Texas Commission on the Arts
Texas Touring Roster for performances from September 1, 2018-August 31, 2020

2018-2020
Texas Touring Roster

A'lante Flamenco

A'lante Flamenco

Thundering footwork, chattering castanets, soaring vocals and blazing guitars-- A'lante Flamenco takes hold of an audience and won't let go! Directed by Olivia Chacon, the company's seven dancers and four musicians fill the stage with energy, enthralling audiences of all ages and backgrounds, and presenting flamenco to Texas audiences in fresh and creative ways. Flamenco is a music and dance form hailing from southern Spain, with Roma (Gypsy), Middle Eastern, Jewish, and Latin American influences. A'lante Flamenco has been hailed by audiences and critics for their dynamic and contemporary approach to flamenco, uniting tradition and innovation Available touring programs include theatrical productions (including "Juana: First I Dream," inspired by poet Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz; "The Red Shoes: A Flamenco Fairytale,” based on the Hans Christian Andersen tale, and others) or a program appropriate for smaller venues, like "Flamencura,” which transports audiences into a traditional Spanish flamenco club. Programs can also be customized for specific events or audiences, including dance and music workshops, mini-performances, and lecture-demonstrations in Spanish or English, including discussion of history and cultural influences of flamenco. Photo by Estrella Chacon.

contact
Olivia Chacon
7113 Burnet Road
Austin, TX  78757

phone 512-850-1115
phone#2 512-850-1115
e-mail oliviachaconflamenco@gmail.com
public performance/concert $750 - $10,000
school performance $600 - $5,000
workshop fees $400 - $1,000
travel/per diem/lodging $300 - $5,000
website https://alanteflamenco.com/

 

Adler & Hearne

Adler & Hearne

From Texas' upper east side, award-winning singer-songwriters Lynn Adler and Lindy Hearne connect with audiences coast to coast. Their music is a signature blend of original folk, jazz and blues with deep Texas roots. With 12+ recordings and decades of touring between them, their repertoire is playful, poignant and poetic – including sparky love ballads, historically based tributes, children’s music, quirky story songs, modern-day spirituals, and anthems of justice and peace. Raised by musical families and nurtured by choirs through college, the two met in Nashville, and now pay it forward together in performances from listening-room venues, festivals and community events to churches, libraries and schools. Lynn co-wrote the theme song for the hit PBS children’s TV series "Wishbone." Her diverse writing background brings added experience to the duo's workshops and presentations. Lindy sang in the famed Texas Boys Choir as a child, and for several years he and his band were Roy Clark’s backup group performing with Roy from Las Vegas to Hee Haw to Carnegie Hall. When you schedule Adler & Hearne to entertain for an upcoming event, think 'song circle' between Johnny and June Cash, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Astrud Gilberto, and Gordon Lightfoot and Joni Mitchell. Photo by Francesco Silvestri.

contact
Lynn Adler
PO Box 979
Winnsboro, TX  75494

phone 214-952-6086
phone#2 817-600-1267
e-mail lynn.adler.songfarmer@gmail.com
public performance/concert $500 - $2,500
school performance $300 - $1,500
workshop fees $300 - $1,500
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $350
website http://www.adlerandhearne.com

 

American Dreamer

American Dreamer

Comprised of two former rockers (guitar and drums) and three classical musicians (violin, cello, bass), Austin orchestral folk ensemble American Dreamer has over 30 years of collective music school experience. Members can be found performing in the Austin Symphony Orchestra, directing school orchestras, leading studios, and teaching at the University of Texas at Austin. Not surprisingly, the band's sound mirrors the generosity apropos of educators. In performance, they selflessly let one another share the spotlight as much as they commingle in it, obviously in appreciation for what they do as individuals and as a group. From the rocker "Start-Stopping" to the more introspective "Apollo,” American Dreamer’s songs flow easily with intricate, lush harmonies and expressive instrumentation reminiscent of Sufjan Stevens. With one foot in classical music and the other comfortably in folk, the common thread that runs through every song, and each member of the group, is the natural urge to share sounds, emotions, and stories through music. Photo by Mark Maryonavich.

contact
Sasha Klare-Ayvazian
800 W 38th St. #10302
Austin, TX  78705

phone 413-320-7327
phone#2 916-600-7566
e-mail americandreamermusic@gmail.com
public performance/concert $2,000
school performance $2,000
workshop fees $1,000
travel/per diem/lodging $1,000
website http://www.americandreamermusic.com/

 

Aperio, Music of the Americas

Aperio, Music of the Americas

Aperio, Music of the Americas is a Houston-based ensemble dedicated to presenting unique chamber music in performances that showcase contemporary composers from the Americas. Drawn from Latin, the word "aperio" means "to open, reveal, or unveil; to hear with new understanding." The ensemble's concerts celebrate the discovery of art music of South and North America through an interactive performance format that emphasizes cultural connectivity and understanding. Aperio’s unique repertoire features music by popular masters of the New World, as well as a young and emerging new generation of composers. Programs can range from intimate chamber music salons to orchestral style events. Several programs explore the intersection of popular culture and classical music highlighting the influences of folk music, tango, jazz, and even rock’n’roll in classical music. With flexible performing options and diverse instrumentation, Aperio’s ensemble can range from two to thirty players. Founded in 2006, Aperio has performed its unique brand of concerts throughout Texas, the United States and South America. Recent landmark performances include the North American symphonic premiere of Philip Glass’ Aguas da Amazonia, collaborations with GRAMMY Award winners Ana Maria Martinez and Jorge Callandrelli, as well as a critically acclaimed nationally released recording titled Across Oceans. Photo by Trish Badger Photography.

contact
Michael Zuraw
827 Byrne St
Houston, TX  77009

phone 317-517-0225
phone#2 317-517-0225
e-mail aperioamericas@gmail.com
public performance/concert $3,000 - $30,000
school performance $2,000 - $10,000
workshop fees $1,000 - $4,000
travel/per diem/lodging $750 - $6,000
website https://www.aperioamericas.org/

 

ARCOS Dance

ARCOS Dance

Founded in 2011, ARCOS experiments rigorously to discover adventurous new forms of contemporary performance. Combining dance, theater, video, and emergent technologies, ARCOS creates innovative, award-winning transmedia performances that are accessible and relevant to a diverse range of audiences. The company has been commissioned and presented its work throughout Texas and internationally in performing and contemporary arts centers, festivals, and interdisciplinary symposia. ARCOS has received public and private grants, served as guest artists in academic institutions, and participated in artist residencies across the country. ARCOS' touring repertory features evening-length productions for various venue types, including "The Warriors: A Love Story," "Domain," "Tasteful," "In the Ether," and "The Tower Is Us (A Prisoner’s Cinema)." The company’s shorter dance works—"When Televisions Sleep," for example—are suited to proscenium or studio theater settings, individually or combined into a full-length program. ARCOS also welcomes commissions to create or remount site-specific projects, such as the immersive, virtual-reality integrated dance pieces "Elegy" and "Spheres." While on tour or in residency, ARCOS also complements performances with innovative outreach and community engagement offerings, such as informal post-show conversations, interdisciplinary workshops or masterclasses, and volunteering for local charities. Photo by Sarah Annie Navarrete.

contact
Erica Gionfriddo
3111 Parker Lane #196
Austin, TX  78741

phone 860-983-5974
phone#2
e-mail a@arcosdance.com
public performance/concert $1,500 - $20,000
school performance $800 - $4,800
workshop fees $150 - $7,500
travel/per diem/lodging $40 - $9,600
website http://www.arcosdance.com/

 

Asleep at the Wheel

Asleep at the Wheel

Ray Benson founded Asleep at the Wheel 48 years ago. Now based in Austin, the band holds 10 GRAMMY Awards, 20 studio albums and 20 singles on the Billboard country charts. Recent additions Katie Shore (fiddle, vocals), Dennis Ludiker (fiddle, mandolin) Connor Forsyth (keyboard, vocals) and Josh Hoag (bass) have brought a newfound energy and their own unique style within the band. Asleep at the Wheel veterans David Sanger (drums) Eddie Rivers (steel guitar) and Jay Reynolds (saxophone and clarinet) round out the now 8-piece band. Asleep at the Wheel holiday show "Merry Texas Christmas Y'all" showcases songs from AATW's 3 Christmas albums "Merry Texas Christmas Y'all" "Santa Loves to Boogie" and "Lone Star Christmas Night." It's a fun and festive holiday show, giving concertgoers a true Texas Christmas music experience. Asleep at the Wheel also offers a Symphony Show. Since 2007, Asleep at the Wheel has been performing with symphonies all around the country. Also in 2007, they recorded an album with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. This unique show takes on AATW's hits, Bob Wills tunes, and songs of the Alamo with special arrangements to feature the symphony orchestra. Photo by Mike Shore.

contact
Sam Seifert
PO Box 463
Austin, TX  78767

phone 512-444-9885
phone#2 512-444-9944
e-mail sam@asleepatthewheel.com
public performance/concert $12,500 - $20,000
travel/per diem/lodging $800 - $1,500
website http://www.asleepatthewheel.com

 

Austin Troubadours

Austin Troubadours

The Austin Troubadours is an international group of instrumentalists and singers whose mission is to revive the beauty of musical masterpieces from Medieval and Renaissance Europe. It was founded in 2008 in Austin, Texas by the award-winning lutenist and early music specialist Slobodan Vujisic. Seven musicians in period costumes with more than 30 authentic period instruments perform dances and songs of Medieval and Renaissance Europe. A high-energy, unconventional show sets the stage in this historically informed performance. Performers include members of the Austin Symphony and University of Texas faculty, funded in part by the City of Austin Cultural Commission. Program 1 - Introduction to Renaissance music (6-7 musicians) ; Program 2 - Music of Shakespeare's Theatre (6-7 musicians ); Program 3 - Mediterranean Journey (Medieval music from Mediterranean countries, 6-7 musicians) ; Program 4 - Lute song (Soprano and lute duets, 2-4 musicians). Photo by Maya Sokovic.

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Slobodan Vujisic
13276 Research Boulevard, Suite # 201
Austin, TX  78750

phone 512-983-0600
phone#2
e-mail slobodanvujisic@gmail.com
public performance/concert $2,500 - $6,000
school performance $1,000 - $2,000
workshop fees $1,000 - $3,000
travel/per diem/lodging $350 - $700
website http://www.austintroubadours.com/

 

State Artist Marcia Ball

State Artist Marcia Ball

Texas-born, Louisiana-raised pianist, songwriter and vocalist Marcia Ball, the 2018 Texas State Musician, has won worldwide fame and countless fans with her ability to ignite a full-scale roadhouse rhythm and blues party every time she takes the stage. Her rollicking Texas boogies, swampy New Orleans ballads and groove-laden Gulf Coast blues have made her a one-of-a-kind favorite with music lovers worldwide. Over the course of her five-decade career, Ball has recorded 15 solo albums, including six for Alligator Records (four of them Grammy-nominated). With each new release, including 2018’s Shine Bright, Ball’s reputation as a profoundly soulful singer, a boundlessly talented pianist and a courageous, inventive songwriter continues to grow. She draws her listeners deep into her music with instantly memorable melodies and imaginative imagery. Her songs paint vibrant musical pictures richly detailed with recognizable characters, regional flavors, universal themes and colorful scenes. Marcia’s love of the road has led to years of soul-satisfying performances at festivals, concert halls and clubs. The New York Times says, “Marcia Ball plays two-fisted New Orleans barrelhouse piano and sings in a husky, knowing voice about all the trouble men and women can get into on the way to a good time.” Photo: Mary Bruton.

contact
Deb Fleming

Austin, TX 

phone 512-921-1250
phone#2 512-442-4796
e-mail deb@marciaball.com
public performance/concert $3,500 - $12,000
website http://marciaball.com/

 

Ballet Austin

Ballet Austin

Founded in 1956, Ballet Austin has been under the capable leadership of Artistic Director/Choreographer Stephen Mills for nearly two decades. The company's repertoire is grounded in classical ballet and defined by a focus on innovation and the incubation of new work. Ballet Austin makes its performance home in Austin and extends its reach through regional, national, and international touring engagements. The company has performed at the Joyce Theater in New York; the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC; in festivals and choreographic competitions; and on tour in Canada, France, Italy, Slovenia, Israel, and China. Ballet Austin’s main company tours both full-length and mixed repertory programs. Full-length work includes Stephen Mills’ celebrated "Light/The Holocaust and Humanity Project" and "The Nutcracker." Mixed repertory programs include work by Mills, George Balanchine, and other internationally-recognized choreographers. Ballet Austin II tours family-focused story ballets including "Snow White,” "Hansel and Gretel,” "Peter and the Wolf,” and "Not Afraid of the Dark,” a special glow-in-the dark ballet featuring music and concept by Joe Scruggs. Ballet Austin offers on-campus workshops for K-12th grade students including the interactive school performances Build-a-Ballet and Dance Revolutions as well as year-long campus residency programs Leaps and No Bounds and Dance in the Classroom. Photo by Tony Spielberg.

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Bill Sheffield
501 W 3rd Street
Austin, TX  78701

phone 512-476-9151
phone#2
e-mail bill.sheffield@balletaustin.org
public performance/concert $3,500 ? $150,000
school performance $500 ? $3,000
workshop fees $1,500- $15,000
travel/per diem/lodging $500 ? $10,000
website http://www.balletaustin.org

 

Beto and the Fairlanes

Beto and the Fairlanes

The music of Beto and the Fairlanes is magical, cross-cultural incantations of salsa, jazz, rock and Latin influences with irresistible dance rhythms and visions of the tropics. With Beto and the Fairlanes' hard-driving percussion, high-flying horns and Beto's natural sense of fun and humor, you feel the excitement, celebration and romance of traditions, north and south, meeting in the melodies and beat of their music. Beto and the Fairlanes tours with an 8- to 10-piece Latin-influenced ensemble, including horns, guitar, drums, percussion, bass, and keys. The repertoire includes original Latin, jazz and jazz/rock tunes. Photo by Jessie Rodriguez.

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Mike Mordecai
12400 Texas Hwy 71 #350-177
Austin, TX  78738

phone 512-477-7777
phone#2 512-775-3727
e-mail mike@bbabooking.com
public performance/concert $2,000 - $6,000
school performance $1,500 - $4,000
workshop fees $1,500 - $4,000
travel/per diem/lodging $200 - $2,500
website http://www.betoandthefairlanes.com/

 

BettySoo

BettySoo

Acclaimed singer-songwriter BettySoo performs solo and with bands, and leads workshops on songwriting, voice, performance, harmony, and guitar. Since the release of her celebrated album Heat Sin Water Skin, she has toured extensively with her band and with Canadian dobro master Doug Cox, with whom she released two albums of songs penned by friends and heroes. In the past decade, BettySoo has toured nine countries throughout Europe and North America, sharing stages with such luminaries as Nikki Giovanni, Alejandro Escovedo, James McMurtry, Eliza Gilkyson, Jimmy Lafave, Albert Lee, the McCoury Family Band, Kim Richey, and Michael Fracasso, among others. Awards include Mountain Stage New Song Winner, Big Top Chautauqua Songwriter of the Year, and the Austin Asian Image Award, among others. BettySoo presents solo, duo, and band performances of original music and the music of singer-songwriters from Texas and beyond. Her duo and band performances feature top Austin musicians. BettySoo has taught workshops at Berklee College of Music, John Brown University, Folk Alliance International Music Camp, Acoustic Alaska Guitar Camp, Kerrville Folk Festival Songwriting School, Sisters Folk Festival Song School, and University of Mary Hardin Baylor. Photo by Valerie Fremin.

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Laura Thomas
7513 Hart Lane
Austin, TX  78731

phone 512-423-7667
phone#2
e-mail laura@comboplatebooking.com
public performance/concert $500 - $3,500
school performance $750 - $3,500
workshop fees $500 - $1,500
travel/per diem/lodging $150 - $1,000
website Www.bettysoo.com

 

Bike Zoo

Bike Zoo

Ringleader, co-founder, and mechanical engineering graduate of UT Austin, Jeremy Rosen and the Bike Zoo create life-long memories. Since first unveiling their creations at the Austin First Night Parade in 2005, the Bike Zoo has grown rapidly. Since its inception, millions of people have experienced the Bike Zoo at festivals and schools across the US and in Mexico, and the group looks forward to visiting every city and representing Texas proudly! The Bike Zoo presents a magical, immersive, and interactive environment for people of all ages. A unique and truly original addition to any festival, public space, corporate, family, or educational event, the ever-growing menagerie of giant, playful, interactive, hand-built creatures includes the Giant 80-foot Rattlesnake, many Giant Butterflies, the Beloved Bat, the Fanciful Owl, a Majestic Bald Eagle, Praying Mantis, Bicycle Carousel, and the latest, the Giant Armadillo! The Bike Zoo will engage visitors of all ages and captivate the imaginations of those who see or interact with their larger-than-life Zoo. The hand-built creatures can act as static or moving backdrops, rides for patrons or VIPs, and as stages or mobile activity booths, some of which seat many, including guests with special needs. Photo by Edgar Valdes.

contact
Roggie Baer
2004 Maple Avenue
Austin, TX  78722

phone 512-554-4004
phone#2
e-mail roggie@rajiworld.com
public performance/concert $3,000 - $45,000
school performance $2,000 - $5,000
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $5,000
website http://www.thebikezoo.com/

 

Blue Lapis Light

Blue Lapis Light

Blue Lapis Light (BLL) is a site-specific aerial dance company based in Austin, Texas, and founded by Artistic Director Sally Jacques. Using aerial techniques informed by classical, interpretive, and modern dance, BLL creates transcendent works of beauty, inspiring audience members of all ages and backgrounds. BLL offers aerial dance performances adapted to each location, making every show a unique event. The apparatuses used are determined by the site. The company specializes in aerial silks, harness work, Spanish web and tiger stands. Custom music and costuming elements are chosen to reflect the theme of each event. BLL creates pieces on every scale-- from one dance on a silk to an entire ensemble on the face of a building. Photo by Earl McGehee.

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Sally Jacques
PO Box1821
Austin, TX  78767

phone 512-280-6688
phone#2
e-mail info@bluelapislight.org
public performance/concert $3,500 - $30,000
school performance $3,000 - $10,000
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $25,000
website http://www.bluelapislight.org

 

Brave Combo

Brave Combo

For nearly four decades this Denton, Texas-based quintet has perfected a world music mix that includes salsa, meringue, rock, cumbia, conjunto, polka, zydeco, classical, cha-cha, the blues, and more. They are America's Premier Dance Band and a rollicking, rocking, rhythmic global journey-- prompting one reviewer to proclaim, "Even if you come for the party, you'll leave with something of a musical education." Around the world at venues of all sizes, Brave Combo has charmed countless listeners and garnered many honors, including two GRAMMY Awards and the prestigious Community Arts Recognition Award from the Greater Denton Arts Council. Brave Combo's repertoire of hundreds of songs in styles ranging from polka to pop hits allows for a performance that can flex to be compatible with a family-friendly audience or with the stages of the biggest festivals and rock clubs in the world. Featured are group and organized dances that get the crowd up on their feet. Also, more than twenty of Brave Combo’s original compositions have been scored for a full symphony orchestra. Photo by Jane Finch.

contact
Carl Finch
PO Box 233
Denton, TX  76202

phone 940-387-0860
phone#2 847-494-1091
e-mail office@bravecombo.com
public performance/concert $2,000 - $6,000
school performance $1,800 - $4,000
travel/per diem/lodging $300 - $600
website https://bravecombo.com/

 

Bruce Wood Dance

Bruce Wood Dance

Bruce Wood Dance is a compelling, contemporary dance company built on the vision and prolific creativity of nationally acclaimed Texas choreographer Bruce Wood (1960-2014). Under the artistic direction of Kimi Nikaidoh, BWD presents engaging performances that harness the power of dance as a tool for entertainment, enrichment, and healing. During his lifetime Wood created more than 80 works ranging from fiercely athletic, to hilarious, to poignant. Nikaidoh curates programming that offers exciting theatrical experiences of Wood's repertoire along with new commissions from emerging dance-makers within the company and nationally celebrated choreographers such as 2017 Princess Grace awardee Bryan Arias, 2017 Bessie-nominated Katarzyna Skarpetowska, and Texas-based Andy + Dionne Noble. Touring programs are designed to presenters' specifications to provide a lasting impact. Education outreach master classes feature key movement elements and excerpts from Wood's dances. Specialized classes are designed to bring joy, healing, and inspiration of rhythm and motion to ‘kids’ of all ages. Engagement activities feature talks on the dance-making process and post-performance Q+A’s. BWD was honored as Best Dance Company by D Magazine in 2017, 2014, and 2013 and included in every annual Dallas Fort Worth Top Ten in Dance List since 2011. Photo by Jennifer Fermaint.

