The Almost Patsy Cline Band
Entertaining, poignant, educational, respectful, fun, and even “cute” are a few words that have been used to describe the Almost Patsy Cline Band! Since 2001, Bandera’s award-winning Official Goodwill Ambassadors have toured Texas performing a wide selection of classic country and variety dance music: everything from Frank Sinatra to Patsy Cline, with an emphasis on two-step, waltz, polka, cha-cha, and classic rock. These seasoned entertainers also tour three original well-received, interactive, and fun stage shows: "From Sea to Shining Sea: Proud Songs of America" honors patriotism and timeless songs from the Library of Congress. "Timeless Tunes: The Stories and the Songs" explores country music history through the songs of legends like Bob Wills. "Merry Texas Christmas" highlights songs that became a Texas Christmas tradition. All three are a perfect blend of history, narration, voice, and instrumentation. Band members can also give an acoustic school demonstration of customized selections for grade level.
PO Box 1643
Bandera, TX 78003
public performance/concert $2500 - $5000
school performance $400 - $2500
The Biscuit Brothers
The two-time Emmy Award-winning PBS television show "The Biscuit Brothers" is ready to come to your town and perform their imaginative, interactive, fun-filled live show. Using many traditional folk songs and original ones, too, they'll have you laughing and learning at the same time. The Biscuit Brothers bring the extensive and well-documented benefits of music education/appreciation with guitar, banjo, upright bass, and trap set. The brothers and backing band sing, dance, and story tell.
9109 Wampton Way
Austin, TX 78749
public performance/concert $2000 - $6000
school performance $1500 - $4000
The Derailers are an American country music band based in Austin and were founded in 1994. Buck Owens and the Buckaroos have been one of the band’s primary influences from the beginning, along with legends such as George Jones, Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley, Charlie Rich, and the Beatles. In a career that has given rise to more than a decade’s worth of fine-tuned, highly anticipated, and wonderfully received music, the Derailers continue to build the relationship between song, listener, and dance floor. The Derailers tour all across the United States, but mostly in Texas, performing a mix of well-crafted original songs and thoughtfully chosen cover songs. The band describes their sound as mirroring the shuffle of happy boots on a hardwood floor. They have fed the hungry dancehall crowds with their classic country beats and a 60's pop sensibility. Fans continue to show their appreciation and admiration with requests for encores.
4609 Eagle Feather Drive
Austin, TX 78735
public performance/concert $2500 - $3500
school performance $1200 - $1500
The Ensemble Theatre
The Ensemble Theatre (TET) was founded in 1976 to preserve African-American artistic expression. TET produces a mainstage season of six contemporary and classical works devoted to the portrayal of the African-American experience by local and national playwrights and artists. Theatre programs benefit a multicultural audience that is diverse in age, income, ethnicity and culture. The Ensemble's touring program provides live performances for students in schools, churches, and community organizations. Curriculum materials are designed to enhance the impact of the program and link plays to specific TEKS and STEAM. Touring performances include "Uncle Remus’ Br’er Rabbit," adapted by TET founder George Hawkins, a fun-packed story of African-American folklore and American popular culture. "I, Barbara Jordan," by Celeste Bedford Walker, explores Jordan’s journey to greatness and those who inspired her. "The Rosa Parks Story" by Jonathan Blum details her story in her own words. See website for additional plays.
3535 Main St.
Houston, TX 77002-9529
public performance/concert $300 - $20000
school performance $750 - $895
The Gimbles comprises the second and third generations of a legendary Texas music family. Dick is the son of the iconic Johnny Gimble-– Johnny is considered to have been the finest fiddler to ever play with Bob Wills, the King of Western Swing. Playing alongside the elder Gimble for five decades, Dick accessed the kind of musical knowledge and nuance that only that kind of intimate relationship can impart. Third generation Emily has continued the tradition by playing actively with both her dad and granddad over two decades while also working with her contemporaries to recharge the music. The Gimbles' program is a mix of western swing, swing standards from the 30’s & 40’s, some honky-tonk and country blues, and a healthy sampling of Johnny’s own beloved compositions. Emily and Dick perform as a duo, but also as a trio with one of Johnny’s notable disciples, including such accomplished fiddlers as Jason Roberts, Randy Elmore, Wes Westmoreland, or Katie Holmes. For larger presentations, The Gimbles can assemble a full scale swing ensemble.
