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Texas Commission on the Arts
Texas Touring Roster for performances from September 1, 2016-August 31, 2018

2016-2018
Texas Touring Roster

Warren Hood

Warren Hood

Warren Hood hails from the fertile musical grounds of Austin, Texas. The son of music legend Champ Hood, Warren began playing the violin at eleven, and graduated with honors from the Berklee College of Music. Warren became recognized as a virtuosic fiddler, and as an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and singer as a founding member of the South Austin Jug Band. Warren has been recognized three times as String Player of the Year in the Austin Chronicle Music Awards. Warren tours extensively with the Waybacks and the BoDeans. He has also performed and/or recorded with Lyle Lovett, Ben Kweller, Little Feet, Elvis Costello, and Alejandro Escovedo. The Warren Hood Band features Warren Hood on fiddle and vocals, Austin guitar ace Willie Pipkin, and award-winning pianist and vocalist Emily Gimble, granddaughter of the legendary Texas fiddler Johnny Gimble, as well as bass and drums. Warren Hood can also appear as a solo and duo artist.

contact
Book Warren Hood
3005 S. Fifth St.
Austin, TX  78704

phone 512/577-1595
fax /
e-mail bookwarrenhood@gmail.com
public performance/concert $1000 - $5000
school performance $500 - $2000
optional service workshops/camps $500 - $3500
website http://www.warrenhood.com

 

Woody Russell

Woody Russell

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.

contact
Woody Russell
12000 Pepperidge Dr
Austin, TX  78739

phone 512/585-8922
fax /
e-mail booking@woodyrussell.com
public performance/concert $800 - $3500
school performance $750 - $1200
website http://www.woodyrussell.com

 

Melissa Waddy-Thibodeaux

Melissa Waddy-Thibodeaux

This professional performing artist and instructor has over 35 years of experience touring throughout the US and abroad. Melissa Waddy-Thibodeaux is sought after for historical performances which teach history, motivate, inspire, and promote literacy. She also works with incarcerated youth in Harris County teaching theatrics and historical re-enactment. Ms. Waddy-Thibodeaux is a co-author of "Places of the Underground Railroad" (Greenwood Press, 2010). One of her programs, "The Resurrection of Harriet Tubman in Escape to Freedom," travels worldwide, providing a historical account of this woman’s life story and showing how it relates to today. This national touring artist explores the lives of women in history and how their accomplishments made a difference in our country's history. Ms. Waddy-Thibodeaux portrays various women via costuming and theatrical storytelling techniques to teach US history. Harriet Tubman, Mrs. Rosa Parks, Ms. Lavinia Bell of Texas, "The Story of Bessie Coleman," and "The Buffalo Soldier Female Story" are all available for classroom and auditorium presentations, festivals, churches, libraries, and museums across the country.

contact
Melissa Waddy-Thibodeaux
PO Box 740606
Houston, TX  77274-0606

phone 713/884-9655
fax /
e-mail info@aflyinggeese.com
public performance/concert $650 - $1500
school performance $550 - $1100
website http://www.flyinggeese.org/

 

Dale Watson

Dale Watson

Dale Watson is a country music maverick, a true outlaw carrying on where Waylon Jennings left off. Watson is an American country/Texas country singer, guitarist, songwriter, and self-published author based in Austin. He coined "Ameripolitan" as a new genre of original music and has positioned himself as a tattooed, stubbornly independent outsider who is interested in recording authentic country music. Doing just this, he has become a favorite of critics and alt-country fans, achieving national and international critical acclaim and receiving constant demand for appearances. Dale Watson tours fronting his band, the Lonestars, performing Watson’s original songs consisting of classic honky tonk, country and Western music that he best describes as "Ameripolitan." Watson tours all over the country, but can be found playing regularly at his Monday night residence at the Continental Club. He is also a regular performer at the Grand Ole Opry.

contact
Davis McLarty
4609 Eagle Feather Drive
Austin, TX  78735

phone 512/444-8750
fax /
e-mail davis@atomicmusicgroup.com
public performance/concert $3000 - $5000
school performance $2500 - $3500
website http://www.dalewatson.com

 

Lavelle White

Lavelle White

Long revered as a major figure in the history of Texas blues, Lavelle White continues to dazzle audiences with her energetic and soulful vocals and her rockin' blues band with ace players. She has been performing at concerts, clubs, and special events across the United States and Texas for years. "From her hits in the 1950's and '60's on Houston's Duke records through her later residency as the house vocalist at Chicago's legendary Kingston Mines, to her comeback over the last decade on Antone's Records, Lavelle has always been an avatar of 'true blues' and a class act" --Portland Oregonian. Lavelle offers concerts and mini-concerts for all sizes of venues.

contact
Nancy Fly
PO Box 90306
Austin, TX  78709-0306

phone 512/288-2023
fax 888/207-9561
e-mail nfly@nflyagency.com
public performance/concert $800 - $5000
school performance $750 - $3500
website http://www.nflyagency.com/artistpages/subset_lavelle.htm

 