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Gayle Halperin
3630 Harry Hines Blvd. #36
Dallas, TX  75219

phone 214-298-9212
phone#2 214-952-8398
e-mail gayle@brucewooddance.org
public performance/concert $500 - $8,000
school performance $400 - $2,000
workshop fees $200 - $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $25- $4,000
website http://www.brucewooddance.org

 

State Artist Marc Burckhardt

State Artist Marc Burckhardt

Marc Burckhardt is the 2010 Texas State Visual Artist in 2-D work. Born in Germany and raised in Texas, Marc Burckhardt’s work juxtaposes old world styles and symbols with contemporary American themes. As a youth, he spent summers in Europe with his family, a tradition he continues today. The paintings, architecture, and perspectives he encounters there combine with his studies of art history to inform his work, which utilizes old masters' techniques to achieve the texture and luminosity that distinguish his paintings. Marc lives and works in a 1910 farmhouse in the shadow of downtown Austin Texas.

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Marc Burckhardt
PO Box 2023
Austin, TX  78703

phone 512-785-9300
phone#2
e-mail studio@marcburckhardt.com
public performance/concert TBD
website http://www.marcburckhardt.com

 

Carolina Storyteller

Carolina Storyteller

Carolina is a storyteller performer who has researched and brought to life a wide repertoire of myths and traditional tales from the length and breadth of Hispanic and Latin America. She has developed a distinctive bilingual style of telling that shines with poetic intensity. Her performances find common language and meanings to convey powerful images in her tales. Carolina has performed in schools, libraries and festivals in Texas, Tennessee, Louisiana, Mexico and Costa Rica. In 2016, she was awarded the J.J. Reneaux Emerging Artist Grant and became a Wolf Trap Teacher Artist Children have laughed and learned with her shows “Juan Bobo and Other Children Heroes,” "When the Animals Could Talk,” “In Search of Heroes,” “The Feathered Serpent,” and “Of Love and Other Tricksters." Adults have been inspired by “Peace by Piece,” “Las Animas de los Muertos,” and “Curanderiando: Tales of Healing.” In 2018-2019, Carolina is bringing to the stage “Quimeras of Gold, Dust and Silver: Men in Search of Legendary Places,” “Lost Mines, Devils and Vaqueros,” “Raven and Coyote: Doing and Undoing the World,” and “Señora Muerte: Come, Danza y te lleva con la guadaña!”

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Carolina Quiroga
3909 DeWitt County Ct
Killeen, TX  76549

phone 423-943-6736
phone#2 423-943-6736
e-mail storytellercarolina@gmail.com
public performance/concert $300 - $500
school performance $250 - $750
workshop fees $1,000 - $1,500
travel/per diem/lodging $150 - $600
website http://www.carolinastoryteller.com

 

State Artist Rosemary Catacalos

State Artist Rosemary Catacalos

Rosemary Catacalos, 2013 Texas State Poet Laureate, was accidentally born in Florida during WWII of parents from San Antonio. She returned to San Antonio when she was three. Her poems are widely published in high school and college textbooks, among other venues. Her work has twice been collected in the annual Best American Poetry anthology and has earned fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Stegner Fellowship Program at Stanford University, and the Paisano Fellowship of the Texas Institute of Letters/University of Texas at Austin. One of her poems is included in Caroline Kennedy’s anthology, She Walks In Beauty, A Woman’s Journey Through Poems. Ms. Catacalos’ first full-length collection, Again for the First Time received the 1985 Texas Institute of Letters poetry prize. Again for the First Time was reissued in 2013 on its thirtieth anniversary. Also published in 2013 was a chapbook of newer poems, Begin Here, also from Wings Press.

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Rosemary Catacalos
1018 Avant Ave
San Antonio, TX  78210

phone 210-908-2562
phone#2
e-mail rmcatacalos@sbcglobal.net
public performance/concert $700 - $3,000
school performance $300 - $700
workshop fees TBD
website http://www.wingspress.com/author.cfm?author_ID=135

 

The Cliburn

The Cliburn

Established in 1962, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition is widely-recognized as "one of the world's highest-visibility classical-music contests" and remains committed to its original ideals of supporting and launching the careers of young pianists and sharing the transformative powers of music with a wide global audience. In addition to cash and other prizes, the three winners of the competition receive three years of career management, with the Cliburn arranging and providing full artist services for hundreds of engagements. They are available for solo recital, chamber, and concerto performances, master classes, outreach events, and in-school presentations. Each of the three artists has prepared classical piano repertoire for solo recital, as well as for performance with chamber ensembles and symphony orchestras. Photo by Jeremy Enlow.

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Sandra Doan
201 Main Street, Suite 100
Fort Worth, TX  76102

phone 817-738-6536
phone#2
e-mail sdoan@cliburn.org
public performance/concert $4,000 - $7,000
school performance $500 - $1,000
travel/per diem/lodging $250 - $1,000
website http://www.cliburn.org

 

Lizza Connor

Lizza Connor

Lizza Connor presents: "Hoopla! Healthy Songs, Happy Kids," a dynamic, interactive live experience. As an entertainer who has performed for thousands of kids over the past few years across Texas, Lizza Connor employs music & movement to teach and inspire communities to live healthier. A dynamic live performer, Lizza brings her interactive, one-of-a-kind program "Hoopla! Healthy Songs, Happy Kids" to schools, libraries, community events, and more. With her award-winning, health-centric lyrics, Lizza leads audiences of all ages through fun sing-a-longs, live instrument play and fresh, choreographed dance moves. Lizza's latest CD, Commander Salamander, won the prestigious Parent's Choice Silver Award, placing it among the best children’s music in the nation. Her CD and inventive "Hoopla!" program are unique and creative ways to combat skyrocketing childhood obesity and metabolic diseases by getting children and families singing, moving and learning about healthy lifestyle (nutrition, physical activity, hygiene and self esteem). Additionally, Connor, among several others, was recently tapped by artist Jack Ingram, the Texas Heritage Songwriters Association and Texas Songwriter U as a songwriter on the rise in the Lonestar state. She serves as a teaching artist with Junior Players/Big Thought and Art House Dallas. Photo by Laurel Pankratz.

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Lizza Connor
5810 Morningside Ave
Dallas, TX  75206

phone 615-4987390
phone#2 214-468-4295
e-mail lizza@lizzaconnor.com
public performance/concert $500 - $1,500
school performance $500 - $1,500
travel/per diem/lodging $200-$1,500
website https://lizzaconnor.com/

 

Conspirare

Conspirare

GRAMMY Award-winning Conspirare is an Austin-based professional choir led by founding artistic director Craig Hella Johnson. Conspirare has performed in many Texas, national, and international locations. Conspirare performs broad repertoire, including works from the choral canon and contemporary compositions embracing a wide variety of styles. Conspirare's current touring programs include: (1) "Conspirare Christmas," a seasonal program that mixes sacred and secular, traditional and contemporary, classical and pop in Craig Hella Johnson's signature "collage" programming. Performed a cappella with a guest artist and instrumentalists. (2) Craig Hella Johnson's Considering Matthew Shepard, performed with choir, soloists, and instrumental ensemble. Conspirare also offers additional programs that vary by season. These programs may include works spanning genres, composers, and time periods and are offered in conjunction with Conspirare’s season repertoire. Photo by Scott Van Osdol.

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Ann McNair
1812 Centre Creek Dr. Suite 110
Austin, TX  78754

phone 512-476-5775
phone#2 512-481-1676
e-mail amcnair@conspirare.org
public performance/concert $25,000 - $40,000
school performance $8,000 - $10,000
travel/per diem/lodging $2,500 - $5,000
website https://conspirare.org/

 

Decee Cornish

Decee Cornish

Decee Cornish is an oral historian, writer and storyteller providing multicultural programs for schools, festivals, libraries, and special events. He has over twenty years experience in storytelling and over 17 years experience in the secondary level classroom. He offers programs on Martin Luther King, Texas history, the Civil War, mythology, tall tales, fables, multicultural folklore, or curriculum related as needed. Mr. Cornish has performed nationally and provides workshops on writing for youth. His programs with at-risk populations have been recognized on both the local and national level. He presents the one-man stage play "To Love the Earth: George Washington Carver, the Wizard of Tuskegee" and the "Life and Times of Gator Bill," the Seminole Indian scout. Photo by Tonya Starks.

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Carole Weitzel
118 Beach Mountain Cove
Georgetown, TX  78633

phone 512-914-2596
phone#2 682-206-9514
e-mail carole@authorsandmore.com
public performance/concert $500 - $2,000
school performance $800 - $1,000
workshop fees $500 - $1,000
travel/per diem/lodging $100 - $200
website http://deceecornish.com/index.html

 

Sarah Cortez

Sarah Cortez

Sarah Cortez, a councilor of the Texas Institute of Letters and Fellow of the Dallas Institute for Humanities and Culture, has been published in leading magazines, journals, newspapers, and anthologies. Although she is an award-winning poet, essayist, and memoirist, her true love is the classroom. She uses her teaching experience in academia and in the community to foster excitement, skill, and joy in writing for children, teens, and adults. She can bring "Your Life, Your Story, Your Truth," a workshop in personal and writing empowerment; or "The Circle Poem," a workshop in community-building and imaginative excitement; or "Let's Write a Mystery" to your middle school, high school, or adult learners. And, yes, to your elementary students as well! Photo by Phillippe Diederich.

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Sarah Cortez
POB 980579
Houston, TX  77098

phone 713-304-8969
phone#2 520-247-0070
e-mail cortez.sarah@gmail.com
public performance/concert $350 - $500
school performance $350 - $500
workshop fees $250 - $850
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $800
website http://www.poetacortez.com

 

Dallas Black Dance Theatre

Dallas Black Dance Theatre

With vivid performances and inclusive classes, Dallas Black Dance Theatre positively impacts lives and bridges cultures through the transformative power of dance. Since its founding in 1976 by Ann Williams as a small community-based dance troupe, it has grown to become Dallas' oldest and largest professional dance company and the tenth-largest arts organization of color in the nation. It has toured numerous Texas cities, 31 US states, and 15 countries on five continents, including performances for Queen Elizabeth II and President Nelson Mandela. The company’s repertoire is broad, from masterworks by Alvin Ailey and Twyla Tharp to an aerial ballet and silent disco experience. Dance styles available for touring include modern, ballet, jazz, African, and some tap. Five performing ensembles—the main professional company, the second professional company DBDT: Encore!, and three elite student performing ensembles from the Academy—provide a variety of performance types and fee ranges to accommodate audiences of any size and age. Professional dancers hail from top national programs like the Ailey School and NYU, while Academy students continue dance training at the Juilliard School and SMU, among others. In 2017, Dallas Black Dance Theatre received the Texas Medal of Arts Award in arts education. Photo by James Debth for Texas Cultural Trust.

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Melissa Young
PO Box 131290
Dallas, TX  75313

phone 214-871-2376
phone#2
e-mail m.young@dbdt.com
public performance/concert $5,000 - $20,000
school performance $2,500 - $7,500
workshop fees $300 - $3,000
travel/per diem/lodging $2,125 - $10,625
website http://www.dbdt.com

 

Dallas Children's Theater

Dallas Children's Theater

Dallas Children's Theater has been named one of the top five professional theaters for youth and families in the United States by AMERICAN THEATRE and TIME magazines. Now celebrating its 34th season, DCT continues its mission to produce quality theater designed to stir the heart, stretch the mind, and promote education. The acclaimed national touring company travels with large-scale productions featuring titles which reflect the cultural diversity of our world community. Study guides and curriculum-based workshops accompany every production. Touring 2018 - 2019, DIARY OF A WORM, A SPIDER & A FLY. Based on on the wildly popular books by Doreen Cronin, the eco-conscious, hip-hop musical spins a sweet story about diversity and acceptance with messages about being kind to our planet and all of its creatures great and small. Under consideration for 2019-2020, AND THEN THEY CAME FOR ME: REMEMBERING THE WORLD OF ANNE FRANK. Videotaped interviews with two Holocaust survivors are interwoven with live dramatic action to chillingly recreate their World War II experience of families in hiding and in concentration camps. The horror of the Holocaust becomes a promise to the future, a profound message of hope and acceptance speaking to the intolerance and misunderstandings of life today. Photo by Karen Almond.

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Spring Karlo
Holden & Arts Associates, PO Box 49036
Austin, TX  78765

phone 512-477-1859
phone#2
e-mail sk@holdenarts.org
public performance/concert $6,500 - $24,000
school performance $6500 - $24,000
workshop fees $500 - $1,000
travel/per diem/lodging $2,000 - $7,500
website http://www.dct.org

 

Dallas String Quartet

Dallas String Quartet

DSQ Electric is an international music sensation, a fusion of classical and contemporary music on both traditional and electric strings. With the 2016 release of their fourth album, "DSQ," they continue to expand their passionate following on Pandora, Spotify, and Sirius XM radio DSQ performs as a quartet with the full accompaniment of drums and guitar . The Wall Street Journal, A&E, WFAA-ABC, and ESPN have all featured Dallas String Quartet Electric. In addition to performing Internationally, DSQ has performed "at home” for Presidents Obama and Bush, the College Football Playoff, the NBA, and the NFL. DSQ has sold out venues like the House of Blues and symphony halls alike. They have played alongside Josh Groban, Chicago and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Comprised of composer and violinist Ion Zanca, violinists Eleanor Dunbar and Melissa Priller, bassist Young Heo, guitarist Anthony Plant and percussionist/drummer Efren Guzman, DSQ takes you on a journey to the nexus of classical music and modern pop where artists like Beethoven and Bono collide. "This is not your Grandmother's String Quartet” -Wall Street Journal. Photo by Teresa Jolie.

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Robin Klinger
80 Knights Bridge Road #1D
Great Neck, NY  11021

phone 516-472-7130
phone#2 516--318-5405
e-mail robin@robinklingerentertainment.com
public performance/concert $9,500
school performance $4,750
workshop fees $1,000 - $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $300 - $1,500
website http://www.dallasstringquartet.com/

 

Dark Circles Contemporary Dance

Dark Circles Contemporary Dance

Dark Circles Contemporary Dance was founded in 2010 in Seoul, South Korea. The Company's Dallas-based branch—lead by internationally award-winning choreographer and Dance Magazine "25 to Watch" breakout star of 2015, Joshua L. Peugh—has been hailed as "the area's most exciting dance company” (Star-Telegram) and as the "Best Dance Company" by D Magazine (2015 & 2016) and Dallas Observer (2016). The young company has been praised as "frequently stunning, and always fascinating” (DFW.com) and commended for innovative combinations of classical technique and modern movement styles. Since its inception, the company has performed nationally and internationally at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Theater am Aegi (Germany), Seoul Arts Center (South Korea), and at the Ailey Citigroup Theater (New York), among others. Repertory includes works by Joshua L. Peugh, Eoghan Dillon, Gregory Dolbashian, Mike Esperanza, James Gregg, Gabrielle Lamb, Fabio Liberti, and MADBOOTS. DCCD is dedicated to bringing the progressive work of international choreographers and dancers to a worldwide audience. Photo by Brian Guilliaux.

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Joshua L. Peugh
3630 Harry Hines Blvd #29
Dallas, TX  75219

phone 575-993-3584
phone#2 575-993-3584
e-mail ad@dccdusa.com
public performance/concert $2,000 - $15,000
school performance $300 - $1,160
workshop fees $250 - $1,500
travel/per diem/lodging $1,500 - $8,000
website https://www.darkcirclescontemporarydance.com/

 

Del Castillo

Del Castillo

Del Castillo has become a symbol of the cross-cultural power of music with their eclectic blend of flamenco, rock, Latin, blues, and world music. They have been described as a "cross between Paco de Lucia and Yngwie Malmsteen," or a "Latinized Allman Brothers Band." Their shows consist of passionate material including fresh-faced flamenco, many originals, classics given a new coat of paint, and jamming with the enthusiasm of a band that is comfortable together, but years away from feeling tired. They have received numerous awards, and their music has appeared in a dozen major films and TV shows. They can offer workshops in guitar playing, songwriting, and percussion if presented in conjunction with a concert or school performance. School performances work best if scheduled in conjunction with a public performance. Photo by Mark del Castillo.

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Rick del Castillo

Austin, TX 

phone 512-731-9314
phone#2
e-mail rick@smilincastle.com
public performance/concert $7,000 - $10,000
school performance $3,500 - $5,000
workshop fees $1000 - $2,500
travel/per diem/lodging $100 - $1,000
website http://www.delcastillomusic.com

 

The Derailers

The Derailers

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. Each album has been a mix of well-crafted original songs and cover songs so thoughtfully chosen and so representative of the band, fans think they are as original as the band themselves. Challenged by their fans to create a sound that mirrors the shuffle of happy boots on a hardwood floor, the Derailers have fed the hungry dancehall crowds with their classic country beats and a 60s pop sensibility. Fans continue to show their appreciation and admiration with requests for encores long after the last drink has been served. In terms of sound, the Derailers have gotten smoother with age. As guitarist Brian Hofeldt puts it, "I think we have retained the path we are going for. But we have certainly grown as players and allowed other influences to come in." Their music celebrates the legacies of Buck Owens, George Jones, Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley, Charlie Rich and the Beatles, while still being on the edge of today’s country music. Photo by Tiffany Hofeldt.

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Davis McLarty
4425 S. Mopac Expy Building 2, Suite 300
Austin, TX  78735

phone 512-444-8750
phone#2 512-848-0813
e-mail davis@atomicmusicgroup.com
public performance/concert $4,000 - $6,000
school performance $3,000 - $5,000
workshop fees $2,500 - $4,500
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $1,000
website http://derailers.com

 

State Artist James Dick

State Artist James Dick

Recognized as one of the truly important pianists of his generation, James Dick brings keyboard sonorities of captivating opulence and brilliance to performances that radiate intellectual insight and emotional authenticity. Dick's early triumphs as top prizewinner in the Tchaikovsky, Busoni and Leventritt International Competitions were a mere prelude to an eminent career highlighted by acclaimed recitals and concerto performances in the world's premier concert halls. For solo recitals, Mr. Dick offers repertoire chosen from Bach, Italian Concerto; Beethoven Sonatas, OP. 13, 57, 81a; Chopin, various works, Polonaises, waltzes, etc.; Schumann, Carnaval; Debussy, various works; and Ginastera, Sonata. Mr. Dick's orchestral repertoire includes: Grieg, Concerto; Beethoven, Concerti 3, 4, and 5; Mozart, K. 488, K. 453; Rachmaninoff, Rhapsody; Tchaikovsky No. 1; Gershwin, Concerto; and Khachaturian, Concerto. Chamber music in his repertoire includes: Schumann, Piano Quintet; Dvorak, Piano Quintet; Shostakovich, Piano Quintet; and others.

