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 US 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. Photo by John Carrico.
PO Box 440326
Somerville, MA 2144
public performance/concert $3,000 - $15,000
school performance $3,000 - $15,000
travel/per diem/lodging $100 - $1,000
Ruby Nelda Perez
Ruby Nelda Perez is considered one of the most talented and acclaimed Chicana theater 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 chiles, 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. Photo by JPina.
Ruby Nelda Perez
3243 W. Ashby Pl.
San Antonio, TX 78228
public performance/concert $1,000 - $3,000
school performance $500 - $1,500
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $400
Oliver Rajamani represents the multicultural landscape 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, L. Shankar, Jeronimo Maya, Ustad Aashish Khan, Ustad Shujaat Khan and Tomasa La Macanita. A teacher of music and therapy, Rajamani has presented at leading hypnosis conferences in the United States, Germany, Nepal, and India. Touring programs include: Flamenco India- an innovative musical journey into the deep and historical Indian roots of Spain's Gypsy flamenco, consisting of a colorfully large ensemble of dancers from the Indian and Flamenco traditions, flamenco guitar and singers and a boutique western string orchestra; Texas Gypsy Fire- Rajamani sings in English, Spanish, and languages from India, accompanying himself on exotic instruments backed by traditional lone-star musicians; and Moonlight Tanz- Rajamani with his western string orchestra featuring music and dancers from the Middle Eastern and Indian/Romani traditions with performances on exotic instruments such as the rebab and Oud. Photo by Michelle Laviolette.
3103 Bee Caves Road Ste. 120
Austin, TX 78746
public performance/concert $600 - $15,000
school performance $500 - $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $4,000
Rattletree is a must-see multi-sensory live show experience of electronic percussion and one-of-a-kind hand-built (by Artistic Director Joel Laviolette) African marimbas triggering driving synth sounds, bursts of color, and dynamic live video projection. Kupira Marimba is their highly versatile fully acoustic family-friendly offering. Kupira's music creates a foot stomping, heart pounding, and hand clapping experience for people of all ages. Laviolette has over 25 years of experience studying and playing traditional Zimbabwean music with his teachers in Harare & Nyamapanda, ZI. Performances range from high-energy multimedia events (Rattletree) to interactive acoustic African-style engagements (Kupira Marimba). Each show is customized to the needs of the presenter. All performances may include an optional hands-on workshop or educational demonstration/assembly. Rattletree primarily plays evening festivals and venues where their multimedia art experience and captivating electronic sounds shine. Kupira Marimba brings joy and a cultural experience to schools, libraries, museums, city concert series, and outdoor community festivals. Photo by Ismael Quintanilla III Photography.
2401 Thornton Rd. Unit 3
Austin, TX 78704
public performance/concert $2,500 - $10,000
school performance $1,800 - $3,000
travel/per diem/lodging $200 - $1,500
Called "the quintessential modern composer" by the London Independent, Austin-based composer-bandleader-improvisor Graham Reynolds creates, performs, and records music for film, theater, dance, rock clubs and concert halls with collaborators ranging from Richard Linklater and Jack Black to DJ Spooky and Ballet Austin. He recently scored Linklater's "Last Flag Flying," the Rude Mechs' "Stop Hitting Yourself" for Lincoln Center Theater, Ballet Austin's "Belle Redux," and a multi-year commission from Ballroom Marfa, "The Marfa Triptych." From improvised workshop series at the Dive Bar to large scale performances such as "Mozart's Requiem Undead," Reynolds' touring offerings are extensive and adaptable. His offerings include commissions and scores, as well as his Creative Capital Award winning project, "Pancho Villa From a Safe Distance," a bilingual cross-border opera about the enigmatic general, legendary bandit, and hero of the Mexican Revolution. The work provides a lens into Mexico and the Mexican Revolution, the Mexican-American border, and the relationship between the communities of both nations. Other touring options include: an original live score for Alfred Hitchcock's "The Lodger," the jazz-based but far reaching Golden Arm Trio, as well as commissions, private performances, workshops, or master classes, whether as a solo artist or a group. Photo by Bill McCullough.
