Those who have followed Ruthie Foster’s eclectic musical history know that she can ignite any stage with her combustible blend of soul, blues, rock, folk and gospel. Ruthie’s astonishing voice has taken her on an amazing ride from humble church choir beginnings in rural Texas, to a tour of duty with the U.S. Navy Band, and finally back to Austin and an award-filled music career. Ruthie has received 2009, 2012 and 2014 GRAMMY nominations for Best Blues Album, three time Best Female Vocalist from Austin Music Awards, and Blues Music Awards for Best Contemporary and Best Traditional Blues Female Artist. Ruthie Foster can perform solo with her guitar, or in duo, trio, quartet or quintet configurations. Her show includes originals and covers in the areas of blues, folk, soul, and gospel music.
Ruby Nelda Perez
Ruby Nelda Perez is considered one of the most talented and acclaimed Chicana theatre performance artists in the nation. She is recognized for her solo performances, where she enchants, captivates, and delights audiences with her insightful portrayals of unforgettable characters. For over 30 years her performances have taken her from labor camps and prisons, to such prestigious venues as Lincoln Center, and the Whitney Museum in New York. In 1999, the San Antonio Theatre Coalition awarded her with the Living Legend Award and in 2008 she was designated an NEA American Masterpieces touring artist. Ruby Nelda tours with two one-woman shows entitled "Dona Rosita’s Jalapeno Kitchen" and "Rosita’s Day of the Dead." These two bilingual comedies have been called "irresistible and irreverent." Surrounded by her piles of chilies, Ruby Nelda Perez dishes out plenty of laughs with some philosophical advice on the side. Rollicking laughter, heartfelt stories, and cultural pride ensue as Rosita cooks up flavorful food and stories.
Ruby Nelda Perez
3243 W. Ashby Place
San Antonio, TX 78228
public performance/concert $1000 - $3000
school performance $500 - $1500
Oliver Rajamani represents the multicultural life and sounds of modern-day Texas. Distinguished for redefining Roma (Gypsy) music by transporting it to its original roots in India, Rajamani is also the first to blend Indian and Romani music with Texas country and blues. His performances and recordings with international artists are as stylistically far flung as Willie Nelson, Gypsy Kings, Eric Johnson, Dotschy Reinhardt, Edie Brickell and L. Shankar. As a teacher of music and therapy, Rajamani has presented at leading hypnosis conferences in the United States, Germany, Nepal, and India. He has taught "nada yoga" to incarcerated youth and mentally and physically ill patients. Touring programs include Texas Gypsy Fire: from the magical sounds of India, to the passion of Romani (Gypsy) music, to Texas country and blues, Rajamani sings in English, Spanish, and languages from India, accompanying himself on exotic instruments backed by traditional lone-star musicians. In Moonlight Tanz, Rajamani performs with his western classical orchestra featuring dancers from the Indian, Middle Eastern, flamenco, and ballet traditions. Songs are sung in English as well as foreign tongues and performed on instruments such as the rebab, oud, and flamenco guitar.
3103 Bee Caves Road Ste. 120
Austin, TX 78746
public performance/concert $2000 - $12000
school performance $1000 - $1500
Joel Laviolette and Rattletree
"Sound, Energy and Enormous Instruments. Amazing!" (WWOZ, New Orleans) begins to describe the full sensory experience created by Joel Laviolette and Rattletree. With performances that range from high-energy multimedia events (Rattletree) to traditional acoustic engagements (Kupira Marimba), each show is customized to the needs of the event--fusing giant African marimbas (wooden xylophones) with electronica, world percussion, cutting-edge video projection, and choreographed dance. Composed of Austin’s finest percussionists, all of the musicians in the Rattletree family have been hand-selected and trained by Laviolette, who has over 20 years experience teaching and performing traditional Zimbabwean music around the world. Joel Laviolette and Rattletree offer a multimedia performance of Zimbabwean marimba mixed music with electronica, featuring visual projection, and choreographed dance. Kupira Marimba is a high-energy fully acoustic family-friendly Zimbabwean-style band, with an optional educational component offered. Kupira Trio provides an eclectic blend of marimba music and intricate mbira (Zimbabwean thumb-piano) melodies--perfect for galas, museums, and conventions. Another option is solo mbira: often described as "musical rain," mbira is perfect for quiet listening environments, including libraries, galleries, weddings, and cocktail receptions.