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Jan Lehman
1801 Lavaca Street, Ste. 111
Austin, TX  78701

phone 512-478-1131
phone#2 512-422-3715
e-mail jan@lehmanassociates.com
public performance/concert $2,000 - $5,000
school performance $2,000 - $3,000
workshop fees $1,500 - $2,500
travel/per diem/lodging $300 - $1,000

 

State Artist Dornith Doherty

State Artist Dornith Doherty

Dornith Doherty, 2016 Texas State Visual Artist in 2-D work, is inspired by the expressive possibilities of photography. Her work explores the ever more complex relationship between the natural environment and human agency through projects focusing on landscape stewardship and genetic resource preservation. Wide ranging travel to work in collaboration with biologists and institutions has resulted in an extensive body of work, Archiving Eden. A 2012 Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, Doherty was born in Houston, Texas and received a B.A. cum laude from Rice University and a MFA in Photography from Yale University. She currently resides in Southlake, Texas and is Distinguished Research Professor of Art at the University of North Texas. In addition to the Guggenheim Fellowship, she has also received grants from the Fulbright Foundation, the Japan Foundation, and the United States Department of the Interior. Her work has been extensively shown and collected, both nationally and internationally.

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Dornith Doherty

Southlake, TX 

phone
phone#2
e-mail Dornith.doherty@unt.edu
public performance/concert TBD
website http://www.dornithdoherty.com

 

Eldrena Douma

Eldrena Douma

Storytelling was a way of life in Eldrena's upbringing. She grew up in New Mexico and Arizona among the Pueblo tribes of the Laguna, Tewa & Hopi. Activities with family and friends included listening to family songs and stories. Eldrena pursued and obtained her master's degree in elementary and early childhood education to impact the lives that surrounded her. Her experiences as a public school teacher and her unique Native upbringing benefitted her tremendously as she began her next journey as a professional storyteller, author, and workshop presenter. In 1993, she was encouraged to teach through storytelling about her life experiences, sharing the history of the Pueblos and their contributions to our country. Eldrena travels the country offering captivating stories, a variety of recorded music, and historical accounts from Native American tribes. For example, a story presentation, "Bison, Bison," gives insight into the history of the bison. A workshop, "Creative Spirit," focuses on imagination, listening, and story crafting using creative thinking. A lecture, "Nampeyo, Her Legacy," showcases her revival of Hopi pottery. In 2014, the Tejas Storytelling Association awarded Eldrena with the state’s prestigious John Henry Faulk Award for her significant contribution to the art of storytelling in the southwest. Photo by Katy Pair.

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Eldrena Douma
1420 4th Avenue, Suite # 20
Canyon, TX  79015

phone 806-679-9322
phone#2
e-mail bluecorn_teller@hotmail.com
public performance/concert $250 - $3,000
school performance $250 - $1,000
workshop fees $250 - $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $2,000
website http://www.nastoryteller.blogspot.com

 

Will Dupuy and Friends

Will Dupuy and Friends

Will Dupuy has been playing music since the age of 5. His professional career began at the age of 19, touring the world with the South Austin Jug Band and Bruce Robison. Will continues his work as a singer-songwriter in two arenas, children's music and adult music. In 2008, Will began teaching and performing preschool music full time across Central Texas. "Mr. Will" was born. Will has the necessary skills to engage and entertain children of all ages, making TEKs fun! His sing-along style incorporates equal parts of teaching and performing for energetic young audiences. Infectious melodies combined with upbeat lyrics make him beloved among students of all ages, who clap, march, jump and dance along to their favorite songs. He has led songwriting and instrument workshops at festivals and schools. He also has a cowboy-themed presentation that features cowboy songs and the history of cowboys in Texas. Will also leads lectures and Q&A’s about his experience in the music business. Will’s children’s concerts and country music concerts are frequently featured in the same event, providing a day of entertainment for all ages. The country music band is a mix of country, Tex Mex, and bluegrass music. Photo by Matt Wright Steele.

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K.T. Gardner
4505 Bull Creek Rd
Austin, TX  78731

phone 512-207-0825
phone#2
e-mail ktrootstock@gmail.com
public performance/concert $500 - $5,000
school performance $500 - $1,500
workshop fees $500 - $1,500
travel/per diem/lodging $50 - $2,000
website http://www.mrwillmusic.com

 

E-Flat Porch Band

E-Flat Porch Band

The E-Flat Porch Band is named for the porch in McKinney, Texas where the members first practiced-- it resonates to the key of E-flat. Audiences are entertained with a unique blend of acoustic "porch music," including blues, folk, early country, jazz and original tunes. This "porch" band is visually exciting as well, with multiple instruments played at one time, including one made out of a wooden soda pop box. Known for their fun delivery and quick wit, this band takes their music seriously without taking themselves too seriously. You will enjoy learning about our rich and varied blues musical heritage. Typical programs include Texas blues such as "Fishing Blues" by Henry Thomas, Mississippi Delta blues such as Robert Johnson's songs, swing jazz like "Route 66," and 20’s and 30’s blues from Tampa Red. Traditional tunes by legendary Texas blues artists highlight playing styles such as the "dead thumb" technique of Mance Lipscomb and the slide mastery of Blind Willie Johnson. Band members are also songwriters, and performances include their original songs such as "Long Gone Again." Programs for schools are tailored for age appropriate curriculum needs, and library programs highlight books in the facility’s collection which relate to the musical performance. Photo by Adah Leah Wolf.

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Adah Leah Wolf
200 S. Bass
McKinney, TX  75069

phone 972-548-7186
phone#2 972-658-4981
e-mail eflatters@tx.rr.com
public performance/concert $400 - $1,000
school performance $300 - $600
workshop fees $400-$800
travel/per diem/lodging $90 - $1,110
website http://www.eflatporchband.com

 

Elizabeth Ellis

Elizabeth Ellis

Elizabeth Ellis' work has been described as "invariably moving and amusing." A repertoire of more than four hundred stories makes it possible for Elizabeth to create programs tailored to the needs of the presenter and the age and interest of her listeners. Tales of Texas, Appalachia and heroic American women are much requested, but stories of Elizabeth's own life are arguably her best. Adult concerts include "Tougher Than Woodpecker Lips" (challenges) and "Riverfront Property on the River Styx" (aging). Children's concerts include "Tricksters and Troublemakers" and "Around the World in Fifty Minutes." Raised in the Appalachian Mountains in a family of storytellers, Elizabeth has shared her tales with more than a million children and countless adults in her forty-year career. A perennial favorite at schools and libraries across Texas and at the National Storytelling Festival, she is a recipient of the John Henry Faulk Award and the National Storytelling Network's Lifetime Achievement Award. A noted teacher of tellers and writers of all ages, she is the author of From Plot to Narrative, a handbook for creating more compelling stories. Photo by Paul Porter.

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Elizabeth Ellis
6218 Wofford
Dallas, TX  75227

phone 214-282-7701
phone#2 214-381-4676
e-mail storyellis@sbcglobal.net
public performance/concert $150 - $1,000
school performance $350 - $900
workshop fees $150 - $900
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $600
website http://www.elizabethellis.com

 

State Artist Joe Ely

State Artist Joe Ely

Joe Ely, 2016 Texas State Musician, is a true pioneer of the Americana sound. Ely’s boundary-blurring blend of rock, country, blues and folk might most accurately be described as “Texas Roadhouse.” His musical roots were established as a boy growing up on the vast and empty plains of West Texas. Ely’s legend was forged onstage, with relentlessly riveting live performances, hammered out over thousands of shows and countless touring miles from Lubbock to London and back again the long way around. Ely is embraced as a kindred spirit by artists as diverse as Bruce Springsteen, Linda Ronstadt and the Clash. Over his four-decade career, he’s been at the forefront of Outlaw Country, Alt-Country, and Texas Country and has been recognized as one of the best songwriters of his generation. Ely has garnered well-deserved accolades including a GRAMMY Award, a CMA Award, and the Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance. In addition to his groundbreaking work as a solo artist, he is also widely known for his musical partnership with country’s first super group, The Flatlanders, with fellow Texas troubadours Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock.

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Patrick McAuliff
Monterey International
Chicago, IL  60654

phone 312-640-7500
phone#2
e-mail patrick@montereyinternational.net
public performance/concert TBD
website http://www.joeely.com

 

Ensemble Theatre

Ensemble Theatre

The Ensemble Theatre (TET) was founded in 1976 to preserve African-American artistic expression. TET produces a main stage season of six contemporary and classical works devoted to the portrayal of the African-American experience by local and national playwrights and artists. Theater 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. Main stage plays are also available. (See website for additional plays and sesason).

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Michelle Walton
3535 Main Street
Houston, TX  77002

phone 713-807-4317
phone#2 713-807-4309
e-mail toured@ensemblehouston.com
public performance/concert $1,200 - $15,000
school performance $800 - $945
travel/per diem/lodging $325 - $4,000
website http://www.ensemblehouston.com

 

John R. Erickson

John R. Erickson

John R. Erickson, a former cowboy and ranch manager, is gifted with a storyteller's knack for spinning a yarn. He has written more than ninety books and is best known for his Hank the Cowdog series of books and audios, which has sold more than nine million copies! Erickson self-published the first Hank book through Maverick Books. Erickson was born in Midland, Texas, but by the age of three his family had moved to Perryton, Texas, where he and his wife live today on their working cattle ranch. In live performances, John Erickson brings the characters from his bestselling Hank the Cowdog series to life through readings from his books and by performing original songs from Hank's adventures. He also can do programs about writing. Hank programs are great for all ages and sure to bring a smile to any audience. Photo by Western Horseman.

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Gary Rinker
PO Box 549
Perryton, TX  79070

phone 806-435-7611
phone#2
e-mail gringary@ptsi.net
public performance/concert $1,500 - $4,000
school performance $1,500 - $4,000
workshop fees $1,500 - $4,000
travel/per diem/lodging $300 - $1,500
website http://www.hankthecowdog.com

 

Eve & The Exiles

Eve & The Exiles

Eve & the Exiles' Texas roots always shine through with their blend of down and dirty blues grooves and gritty rock n roll. Eve Monsees has been a fixture in the Austin music scene since the age of 15. Along with fellow guitarist and neighbor Gary Clark, Jr., the two cut their teeth playing blues together as teenagers, eventually branching off to form their own bands. An original member of both the Fabulous Thunderbirds and LeRoi Brothers, Exiles drummer Mike Buck has toured extensively throughout his illustrious career. In addition to founding Eve & the Exiles, both Mike and Eve are also owners of the iconic Antone's Record Shop in Austin, TX. Their shared passion for playing music and collecting records has helped shape the sound of the band. Photo by The Christinos: Christina Murrey & Tino Mauricio.

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Davis McLarty
4425 S. Mopac Expy Building 2, Suite 300
Austin, TX  78735

phone 512-444-8750
phone#2
e-mail davis@atomicmusicgroup.com
public performance/concert $2,500- $4,000
school performance $1,500- $3,000
workshop fees $1,000- $2,500
travel/per diem/lodging TBD
website http://www.eveandtheexiles.com

 

Bobby Flores

Bobby Flores

Bobby Flores, Texas Western Swing Music Hall of Famer, is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, arranger, producer, composer, and first call session musician. He has recorded and performed on stage with the legendary and late Ray Price. He toured with Mr. Price for five years as his first fiddle/violin, and led the string section. He has also shared the stage and recorded with Willie Nelson, Johnny Bush, Red Steagall, and Doug Sahm...just to name a few. He has been featured on over 500 albums, CDs and singles, including performances on major labels. You can hear Bobby's music on great classic country radio all over the world. This GRAMMY Award winner can be seen on RFD TV's "Tru-Country" and "Midwest Country Music Show" regularly. Most recently, he was inducted into the Independent Country Music Hall of Fame in September 2017 at the Josie Music Awards in Nashville, TN. Bobby Flores and the Yellow Rose Band perform as a six-piece traditional country & western swing band for dance halls, theaters, opries, rodeos and private engagements. Photo by Shot-in-Texas.

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Judy Rountree
PO Box 927
Blanco, TX  78606

phone 682-429-8881
phone#2 830-438-3565
e-mail judy@bobbyfloresband.com
public performance/concert $3,750 - $20,000
school performance $750 - $3,000
workshop fees $2,700 - $7,000
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $1,200
website http://www.bobbyflores.com/

 

FLY Dance Company

FLY Dance Company

"Entertainment with wholesome, universal appeal" – NY Times. Founded in 1995 by Artistic Director Kathy Wood, FLY Dance Company offers a variety of concert performances as well as educational shows, workshops, and residencies available for booking locally, nationally, and internationally. Labeled an artistic phenomenon, FLY crosses street dance with classical choreographic principles. Their technique is hip hop-- very creative, gymnastic, and highly masculine. FLY's concerts are clean-cut, wholesome artistry designed to cross all audience boundaries-- young and old, men and women, sophisticated and unsophisticated-- with pieces combining styles and cultures to reflect contemporary Americana FLY's community outreach reaches an average of 50,000 kids annually with educational shows, residencies, and workshops that are unmatched in variety and positive social impact. Put it all together and you will agree, "There is no other group like FLY Dance Company-The Gentlemen of Hip Hop.” FLY’s educational shows are fun,and fast-action; scripted and designed to deliver entertainment, knowledge, and important social messages to school-aged audiences. Concert offerings are available as full-length or mini-concerts and are adaptable for college student activities and youth concerts. Performances can vary in length and cast size with performing fees adjusted accordingly. Photo by J. Del Fierro.

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Jorge Casco
15433 Chichester Ln
Houston, TX  77040

phone 713-835-5499
phone#2 832-660-5879
e-mail Jorge@flydancecompany.com
public performance/concert $5,000 - $10,000
school performance $900 - $2,500
workshop fees $500 - $1,000
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $1,000
website http://www.flydancecompany.com

 

Forklift Danceworks

Forklift Danceworks

Founded in 2001 by Artistic Director Allison Orr, Forklift Danceworks actively engages diverse communities through the creation of unique civic dance projects. Using the movement of daily life as choreographic inspiration, Forklift casts community members as the primary performers. Past productions have included Venetian gondoliers, firefighters, city sanitation employees, people who are visually impaired, recycling warehouse workers, a symphony conductor, electric utility employees and many others Forklift's performances have garnered local and national attention for outstanding, innovative choreography as well as appearances at national and international festivals such as Fusebox, the Kennedy Center for the VSA International Arts Festival, and the Kyoto Experiment Festival. Forklift’s unique community engagement process is best toured by commissioning the company to create a site-specific work for the host community, involving community members and local artists as performers.Choreographers Allison Orr and Krissie Marty can also set work on professional or student dancers and/or community members for theater-based performances. The company also offers school residencies from pre-K to the college level, professional development for classroom teachers, workshops in mixed-ability dance for dancers of all abilities, leadership training workshops, and keynotes. Photo by Mark Shapiro.

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Jake Stepansky
2023 E Cesar Chavez
Austin, TX  78702

phone 973-405-8455
phone#2 512-222-5287
e-mail jake@forkliftdanceworks.org
public performance/concert $2,500 - $50,000
school performance $500 - $3,500
workshop fees $500 - $10,000
travel/per diem/lodging $300 - $3,000
website http://www.forkliftdanceworks.org

 

Guy Forsyth

Guy Forsyth

Guy Forsyth is an award-winning blues musician with gripping, powerful vocals who delivers energetic yarns about love, the government, and the apocalypse, to name just a few. A true Renaissance man, he has mastered numerous instruments including acoustic, electric, and slide guitar; harmonica; ukulele; and singing saw. From his start as founder and stellar live performer with the Asylum Street Spankers to being awarded numerous Austin Music Awards, Forsyth has earned a veritable army of fans in Texas and beyond. Guy Forsyth performs solo, as well as with his three-piece band, featuring Guy on vocals, guitar, harmonica, singing saw, and more, with bass and drums. Guy also tours and performs with his Hot Nut Riveters project, a five- or six-piece acoustic ensemble performing prohibition-era jazz. Photo by Rodney Bursiel Photography.

contact
K.T. Gardner
4505 Bull Creek Rd
Austin, TX  78731

phone 512-207-0825
phone#2
e-mail ktrootstock@gmail.com
public performance/concert $1,000 - $7500
school performance $750 - $2,000
workshop fees $750 - $3,500
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $1,500
website http://www.guyforsyth.com

 

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra is made up of 66 internationally-recruited musicians who have brought world-class symphonic performances to rural communities across Texas for over 35 years. The FWSO is nationally recognized for its artistic excellence and dynamic approach to music education programming. With the help of an experienced managerial and artistic staff, the Orchestra frequently presents inspiring public or student-focused performances in concert halls, community centers, and schools. Whenever possible, the FWSO seeks to make symphonic music accessible to children and adults who, due to geographic constraints, might not otherwise have the opportunity to attend a live, professional orchestral performance. The Orchestra regularly presents a wide range of traditional and contemporary works that are audience-specific and age-appropriate, both in Fort Worth and throughout neighboring communities. Also, education programs include study materials, provided in advance of each performance to prepare students for their concert experience. Based on availability and the presenter's budget, community concerts can feature soloists, incorporate choral support, and take place in outdoor venues. The FWSO's unique programs are constantly being updated. Please consult their website or contact the FWSO for current details. Photo by Julien Lambert.

contact
Lindsey Branch
330 East Fourth St, Suite 200
Fort Worth, TX  76102

phone 817-665-6500
phone#2
e-mail lbranch@fwsymphony.org
public performance/concert $20,000 - $30,000
school performance $10,000 - $15,000
workshop fees TBD
travel/per diem/lodging TBD
website http://www.fwsymphony.org

 

Ruthie Foster

Ruthie Foster

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.

contact
Tom Gold
PO Box 440326
Somerville, MA  2144

phone 617-969-0810
phone#2
e-mail tom@concertedefforts.com
public performance/concert $3,000 - $15,000
school performance $3,000 - $15,000
workshop fees $3,000 - $15,000
travel/per diem/lodging $100 - $1,000
website http://www.ruthiefoster.com

 

The Gimbles

The Gimbles

The Gimbles (Dick and Emily) carry on the tradition of playing true Texas music and not only that, they know it first-hand. Dick is the son of the iconic Johnny Gimble, who is considered the finest fiddler to ever play with Bob Wills, the King of Western swing. Playing alongside Johnny for five decades, Dick accessed the kind of musical knowledge and nuance that only an intimate relationship can impart. Third generation Emily has played with Johnny and Dick spanning two decades; meanwhile she plays with her own generation of musicians and has been revitalizing Western swing for the future. The Gimbles' program consists of a mix of Western swing, jazz standards from the 30's & 40's, some honky tonk and country blues, and some of Johnny's classic compositions. Emily and Dick can perform as a duo, but also as a trio with one of Johnny's devotees, including such beloved fiddlers as Katie Shore, Wes Westmoreland, Jason Roberts, Randy Elmore, & Warren Hood. The Gimbles can assemble a band from duo to a full-on Texas swing ensemble. They are equally passionate about sharing their knowledge of Texas music through workshops and music camps across the state & country. Photo by Marilynn Gimble.

contact
Marilynn Gimble
168 Private Road
Waco, TX  76708

phone 254-717-1052
phone#2 254-723-3900
e-mail mmgimble@gmail.com
public performance/concert $1,200- $4,000
school performance $1,200 - $2,500
workshop fees $300 - $400
travel/per diem/lodging TBD
website http://thegimbles.com/

 

Great Promise for American Indians

Great Promise for American Indians

Since 2004, the Great Promise Dancers have performed across the state of Texas with the mission of preserving the traditions, heritage and culture of American Indians. The culturally authentic programs presented by Great Promise are both entertaining and informative. Traditions, stories and history come alive through song and dance. Audiences are introduced to the sights and sounds of the modern day powwow which is still relevant as a disciplined form of artistic and cultural expression. Dance styles and clothing are explained and demonstrated. Narration, live singing and drumming, and audience participation enhance the overall experience. Programs Director and individual artist Nan Blassingame (Cheyenne/Arapaho), an accomplished dancer and craftsperson, is available for craft and dance workshops. Nan also offers educational programs which feature hands-on participation and the sharing of her talents and experiences on a personal level with audiences of all ages. Great Promise programs are flexible and tailored to the needs of the presenter ranging from one artist to a larger group. Presentation size, time length and content can be adapted to fit most events, venues, audiences, and budgets. School and classroom programs compliment TEKS standards for arts, music and social studies.