168 Private Road
Waco, TX 76708
public performance/concert $1200 - $2500
school performance $1200 - $2500
optional service 2 Gimbles + guest fiddler $1200 - $2500
optional service 2 Gimbles + full band $2500 - $3500
The Hideout Theatre
The Hideout Theatre has been delighting child and teen audiences since 2007 with interactive improv shows. Their trained and talented improv actors take suggestions and incorporate them as they perform so the audience actively creates the story that is playing out in front of them. Everyone is fully engaged because they build the show-- from suggestions to sound effects to the occasional helper on stage-- it is truly their show, the actors just make it come to life. Programs meet several TEKS objectives and offer workshops and worksheets for extended learning. The company also offers shows for adults. The most popular show is "Fairly Silly Fairy Tales," where the actors take favorite fairy tales, the audience mixes them up, then the actors play out the hilarious results. In "Monster Families," Baby Monster believes in humans, but no one else in the monster family does. This interactive and silly evening with the monsters shows that everyone is welcome, even if they seem different. As this is an improv theatre group, they can work in other themes as requested.
617 Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701
public performance/concert $800 - $1800
school performance $500 - $1200
The Intergalactic Nemesis
The Intergalactic Nemesis Live-Action Graphic Novel trilogy is a touring theatrical production based in Austin that tells a series of sci-fi adventure stories in a unique live theatrical format. Book One premiered at Austin’s Long Center for the Performing Arts in September 2010, Book Two premiered in 2012, and Book Three in 2014. The shows began touring in 2011. Since that time, they have played more than 100 venues worldwide and have been featured on NPR's All Things Considered, TBS's CONAN with Conan O'Brien, PBS's Arts In Context, The Wall Street Journal, and dozens of other media outlets. "The Intergalactic Nemesis Live Action Graphic Novel" is a trilogy of plays entitled Target Earth, Robot Planet Rising, and Twin Infinity. Each show tours independently and each is 120 minutes long (including intermission), telling a period adventure story. In performance comic-book artwork is projected panel-by-panel on a movie screen while three actors, one Foley artist, and one keyboardist perform the voices, sound effects, and music live.
2318 Canterbury St.
Austin, TX 78702
public performance/concert $12000 - $18000
school performance $2500 - $6000
The Jones Family Singers
The Jones Family Singers are a Texas-based gospel powerhouse. Bishop Fred A. Jones, Sr. serves as father, pastor, and manager to this unique family ensemble that is made up of his daughters and sons. The Jones Family Singers have been featured at Austin City Limits, SXSW, and on Black Entertainment Television (BET) on Dr. Bobby Jones Show & the National Sky Angel Network. They have performed in the US, Canada, and the Bahamas. Arts+Labor (producer/filmmaker of "Outside Industry: The Story of SXSW") is filming a documentary exploring the triumphs and tribulations of the Jones Family Singers. The Jones Family Singers is an eight- to twelve-piece band that performs traditional gospel music.
2023 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
public performance/concert $2500 - $12000
school performance $2000 - $5000
optional service workshops/festival gospel hours $2000 - $7500
optional service religious organization $2000 - $5000
Blending traditional Celtic playing skills, power-pop accessibility, and straight up rock n’ roll hooks, the Killdares have created a fresh new sound that’s blended with enough commercial edge to be instantly recognizable, always engaging, and appealing to fans of all ages. Even die-hard fans of purely traditional Celtic music have embraced the band’s powerful genre-bending sound. Expanding the definition of "Celtic," the band uses the unconventional pairing of screaming, fire-driven fiddle and bagpipes with the wail of electric guitar, bass, and drums to create brilliant arrangements of traditional tunes and original compositions. Family friendly events/shows include (but are not limited to): general music & arts festivals, Irish festivals/world music festivals, theaters, performing arts centers, colleges, and high school programs. The Killdares will occasionally adjust their programming to meet the needs of each event (i.e. more traditional music for Irish festivals, more varied material for colleges, Q&A's for high schools, etc.).