300 Crockett St. #112
Austin, TX 78704
public performance/concert $2000 - $8000
school performance $1800 - $8000
optional service Kuipra Marimba Trio $1000 - $2500
optional service solo workshop/lecture $500 - $1800
Called "the quintessential modern composer" by the London Independent, Austin based composer/bandleader Graham Reynolds creates, performs, and records music for film, theater, dance, clubs, and concert halls with collaborators ranging from Richard Linklater and Jack Black to Ballet Austin. Heard throughout the world in films, TV, stage, and radio; from HBO to Showtime, Cannes Film Festival to the Kennedy Center, BBC to NPR, he recently scored "Before Midnight" starring Ethan Hawke, and "Bernie" with Jack Black. His score to the Robert Downey, Jr. feature "A Scanner Darkly" was named "Best Soundtrack of the Decade" by Cinema Retro magazine. Reynolds' touring package generally includes a multidisciplinary voyage into his works from the past decade. The "Film Music Retrospective" showcases selected themes from Graham's original motion picture soundtracks for feature films by Richard Linklater and others. "DUKE! Three Portraits of Ellington" is an exploration of America's greatest composer in three modes: full band, experimental string extracts, and modern remixes. The Golden Arm Trio is Reynolds' smaller ensemble that crossbreeds classical futurism and punk spirit.
2023 E. Cesar Chavez Street
Austin, TX 78702
public performance/concert $1500 - $12500
school performance $1200 - $6500
optional service commission $5000 - $50000
optional service composition for film, theater, dance, etc. $5000 - $35000
Rhythm Path helps to bring the culture of west Africa to people of all ages through hands-on drumming events. Facilitator and performer David Cox uses the drum circle format to teach traditional songs and rhythms. The program emphasizes the importance of listening and working together to make the sum of the music greater then the individual rhythms. Since 2008, Rhythm Path's "Day of Drumming" program in schools and other programs has taught and encouraged over 200,000 students to live together in community. The Day of Drumming Program is all-day drumming program where each grade drums together as one big "village." Each student receives their own west African djembe drum to play and learns traditional songs and rhythms. Students are encouraged to listen, work together, and improvise their own rhythms while experiencing hands-on drumming. Rhythm Path's Library Drumming Program teaches hands-on drumming in the library.
713 Meadow Dr.
Burkburnett, TX 76354
public performance/concert $250 - $1200
school performance $125 - $950
Riyaaz Qawwali is a South Asian musical ensemble specializing in qawwali, a semi-classical genre representing Pakistan, India, and surrounding areas. The group includes vocalists, tabla, dholak, harmonium, and violin players. Their mission is to expose qawwali to new audiences, while paying homage to the cultural and lyrical tradition that has existed for 700+ years. They have performed for 8+ years (in and outside Texas), and have entertained both non-South Asian crowds and Indo-Pakistani audiences. They are the only group in the US representing this genre, and have played for educational centers, museums, public events, and select private events. The touring program would include a mini-performance with lecture-demonstrations by Riyaaz Qawwali. Sessions will showcase the music, explain the musical style/lyrics, and get the participants actively involved in making music. Riyaaz Qawwali will take this exciting genre of music and make it relevant to non-native speakers with multimedia support. The goal will be to use the musicians' background and musical talent to give participants a cultural, lyrical, and musical glimpse into India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.