contact
Jessica Scott
3710 Cedar St. Box 19
Austin, TX  78705

phone 202-441-3197
phone#2 512-371-0628
e-mail jnotts4@hotmail.com
public performance/concert $500 - $2,500
school performance $300 - $1,500
workshop fees $300 - $2,500
travel/per diem/lodging $100 - $2,000
website http://www.austinpowwow.net

 

Guadalupe Dance Company

Guadalupe Dance Company

The Guadalupe Dance Company, founded in 1991, is the professional dance ensemble of the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center. It performs the colorful regional dances of Mexico, as well as the flamenco rhythms of Spain. The Guadalupe commissions international choreographers whose stunning work is featured in the company's productions. The dancers are available for full-length public performances, school lecture-demonstrations, and group workshops. Performances can include live music for additional fees. The Guadalupe Dance Company tours three productions, including: Celebrando Tradiciones - from Aztec dance to mariachi music, audiences are transported to the beautiful regions of Mexico with lively dances and music; Alma Flamenco - with intricate flamenco rhythms and breathtaking choreography, this program stretches the boundaries of traditional and contemporary movement; and Rio Bravo - featuring five dazzling suites of dance, this original production explores the dynamic cultural exchanges between South Texas and Mexico through the ages. Photo by Edward Benavides.

contact
Jeannette Chavez
723 S. Brazos St.
San Antonio, TX  78207

phone 210-271-3151
phone#2
e-mail jeannettec@guadalupeculturalarts.org
public performance/concert $3,500 - $8,500
school performance $1,500 - $2,500
workshop fees $1,500 - $2,500
travel/per diem/lodging $1,500 - $4,000
website http://www.guadalupeculturalarts.org/guadalupe-dance-company/

 

State Artist Laurie Ann Guerrero

State Artist Laurie Ann Guerrero

Laurie Ann Guerrero, 2016 Texas State Poet Laureate, was born and raised in the Southside of San Antonio. She holds a B.A. in English Language & Literature from Smith College, where she received the Academy of American Poets Prize, and an MFA in poetry from Drew University. Her first full-length collection, A Tongue in the Mouth of the Dying, received the 2012 Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize and an International Latino Book Award, and was listed as one of 14 must-read works of Chicano literature by Rigoberto Gonzalez. Guerrero’s work has also been honored with the Panhandler Chapbook Award, and grants from the Artist Foundation of San Antonio and the Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Foundation. In 2014, Guerrero and was appointed poet laureate of San Antonio by Mayor Julian Castro. Her latest collection, A Crown for Gumecindo, was released by Aztlan Libre Press in spring 2015.

contact
Laurie Ann Guerrero

San Antonio, TX  78223

phone 210-818-2147
phone#2
e-mail Lguerrero@alumnae.smith.edu
public performance/concert TBD
website http://www.laurieannguerrero.com

 

Pamela Hart

Pamela Hart

Pamela Hart is highly regarded as Austin, Texas' finest jazz vocalist. Noted by Austin Woman magazine as "Austin’s First Lady of Jazz," Pamela’s excellent pitch, clarity and soothing vocal quality have audiences raving. "Her warm, clear tones and meticulously controlled pitch carry an illusion of effortlessness”-- Tribeza Magazine. Her sultry rendition of classic jazz standards and contemporary music wins immediate acceptance by any audience. Born in Los Angeles, California, Pamela moved to Austin, Texas in 1982 and has been performing since 1991. Throughout her singing career, Pamela has repeatedly opened shows for, and shared stages with, many popular artists including Miss Nancy Wilson; Dianne Reeves; Kirk Whalum; Rachelle Ferrell; Joyce Cooling, and more. Pamela Hart is a beautiful woman who steals the heart of any jazz aficionado. Be prepared to shout "encore!” Pamela produces and performs in the Women in Jazz Association, Inc. concert series. In addition to singing, Pamela mentors young singers. In addition to performing jazz, Pamela also performs smooth jazz, blues, R&B and gospel. For more information, music videos, mp3s and photos, and schedule visit www.pamelahart.com. Photo by David Gotlieb.

contact
Kevin Hart
PO Box 200576
Austin, TX  78720

phone 512-258-6947
phone#2 512-751-0446
e-mail hartbeat@swbell.net
public performance/concert $500 - $3,000
school performance $200 - $600
workshop fees $200 - $500
travel/per diem/lodging $300 - $2,000
website https://www.pamelahart.com/home

 

Terri Hendrix W/Lloyd Maines

Terri Hendrix W/Lloyd Maines

Terri Hendrix is a Texas singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (guitar, mandolin, harmonica) with three generations of loyal fans around the globe. Her performances are energetic and uplifting in any setting-- from listening rooms and theaters, to outdoor festivals and children's shows. She's also experienced in performing for those with disabilities. For the past twenty years, she's been performing and conducting workshops with Lloyd Maines in both a duo and band format. As a GRAMMY Award-winning producer and multi-instrumentalist (steel, guitar, dobro), Maines has played an instrumental role in some of the Lone Star State's most famous albums. Photo by Kathleen Hill.

contact
Lloyd Maines
415 N Guadalupe Street, Unit 288
San Marcos, TX  78666

phone 512-426-7288
phone#2
e-mail office@terrihendrix.com
public performance/concert $800 - $10,000
school performance $250 - $2,000
workshop fees $800 - $6,000
travel/per diem/lodging $100 - $250
website https://www.terrihendrix.com

 

State Artist Sara Hickman

State Artist Sara Hickman

Sara Hickman, 2010 Texas State Musician, began performing her own songs on stage at age 7. Since then, she has released 8 adult albums; 2 albums for children; worked as a music therapist; started her own record label, Sleeveless; runs her own design firm, Stingray; has two children; performed twice on the Tonight Show; had her own special on VH-1; won numerous awards for her humanitarian and musical contributions; toured nationally; paints murals; received a BA in art from the University of North Texas; taught songwriting/creativity classes; and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the causes she believes in.

contact
Sara Hickman
3005 S. Lamar Blvd. Suite D-109 #300
Austin, TX  78704

phone 512-443-2147
phone#2 512-443-1293
e-mail booksara@sarahickman.com
public performance/concert TBD
website http://www.sarahickman.com

 

Hideout Theatre

Hideout Theatre

"Your performers were magnificent, hilarious, and punctual, all things to warm a children's librarian’s heart." - Ashley Schimelman, San Marcos Public Libraria.n "Hideout Theatre did a great job of engaging students and sparking their creativity.” - Jamie Carpenter, Riverplace Elementary. The Hideout Theatre delights audiences with interactive and fun-filled improvised shows that are tailored in the moment to reflect your community's current lessons, themes and topics of discussion. The trained and talented improv actors of the Hideout Theatre incorporate suggestions into their performances so their audiences are actively creating the story that is playing out in front of them. From suggestions to sound effects to helpers on stage, it is truly the audience’s show. The Hideout Theatre’s workshops teach the basic skills of improv through games and scenes. These workshops help build strong social skills and are incredibly fun! Because kids aren't the only ones who love to be enchanted, the Hideout Theatre also offers sharp, engaging and highly entertaining shows for adults. The Hideout Theatre has been captivating audiences all over Texas with interactive improv shows since 2007. They’ve received a Nickelodeon "Parent’s Choice” Award, several Austin Chronicle "Best of” Awards, and many B. Iden Payne Awards. Photo by Steve Rogers Photography.

contact
Jessica Arjet
617 Congress Ave.
Austin, TX  78701

phone 512-971-3311
phone#2 512-971-3311
e-mail jessica@hideouttheatre.com
public performance/concert $800 - $1,600
school performance $500 - $1,000
workshop fees $200 - $550
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $600
website http://www.hideouttheatre.com/

 

Warren Hood

Warren Hood

People ask Warren Hood a lot of questions at the end of a show – what was the name of that song you played – it sounded like Stephane Grappelli maybe, right after the Doug Sahm cover? How did you learn to play fiddle like that? Are you playing anywhere else this week? How old are you? Warren always obliges to answer all of the questions, that's just his character (the answers are usually something like, "Black Cat", hard work and listening to the right records, yes, definitely, and older than you think). He cares deeply about the experiences of the people who come to his shows and buy his records and works hard to create memorable live performances and albums. His band plays every week at ABGB, drawing a mix of "old Austin” and newcomers, musicians and music lovers, and dancers who stay on the floor from the first to last song. The Warren Hood Band plays a mix of their own songs, classic country, and blues, with a nod towards their Texas roots with a few Uncle Walt’s Band songs mixed in. Warren recorded "Warren Hood Band,” released by Red Parlor Records and produced by Charlie Sexton. Photo by Micael Marie Monroe.

contact
Roggie Baer
2004 Maple Avenue
Austin, TX  78722

phone 512-554-4004
phone#2
e-mail roggie@rajiworld.com
public performance/concert $2,000 - $5,000
school performance $250 - $750
workshop fees $500 - $1,000
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $3,000
website http://www.warrenhood.com

 

Hot Club of Cowtown

Hot Club of Cowtown

Austin, Texas-based hot jazz and Western swing trio Hot Club of Cowtown blends the early Western swing of Bob Wills and Milton Brown with European hot string jazz of the same era. The band also writes its own material and reinterprets everything from hoedowns to American songbook standards in its own, original style. Voted Ameripolitan Western Swing Group of the Year 2015 and inducted into the Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame in 2004, HCCT has toured with Bob Dylan and others and represented Texas music throughout the world for the US State Department from Azerbaijan to the Sultanate of Oman. Ten studio albums, a global following, and the relentless passion of its live shows are the band's continuing trademark. "This trio's stylistic genesis-- as well as title-- stems from the realization that the great heritage of strings (guitars and violins) originates mutually with the Manouche gypsies of France and the no-less virtuosic hillbilly pickers and fiddlers of Oklahoma and Texas… the threesome of high-heeled violinist Elana James, guitarist Whit Smith and bassist Jake Erwin showed from the beginning that jazz and country music could exist together on the same page, a highly commendable achievement if ever there was one." -Wall Street Journal. Photo by JJ Johnson.

contact
Dan Peraino

Boston, MA  2134

phone 617-254-0007
phone#2
e-mail dan@thekurlandagency.com
public performance/concert $3,500 - $10,000
school performance $1,000 - $3,000
workshop fees $1,000 - $3,000
travel/per diem/lodging $400
website http://www.thekurlandagency.com/

 

Houston Ballet II

Houston Ballet II

Houston Ballet II is the dynamic second company to the acclaimed Houston Ballet, and is a wonderful choice for smaller communities yearning to present beautiful classical ballet at a reasonable cost, with modest technical demands. Houston Ballet II performs a wide array of dance works ranging from excerpts from stunning contemporary pieces to traditional classical ballets. HBII offers a touring repertory evening with a satisfying variety of classical and contemporary works. The program includes Houston Ballet Artistic Director Stanton Welch's "A Dance in the Garden of Mirth," a joyful ballet set to music from the 13th and 14th centuries. The repertoire also includes former Houston Ballet soloist Ilya Kozadayev’s lovely contemporary ballet "Molto Espressivo," choreographer Ma Cong’s vibrant "Calling," and excerpts from the traditional classic "The Sleeping Beauty." Photo by Amitava Sarkar.

contact
Matthew Bledsoe
Pleiades House 7 West 54th Street
New York, NY  10019

phone 212-994-3565
phone#2
e-mail mbledsoe@imgartists.com
public performance/concert $13,000 - $15,000
travel/per diem/lodging $6,000 - $9,000
website http://www.houstonballet.org

 

Houston Boychoir

Houston Boychoir

With its reputation for artistic excellence, Houston Boychoir regularly presents concerts throughout the city, state and region. The boys are often featured with Houston's major performing arts organizations, including the Houston Symphony Orchestra, Bach Society Houston, Opera in the Heights, Mercury and more. The boys perform down the street and around the world, serving as ambassadors across the United States, Europe, China and South Africa. The musical repertoire is widely varied and draws on literature from all styles, languages, and periods of music history. Audiences everywhere delight in their ephemeral sound and charming youthful exuberance. The Houston Boychoir concert program has portions of traditional liturgical music, historical in nature and "native" to singing boys. A second portion is devoted to contemporary music by current composers as well as folk music and world music that span the globe in language and origin. A final portion of the concert is often a small staged work such as an abbreviated Broadway Musical, a one-act opera, or a theatrical work created for Houston Boychoir. Photo by Jeff Grass.

contact
Carole Nelson
PO Box 271342
Houston, TX  77277

phone 281-484-1560
phone#2
e-mail houstonboychoir@hotmail.com
public performance/concert $1,000 - 10,000
school performance $500 - $10,000
workshop fees $1,000 - 10,000
travel/per diem/lodging $1,000 - $10,000
website http://www.houstonboychoir.org

 

Houston Symphony

Houston Symphony

Founded in 1913, the Houston Symphony is an internationally recognized orchestra known for its artistic excellence, innovation, and service to the community. Each year, the 88 full-time musicians of the Houston Symphony perform more than 250 concerts, recitals, education and community programs and events that impact the lives of more than 300,000 people, including over 97,000 children and students and more than 100,000 who attend performances free of charge. In addition to concerts in major performance spaces, the orchestra regularly performs in hospitals, schools, places of worship, and other community centers throughout the city. The Houston Symphony offers a wide variety of programming options that can be customized to meet the diverse needs of its presenters. In addition to concerts featuring classical masterpieces and popular programming, the Houston Symphony can perform interactive family concerts, multicultural programs, and engaging educational concerts that are TEKS-aligned. Also available for tour are performances of the orchestra's multimedia HD Odyssey film projects: "The Planets," "The Earth" and the recently completed "The Cosmos." Photo by Wilson Parish.

contact
Vicky Dominguez
615 Louisiana Street, Suite 102
Houston, TX  77002

phone 713-238-1473
phone#2 713-224-4240
e-mail vicky.dominguez@houstonsymphony.org
public performance/concert $50,000 - $100,000
school performance $15,000 - $50,000
workshop fees $500 - $5,000
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $45,000
website http://www.houstonsymphony.org

 

Indigenous Cultures Institute

Indigenous Cultures Institute

Indigenous Cultures Institute is currently developing the 50-minute children's play "Yana Wana’s Legend of the Bluebonnet," written by Miakan-Garza tribal members, about the Coahuiltecan’s version of how the first bluebonnets came to Texas. Developing the play in 2017-2018 with Dallas Children’s Theater (DCT premiered the play in March 2018), the Institute plans to produce the play independently as its "first-time production” and tour this authentic indigenous work into Central and South Texas cities in 2019. The Institute also represents the following performing artists: Cuicani In Xochitl – a dynamic Aztec dance company with dramatic sound, movement, and colorful regalia; Dr. Mario Garza – elder, accomplished storyteller/flute player lauded by veterans' groups and community audiences as funny and entertaining with both traditional and original "Chato” dog stories; Adrian Villegas – award-winning, Emmy-nominated comedic performer, with his uproariously funny, one-man show Barrio Daze and other works; Emma Ortega – Apache elder storyteller, retired school teacher who is excellent with children audiences and renowned in the powwow circuit; Aaron Pyle – accomplished composer/musician, Native American flute player; and Miltotiliztli Yaoyollohtli – phenomenal Aztec dancers in awe-inspiring, traditional, feathered regalia, who include audience-participants in their dance circle. Photo by Maria Rocha.

contact
Maria Rocha
PO Box 1414
San Marcos, TX  78667

phone 512-393-3310
phone#2
e-mail maria.rocha@indigenouscultures.org
public performance/concert $500 - $3,000
school performance $100 - $500
workshop fees $500 - $1,500
travel/per diem/lodging $50 - $750
website http://www.indigenouscultures.org

 

Donna Ingham

Donna Ingham

For over 20 years Donna Ingham has taken the ancient art of storytelling and given it a Texas twist. A college English professor in her former life and author of six books, she creates finely crafted stories from history, folklore, and her own personal experiences. And although she did not set out to be a liar, she has been named the Biggest Liar in Austin, Houston, San Antonio, and, yes, the whole state of Texas. Her stories reflect her native roots in the Lone Star State, and she chooses appropriate stories for all ages and stages. Her "Tall Tales and True" offering is a flexible, well-received program adaptable for all ages, with some stories complemented by guitar, ukulele, or washboard accompaniment. Representative stories allow for multicultural elements and geographic scope. In addition to programs and performances for schools, libraries, conferences, and festivals, she also offers keynotes, luncheon and after-dinner speaking, author visits, workshops, and residencies. Photo by Donna Ingham.

contact
Donna Ingham
1025 Coventry Road
Spicewood, TX  78669

phone 512-656-8186
phone#2 830-693-1641
e-mail tell.write@gmail.com
public performance/concert $500 - $2,500
school performance $450 - $1,000
workshop fees $500 - $1,000
travel/per diem/lodging $250 - $1,000
website http://www.donnaingham.com

 

Invincible Czars

Invincible Czars

The Invincible Czars make hard-to-categorize music for lovers of everything in the "other" category. They've evolved from a rag-tag art-rock group on Austin’s Red River scene to a reverse classical-crossover powerhouse playing clubs, theaters and universities all over the US. Their unique instrumentation, ambitious projects and variety of styles & influences attracts fans of Frank Zappa, Brave Combo, Faith No More and Danny Elfman. Musicianship, humor and experimentation abound. They also have a sweet wardrobe collection. Their whimsical, Austin-tacious version of Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite" became a Central Texas holiday tradition when it debuted on KUT FM in 2004. Since then, they've played nearly every major holiday event in the state. Lately, the band has been focused on its silent film work. They began scoring/accompanying silent films live at the original Alamo Drafthouse in the 00s. Touring coast to coast in the US and portions of Canada during 2016-17, they’ve come to be known as THE silent film accompaniment group from Texas featuring their own soundtracks to silent movies "Nosferatu," "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde," and five others. In 2017 they had a weekly residency at the Alamo Ritz in Austin and were featured performers at the Seattle International Film Festival. Photo by Suzi Spies, Josh Robins.

contact
Joshua Robins
6300 Huntleigh Way
Austin, TX  78725

phone 512-656-0357
phone#2
e-mail invincibleczars@gmail.com
public performance/concert $1,000 - $4,000
school performance $750 - $2,500
workshop fees $500 - $1,000
travel/per diem/lodging $400 - $1,000
website http://www.invincibleczars.com

 

Jason Roberts Band

Jason Roberts Band

GRAMMY Award winner and four-time Hall of Fame individual inductee Jason Roberts leads the Jason Roberts Band on fiddle, mandolin and vocals. The band plays Western swing, jazz, and traditional country at performing arts centers, theaters, dance halls, festivals and private events. Band musicians include George Strait's long-time guitar player Rick McRae; country music veteran Albert Quaid on bass; Tony Ramsey on drums; Dave Biller on steel; and Wayne Glasson on piano. In addition to standard two- or three-set live shows, the Jason Roberts Band performs a thematic program that is well received at performing arts centers and local theaters. The show illustrates the evolution of swing music, starting briefly with traditional fiddle, then progressing through ragtime/Dixieland, the blues, big band, Western swing, and ending with straight up "Jazz in Cowboy Hats." The strength of the musicians in the Jason Roberts Band lies in their range and ability to showcase all of these genres. Audiences see how all of these influences came together to become Western swing, itself a precursor to rock and roll and how Bob Wills and his players were bending strings to boogie rhythms in the 1940s-- long before Elvis and Little Richard. Photo by Lisa Pollard, LP Artwork.

contact
Jason Roberts
4203 Shoalwood Ave.
Austin, TX  78756

phone 512-656-7409
phone#2 512-656-7409
e-mail texas.jaybird@yahoo.com
public performance/concert $2,500 - $5,000
school performance $2,500 - $5,000
workshop fees $2,500 - $5,000
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $5,000
website http://www.jasonrobertsband.com