PO Box 595733
Dallas, TX 75359
public performance/concert $2000 - $5000
school performance $2000 - $5000
The Magik Theatre
Find out what over 2 million children and their families have discovered - a performance where books come to life on stage! Experience children's theatre with the Magik Theatre-- where imagination is education. Want to take your students on a journey but can’t afford the rising cost of buses? Magik Theatre On the Road brings fun and lively performances to children ages 3–18. 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. Magik Theatre touring offerings include their current national tour production "Jungle Book" and local tour productions of "Pirate Pete’s Story Ship", "Dr. Krashunbang", "Rumpelstiltskin", "Jack and the Beanstalk", "The Three Little Pigs", "Goldilocks", and our special Theatre for the Very Young (5 years and younger) "Wake Up, Brother Bear!". Each offering is literature-based and easily integrated into the curricula of pre-school, elementary, middle, and high schools and complemented by a TEKS-linked study guide that extends the play experience and facilitates discussion. Photo: David Frank for ArtGives.
420 S Alamo
San Antonio, TX 78205
phone 210/227-2751; 210-683-5089
public performance/concert $300 - $800
school performance $300 - $600
optional service CPE workshop $300 - $700
A first generation Irish-American, Tom travels the US as a storyteller, guitarist, theremin player, percussionist, and virtuoso ukulelist at festivals, conferences, and schools. He addresses comparative cultural studies, character education, memoir, problem solving, and creative writing. A John Henry Faulk Award recipient for storytelling, Tom accompanies his original stories, adapted folktales and Texas lore with humor, participation, and music to create an unparalleled experience for all ages. Tom was the US performer at the 2012 International Storytelling Festival in Sneem, Ireland. His children’s books include "Otis Steele and the Taileebone: A Southern Tall Tale" (Pelican, 2013) and "The Ghouls Come Haunting One by One" (Pelican, 2010). Programs for elementary and middle schools include: "Please Make Me Care– Stories to Make Life Interesting" (folktales, original and personal stories with music and humor, illustrating how stories make us and make us interesting: pre-K – 6th grades), "Sometimes You Gotta Mess With People" (trickster tales, ghost stories, Irish folklore, and historical tales of trickery and lessons learned: 5th – 9th grades), and "Cooperation Garden Time" (global tales of cooperation, bully prevention, and paying attention: pre-K - 5th grades).
PO Box 470593
Fort Worth, TX 76107
public performance/concert $450 - $1500
school performance $450 - $1000
Toni Simmons is a dynamic storyteller and author who brings her multicultural stories to life with audience participation, rhythms, chants, and movements. Her book "The Cheese Chase: Why Dogs Chase Cats," is the winner of an IParenting Media Award and her video won the Parents' Choice Award. Toni's background includes work as a children's librarian, drama teacher, and actress. She has been featured at many festivals throughout the United States. She has performed at the National Storytelling Festival's Exchange Place and in South Africa, Germany, and Mexico. Toni was designated an NEA American Masterpiece touring artist. Her multicultural storytelling programs use rhythms, songs, and movements to enhance a variety of age-appropriate folktales. These energetic sessions use creative dramatics and audience participation. The audience is taken on an imaginary story trip and is engaged by helping to tell the stories.
323 W. Beltline Road, # A 4
Cedar Hill, TX 75104
public performance/concert $350 - $1500
school performance $350 - $1500
State Artist Carmen Tafolla
Dr. Carmen Tafolla, 2015 Texas State Poet Laureate, is known internationally for her moving inspirational performances and heart-felt poetry readings. A poet, children’s writer, performance artist, storyteller, motivational speaker, and Associate Professor at UTSA, Tafolla was chosen in 2012 as the first Poet Laureate of the City of San Antonio. Her mission as State Poet Laureate is to plant seeds of poetry all over Texas through her “Poet Trees” initiative, sponsored by UTSA, in which twenty public schools with predominantly low-income student populations will be chosen to receive books and workshops free of charge between August 2015 and April 2016. Dr.Tafolla also conducts dramatic performances, keynotes, readings and workshops in English and Spanish to all age groups. The author of more than 20 books, her work appears internationally in five languages, in journals, magazines, newspapers, college textbooks, and elementary school readers, and she has won numerous awards including the Américas Award, the Charlotte Zolotow, the Art of Peace, two Tomas Rivera Book Awards, and five International Latino Book Awards.