Varun (Sonny) Mehta
12405 Alameda Trace, Apt #1027
Austin, TX 78727
public performance/concert $3250 - $4500
school performance $2000 - $3500
Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis
Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison have released fourteen albums between them, toured with combined solo shows, and appeared on each other's records. The Bruce & Kelly Show is a nationally renowned favorite. The duo's 2013 release "Cheater's Game," their first full-album collaboration, garnered two nominations from the Americana Music Association for Album of the Year and Duo/Group of the Year, and the album remained #1 on the Americana charts for 12 weeks. Bruce and Kelly can tour as a full band or as a duo. Bruce Robison can tour with a small acoustic group or as a solo act. He can also teach songwriting workshops. Kelly can also appear with her own backing band independently from Bruce.
4609 Eagle Feather Drive
Austin, TX 78735
public performance/concert $2500 - $10000
school performance $750 - $1000
optional service workshop/camp $1000 - $3000
State Artist Dario Robleto
Dario Robleto, the 2016 Texas State Visual Artist - 3-D, is a native of San Antonio. His sculptures, prints and installations combine esoteric materials and processes to explore forgotten corners of history, art and science. He received his BFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Robleto has had over 30 solo exhibitions since 1997 and has had works included in many prestigious group shows and collections. His work has been seen most recently in solo exhibitions at the Menil Collection, Houston and the Baltimore Museum of Art. He has received numerous awards, including the 2007 Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, the 2009 USA Rasmuson Fellowship, and the 2011 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship. He is currently an Artist Research Fellow at Rice University in Houston, where he lives and works.
Critically acclaimed, award-winning vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Woody Russell is a contemporary troubadour with one foot in the jazz-blues tradition while the other stands firmly in defiance of any categorization. He's recorded a body of work that spans from folk-roots infused fare on his first album, As Simple As That (1996), to highly praised recordings, Salt( 2005) and Up Against It (2010). Pop-jazz offerings Delicious Days (2013) and Carry It Up (2016) further his exploration of sophisticated "adult music." Russell tours listening rooms and theaters across North America with his world-class trio. "A love fest of blues, jazz and soul." Russell’s trio (Lloyd Wright, keys and Jose Ruiz, jazz harmonica) can perform 2-3 hours of original songs along with select covers. The trio employs traditional instrumentation (vocals, guitar, piano, harmonica, percussion) but also the use of electronics (loops, digital audio technology). A majority of their concerts are presented in ticketed, seated listening rooms.
12000 Pepperidge Dr
Austin, TX 78739
public performance/concert $800 - $3500
school performance $750 - $1200
R.J. Vandygriff is an award-winning singer, songwriter, poet, playwright, actor, and a real Texas cowboy. In 2004 he received the Will Rogers award for excellence, in 2012 the Wrangler Award from the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, and in 2013 the "Cowboy Keeper" Award from National Day of the Cowboy. R.J. had a small recurring role as "Ranger Mike" in the hit CBS series "Walker, Texas Ranger," and has appeared in numerous regional and national commercials. As a singer, he has shared the stage with the biggest names in country music, pop, and rock n' roll. "The Cowboy Ain't Dead Yet!" is a one-man musical comedy about the most fascinating character to ever ride across the pages of history: the American Cowboy. Joe Texas tells the story of the cowboy from the 1860s to today through songs, poems, and stories. One of the most successful one-man musicals ever, the show has begun its 26th year of touring-- truly a Texas original. R.J. also offers a Cowboy Concert program, a concert/lecture on the life of the cowboy.
PO Box 85
Lipscomb, TX 79056
public performance/concert $2500 - $5000
school performance $750 - $1500
Redd Volkaert is arguably the best guitarist in a town (Austin) overflowing with them. Inspiring a cult of guitar twangers, Redd made his name as lead picker with Merle Haggard. He is an in-demand studio pro and guitar clinician in LA and Nashville but makes his home in Bastrop, TX. Redd plays everything from good ole country to honky tonk to western swing, is a great singer, and leads his own 4/5 piece band in everything honky tonk! He holds a GRAMMY for Best Country Instrumental Performance on Brad Paisley’s "Cluster Pluck." Watching him do those flashy licks like no other human being could ever do...you watch a master.
PO Box 1652
Manchaca, TX 78652
public performance/concert $1750 - $7500
school performance $750 - $1500
optional service workshops/camps $750 - $7500