Matt Wilson

Matt Wilson

Matt Wilson headlines numerous concerts and private events each year both as a solo performing artist and with the acclaimed Matt Wilson Band. In 2015 he released his 6th CD, “Hundred Bucks," and began limited touring with his most recent production, "Matt Wilson - On the Road and Off the Record." This Dallas native first gained national exposure as the "Piano-Man" in the First National Tour of the Billy Joel and Twyla Tharp Tony Award-winning musical "Movin' Out." In 2005, Matt was honored with a resolution by the Texas State Senate for his achievements in the area of fine arts. Drawing from his vast repertoire of original and pop/rock standards, Matt relates his experiences from over 20 years of performing on Broadway and throughout the world through story and song. While performing at schools, churches, concert venues, and theaters, Matt prefers to work with and incorporate students, church members, and local artists into his performances. The show’s material focuses on useful life lessons and “behind-the-curtain” practical entertainment know-how.

contact
Michael Mordecai
12400 Highway 71 West, Suite 350-177
Austin, TX  78738

phone 512/477-7777
fax /
e-mail mike@bbabooking.com
public performance/concert $500 - $7500
school performance $300 - $1500
website http://www.mattwilsonband.com/

 

WindSync

WindSync

Hailed by the Houston Chronicle as “revolutionary chamber musicians,” WindSync is North America’s foremost emerging wind quintet. The ensemble is internationally recognized for dramatic and engaging interpretations of classical music. The young, adventurous group plays exclusively from memory, including elements of staging and choreography, and focuses on building a connection with audiences through dynamic concert programming and charismatic stage presence. Supported annually by the Houston Arts Alliance and Chamber Music America, WindSync also specializes in educational assembly programs in schools, community outreach concerts, and concerts dedicated to children and families on the autistic spectrum. Their program “Something About a Rose” is a modern take on classical storytelling traditions with music inspired by Shakespeare. Highlights from the recital program include music from Romeo and Juliet by Sergei Prokofiev, Mendelssohn’s Overture to Midsummer Night’s Dream, and a creative parody of West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein. “Oh, the Places You'll Go” is an educational, family-friendly outreach program inspired by the poetry of Dr. Seuss including a unique choreographed version of Peter and the Wolf.

contact
Anni Hochhalter
220 Westmoreland
Houston, TX  77006

phone 832/639-4212
fax /
e-mail contact@windsync.org
public performance/concert $3500 - $8500
school performance $1000 - $3500
website http://www.windsync.org/

 

The Wonder Bread Years

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!"

contact
Katie Goan
6407 Weatherwood Cove
Austin, TX  78746

phone 512/383-9498
fax /
e-mail katie@sweetwoodproductions.com
public performance/concert $6500 - $7500
optional service university/community college performances $6500 - $7500
website http://www.wonderbreadyears.com

 

Carolyn Wonderland

Carolyn Wonderland

A musical force evoking the soulful vocals of Janis Joplin and the guitar slinging skills of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Wonderland embodies the Texas blues tradition. As a teenager in Houston, she learned from Gulf Coast blues giants like Little Screamin' Kenny. Her breakthrough album release was 2008's Miss Understood, on Ray Benson's Bismeaux Records. From appearances on PBS's Austin City Limits to top slots at major festivals around the world, Wonderland's legendary performances, recordings, and songwriting confirm the unique power of the Texas blues tradition, and its promising future under her stewardship. Wonderland performs mostly original compositions in concert, adding a few rarer gems from the Texas blues tradition by artists such as Janis Joplin, Little Screamin' Kenny, Vince Welnick, and Rick Derringer. She is accompanied by Austin natives Cole El-Saleh (keyboards and bass) and Rob Hooper (drums). Together the trio performs a riveting musical presentation full of dynamics, inspiring vocals, and stirring instrument solos.

contact
MJ Mendell
PO Box 104
Austin, TX  78767

phone 512/444-9885 x 127
fax 512/444-4699
e-mail mj@asleepatthewheel.com
public performance/concert $2500 - $7500
school performance $1200 - $4500
website http://www.carolynwonderland.com

 

Drusilla Woods

Drusilla Woods

After 30 years of teaching, primarily in the speech/theater field, Dru entered the world of storytelling to educate, enrich, and entertain. She entwines music, puppetry, enthusiasm, energy, and story to create a memorable experience. Folktales, fractured fairy tales, historical stories, character-based stories, and original stories comprise a program that is adaptable for all ages. The presentations align with TEKS requirements in several subject areas. The keyboard, ukulele, pipe, didgeridoo, and rhythm instruments--coupled with puppets and audience participation--add atmosphere to each selection. Dru has presented in schools, libraries, hospitals, churches, and festivals. Touring offerings include: Texas Tales– a collection of tales, along with Texas facts, that have been “Texas-ized” to create a learning, entertaining experience; Folk Tales from Around the World- visits different cultures observing how traditions and morals are taught through indigenous tales and music; Animals Adapt- includes stories and scientific concepts of adaptation to nature by animals; Stories Your History Teacher Never Told You and Bullies Are Brats - programs that teach import lessons; Hooray for Heroes - explores character traits of heroes. Music and puppets accompany all programs.

contact
Dru Woods
2105 Holly Trail East
Holly Lake Ranch, TX  75765

phone 903/769-0702
fax /
e-mail druwoods@yahoo.com
public performance/concert $150 - $500
school performance $150 - $400
website http://www.storytellerdruwoods.com

 


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