Tapestry Dance Company
Tapestry Dance Company was founded in 1989 and exists as the only fulltime, professional repertory tap company in the world. The company has presented over 550 original dance works, has hosted numerous tap dance legends and masters in residence, and was on the 2007-2009 NEA Masterpieces Touring Roster. The company's vision, presentation/preservation of classic work and the creation of contemporary rhythm and percussive dance, educates audiences about tap's unique heritage and value. Through its multiracial dancers, Tapestry reflects the diversity of Texas’ cultural heritage and broadens the understanding of contemporary/traditional choreography with an emphasis on rhythm/percussive dance. Under the direction of Acia Gray, Tapestry presents an exciting and eclectic concert and outreach programs of tap dance, bringing the best of traditional to contemporary tap works (tied together with modern dance, body percussion and contemporary movement) to the stage. Tapestry shares common bonds while defying stereotypes in presenting accessible, unique, and sophisticated works. Tapestry celebrates universal values and always surprises their audiences with fresh dance experiences. When Tapestry performs, the excitement is shared by performers and viewers alike. Photo: Chris Caselli
4544 S. Lamar Blvd #250
Austin, TX 78745-1635
phone 512/474-9846; 512-695-6560
public performance/concert $7000 - $10000
school performance $1500 - $4000
When rock 'n' roll meets Tex-Mex in a honky tonk that is home to the blues, you get the Tejas Brothers. This quartet absolutely disregards any notions of staying within a certain "genre." If it feels good, and makes people happy, it ought to be a Tejas Brothers song. Shows are family-friendly and focus on the idea that we only live once, and we should all get the most out of life. In 2013, the Dallas Observer Music Awards named the Tejas Brothers "Best Country Act." Their latest CD, "Live a Little More," was produced by Lloyd Maines. In 2009, they had the #7 album on the Americana Radio Airplay Charts. The Tejas Brothers is a four-piece band comprising accordion, upright bass, guitar, and drums. Shows can be acoustic or electric, and up to two hours in length. The Tejas Brothers' repertoire of original and cover songs include: Boogie Woogie Mamacita (original); I Can't Sleep (original); Don't Be So Mean (original); Seven Spanish Angels; Hey Baby Que Paso; Crying Time; and El Sapito. Production and lights for venues of up to 250 people can be provided.
2505 Scenic View Court
Granbury, TX 76048
public performance/concert $2000 - $6000
school performance $1500 - $4000
Texas Boys Choir
The Texas Boys Choir is an auditioned, professional 4-part choir composed of boys ages 10-18. The Choir has been an educational and performing institution since 1946. With versatile repertoire that includes classical, patriotic, folk, contemporary and world traditions, TBC has something special to offer just about any event. Throughout its history, the Choir has traveled the world over, performing before popes, presidents, and kings. TBC has appeared on national television and radio broadcasts. With numerous awards, including two GRAMMYs and more than 40 professional recordings, TBC continues to maintain its reputation as one of the premier boychoirs in the world. The first half of a typical program is sacred/classical and includes liturgical music, mass excerpts, and such composers as Bach, Brahms, Bruckner, and Britten. A typical second half is lighter fare,including Americana/patriotic, pop, spirituals, western, folk, and world traditions. Some past/current favorites are: "American Tribute," "Star Wars Medley," "Bohemian Rhapsody," "Soon Ah Will be Done," "Ring of Fire," and "The Blessing." In addition TBC has selections for holidays and special events.