 

Jazz Houston

Jazz Houston

Jazz Houston is a Houston-based jazz institution led by renowned trombonist and artistic director Vincent Gardner. He has spent the last 17 years performing with Wynton Marsalis and is currently the principal trombonist with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. He also spent the previous four years as the founding director of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra. Jazz Houston has a broad roster of artists and repertoire consisting of multiple programs showcasing works across genres, composers, and time periods that can be customized for each audience. The programs are a mix of sacred and secular, traditional and contemporary, jazz, blues, Latin and gospel, performed by various sized ensembles from vocal soloists to the full 15-piece jazz orchestra. Photo by Frank Stewart.

contact
Belinda Munro
PO Box 37268
Houston, TX  77237

phone 770-490-2424
phone#2 832-384-8618
e-mail belinda@jazzhouston.org
public performance/concert $1,500 - $15,000
school performance $700 - $1,500
workshop fees $700 - $1,500
travel/per diem/lodging $100 - $2,500
website Www.jazzhouston.org

 

State Artist Craig Hella Johnson

State Artist Craig Hella Johnson

Craig Hella Johnson, 2013 Texas State Musician, is known for crafting thought-provoking musical journeys that create deep connections between performers and listeners. He is the Founding Artistic Director and Conductor of the Austin-based, internationally renowned, Grammy® nominated choir Conspirare. Additionally, he serves as Music Director of Cincinnati Vocal Arts Ensemble and Conductor Emeritus of the Victoria Bach Festival. In 1998, Johnson was Artistic Director of San Francisco-based Chanticleer and from 2000-2005 was Music Director of Houston Masterworks Chorus. Johnson is in frequent demand as a guest conductor of choral and orchestral works. He has served as guest conductor with the Austin Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Santa Fe Symphony, Chicago’s Music of the Baroque, Berkshire Choral Festival, Taipei Male Choir, Oregon Bach Festival and St. Olaf Choir. Johnson and Conspirare were awarded the 2015 Best Choral Performance Grammy® for The Sacred Spirit of Russia (Harmonia Mundi label). In June 2015 Johnson received The Michael Korn Founders Award for Development of the Professional Choral Art, Chorus America’s lifetime achievement award. Johnson received the Louis Botto Award for Innovative Action and Entrepreneurial Zeal from Chorus America in 2009 and was inducted into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame in 2008. Johnson is a Texas State University Artist in Residence and served as the Director of Choral Activities at the University of Texas in Austin from 1990 to 2001. Johnson’s compositions, arrangements, and edited scores are published by Alliance Music and as part of the Craig Hella Johnson Choral Series with G. Schirmer and Hal Leonard. He also performs as a pianist and singer in a variety of styles.

contact
Ann McNair
1812 Centre Creek Dr. Suite 110
Austin, TX  78754

phone 512-476-5775
phone#2 512-481-1676
e-mail amcnair@conspirare.org
public performance/concert $2,000 - $10,000
workshop fees $2,000 - $10,000
website http://www.craighellajohnson.com

 

Elizabeth Kahura

Elizabeth Kahura

Elizabeth Kahura is a native of Kenya, Africa. Living in the United States since 1995, she has shared African knowledge with audiences of all ages through the African Safari program. A teacher by profession, Elizabeth educates while at the same time entertaining audiences through storytelling, puppetry, music, language arts, and hands-on art projects. Schools, libraries, museums, and festivals enjoy her inspirational countenance, her displays of African artifacts, and her ability to build a bridge of understanding by demonstrating the similarities between cultures and traditions of Africa and United States. African Safari comprises seven program choices adaptable to all ages. They include: A Day in Africa- highlights geography and culture; Folktales from Africa- highlights stories and poems of Africa; A Jungle Walk- highlights the flora and fauna of Africa; Sound of Africa- highlights story, music, and dance; African Art- highlights carvings, clothing, and instruments; Kwanzaa- a community celebration that highlights TEKS; and Embracing Diversity- workshops for adults. Elizabeth received a 2017 "Mashujaa" (heroes) award in recognition for "Cultural Preservation and Awareness." Photo by Andrew John.

contact
Elizabeth Kahura
5011 Daymon Court
Hutto, TX  78634

phone 512-826-0756
phone#2 512-826-0756
e-mail ekahura@hotmail.com
public performance/concert $500 - $2,500
school performance $350 - $2,500
workshop fees $500 - $2,500
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $1000
website http://www.safariprogram.com

 

State Artist Shelley King

State Artist Shelley King

Shelley King, 2008 Texas State Musician, has been an ambassador of the Austin, Texas sound for twenty years. She is a self assured combination of singer and songwriter, who is both a successful solo artist and formidable band leader. King’s blend of blues, folk, country, soul and rock led her to be the first woman appointed by the Texas Legislature to represent the state as it’s Official Musician. She has won Austin Music Awards for Song of the Year and Best Roots Rock Band. Shelley has released 7 albums to rave reviews and radio chart success. King tours Texas and the US performing almost nightly at intimate concerts and major venues and festivals. Her songs have been recorded by numerous national and international artists. She is available to perform as a solo, duo, trio or band, acoustic or electric. She has also conducted song writing and team building work shops at both schools and major corporations.

contact
Perry Drake
PO Box 33097
Austin, TX  78764

phone 512-386-6355
phone#2
e-mail lemonade_records@yahoo.com
public performance/concert $400 - $7,000
school performance $200 - $2,000
workshop fees $400 - $5,000
website http://www.shelleyking.com

 

Kraken Quartet

Kraken Quartet

A massive force of percussion and electronics, The Kraken Quartet is a genre-crossing group known for its highly energetic and engaging performances. Since their formation in 2012, the Austin-based group has been heralded for merging elements of indie rock, minimalism, post-rock, electronica, and the avant-garde. Currently based in Austin, TX, The Kraken Quartet maintains an active schedule, regularly performing both at home and on the road. The group has performed as part of several festivals and concert series in Texas and around the country. The ensemble also has a strong educational initiative, most recently working with students at the University of Texas at Austin, Ithaca College, and Belmont University. Together they host workshops focused on collaborative composition, and playing music together in a group setting, helping to supply students with the tools they need to grow. After forming at Ithaca College, members of The Kraken Quartet pursued graduate degrees at the Eastman School of Music, Indiana University, the University of Texas at Austin, and the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. The Kraken Quartet is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Photo by Evan Chapman.

contact
Sean Harvey
3506 Harmon Ave
Austin, TX  78705

phone 201-919-5258
phone#2
e-mail sean@thekrakenquartet.com
public performance/concert $600 - $3,000
school performance $600 - $3,000
workshop fees $400 - $1,500
travel/per diem/lodging $100 - $1,000
website http://thekrakenquartet.com/

 

Sue Kuentz

Sue Kuentz

Sue excites and connects to family audiences by taking them on journeys through her multicultural folktales, fairy tales, urban legends and personal stories from around the world. Using words, music, puppetry, and even string figures, she engages active participation among listeners, mesmerizing even the most reluctant of kids. Sue's storytelling passion and energy originated from her 32 years as an elementary teacher and librarian in San Antonio. She has performed at multiple schools, libraries, and festivals throughout Texas such as the Texas Folklife Festival, the George West Storyfest, and the UTSA and Tejas Storytelling Festivals. Performances include but are not limited to: "Multicultural Tales from Around the World," "Stories for the 7 Habits of Happy Kids,” "Storytelling and Writing for 3rd-7th graders,” "Stringing You Along: String Figures in Stories,” "Tales to Chill Your Bones,” and "Urban Legends for Tweens.” As a frequent presenter of workshops on integrating storytelling into the classroom, Sue has motived several schools to begin their own storytelling clubs empowering students to find their own voices. Family members telling stories to each other at home is her dream and through her modeling and encouragement, stories will live for generations to come! Photo by Chuck Kuentz.

contact
Sue Kuentz
151 Saur Road
Bulverde, TX  78163

phone 210-326-7877
phone#2
e-mail sue.kuentz@gmail.com
public performance/concert $500 - $2,000
school performance $600 - $2,000
workshop fees $500 - $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $300 - $2,000
website http://www.door2lore.com

 

Lannaya Drum & Dance

Lannaya Drum & Dance

Lannaya is a nonprofit organization formed in 2000. Their mission is to expose and educate audiences to authentic and progressive interpretations of drum & dance of the African diaspora. They are committed to preserving vibrant cultural traditions through workshops and performances in schools, festivals, parties, receptions, and a host of special events. In the SuSu language of Guinea, Lannaya means "confidence." It's what Lannaya seeks to express in their work and instill in audiences through a variety of programming tailored per presenter, suitable for small/large audiences and diverse facilities, including: Rhythm & Movement of West Africa - Interactive school show for grades K-12 (Complements STARR and TEKS requirements by introducing music and dance vocabulary, authentic instruments, math, history, geography, culture. Features energetic dancing to live drumming, vibrantly costumed performers, a brief history of musical instruments, and call/response songs.); Drum and/or Dance Residency - Introduction to movement, and traditional polyrhythmic music of West African countries like Guinea, Mali, Côte d’Ivoire, etc.; Drum/Dance Workshops - Ideal for classroom, family, and other festive group activitie; Drum and dance performances - Traditional and innovative Guinean and diasporic rhythms. Photo by Kirk Marsh Photography.

contact
Tonya Pennie
PO Box 40577
Austin, TX  78704

phone 855-526-6292
phone#2
e-mail Dance@Lannaya.org
public performance/concert $1,600 - $4,600
school performance $700 - $2,000
workshop fees $500 - $1,200
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $2,000
website https://lannaya.org/home/

 

Las Tesoros de San Antonio

Las Tesoros de San Antonio

Las Tesoros de San Antonio are three women singers who each enjoyed widely popular recording careers in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s throughout the US, Mexico, and beyond. Now in their 80s and 90s, these musical icons have returned to the stage, inspiring audiences to celebrate and reclaim the rich cultural traditions of San Antonio and South Texas. Las Tesoros include Rita "La Calandria" Vidaurri, Beatriz "La Paloma del Norte” Llamas, and Blanca "Blanquita Rosa” Rodriguez. A fourth member, Janet "Perla Tapatia” Cortez, passed away in 2014. Las Tesoros perform a variety of musical styles in Spanish and English, including rancheras, musica nortena, boleros, corridos, and more. Rita Vidaurri also tells jokes during performances, making her connection with audiences quite lively. Each singer, with her own personal story and style, forms a part of this unique ensemble that represents the soul of Texas/Mexico border music. Touring performances are accompanied by a trio or mariachi, and may include the full group or highlight individuals as soloists. Screenings of the feature-length documentary, "Las Tesoros de San Antonio: A Westside Story” are also available, as well as interactive bilingual presentations and Q&A sessions delving into the remarkable lives of Las Tesoros. Photo by Ricardo Venegas.

contact
Amelia Valdez
922 San Pedro Ave.
San Antonio, TX  78212

phone 210-228-0201
phone#2
e-mail esperanza@esperanzacenter.org
public performance/concert $600 - $6,000
school performance $600 - $3,000
workshop fees $300 - $1,500
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $2,500
website http://esperanzacenter.org/esperanza-projects/las-tesoros/

 

Laser Spectacles

Laser Spectacles

Laser Spectacles, Inc. has been producing laser light shows since 1985. The company has focused upon both entertainment shows for festivals and celebrations as well as cutting edge laser art. Company president Tim Walsh has developed new techniques and built special equipment to project laser mapping, laser lumia, and stereoscopic 3D laser graphics. Tim is becoming a standout in creating new "dynamic laser mapping" that brings unique buildings to life. Tim has won acclaim for achieving true "laser synaesthesia" by composing original "laser music" using the laser control signals as a sound source for the audio as well as simultaneously controlling the laser images and beams. He has used this technique to accompany original compositions on saxophone, accordion, and uilleann pipes. Photo by Timothy Walsh.

contact
Timothy Walsh
PO Box 1535
San Marcos, TX  78667

phone 512-392-4600
phone#2 512-787-7585
e-mail laserinfo@laserspectacles.com
public performance/concert $3,500 - $20,000
school performance $2,500 - $5,500
workshop fees $2,500 - $5,500
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $2,000
website http://www.laserspectacles.com

 

Laughter League

Laughter League

The Laughter League produces hundreds of shows annually throughout Texas and beyond. School assembly programs: Science of the Circus utilizes skills seen at the circus such as juggling, balancing and dance to teach laws of motion, simple machines and other science concepts; Count on Comedy Math Show shows audiences how math is everywhere; and The Magic Storybook introduces children to the elements of stories, such as characters, settings, costumes, music and structure. Libraries book the summer reading show year after year, which aims to excite young children about reading and learning to use their imagination. All school and library shows are presented by a team of gifted physical actors who utilize comedy as a tool for inspiring laughter and engaging their audience. Laughter League presents large scale theatrical presentations, which take audiences on a journey through the Golden Age of Comedy by combining the dazzling excitement of Cirque du Soleil with the madcap mirth of Saturday Night Live, featuring a talented ensemble of musicians, comedians and cirque artists. They create memorable shows filled with stunning feats of daring and purely magical moments, that have been performed around the world, from China to the Middle East and even Paris, Texas. Photo by Paul Radke.

contact
Tiffany Riley
410 S. Windomere
Dallas, TX  75208

phone 972-258-6313
phone#2 917-861-5030
e-mail tiffany@foundationforlaughter.org
public performance/concert $500 - $3,000
school performance $600 - $900
workshop fees $500 - $1,500
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $750
website http://www.laughterleague.org

 

Le Theatre de Marionette

Le Theatre de Marionette

Le Theatre de Marionette's repertoire of storybook and variety shows has delighted audiences across Texas since 1985. Based at Geppetto's Marionette Theater at the Dallas Hilton Anatole Hotel, Le Theatre performs its one-of-a-kind marionette puppets, designed and built by a team of local artists, to audiences of families, field trips and birthday parties. Le Theatre’s puppet performances are family-friendly, kid-tested and teacher-approved and are engaging for all ages. Conveniently performing in both small and large venues, Le Theatre's clientele range from schools, libraries, and museums to malls, performance halls, and country festivals. Educational, interactive puppetry classes and marionette-making workshops are popular add-ons to the Le Theatre puppetry experience and can be customized to meet any occasion. Clients select online from among storybook classics, variety acts, and holiday specials, all appropriate for intimate, mid-size, and large venues. Le Theatre offers show formats in both cabaret and bridge formats. Cabaret, or "open stage" performances are performed up-close by visible, black-clad puppeteers and are perfect for small and intimate venues such as schools and libraries. Bridge productions feature long-strung marionettes operated from an elevated "bridge" complete with drops, sets and props and are best for large venues and performance halls. Photo by John Hopkins.

contact
Kent Williams
2201 N Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, TX  75207

phone 469-744-3436
phone#2 469-442-1919
e-mail kabukimankent@gmail.com
public performance/concert $595 - $5,000
school performance $595 - $2,500
workshop fees $100 - $1,500
travel/per diem/lodging $150 - $1,500
website http://www.letheatredemarionette.com

 

Kim Lehman

Kim Lehman

Kim Lehman is a storyteller, musician, workshop presenter, honey bee educator, and author. For over 30 years, she has performed at hundreds of festivals, schools, libraries, and museums including being a featured teller at the Texas Storytelling Festival. Each entertaining and educational program includes a variety of stories and songs that can be tailored to each audience and venue. Kim is a well-known educator best known for her dynamic, practical workshops featuring easy-to-implement activities for librarians, teachers and parents. She has presented over 140 workshops throughout Texas. Some popular topics include using music, storytelling, puppets, art, science, and literature with children. The Stories and Songs program combines songs, stories, props, poetry, puppets, and participation for preschool, elementary ages, and families. Possible themes include folktales around the world, pioneers, fairy tales, space, and more. All Together Now is an intergenerational program, bringing together children and senior citizens. Science programs range from Aerodynamics to The Buzz About Bees, a program about honey bees with participation, music, props, and optional hands-on activities. Known as the Bee Lady, Kim is the author of Beekeeper's Lab: 52 Family-Friendly Activities and Experiments Exploring the Life of the Hive. Photo by Mark Wieland.

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Kim Lehman
PO Box 2743
Austin, TX  78768

phone 512-627-0113
phone#2
e-mail kim.lehman@sbcglobal.net
public performance/concert $250 - $1,000
school performance $250 - $1,000
workshop fees $250 - $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging 0 - $1,000
website http://www.kimlehman.com

 

Line Upon Line Percussion

Line Upon Line Percussion

Formed in 2009, Line Upon Line Percussion exists to strengthen others and to challenge the status quo. To date, the Austin-based trio has premiered thirty new works written specifically for the group, in addition to performing the greatest existing music for percussion instruments by influential composers such as John Cage, Steve Reich and Iannis Xenakis. The trio has twice been named "Best Ensemble" by the Austin Critics' Table and its self-presented concert series, now in its fifth year, was listed as one of the Austin Chronicle's Top 10 Dance/Classical Music Treasures. The Austinist called Line Upon Line "the premier new music percussion ensemble in Texas and the South" and the Austin American-Statesman considers the group "a riveting, always-surprising and delightful trio.”Line Upon Line has been in residence at Stanford University and has performed and taught at universities in twenty-one states. Internationally, the group has twice toured England and also performed in Basel (Hochschule für Musik), Berlin (Unerhörte Musik) and Cologne (Loft Köln). Line Upon Line has performed at the 2013 and 2017 Fusebox Festivals, 2012 and 2015 Percussive Arts Society International Conventions, as well as SXSW, the Victoria Bach Festival and the International Festival-Institute at Round Top. Photo by Rino Pizzi.

contact
Matthew Teodori
PO Box 49890
Austin, TX  78765

phone 512-944-5785
phone#2
e-mail matt@lineuponlinepercussion.org
public performance/concert $3,000 - $9,000
school performance $1,000 - $3,000
travel/per diem/lodging $375 - $3,500
website http://www.lineuponlinepercussion.org/

 

State Artist Ken Little

State Artist Ken Little

Ken Little, 2014 Texas State Visual Artist - 3-D, is a visual artist and a musician. Since 1988, he has maintained an art studio in San Antonio. He has exhibited his work in sculpture, nationally, and internationally. He has received many awards and honors, including his current designation as the 2014 Texas State 3 Dimensional Artist of the year.

contact
Ken Little
27631 Timberline Drive
San Antonio, TX  78260

phone 210-364-9994
phone#2
e-mail kdlittle@sbcglobal.net
public performance/concert $200 - $1,000
school performance $150 - $1,500
website http://kenlittle.com

 

Los Aztex

Los Aztex

Los Aztex is a 6-piece music group led by Joel Guzman and Sarah Fox. Together, their stunning performances have propelled them onto the national stage, garnering them three GRAMMY Award nominations in the Best Latin American category and two GRAMMY wins in 2004 and 2005. Using their traditional and urban sensibilities, Los Aztex reach deep into the ocean of American music to create a sound as seamless as water. "The duo of Joel and Sarah-- what would seem a simple combination of accordion and vocals-- makes a bigger, purer, more directly emotional sound than any twosome I've ever encountered. Family can be a real source of musical magic and this husband/wife team has really captured it, but in some delightfully unexpected ways: his accordion can be sweet as her vocals are edgy, or her voice can pierce the heart while he plays stratospheric squeezebox."-- Pat Jasper, Artistic Director, International Accordion Festival. Photo by Gilbert Rivera.

contact
Joel Guzman
124 Wallops
Kyle, TX  78640

phone 512-745-3544
phone#2 512-745-3905
e-mail info@losaztex.com
public performance/concert $2,500 -$6,000
school performance $1,500 - $2,500
workshop fees $1,500 - $3,000
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $1,000
website http://www.losaztex.com

 

