show is the sound of a soulful swing dance combined with the non-stop energy of a southern hoedown, encouraging audience participation that will "certainly inspire one to shake a tail feather" (Music Connection). They've spent the past year bringing their "raucous live show" (Austin Monthly) across the US and the festival circuit. In the past two years they've hit every corner of North America and played dozens of festivals (including Austin City Limits Festival, KGSR Unplugged at the Grove, Ouray Mountain Air Music Series, the Levitt Pavilion, Blues on the Green, and headlined the Double Decker Festival). "This is truly a must see act. All their songs have one thing in common, and that is they make you want to get up and dance the night away" - Monkey Goose Magazine . Their last record, Royal Sessions (EP) came out July 15th, 2016. It has been hailed by many critics as their finest. They are finishing up a killer new album with producer Chris Bell outside of Austin, Texas, due out in Spring 2018. Photo by Laura Hajar.
210 Peach Street
Buda, TX 78610
public performance/concert $3,000 - $7,000
school performance $1,700 - $5,000
travel/per diem/lodging $200 - $1,000
NobleMotion Dance (NMD), one of Texas's premier dance companies, is recognized for their intense physicality, unique collaborations, and jaw-dropping performances. Founded in 2009, NMD is a company of 13 dancers/artists and integrates dance, theater, and technology in dynamic ways. NMD’s "cutting edge" programming has garnered national exposure, receiving over 50 positive reviews, and its accolades include being named "Houston’s Best Dance Company” and a feature on ABC’s primetime TV show American Crime. The company tours nationally and has performed in a wide array of venues and locations. NMD believes in engaging a broad audience by creating a total theater experience. This submerses the audience into new worlds, allowing them to see dance that is fresh, accessible, and exciting. NMD offers a broad repertory that ranges from intimate to technical wow. Photo by Lynn Lane.
2443 Pelham Drive
Houston, TX 77019
public performance/concert $10,000 - $20,000
school performance $1,000 - $5,000
travel/per diem/lodging $250 - $3,000
Natalia Sylvester was born in Lima, Peru. Her novel Chasing the Sun (New Harvest) was named the Best Debut book of 2014 by Latinidad and chosen as a Book of the Month by the National Latino Book Club. Her second novel, Everyone Knows You Go Home, was published by Little A in March, 2018. Natalia's writing has been praised for "[causing] readers to consider how trauma has the power to strengthen individuals, mend the past, and uncover our deepest secrets and most arduous truths" (Publisher's Weekly). A former magazine editor with a journalism background, Natalia is a faculty member of the Mile-High MFA in Creative Writing program at Regis University. During readings, panels, workshops, and performances, Natalia explores fact-based fiction, family history, the personal impact of political turmoil, the links between trauma, violence, memory and grief, her experiences as a Latina immigrant, and the importance of amplifying the voices of marginalized people—all from an intersectional feminist perspective. Photo by Eric Sylvester.
5701 W Slaughter Lane, A130-172
Austin, TX 78749
public performance/concert $500 - $2,000
school performance $250 - $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $100 - $500