3901 S. Hulen Street
Fort Worth, TX 76109
public performance/concert $1 - $6500
school performance $1 - $3000
optional service not for profit special events $200 - $6500
***Artists covered by this listing are Peter Anzaldua; Keyun Dickson; Juan Longoria, Jr.; Ignacio "Nachito" Morales; Ruben Paul Moreno; Anthony Ortiz, Jr.; Johnny Ramirez; Michael Ramos; Heriberto Rodriguez; and Robert & Tina Vega.*** Texas Folklife is a statewide organization dedicated to presenting, promoting, and preserving the diverse living heritage of the Lone Star State. They produce an annual series of public programs that have been presented at venues from the Brownsville Heritage Museum, Austin’s Paramount Theatre, the Kennedy Center, and on PBS and NPR affiliates across the country. They are engaged in projects around the state, including low-cost events that attract a multigenerational audience, and hands-on experiences for K-12 grade students and teachers in a variety of art forms. Additionally, their film and radio documentaries bring national attention to extraordinary Texas talent. The 2014-2016 touring performances focus on the talented young winners of "The Big Squeeze" accordion contest. The touring package includes a screening of "The Big Squeeze" documentary film by esteemed filmmaker Hector Galan, and a performance program that can be scaled to the presenter's budget. Master classes and TEKS-aligned support materials are also available.
1708 Houston St
Austin, TX 78756
public performance/concert $500 - $20000
school performance $200 - $2000
optional service film screening & concert $1200 - $2500
Texas Guitar Quartet
The Texas Guitar Quartet members bring their unique passions and talents to an ensemble dedicated to presenting chamber music of the highest quality. The quartet has developed an exciting repertoire by commissioning new works and creating their own arrangements and compositions. Recently, the quartet commissioned Tracks, a major new work by composer Peter Lieuwen. They have also premiered works by Andrew Dickinson, Alfredo Barros, Mark Anthony Cruz, and Joseph Williams II. Their daring arrangements, such as Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, offer fresh perspective on works from other repertoires and push the boundaries of the medium. Touring repertoire includes Symphony No. 40, K. 550 by W. A. Mozart; Egmont Overture, Op. 84 by Ludwig van Beethoven; Pavane pour une enfante défunte by Maurice Ravel; Red by Joseph Williams II; and Tracks by Peter Lieuwen.
27261 Orth Lane
Conroe, TX 77385
public performance/concert $3200 - $4000
school performance $3200 - $4000
The Texas Gypsies describe their music as "vintage jazzy swingin' cool hep cat sounds of the 20's-30's along with a taste of western swing, with a mix of gypsy jazz magic sprinkled over the top and a pinch of retro deco rockabilly!" This award-winning band mixes passionate violin, a blazing horn section, rocking swinging guitars, slapping upright bass, and retro style drumming to harmoniously create their own unique, fun and artistic sound! The band can perform with from 4 to 8 members for a great and memorable show! The band performs a mix of classic instrumental and vocal music of American swing and jazz music of the 1920's, 30's, 40's, European gypsy jazz, and many original songs, too. The band will dress in vintage era costumes and are available to lecture on early American jazz and swing music.
1126 Shady Oaks Ct.
Allen, TX 75002
public performance/concert $1600 - $7500
school performance $1000 - $4500
A member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Tim Tingle performs Native American stories for all ages, with music on his cedar flute and whaleskin drum. He has been a featured storyteller at festivals in forty-three states, including five appearances at the National Storytelling Festival. In June 2011, Tingle spoke at the Library of Congress and presented his first performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. The author of twelve award-winning books, Tingle offers a variety of writing workshops. In 2012, Tingle was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters, an honor reserved for Texas’ most renowned authors. Tingle’s repertory of 400-plus stories includes, for elementary school ages: "Grandma Spider Brings the Fire;" "Coyote and the Rock," a hilarious Trickster tale; "The Bowl," a frightfully funny Navajo story; and (from Tingle’s books) "Crossing Bok Chitto" and "Danny Blackgoat." For young adults and adult audiences, Tim can perform stories such as: "La Llorona," "Trail of Tears," and (from Tingle’s books) "How I Became a Ghost," and "No Name." He also offers the full-length theater piece, "Clarence Carnes–Boarding School to Alcatraz."