Amie Maciszewski/Sangeet Millennium

Amie Maciszewski/Sangeet Millennium

Sitarist Dr. Amie Maciszewski is an international award-winning performer/ensemble leader, teaching artist and educator. Audiences describe Amie's classical sitar/tabla and Indo-jazz fusion ensemble performances as "stunning" and "elegantly vibrant.” Her Sangeet Millennium Ensemble (Texas Top Ten award, 2008 and 2011, Austin Chronicle) seamlessly traverses boundaries between traditional South Asian melodies with jazz/world grooves, creating an ever-evolving sound. Passionate about sharing North Indian music culture, Amie has traveled three continents completing artist residencies, hosting recitals, and conducting lectures on Hindustani music. She also leads dynamic all-ages workshops on South Asian classical and folk music (sometimes with dance included) and world fusion music. Amie’s musical credits include five CDs and several independent films and theater productions. Programs include: (1) Sangeet, the Classical Music of India- sitar and tabla performance, other instruments and/or voice optional; (2) Songs & Colors of the Seasons- multimedia performance showcasing music & visual imagery celebrating North Indian seasonal festival/s; (3) Collaborative multimedia and/or multidisciplinary theme performance/installations exploring various topics such as women as bearers of light, global sisterhood, world music for world peace, etc.; (4) Sangeet Millennium Ensemble's Indo-Jazz Grooves- traditional & original material performed on sitar, saxophone, & tabla (vocal, bass optional). Photo by Kris Hundt.

contact
Amie Maciszewski
327 S. Edgefield Ave.
Dallas, TX  75208

phone 512-965-2368
phone#2 512-965-2368
e-mail sangeetmil1204@gmail.com
public performance/concert $600 - $3,600
school performance $450 - $1,500
workshop fees $450 - $2,500
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $2,000
website Www.sangeetmillennium.org

 

Magik Theatre

Magik Theatre

Find out what over two million children and their families have discovered: a performance where books come to life on stage! Experience children's theater with the Magik Theatre-- where imagination is education. Magik Theatre On the Road brings fun and lively performances to children of all ages! 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 to performing arts centers. Magik Theatre tour offerings include productions of "The Three Little Pigs," "Goldilocks," "Rumpelstiltskin," "Dr. Krashunbang," and "The Kingdom of Texas." Each offering is literature-based and is easily integrated into the curricula of pre-school and elementary school grade levels and complemented by a TEKS-linked study guide that extends the play experience and facilitates discussion. Photo by Megan Coy Schwamb.

contact
Lilly Bankston
420 South Alamo
San Antonio, TX  78205

phone 210-227-2751
phone#2 210-683-5089
e-mail Lilly@magiktheatre.org
public performance/concert $500 - $20,000
school performance $400 - $12,000
travel/per diem/lodging $100 - $2,000
website http://www.magiktheatre.org/

 

Matt The Electrician

Matt The Electrician

Despite the name, Matt the Electrician is no longer an electrician, focusing instead on a music career that has spanned the course of two decades, a dozen records, and thousands of shows. His music, however, remains rooted in his blue collar beginnings, with lyricism that embraces the day-to-day, the mundane, the beauty of the ordinary. Key words: honest, tender, hilarious. Matt the Electrician's most thoughtful moments mirror Van Zandt. They shadow Guy Clark and haunt every great Texas storyteller with an eye for triumph and truth. Still, every lyrical twist and turn maintains his own unique style and substance. "I think Matt will be an influence on a lot of songwriters in the future," musician Scrappy Jud Newcomb says. "What really stands out about Matt as a performer is he makes every crowd his own. By the end of his set, no matter who they came to see, the audience will be Matt the Electrician fans." Matt will tour solo or with his band, and he will play one or two sets of original songs. Matt can also be available to teach songwriting workshops with children or adults. Photo by Stephanie Macias Gibson.

contact
Laura Thomas
7513 Hart Lane
Austin, TX  78731

phone 512-423-7667
phone#2
e-mail laura@comboplatebooking.com
public performance/concert $500 - $5,000
school performance $500 - $2,500
workshop fees $500 - $1,500
travel/per diem/lodging $300 - $1,500
website http://www.matttheelectrician.com

 

Joe McDermott

Joe McDermott

Referred to as "a Texas treasure" by the State Library Association, Joe McDermott released his first album of children's music in 1988. A former Montessori teacher, Joe has dedicated the last 30 years to honing the art and craft of entertaining children. His song writing has garnered numerous Parent’s Choice Awards and nominations, in addition to NAPPA and International Song Writing Contest awards. In 1998, he won first place in the Children’s Music category from the John Lennon Song Writing Contest. He was invited to team up with Stan and Jan Berenstain to set ten of their books to music. Impressed by Joe’s musical talent, Stan Berenstain quipped that Joe was an "absolute wizard at communicating to children with music.” In addition to his lively concerts, Joe produces school-specific music video workshops for elementary school students. With the aide of Hollywood special effects programs, children ride in rockets, airplanes, and ocean liners and visit other countries or planets! It’s an experiential workshop that showcases diverse types of student talent. In a more classical setting, thirteen of Joe’s compositions are scored for partial or full symphony orchestra. For bigger organizations such as towns and cities, Joe presents a Family Holiday Sing-Along. Photo by Joe McDermott.

contact
Joe McDermott
3413 Gable Drive
Austin, TX  78759

phone 512-689-5361
phone#2
e-mail joemcdermott@sbcglobal.net
public performance/concert $350 - $1,200
school performance $200 - $400
workshop fees $1,500 - $2,500
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $300
website https://www.joemcdermottmusic.com/

 

Carson McHone

Carson McHone

Carson McHone, a songwriter from Austin, Texas, "writes songs like her life depends on it" (Ray Wylie Hubbard), and brings an intelligence to alt-country that is both immediate and lyrical. She has shared the stage with Vince Gill, Gary Clark Jr., Ryan Bingham, Lydia Loveless, Charlie Mars, David Ramirez, Jerry Jeff Walker, and Shaky Graves, among others. McHone has been working on a new album in Nashville with producer Mike McCarthy (Spoon, Heartless Bastards, Patty Griffin) and performed at this year's Austin City Limits Music Festival and at the Americana Music Festival. Photo by Aaron Bir.

contact
Tim Regan
210 Peach Street
Buda, TX  78610

phone 901-487-1182
phone#2 901-487-1182
e-mail tim@ninemilerecords.com
public performance/concert $750 - $2,000
school performance $750 - $1,500
workshop fees $1,000 - $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $100 - $400
website http://carsonmchonemusic.com

 

Vickie McMillan-Hayes

Vickie McMillan-Hayes

Vickie McMillan-Hayes is considered a world-renowned wildlife conservation artist in her field of painting. Her exhibitions include art museums/galleries throughout the country and abroad. Vickie is published in well-known books, magazines, articles, and reviews both locally/internationally Vickie conducts collaborative community paintings/murals with groups of people for installation in libraries, public buildings, hospitals, schools, correctional facilities, government organizations, treatment centers, foster care, and health and human service centers. She delivers specialized workshops including AP art, residencies, lectures (elementary-college), live performance painting, collaborative painting at festivals, team-building and staff development (teachers), judging (is a RodeoArtJudge). Her collaborative paintings/murals integrate TEKS curriculum goals for schools, fosters unity in community, advances global conservation causes, and encourages the use of recycled materials when possible. Each project is designed/conceptualized in advance with set project goals, or designed under Vickie's guidance during workshops. Vickie teaches and demonstrates use of materials, technique, research, team-building, cooperation, creative learning through educationally relevant objects, life skills, and pride. Large scale murals/paintings can be based on curriculum (including topics such as science, technology, engineering, math, the earth, life cycles, rain forests, geography, and history) or other interests. Participants are engaged in the project from concept (brainstorming/themes) to unveiling.

contact
Vickie McMillan-Hayes
10419 Hollowback Dr.
Katy, TX  77494

phone 404-771-8084
phone#2
e-mail vickiemcmillan@mac.com
public performance/concert $250 - $700
school performance $250 - $850
workshop fees $2,500 - $50,000
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $2,000
website http://www.vickiemcmillan.com

 

Curtis McMurtry

Curtis McMurtry

Curtis McMurtry, born and raised in Austin, TX, strives to push the definition of Americana music in new and eclectic directions. Influenced by Fiona Apple, Django Reinhardt and Leonard Cohen, Curtis' music combines polished, sinister lyrics with lush, unconventional arrangements. Curtis studied music composition and ethnomusicology in college, primarily writing contemporary chamber music for banjo and strings. After graduation, he moved to Nashville to sharpen his songwriting by co-writing with elder statesmen including Fred Koller and Guy Clark. Beginning with his first album, Respectable Enemy, Curtis has forged a singular musical style that combines the lyrical craft of his Texas singer-songwriter heroes with the classical and jazz composition skills he acquired in college. Curtis has been touring relentlessly since the release Respectable Enemy in 2014, often opening shows for Sarah Jarosz, Hayes Carll, John Fullbright and many others. Curtis' sophomore album The Hornet's Nest was released in February 2017, and continues to garner critical acclaim. Curtis' music has been featured on NPR's Weekend Edition, and his song "Wrong Inflection" was included in the soundtrack for comedian Tig Notaro's Amazon Prime series One Mississippi. Photo by Foreside Photography.

contact
Laura Thomas
7513 Hart Ln.
Austin, TX  78731

phone 512-423-7667
phone#2
e-mail laura@comboplatebooking.com
public performance/concert $500 - $3,000
school performance $500 - $2,000
workshop fees $500 - $1,500
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $2,000
website http://www.curtismcmurtrymusic.com

 

Mercury

Mercury

Founded in Houston in 2000, Mercury has a mission to serve the community by celebrating the power of music, Baroque and beyond, teaching, sharing and performing with passion, intimacy and excellence. The orchestra offers performances of a broad repertoire of music on period instruments and has garnered critical acclaim around the world through innovative and accessible performances, domestic and international tours, and groundbreaking music education programs. Each year, Mercury performs over fifty concerts and reaches over 20,000 listeners and 5,000 youth in its performances around the Houston area and beyond.Touring programs are flexible to meet presenters' needs but range from two-hour concerts of orchestral music featuring the full ensemble performing works from the Baroque to Romantic eras for large audiences of up to 1,000 to smaller ensembles for more intimate venues. Mercury also offers 45-minute educational presentations for school assemblies that mix standard curriculum topics such as science and history with an introduction to classical music as well as workshops for school orchestral programs. Photo by Runaway Productions.

contact
Judy Frow
3400 Main St Ste 295
Houston, TX  77002

phone 713-533-0080
phone#2 713-533-0080
e-mail production@mercuryhouston.org
public performance/concert $2,500 - $20,000
school performance $500 - $1,400
workshop fees $200 - $5,000
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $5,000
website http://www.mercuryhouston.org

 

METdance

METdance

METdance, founded in 1995, strives to educate, entertain, and inspire its audiences through a diverse curation of repertory that spans a full range of emotion, content, and collaboration. Based in Houston, TX, METdance performs throughout the United States and provides audiences with a chance to see a vast body of works by some of our country's most prominent contemporary dance artists including Robert Battle, Camille A. Brown, Larry Keigwin, Rosie Herrera, and Kate Skarpetowska. METdance’s passionate performers and choreographers come from a range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds, instilling the company’s repertory with a complete spectrum of emotionality and physicality. From comedy and humor to poignant and dramatic, from fierce athleticism to detailed minimalism, METdance is committed to presenting works that speak to every audience member. In this way, METdance is proud to be a leader in diversity and vitality of content. Presenters can create a unique program from over 35 works in METdance’s current catalogue of repertory. METdance also offers original educational productions perfect for all ages such as Swing, Jive, and Pop Into Dance! and Moving Myths. Additionally, the company is available for an array of residency activities including master classes, movement workshops, and meet-the-artist talkbacks. Photo by Ben Doyle.

contact
Marlana Doyle
PO Box 980457
Houston, TX  77098

phone 713-522-6375
phone#2 713-203-5033
e-mail marlana@metdance.org
public performance/concert $5,000 - $25,000
school performance $1,000 - $4,000
workshop fees $350 - $2,500
travel/per diem/lodging $2,500 - $10,000
website http://www.metdance.org/

 

Mexico 2000 Ballet Folklorico

Mexico 2000 Ballet Folklorico

Bring the flare of Mexican culture to your event! Mexico 2000 Ballet Folklorico concerts are fast-paced and nonstop, featuring dances from different regions with their European, Mayan/pre-Colombian, and South American influence. These dances highlight the beauty, romance and culture of traditional Mexico. The programs "Fiestas de Mexico!" & "Christmas in Mexico" are available in educational and concert type options. Presentations range from 20 minutes to 2 hours. At the Fiestas de Mexico educational school shows, audiences will learn history about Mexican holidays while connecting to TEKS in language arts, social studies, Spanish, fine arts and music while enjoying the most beautiful and representative dances, costumes and music from different regions of Mexico (Veracruz, Jalisco, Mayans, Chiapas). During these interactive shows audiences will participate by clapping, yelling (cheers of joy/gritos), stomping, and selected students will try out steps with music on stage with hats, rattles, etc. School study guides and programs for concerts are available. "Christmas in Mexico” is a compilation of traditional Christmas dances & songs (villancicos), including the traditional Pastorela, the Piñata, the three Wise Men & Feliz Navidad! Presentations are strictly focused to preserve and promote Mexican traditional heritage. Questions and pictures are allowed at the end. Photo by Leopoldo A. Palencia.

contact
Leopoldo "Alex" Palencia
2807 Bissell way
Wylie, TX  75098

phone 214-364-2629
phone#2 214-384-2537
e-mail info@mexico2000.net
public performance/concert $2,800 - $8,500
school performance $900 - $3,000
workshop fees $500 - $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $2,000
website http://www.mexico2000.net

 

Evan Mitchell

Evan Mitchell

Pianist Evan Mitchell's recent highlights include debuts on the prestigious Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts series (Chicago), at Merkin Concert Hall (NYC), and at several major venues in Shanghai. He has played concerti with the symphony orchestras of Dallas, Fort Worth, and Victoria, among others, and collaborated in recital with such major figures as double bassist Gary Karr and clarinetist Corrado Giuffredi. Evan's new recording of world premieres with bassist Szymon Marciniak is earning rave reviews; most recently, Bass World called their performances "intoxicating," deeming this "a seminal recording." He is also featured on the 2012 release "Piano de Pampa y Jungla: A Collection of Latin American Piano Music." Since 2014 Evan has been featured on the TCA Texas Touring Roster, and over the past six years he has given more than 200 performances for Cliburn in the Classroom. He teaches privately and at Tarrant County College, and serves as a chamber music coach for the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra.Programs include a repertoire of some 30 concertos, an extensive chamber and collaborative repertoire, and thoughtfully curated solo recital programs. Photo by Dani Snell.

contact
Jack Price
1000 South Denver Avenue, Suite 2104
Tulsa, OK  74119

phone 774-237-8246
phone#2
e-mail jp@pricerubin.com
public performance/concert $900 - $3,400
school performance $650 - $1,500
workshop fees $300 - $750
travel/per diem/lodging $200 - $750
website http://www.evanmitchell.net

 

Montopolis

Montopolis

Montopolis produces multimedia events that highlight the natural wonders of Texas. Their performances combine critically acclaimed modern classical music, storytelling, and projected images of iconic Texas landmarks. "Music for Enchanted Rock" features music for string trio, pedal steel guitar, and piano, Rip Shaub's photography, and Native American legends and stories of the Texas Rangers."Yakona" is a live score performance to the award-winning nature documentary about the San Marcos River. This is a screening of the film with live musical accompaniment by piano, string trio, percussion, and an opera singer. "Big Bend" is the most ambitious Montopolis production to date. This presentation features a dynamic seven-piece group accompanying a gorgeous video portrait of West Texas and legends of the Texas Rangers and Native Americans. "The Return of Draw Egan" is a classic western silent film starring William S. Hart with a live score featuring the music of Ennio Morricone performed by a 12-piece band. Photo by Thomas Fang.

contact
Justin Sherburn
6805 Santos Street
Austin, TX  78741

phone 512-964-7979
phone#2
e-mail jsherburn1@gmail.com
public performance/concert $500 - $2,500
school performance $500 - $2,500
workshop fees $500 - $2,500
travel/per diem/lodging $100 - $1,000
website https://montopolismusic.com/

 

State Artist Karla Morton

State Artist Karla Morton

Karla K. Morton, 2010 Texas Poet Laureate, is an award-winning author and a celebrated poet and presenter. She has been described as “one of the more adventurous voices in American poetry,” but don’t let the title “poet” fool you– Karla is an outgoing, warm and energetic ball of fire that loves to promote poetry and the arts. She has spoken, offered workshops, and performed her poetry at venues and events across Texas. From small town classrooms to cancer support groups to large corporate conferences, Karla is comfortable in any crowd. Her poetry spans many subjects and forms and evokes laughter, tears, and inspiration. Karla is the author of Wee Cowrin' Timorous Beastie (a North Texas Book Festival Awards Finalist), Becoming Superman, Stirring Goldfish, Redefining Beauty (a 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Award Winner written during her journey through cancer), and 6 additional books. She has been featured on Good Morning Texas, NPR, ABC News and in newspapers across Texas. A Texas native and mother of two, Karla is a graduate of Texas A&M University and currently resides in Denton, Texas. Karla also offers presentations on her photography.

contact
Kelly Kirkendoll
236 River Bend Trail
Combine, TX  75159

phone 972-330-2882
phone#2 817-236-6075
e-mail kelly@thrivepublicrelations.com
public performance/concert $400 - $1,200
school performance $400 - $600
workshop fees $400 - $1,200
website http://www.kkmorton.com

 

Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton

Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton

Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton is an internationally-known poet. She is a native Californian who now resides in Houston, TX and serves as the city's Poet Laureate (2017-2019). Formerly ranked the #2 Best Female Poet in the World, D.E.E.P. has established herself as a notable force in the performance and slam poetry world. D.E.E.P. is a three-time slam champ and ten-year coach and slammaster of Houston VIP National Poetry Slam Team. She has released two full-length poetry compilations (Unfinished Work of a Genius and Beautiful Rebellion). Her moving words have been featured on BBC, NPR, ABC, Upworthy, Blavity, and Button Poetry. She has served as the opening act for Talib Kweli, MC Lyte, Amiri Baraka, John Legend, Slum Village, Karen Clark-Shield, Def Poet Sunni Patterson, Regie Gibson, and multiple national political figures. Her work can be found in Wicked Banshee Press' Survival Issue, Alight's Collection of Poetry, and in the 2012 and 2017 Houston Poetry Fest Anthology. In addition to being a decorated performer and competitor, she travels the country offering performance and writing workshops. Photo by Houstonia Magazine.

contact
Deborah Mouton
6700 Mt Carmel Dr
Houston, TX  77087

phone 951-505-2874
phone#2
e-mail dmouton28@gmail.com
public performance/concert $1,000 - $5,000
school performance $500 - $5,000
workshop fees $500 - $2,500
travel/per diem/lodging $100 - $3,000
website http://www.livelifedeep.com

 

Anuradha Naimpally

Anuradha Naimpally

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.

contact
Anuradha Naimpally
5602 N Scout Island Cir
Austin, TX  78731

phone 512-791-7258
phone#2 512-795-8627
e-mail anu@austindanceindia.com
public performance/concert $2,500 - $6,000
school performance $650 - $1,200
workshop fees $750 - $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $2,000
website http://www.austindanceindia.com

 

Nakia and the Blues Grifters

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.

contact
Robert Rankin
POB 141194
Austin, TX  78714

phone 512-553-6542
phone#2
e-mail booking@nakia.net
public performance/concert $2,500 - $15,000
travel/per diem/lodging $1500 - $2,500
website http://nakia.net/

 

Bernadette Nason

Bernadette Nason

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.