2023 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
public performance/concert $1,500 - $50,000
school performance $1,200 - $10,000
travel/per diem/lodging $150 - $2,000
Since 2008, Rhythm Path has helped to bring the culture of West Africa to hundreds of thousands of people of all ages through hands-on drumming events. Facilitator David Cox uses the interactive drumming format to teach traditional songs and rhythms. For schools, the "Day of Drumming Program" is an all-day drumming program where each grade drums together as one big village during PE/music rotation time. Each student receives their own West African djembe drum to play. The program emphasizes the importance of listening and working together to make the sum of the music greater than the individual rhythms. In addition to school programs, Rhythm Path has programs available for libraries, festivals, communities, and teacher workshops. Photo by David Cox.
5335 Reilly Rd
Wichita Falls, TX 76305
public performance/concert $300 - $2,500
school performance $700 - $1,400
travel/per diem/lodging $100 - $750
Riyaaz Qawwali is a South Asian American musical ensemble that specializes in Qawwali, a genre of music from Pakistan, India, and Afghanistan. Their performances display South Asia's rich musical heritage to new audiences. While paying homage to 700-year-old cultural and lyrical tradition, they tailor their performances to their audiences and their exposure to this music. Riyaaz actively engages the audience in the performance, in a large performing arts center or a small classroom. The ensemble includes 5 vocalists, 2 percussionists, and 1 harmonium (accordion) player. They are the only US ensemble representing this genre and have played for schools, universities, museums, festivals, and state events. In addition to their stage performances, available programming includes community engagements and/or educational sessions (lecture-demonstrations). These sessions could be (1) a deep dive into this Islamic music, (2) understanding the 700-year old poetry, (3) understanding the historical impact of this genre, or (4) understanding South Asia through the arts. Riyaaz's artistic director has authored a book on qawwali and sufi music. This can act as optional reading for the sessions.
35050 Queensburg Lane
Friendswood, TX 77546
public performance/concert $4,000 - $8,000
school performance $2,500 - $3,750
travel/per diem/lodging $350 - $1,000
In regard to the Lone Star State's finest tunesmiths, Bruce Robison lands at the top of the heap. His songwriting turned the heads of some of the industry’s biggest artists and took them to the top of the charts (Dixie Chicks’ No. 1 version of "Travelin’ Soldier," George Strait’s recording of "Wrapped” and the beautiful Tim McGraw/Faith Hill rendition of "Angry All The Time,” to name a few). While those achievements might be considered the pinnacle of a music career to some, Robison has never been one to rest on his laurels. Bruce continues to actively tour with his amazingly talented wife and country music staple, Kelly Willis. He also is one-third of the acclaimed Unleashed Live Tour (with brother Charlie Robison and longtime friend Jack Ingram) and performs regularly fronting his band, the Back Porch Band. Additionally, Bruce has brought his creative country music brainchild, "The Next Waltz," to life. The new web series and multi-platform music delivery concept created by Bruce hosts industry icons talking about and performing the songs that shaped them and so many others. Copyright 2017 Bruce Robison, all rights reserved.
1305 Clinton St Ste 210
Nashville, TN 37203
public performance/concert $5,000 - $7,500
school performance $4,000 - $6,500
travel/per diem/lodging $300-500
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.
R.J. Vandygriff is an award-winning singer, songwriter, poet, playwright, actor, and Texas cowboy. In 2004 he received the Will Rogers award for excellence, in 2012 the Wrangler Award from the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, in 2013 the "Cowboy Keeper" Award from National Day of the Cowboy and in 2014 he was a CMA Texas Hall of Fame inductee. 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 27th year of touring-- truly a Texas original. R.J. also offers a cowboy concert program, a concert/lecture on the life of the cowboy as well as workshops on songwriting, playwriting or cowboy history. Photo by Deb Vandygriff.
R. J. Vandygriff
PO Box 85
Lispcomb, TX 79056
public performance/concert $2,500 - $5,000
school performance $1,000- $2,500
travel/per diem/lodging TBD