4417 Morningside Way
Canyon Lake, TX 78133
public performance/concert $150 - $1000
school performance $550 - $950
optional service keynote $1200 - $1500
Tumbaka is a multicultural musical group founded by the internationally renowned percussionist Jorge “CroCro” Orta in 2010, which released its first CD in 2014. Tumbaka was formed with the ambition to do something different in the city of Houston in the salsa genre to interpret different tropical-style music. Thanks to the experience and long musical career of Jorge “CroCro” Orta, whose musical journey includes eight years as the percussionist of the renowned "Grupo Niche" of Colombia, Tumbaka interprets the vast Latin music genre. Tumbaka plans to perform all tracks from its CD "El Capitan de mi Barco" and can also include cumbias, bachatas, boleros, Latin jazz, Venezuelan folklore and salsa music.
16323 Rainbow Lake Rd.
Houston, TX 77095
public performance/concert $2500 - $7000
school performance $1600 - $2500
optional service workshop $300 - $600
Twice Upon a Time Storytellers
Inspired by a mutual passion for narrative performance, Gene and Peggy Helmick-Richardson formed Twice Upon a Time Storytellers in 1999. They have since taken their stories to various venues, from preschools to prisons. This tandem team blends degrees in science and journalism; professional experience in living history museums and writing; and respect for creativity, cultural diversity, social justice, and the strength of the spoken word to educate, entertain, and empower both children and adults with their tales. But despite their commitment to spreading the gospel of storytelling, the opportunity to also spread laughter is never turned down. Gene and Peggy offer engaging storytelling programs for all ages, including "Different Ways to Make a Story," "Texas Prairie Tales," "Ghosts, Ghouls and Goblins," "Heart to Heart: Stories from Diverse Cultural and Spiritual Traditions" and "Worldwise Traveler: Legends, Folk and Fairy Tales from Around the World." Their "Strings 'n Things" demonstrates string tricks, folk toys, and games from early rural America. In addition, Twice Upon a Time enjoys designing storytelling programs for unique performances.
9003 Piper Lane
Dallas, TX 75228
public performance/concert $250 - $2000
school performance $250 - $2000
optional service workshops $400 - $2000
Two Tons of Steel
Two Tons of Steel is an American rockabilly and Texas country band. Before there was Americana or Texas country, Two Tons of Steel front man Kevin Geil and his band created a sound that blended the best of musical worlds and pushed the envelope of "Texas" sound with a signature brand of high-energy country meets raw punk. The San Antonio-based group packed the small bars and local hangouts and quickly became the city’s most loved band, earning them a spot on the cover of Billboard Magazine and launching a 20-year journey for the band. Two Tons of Steel performs their own original music from eight albums. The band has performed numerous times at the legendary Gruene Hall in Gruene, Texas. In 2013, the band marked 18 years of "Two Ton Tuesday Live from Gruene Hall." The summer-long event drew 13,000 fans in 2012 and more than 150,000 fans since it began its annual run in 1995.
4609 Eagle Feather Drive
Austin, TX 78735
public performance/concert $2500 - $4000
school performance $1500 - $2500
The Wonder Bread Years
Pat Hazell is Chief Creative Officer of Sweetwood Productions in Austin. Showtime declared Hazell one of the five funniest people in America. His 25 years of experience as a writer, producer, and director have made him a go-to guy for new American theater. Hazell is one of the original writers for NBC’s "Seinfeld," a "Tonight Show" veteran, and a critically acclaimed playwright. Pat’s first endeavor, "Bunk Bed Brothers," was optioned by Columbia Pictures and filmed as the sitcom "American Pie" for NBC. Hazell’s signature work, "The Wonder Bread Years," aired on PBS and continues to tour the country theatrically. A fresh and funny salute to Americana, "The Wonder Bread Years" is a fast-paced, one-man show that hilariously illustrates our collective consciousness. Audiences across the country are enjoying a production that not only restores a much-needed sense of wonder, but leaves them laughing and savoring the past like never before. The Wonder Bread Years is a comic bulls-eye for Baby Boomers and has been hailed by Jerry Seinfeld as "milk-snorting funny!"
6407 Weatherwood Cove
Austin, TX 78746
public performance/concert $6500 - $7500
optional service university/community college performances $6500 - $7500