contact
Bernadette Nason
2900 West Anderson Lane, C200/302
Austin, TX  78757

phone 512-633-1803
phone#2
e-mail bnason@austin.rr.com
public performance/concert $350 - $2,000
school performance $350 - $1,500
workshop fees $450 - $1,500
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $2,000
website http://www.bernadettenason.com

 

Nightowls

Nightowls

"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.

contact
Tim Regan
210 Peach Street
Buda, TX  78610

phone 901-487-1182
phone#2 901-487-1182
e-mail tim@ninemilerecords.com
public performance/concert $3,000 - $7,000
school performance $1,700 - $5,000
workshop fees $1,700 - $5,000
travel/per diem/lodging $200 - $1,000
website http://wearethenightowls.com

 

NobleMotion Dance

NobleMotion Dance

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.

contact
Andy Noble
2443 Pelham Drive
Houston, TX  77019

phone 832-627-9664
phone#2 832-627-9663
e-mail andy@noblemotiondance.com
public performance/concert $10,000 - $20,000
school performance $1,000 - $5,000
workshop fees $250 - $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $250 - $3,000
website http://www.noblemotiondance.com

 

Open Dance Project

Open Dance Project

Open Dance Project's highly stylized dance theater performance experiences break down conventional barriers between artist and audience to make dance more accessible and meaningful for both. Under the direction of Annie Arnoult, one of Dance Magazine’s 25 to Watch for 2018, this "talented troupe" of dancer/actors brings timely, thought-provoking subject matter to the stage through their dynamic physicality, daring athleticism, and emotional honesty. Current offerings include two performances for young audiences: Staging Stories Live, where dancers build a comic dance theater performance that can be tailored to any theme using audience suggestions; and ENGINuity, an educational romp through the history and science of engines. For mature audiences, the company offers DADA GERT, an immersive multimedia performance incorporating aerial silks, trapeze, and projections based on the Weimar dance satirist Valeska Gert. Photo by Lynn Lane.

contact
Tehillah Hartmann
747 N Shepherd Drive, Suite 100
Houston, TX  77007

phone 832-962-8982
phone#2
e-mail tehillah@hunterdancecenter.com
public performance/concert $750 - $2,500
school performance $750 - $925
workshop fees $120 - $300
travel/per diem/lodging $1,100 - $7,150
website http://www.opendanceproject.org

 

Orquesta Tumbaka

Orquesta Tumbaka

"CroCro y su Tumbaka" is a multicultural musical group founded by Jorge"CroCro" Orta in 2010. The group, which released its first CD in 2014, was formed with the inspiration to interpret various tropical music styles using a blend of sounds popular throughout the 70s, 80s and 90s. Tumbaka's first CD includes a variety of songs with echoes of latin-jazz, bata, son, and guarachas with some percussion solos. Tumbaka's founder CroCro Orta has a 30+ year musical career, eight of which were spent as percussionist for the renowned "Grupo Niche" of Colombia where he acquired a vast knowledge and experience of high musical caliber band direction. CroCro's interest has always been to provide an expanded range of salsa music to include for his listening audience. The diverse salsa music genre, which has its roots in several Latin American cultures, is also representative of the diversity within Tumbaka. Besides its founder/director and conguero, Jorge "CroCro" Orta (Venezuela), Tumbaka's members also include musicians from Colombia,the Dominican Republic, Mexico, the US, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Uruguay and Panama. Tumbaka is on track to become one of Houston's best Latin bands. Photo by Helton Mendez.

contact
Jorge Orta
16323 Rainbow Lake Rd
Houston, TX  77095

phone 713-598-1755
phone#2 713-478-9900
e-mail crocroorta@gmail.com
public performance/concert $2,500 - $7,000
school performance $1,500 - 4,000
workshop fees $500 - $1,000
travel/per diem/lodging $1,000 - 3,500
website http://www.tumbaka.com

 

Outspoken Bean

Outspoken Bean

2018 Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs Houston Resident Artist Program and 2017 Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and Idea Fund grant recipient, Emanuelee Outspoken Bean is a performance poet, writer, compassionate mentor, electric entertainer, and educator. He was a 2011 Texas Poet Laureate nominee, ranked 9th in the Individual World Poetry Slam 2013, ranked 2nd in collaborative poetry at Group Piece Finals 2013, and ranked 9th at National Poetry Slam 2014. He started performing spoken word in 2005. Bean also works with youth organizations from across the country such as Inside Out in Detroit, Youth Speaks in San Francisco, and Tigertail Productions' 2016 youth slam, WordSpeak, in Miami. While balancing a very busy touring schedule, in Houston Bean serves as the project coordinator/lead coach/mentor for Meta-Four Houston, a project of Writers in the Schools (WITS) that works with professional performance/slam poets and encourages self expression/literacy among Houston's youth through creative writing and performance. He also has a one-man show, "Converse," which is an interactive theatrical story-telling based on Bean, a heartbroken, outspoken, comedic, military brat. The dramatic and provocative show lures the audience into joining a long overdue conversation about mistakes, redemption, and the power of words. Photo by Pin Lim.

contact
Emanuel Bean
1127 Usener Street
Houston, TX  77009

phone 210-415-7148
phone#2 210-415-7148
e-mail Outspokenbean210@gmail.com
public performance/concert $700 - $1,000
school performance $500 - $1,000
workshop fees $500 - $1,000
travel/per diem/lodging $250 - $1,000
website http://outspokenbeanpoetry.com/

 

Steve Parker

Steve Parker

Steve Parker is a musician, artist, and organizer who creates communal, democratic work to examine systems of control, interspecies behavior, and forgotten histories. His projects include elaborate civic rituals for humans, animals, and machines; listening sculptures made from salvaged marching band instruments that are modeled after obsolete WWII acoustic locators; and cathartic transportation symphonies for operators of cars, pedicabs, and bicycles. His work has been featured at Art Basel Miami, the Blanton Museum of Art, the Asian Arts Initiative, the Fusebox Festival, the Crystal Bridges Museum of Art, and the Contemporary Austin. He worked previously as a Fulbright Scholar and Harrington Scholar and has been awarded support from the NEA, ArtPlace, New Music USA, the Copland Foundation, and the Puffin Foundation.Steve has performed at leading festivals in the US, Europe, Asia, and South America, including the Lincoln Center Festival, the Los Angeles Philharmonic inSIGHT festival, the Lucerne Festival with Pierre Boulez, Tanglewood, the Guggenheim Museum, the Spoleto Festival, Roulette, and the Gene Siskel Film Center (Chicago). As a soloist and as a member of NYC-based "new music dream team" Ensemble Signal, Steve has premiered over 200 new works and appeared on NPR & PBS. Photo by Jay Janner, Austin American Statesman.

contact
Steve Parker

Austin, TX  78727

phone 312-498-6047
phone#2
e-mail steven.c.parker@gmail.com
public performance/concert $1,000 - $10,000
school performance $500 - $5,000
workshop fees $250 - $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $300 - $1,000
website http://www.steve-parker.net

 

State Artist David M. Parsons

State Artist David M. Parsons

David M. Parsons, 2011 Texas State Poet Laureate, poems are straightforward, vivid writing bringing settings alive, shaping intimate portrayals of everyday life. His poetry speaks from the past and the present, balancing ordinary and extraordinary experiences. Audiences and readers will find in his most celebrated work: award-winning poems found in as diverse locales as a romantic, historic house in England to another favorite about the poet running into President Lyndon Johnson in an iconic Austin restaurant. His latest works are also included with new revelations that will bring what has become a Parsons Poem trademark, the rewarding discovery of a transforming moment.

contact
David Parsons
414 Oakhill Dr.
Conroe, TX  77304

phone 936-524-6537
phone#2 936-760-2743
e-mail dmparsons@suddenlink.net
public performance/concert $500 - $1,000
school performance $300 - $500
workshop fees $300 - $500
website http://www.daveparsonspoetry.com

 

Ruby Nelda Perez

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.

contact
Ruby Nelda Perez
3243 W. Ashby Pl.
San Antonio, TX  78228

phone 210-260-6106
phone#2 210-260-1967
e-mail rubynelda55@gmail.com
public performance/concert $1,000 - $3,000
school performance $500 - $1,500
workshop fees $250 - $500
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $400
website https://rubyneldaperez.weebly.com/

 

Peterson Brothers

Peterson Brothers

The Peterson Brothers possess a uniquely modern blend of blues, soul, and funk. Alex, 18, on bass and vocals, and Glenn Jr., 21, on guitar and lead vocals, have grown up playing together since they were very young. Rising stars in Austin, Texas, the Peterson Brothers' self-titled debut album won the Living Blues Critics Award for Best Debut Blues Album of 2015. In addition to holding a standing room only weekly residency at Austin's famed music hall the Continental Club, Glenn and Alex are honing their chops daily, and are dazzling audiences playing gigs throughout the United States. The Peterson Brothers have appeared at the Chicago Blues Festival, Minnesota State Fair, Riverbend Festival, Austin City Limits Festival, Ogden Roots and Blues, and many more. They have opened for the likes of Gary Clark Jr., Buddy Guy, the late B.B. King, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Willie Nelson, and Los Lonely Boys, and gained the attention of the one and only Bootsy Collins, who has become a true mentor. Photo by Mario Villeda.

contact
Davis McLarty
4425 S. Mopac Expy Building 2, Suite 300
Austin, TX  78735

phone 512-444-8750
phone#2 512-848-0813
e-mail davis@atomicmusicgroup.com
public performance/concert $4,000- $6,000
school performance $3,000 - $5,000
workshop fees $2,500 - $4,500
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $1,000
website http://www.petersonbrothersband.com

 

Oliver Rajamani

Oliver Rajamani

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.

contact
Ampara Jung
3103 Bee Caves Road Ste. 120
Austin, TX  78746

phone 512-560-9716
phone#2
e-mail booking@oliverrajamani.com
public performance/concert $600 - $15,000
school performance $500 - $2,000
workshop fees $500 -$2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $4,000
website http://www.oliverrajamani.com

 

Rattletree

Rattletree

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.

contact
Rakefet Laviolette
2401 Thornton Rd. Unit 3
Austin, TX  78704

phone 512-417-2041
phone#2 512-905-9329
e-mail booking@rattletree.com
public performance/concert $2,500 - $10,000
school performance $1,800 - $3,000
workshop fees $1,000 - $2,500
travel/per diem/lodging $200 - $1,500
website https://rattletree.com/

 

Graham Reynolds

Graham Reynolds

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.

contact
David Lobel
2023 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX  78702

phone 512-628-0171
phone#2
e-mail david@lobelarts.com
public performance/concert $1,500 - $50,000
school performance $1,200 - $10,000
workshop fees $1,200 - $6,500
travel/per diem/lodging $150 - $2,000
website http://www.grahamreynolds.com/

 

Rhythm Path

Rhythm Path

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.

contact
David Cox
5335 Reilly Rd
Wichita Falls, TX  76305

phone 940-867-0646
phone#2 940-867-0646
e-mail info@rhythmpath.com
public performance/concert $300 - $2,500
school performance $700 - $1,400
workshop fees $300 - $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $100 - $750
website http://www.RhythmPath.com

 

Riyaaz Qawwali

Riyaaz Qawwali

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.

contact
Sonny Mehta
35050 Queensburg Lane
Friendswood, TX  77546

phone 512-709-4003
phone#2 512-709-4003
e-mail riyaazqawwali@gmail.com
public performance/concert $4,000 - $8,000
school performance $2,500 - $3,750
workshop fees $750 - $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $350 - $1,000
website http://www.riyaazqawwali.com

 

Bruce Robison

Bruce Robison

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.

contact
Geoff Turner
1305 Clinton St Ste 210
Nashville, TN  37203

phone 615-457-2414
phone#2
e-mail geoff@red11music.com
public performance/concert $5,000 - $7,500
school performance $4,000 - $6,500
travel/per diem/lodging $300-500
website http://www.brucerobison.com

 

State Artist Dario Robleto

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.

contact
Inman Gallery
3901 Main Street
Houston, TX  77002

phone 713-526-7800
phone#2
e-mail info@inmangallery.com
public performance/concert TBD
website http://www.dariorobleto.com

 

State Artist Margo Sawyer

State Artist Margo Sawyer

Margo Sawyer, 2015 Texas State Visual Artist in 3-D works, investigates the relationship between color, space and transcendence through her sculpture. Art and architecture converge in her works to transform mundane structures into euphoric icons, marrying exquisite materials in unexpected ways to form large public spaces that become intimate refuges. Her recent body of work, Synchronicity of Color, includes the lauded work that is a focal point at Houston’s Discovery Green. Margo Sawyer holds a B.A. Honors Degree from the Chelsea School of Art in London and an M.F.A. in sculpture from Yale University. Sawyer has been the recipient of numerous awards including a National Endowment for the Arts Artist Fellowship, two Fulbright Research Awards, the Japan Foundation Fellowship for Artists, and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award. She has been a fellow of the American Academy in Rome and an ArtPace resident artist in San Antonio. Her sculpture is in the public art collections of the Cities of New York City, Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, and Houston, and at Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis, Indiana. Sawyer is a Professor of Sculpture and Extended Media in the Department of Art & Art History at the University of Texas at Austin.

contact
Bright & Early Building
107 South Avenue C
Elgin, TX  78621

phone 512-281-4808
phone#2
e-mail margosawyer@gmail.com
public performance/concert $700 - $3,000
school performance $500 - $3,000
workshop fees $500 - $5,000
website http://www.margosawyer.com

 

State Artist Jan Seale

State Artist Jan Seale

Jan Epton Seale, 2012 Texas Poet Laureate, is a native Texan. She is familiar with much of Texas, having lived in north and central Texas as a youth, with summers spent in the Panhandle, and living in South Texas all of her adult life. Seale received her education at Baylor University, the University of Louisville, and the University of North Texas. She has taught English and creative writing at three Texas universities. Her life’s work includes eight books of poetry, two of short fiction, three of nonfiction, and several children’s books and dramas. Apparent in her writing is her interest in the people and places of Texas, as well as those of the Southwest and the wider world. Her short stories have been described as a “capable evocation of peculiar personalities” with a “sense of nostalgia and richly drawn places”…“all ending in epiphany.” Her poems are said to be “both beautifully witty and serious.” Seale is at home with many types of audiences. She particularly enjoys college groups, civic and writers’ organizations, nature lovers, elder learners, women, and church lay-groups. Comfortable on stage or in small gatherings, with sensitivity to and rapport with her audiences, her presentations are noted for their humor and accessibility. Seale is a member of the Texas Institute of Letters, the Texas Folklore Society, the Poetry Society of Texas, the Story Circle Network, and the Texas Writers’ League.

contact
Jan Seale
400 Sycamore Ave.
McAllen, TX  78501

phone 956-686-4033
phone#2
e-mail janseale@rgv.rr.com
public performance/concert $300 - $500
school performance $100 - $200
workshop fees TBD
website http://www.janseale.com

 

Shakespeare Dallas

Shakespeare Dallas

Shakespeare on the Go! is an educational program offered by Shakespeare Dallas in order to enhance arts education throughout the state of Texas. Each presentation is age-specific, interactive and educational in the subjects of theater arts and English language arts, following intensive studies that have shown that a student's familiarity with language increases their likelihood for success in all areas of life. Even 400 years after his time, William Shakespeare is still regarded as the master of language. Programs are available for grades 2-12 and include the elementary school touring production, What Visions Have I Seen!; middle and high school touring production, Shakespeare Unlocked; and master class workshops that can be customized to meet classes' individual needs. These programs meet English language arts and theater TEKS. All you have to do is book Shakespeare on the Go! and they'll take care of the rest! Photo by Meaghan Patterson.

contact
Julie Osborne Watts
1250 Majesty Drive
Dallas, TX  75247

phone 214-559-2778
phone#2 214-649-5651
e-mail josborne@shakespearedallas.org
public performance/concert $700 - $1,200
school performance $150 - $600
workshop fees $150 - $600
travel/per diem/lodging $150 - $3,500
website http://www.shakespearedallas.org

 

Toni Simmons

Toni Simmons

Toni Simmons is an award-winning, dynamic storyteller and author who brings new life to her stories with songs, rhythms, chants and audience participation. Toni is a former librarian and drama teacher who has presented her multicultural tales throughout the US. She has captivated audiences at many festivals including the National Storytelling Festival Exchange Place, the National Black Storytelling Festival, and the Texas Storytelling Festival. Internationally, she has performed in schools in South Africa, in Germany, and in Mexico. She was designated as an American Masterpiece by the National Endowment for the Arts. Her interactive sessions also use creative drama with a variety of age-appropriate folklore. The audience is taken on an imaginary story trip to different continents all the while helping to tell the stories. Her programs are designed to motivate, inspire, and educate while being entertaining. She performs at schools, libraries, churches, festivals, and museums. Photo by Duane Reed.

contact
Toni Simmons
5306 Perrington heights lane
Houston, TX  77056

phone 972-765-4741
phone#2
e-mail toni@tonisimmons.com
public performance/concert $350 - $1,000
school performance $695 - $1,200
workshop fees $500 - $1,200
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $500
website http://www.tonisimmons.com/

 

Aaron Stephens

Aaron Stephens

Born in Illinois, raised on the border in McAllen, and now residing near Austin, soul singer-songwriter Aaron Stephens is a triple threat. Blessed with a warm, rich voice that harkens to soul legends such as Bill Withers and Al Green and paired with bluesy, rootsy, Derek Trucks-inspired slide guitar, Stephens' sound is brought together through his own imaginative arrangements and methodical songwriting that can be both introspective and broad-reaching, drawing inspirations from soul, blues, roots, pop, and funk. Aaron's typical format is a 5-piece band, but he is available in solo, duo, and trio formats (acoustic or electric) and has experimented with a big band set-up featuring additional horns and back-up singers. Photo by Eric Morales.

contact
Tres Hefter
PO Box 186
San Marcos, TX  78667

phone 830-708-1999
phone#2
e-mail tres@galisteorecords.com
public performance/concert $400 - $3,250
school performance $500 - $1,250
workshop fees $500 - $1,500
travel/per diem/lodging $100 - $500
website http://www.aaronstephensmusic.com

 

Peggy Stern

Peggy Stern

Peggy Stern has had a rich and varied career as a musician, having toured with many jazz greats (Lee Konitz, Diane Schuur, David "Fathead" Newman; see website for more), and played in numerous jazz festivals worldwide. Since coming to Texas, Peggy has adopted the Texas swing style, adding to her already eclectic embrace of musical disciplines. Perhaps best known as a composer, Peggy has four tunes in the Real Book (the "jazz bible”). Peggy created the Wall Street Jazz Festival ("where the traditions meet the progressives, and all the leaders are women") in Kingston, NY, which has been held twelve consecutive years to date. In 2017 Peggy created LuluFest Austin, again focussing on women leaders, currently in its 2nd year. Available programs: solo piano ; piano combos (trio, quartet, etc.) with sax, bass, drums, guitar ; jazz choir training (a great community builder) ; Lady Be Good (western swing band) ; Estrella Salsa (salsa band, with horns and rhythm section). Photo by Dana Stringer, Musicroom.com.

contact
Peggy Stern
6869 Auckland Dr
Austin, TX  78749

phone 917-494-8354
phone#2 917-494-8354
e-mail peggity22@gmail.com
public performance/concert $500 - $2,000
school performance $500 - $2,000
workshop fees $500 - $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $200 - $2,000
website http://www.peggystern.com

 

Ebony Stewart

Ebony Stewart

Ebony Stewart is an interdisciplinary theater artist and poet with over a decade of experience touring the US and abroad. She has been described as "visceral, unflinching, funny, honest and unapologetically herself" (Taji Senior) whose work "makes a canvas out of herself and is a beautiful gift we should embrace” (Elizabeth Cobbe). As a writer, performer, and emerging playwright, Ebony Stewart has performed internationally and in a total of 42 states, providing stages with her life's story as a black woman in America. She is known for taking terrible hurtful relatable stories and making them leap in captivating contrast. In 2015, Ebony Stewart debuted her first one-woman show, Hunger. She won the B. Iden Payne Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama. She was also nominated for a Payne Award for Outstanding Original Script and won the Austin Critics’ Table David Mark Cohen New Play Award. In 2017, Ebony debuted her second one-woman show, Ocean, and received rave reviews. Ocean won B. Iden Payne Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama and Outstanding Original Script. Both shows display Ebony’s smooth, confident and relaxed style while taking the audience on a emotional journey to healing. Photo by Christopher Diaz Photography.

contact
Bonnie Cullum
2307 Manor Road
Austin, TX  78722

phone 512-478-5282
phone#2 832-597-6292
e-mail bonniecullum@gmail.com
public performance/concert $800 - $1,000
school performance $1,000 - $2,000
workshop fees $500
travel/per diem/lodging $500
website http://www.EbPoetry.com

 

Storybook Theatre of Texas

Storybook Theatre of Texas

Storybook Theatre of Texas has spent over 27 years touring the nation, with a tour to China in August 2014 as well. Named an NEA American Masterpiece artist, Storybook Theatre of Texas has performed for literally millions of young people and continues to encourage them to excel in reading and in life! Each production is carefully crafted to capture the imagination of the audience and bring stories to life! These 45-minute programs can be tailored to meet the needs of each client. Theme examples include bullying, environmental awareness, character, nutrition, math skills, history, and more. Interactive educational programs include: "Two Pigs and T.H.E. Wolf," "The New Little Red Riding Hood," "Fun With Idioms," "Country Mouse, City Mouse," "It's All About Math," "Goldifox and the Two Hares," "Allie In Historyland," and "Country Mouse, City Mouse World Tour." Extension lessons/TEKS are available on the website at www.sbtheatre.com. Photo By Christi Stuebben at Streamline Designs.

contact
Lynn Draper
10415 Teich Loop
New Braunfels, TX  78132

phone 210-326-8464
phone#2 830-214-7136
e-mail stories@satx.rr.com
public performance/concert $500 - $3,000
school performance $500 - $2,000
workshop fees $800 - $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $75 - $2,000
website http://www.sbtheatre.com

 

Natalia Sylvester

Natalia Sylvester

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.

contact
Allison Conner
PO Box 291672
Los Angeles, TX  90029

phone 213-336-3805
phone#2
e-mail allison@jackjonesliteraryarts.com
public performance/concert $500 - $2,000
school performance $250 - $2,000
workshop fees $650 - $1,500
travel/per diem/lodging $100 - $500
website http://www.nataliasylvester.com

 

State Artist Carmen Tafolla

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.

contact
Dr. Carmen Tafolla

San Antonio, TX 

phone
phone#2
e-mail CarmenTafollaSAbookings@yahoo.com
public performance/concert TBD
website http://www.carmentafolla.com/

 

Tapestry Dance Company

Tapestry Dance Company

Under the direction of international tap dance artist Acia Gray, 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 by Blue Suede Photography.

contact
Acia Gray
7325 Gaines Mill Ln.
Austin, TX  78745

phone 512-695-6560
phone#2 512-474-9846
e-mail Soulsfeet@mac.com
public performance/concert $7,000 - $10,000
school performance $1,500 - $4,000
workshop fees $250 - $500
travel/per diem/lodging TBD
website http://www.tapestry.org

 

Telling Project

Telling Project

The Telling Project is a national performing arts nonprofit that employs theater to deepen our understanding of the military and veterans' experience. Greater understanding fosters receptivity, easing veterans’ transitions back to civil society, and allowing communities to benefit from the skills and experience they bring with them. Through this understanding, a community deepens its connection to its veterans, itself, and its place in the nation and the world. Photo by Luke Heikkila.

contact
Jonathan Wei
1006 W Monroe St
Austin, TX  78704

phone 917-843-8571
phone#2
e-mail jonathan@thetellingproject.org
public performance/concert $3,500 - $7,500
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $1,000
website http://thetellingproject.org

 

Texas Boys Choir

Texas Boys Choir

The Texas Boys Choir is an auditioned, professional, treble choir composed of boys ages 10-15. The choir has been an educational and performance institution since 1946 and has since continued to provide any boy, regardless of socioeconomic or ethnic background, a structured environment in which to learn the fundamentals of world-class vocal performance. Throughout its history, the choir has traveled the world, 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. A typical program will feature a wide range of musical styles, from sacred and classical music to lighter fare, such as music from Americana/patriotic, spiritual, western, folk and world traditions. TBC also has selections appropriate for holidays and special events. Photo by Texas Center for Arts and Academics.

contact
Catherine Doyle
3901 S Hulen St.
Fort Worth, TX  76109

phone 817-766-2390
phone#2 781-626-2982
e-mail catherine.doyle@texasboyschoir.org
public performance/concert $0 - $10,000
school performance $0 - $1,000
workshop fees $0 - $3,000
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $4,500
website http://texasboyschoir.org/

 

Texas Comedies

Texas Comedies

Texas Comedies creates entertaining and engaging musical comedies about famous-- and infamous-- events in Texas history. Shows such as "The True Story of Bonnie & Clyde," "Prohibition,” and "Murders & Moontowers” have entertained audiences in Austin and throughout the state. Based on newspapers, trial transcripts and other sources, every Texas Comedy performance is an audience-pleasing night out for all ages. They offer several complete shows for touring, including "Bonnie & Clyde,” "Alamo Aftermath,” "Boomtown” (about the 1920s oil boom), "Murders & Moontowers” (Austin in the 1890s), "Prohibition,” "Red Scare” (set in the 1950s) and "Cabeza de Vaca” (set in the 1520s). Each Texas Comedies show runs approximately one hour and includes between 6 to 12 performers and a live band. For more information, including video and music clips, please visit www.texascomedies.com. Photo by John Langford.

contact
John Cecil
2603 Addison Ave
Austin, TX  78757

phone 512-569-6155
phone#2 512-569-6155
e-mail johnrcecil@gmail.com
public performance/concert $3,500 – $5,300
school performance $2,500 - $4,000
travel/per diem/lodging $300 - $1,500
website http://www.texascomedies.com

 

Texas Folklife

Texas Folklife

The 2018-2020 touring performances focus on the talented young champions of Texas Folklife's "Big Squeeze" statewide accordion contest, exemplifying the unique musical traditions of Texas: Cajun, zydeco, conjunto/Tejano and polka. Artists included in the current roster: Keyun Dickson & the Zydeco Masters, the Dallas Street Ramblers (Elizabeth Kelly and Donovan Bourque), Nachito Morales & Los Morales Boyz, Luis Gonzales, Mason Nesvadba, and the All Around Czechs (Brandon Hodde and Garrett Neubauer). Touring package includes a screening of "The Big Squeeze" documentary film by esteemed filmmaker Hector Galan. Musician-led master classes and related "Accordion Kings and Queens" photo exhibit celebrating the diversity of Texas accordion music are also available. Project can be scaled to the presenter's budget. Texas Folklife is a statewide organization dedicated to presenting, promoting, and preserving the diverse living heritage of the Lone Star State. As the National Endowment for the Arts-designated folk and traditional arts organization of Texas, they are engaged in projects around the state, including free and low-cost events that attract multi-generational audiences, and hands-on experiences for K-12 grade students and teachers in a variety of art forms. Additionally, Texas Folklife media projects, film and radio documentaries bring national attention to extraordinary Texas talent.

contact
Charlie Lockwood
1708 Houston St
Austin, TX  78756

phone 512-441-9255
phone#2
e-mail clockwood@texasfolklife.org
public performance/concert $500 - $7,500
school performance $200 - $2,000
workshop fees $1,000 - $2,500
travel/per diem/lodging $100 - $1,500
website http://www.texasfolklife.org

 

Texas Shakespeare Festival's Roadshow

Texas Shakespeare Festival's Roadshow

The Texas Shakespeare Festival has been providing high caliber professional theater to the East Texas region for over three decades. It has produced 231 productions for over 265,000 people. The festival has been featured in the New York Times, Nation Magazine, hundreds of newspapers and magazines in Texas, and the Austin American-Statesman named it as "indisputably the best Shakespeare Festival in Texas." The Texas Shakespeare Festival's Roadshow brings abridged productions of Shakespeare into schools and communities throughout the state. Since it began in 2016, the tour has reached over 10,000 students traveling as far as 600 miles from the Festival's home in Kilgore, Texas. The TSF Roadshow has been honored with numerous grant awards from Texas Commission on the Arts, Humanities Texas, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Production offerings change every season with multiple productions available for students from middle school to high school. Photo by John Dodd.

contact
Matthew Simpson
1100 Broadway
Kilgore, TX  75662

phone 903-983-8610
phone#2
e-mail Msimpson@texasshakespeare.com
public performance/concert $1,000 - $2,500
school performance $1,000 - $2,500
workshop fees $500 - $1,000
travel/per diem/lodging $25 - $100
website http://www.texasshakespeare.com

 

Tim Tingle

Tim Tingle

A resident of Canyon Lake, Texas, and a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Tim Tingle performs a variety of Native American and Texas folklore for all ages. Playing his cedar flute and deerskin drum, his stories for younger audiences include crowd-participating tales "How Rabbit Lost His Tale," "Grandma Spider Brings the Fire," and "Coyote and the Rock," a hilarious Trickster tale. "Crossing Bok Chitto," a Choctaw-aided slave escape tale—and best-selling book—is Tingle's most requested story, for all ages. For young adult audiences, "No Name,” is a powerful piece, as is "Saltypie,” a tale of racism his Choctaw grandmother endured. "How I Became A Ghost,” a middle grade adventure novel of the Trails of Tears, is also a popular performance piece; as is "Danny Blackgoat,” a Navajo Long Walk adventure. Co-author with Doc Moore of three Texas ghost story books, he is known as a quiet and spooky teller of Southwestern and Choctaw ghost stories. In 2014, Tingle gave a keynote address at the National Book Festival, at the Library of Congress, discussing the importance of Native literature. Writing workshops, keynote addresses, and theater or school performances, Tim enjoys his work and is eager to please. Photo by Lisa Reed.

contact
Tim Tingle
4417 Morningside Way
Canyon Lake, TX  78133

phone 830-832-4288
phone#2 830-832-4288
e-mail timtingle@hotmail.com
public performance/concert $150 - $950
school performance $250 - $1,250
workshop fees $250 - $750
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $1,500
website http://www.timtingle.com

 

Jonathan Tsay

Jonathan Tsay

Taiwanese-American pianist Jonathan Tsay is an active soloist, collaborative pianist, and chamber musician based in the DFW Metroplex. Jonathan has performed numerous solo concert engagements including performances for the Cliburn, Music at Southminster in Ottawa, Blanco Performing Arts, and the Fine Arts Chamber Players in Dallas; he recently finished a multi-city solo tour of Taiwan. A solo album featuring works of Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich, Debussy, Liszt, and Muczynski was released worldwide in 2009 and three more recordings slated for 2018-2020 release. His 2017 collaborative CD entitled "Ensemble75 Vol. 1: Harmonic Allusions" was named as one of the "Top 5 CDs of 2017” by TheaterJones. Touring programs include standard solo recitals of music ranging from Haydn to modern Taiwanese composers. One of his more popular lecture programs, "Beethoven Split: Controversy in the Romantic Era,” is a multimedia exploration of the works of 19th century composers and their influence on tonality during this turbulent period in art. Dr. Tsay is also the moderator the iTunes podcast "Between the Barlines.” In addition to performing, Dr. Tsay also is a regular adjudicator and has served on the juries of professional competitions, and gives lessons and masterclasses to pre-college to graduate level students. Photo by Teresa Berg Photography.

contact
Hanyuan Wang
2521 Morningside Drive
Garland, TX  75041

phone 217-622-5850
phone#2
e-mail dfwpremieremusic@gmail.com
public performance/concert $750 - $3,500
school performance $750 - $2,000
workshop fees $300 - $1,000
travel/per diem/lodging $250 - $750
website http://www.jonathantsay.com

 

Twice Upon a Time Storytellers

Twice Upon a Time Storytellers

Since 1999, Twice Upon a Time has shared stories from preschools to prisons. Gene and Peggy blend 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 children and adults. In this effort, they work weekly at a Dallas drug treatment center helping clients share their personal accounts of recovery. Although telling stories is a serious commitment, the opportunity to spread laughter is never turned down. Both are recipients of Tejas Storytelling Association's prestigious John Henry Faulk Award and have contributed chapters for two books on storytelling: "Team Up! Tell in Tandem" and "Engaging Community through Storytelling-Library and Community Programming." This tandem team offers appealing 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 "World-wise Traveler: Legends, Folk and Fairy Tales from Around the Globe." Their "Strings 'n Things" demonstrates string tricks, folk toys, and games from early rural America. Twice Upon a Time also offers storytelling workshops and reenacts characters from Texas history. Photo by Jennifer Walz.

contact
Peggy Helmick-Richardson
9003 Piper Lane
Dallas, TX  75228

phone 214-321-9791
phone#2 469-955-0595
e-mail twiceuponatime@sbcglobal.net
public performance/concert $250 - $1,000
school performance $250 - $800
workshop fees $300 - $1,000
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $2,000
website https://twicetellers.com/

 

State Artist Vincent Valdez

State Artist Vincent Valdez

Vincent Valdez, 2015 Texas State Visual Artist in 2-D work, grew up in San Antonio and demonstrated talent for drawing at an early age. He received a full scholarship to the Rhode Island School of Design, where he earned his B.F.A. in 2000. In 2004 at age 26, Valdez was the youngest artist to have a solo exhibition at the McNay Museum in San Antonio when Stations, his suite of monumental charcoal drawings, was shown. Other exhibition venues include the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Snite Museum of Art, Parsons Paris, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, OSDE Buenos Aires, and the David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University. A recipient of residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and the Kunstlerhaus Bethania in Berlin, Valdez currently serves as Chair of the Drawing and Painting Department at the Southwest School of Art in San Antonio. Mr. Valdez is available for visiting artist workshops/lectures and also for audio/visual projects such as this one: http://livestream.com/wlu/strangest-fruit-radio-hour.

contact
Vincent Valdez
807 N. San Marcos
San Antonio, TX  78207

phone
phone#2
e-mail vvaldez78@gmail.com
public performance/concert TBD
website http://www.vincentvaldezart.com

 

R.J. Vandygriff

R.J. Vandygriff

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.

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R. J. Vandygriff
PO Box 85
Lispcomb, TX  79056

phone 806-852-2432
phone#2 806-228-0849
e-mail rvandygriff@yahoo.com
public performance/concert $2,500 - $5,000
school performance $1,000- $2,500
workshop fees $1,000 - $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging TBD
website http://www.cowboyaintdeadyet.com

 

State Artist Jimmie Vaughan

State Artist Jimmie Vaughan

Dallas native Jimmie Vaughan, 2015 Texas State Musician, is one of the most respected and critically acclaimed guitarists in the world of contemporary music. His groundbreaking band, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, introduced the Texas blues to the MTV generation and a universal audience. Vaughan has been nominated for GRAMMY Awards for his work with The Fabulous Thunderbirds, as well as his work as a solo artist, in addition to the critically acclaimed “Family Style” record he recorded with his younger brother Stevie Ray Vaughan, which sold over one million copies worldwide. Jimmie has performed and recorded with legends such as Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Albert King, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Carlos Santana, Don Henley, and his younger brother Stevie Ray Vaughan. Throughout his career, Jimmie has carried on the Texas blues tradition of T Bone Walker, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown and Lightning Hopkins, while creating his own unique sound and style. Jimmie Vaughan is proud and honored to be a Texas musician.

contact
Garry Buck
Monterey International
Chicago, IL  60654

phone 312-640-7500
phone#2
e-mail garry@montereyinternational.net
public performance/concert TBD
website http://www.jimmievaughan.com

 

Johnny Villarreal/The Edge of Imagination Station

Johnny Villarreal/The Edge of Imagination Station

Have you ever wanted to bring your art to life? Johnny Villarreal and the Edge of Imagination Station are here to help! With ten years' experience teaching in the community, Johnny has shown users of all ages, abilities, and skill levels how to create animated sequences and short stories. His workshops cover the basics of stop motion animation and topics such as storyboarding, character development, shot selection, audio recording, and post production. All of Johnny’s stop motion animation workshops incorporate some mix of chalk, paper, clay, and found objects. Available programs include: a drop-in activity where participants learn the basics of stop motion animation and create their own animated sequence; a guided storytelling workshop where participants learn how to organize and narrate a short story; stop motion (PLUS) workshops where participants will learn about stop motion and incorporate additional processes and materials such as watercolor, cardboard sculpture, or special effects/post production; promotional video production where teens in the community work together to create a promotional video for an organization; creative content development workshop where you work with Johnny to plan and develop original creative content for your organization. Photo by Sweetleaf Photography.

contact
Johnny Villarreal
PO Box 152965
Austin, TX  78715

phone 210-364-5123
phone#2
e-mail johnny@theedgeofimaginationstation.com
public performance/concert $750 - $3,000
school performance $500 - $2,500
workshop fees $750 - $3,000
travel/per diem/lodging $150 - $1,000
website http://www.theedgeofimaginationstation.com

 

Vocal Majority Chorus

Vocal Majority Chorus

Imagine the impact of a best-in-the-world musical act, with more than 100 singers, at your next event … an experience unlike any your attendees have experienced. If you want to get your audience on their feet and charged up, look no further than Dallas-based Vocal Majority! Their lush, multi-layered harmonies and electrifying choreography make each performance an extraordinary experience. Their 100+ voices have inspired people for over 45 years. Their diverse repertoire energizes events with three performance-length options: A 10-15-minute event kick-off, a 45-60 minute program, or a full, 2-hour performance in two acts. Vocal Majority volunteer musicians have inspired thousands since 1972. They are a nonprofit Barbershop Harmony Society chapter and 12-time International Champion Gold Medalist winner. Men of all backgrounds, ages and walks of life perform because they love singing and touching people's hearts. Vocal Majority has performed throughout the US, and in Canada, England, Scotland and Wales. They have performed in multiple cities across Texas, including Crockett, Denton, Greenville, Kilgore, Lubbock, San Angelo, San Marcos, Waco, and others. We have released more than 25 albums, featuring musical repertoire that includes Texas themes, jazz, Broadway, pops, uplifting inspirational, sacred, patriotic, Christmas, and holiday songs. Photo by Andy Whalen.

contact
Nick Alexander
7383 Sandy Lake Rd.
Quinlan, TX  75474

phone 903-356-3993
phone#2 214-384-9555
e-mail ShowVP@VocalMajority.com
public performance/concert $10,000 - $15,000
school performance $3,000 - $8,000
travel/per diem/lodging TBD
website https://www.vocalmajority.com/

 

Dale Watson

Dale Watson

Although born in Alabama, Dale Watson is as Texas as the Panhandle or a smoky plate of BBQ. He came to country music early and naturally. His truck driving father moonlighted as a country singer, and his older brothers had bands as well. Dale remembers receiving his first guitar at age 7 and starting to write songs shortly after-- "the same stuff I'm writing about now," he says with a laugh. A man with more than one life's experience under his belt, he has entertained crowds all over the world, including recent appearances on Late Night with David Letterman and PBS’s long-running Austin City Limits. Dale has been inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame and even founded his own genre of music, Ameripolitan. Photo by Candice Ghai- Twin Sisters Photography.

contact
Davis McLarty
4425 Mopac South, Bldg 2, Suite 300C
Austin, TX  78735

phone 512-444-8750
phone#2 512-848-0813
e-mail davis@atomicmusicgroup.com
public performance/concert $5,000 - $7,500
school performance $4,000 - $6,500
workshop fees $3,500- $6,000
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $1,000
website https://www.dalewatson.com

 

Lavelle White

Lavelle White

A Texas Music Hall of Fame inductee and long revered as a major figure in the history of Texas blues, Miss Lavelle White continues to dazzle audiences with her energetic and soulful vocals and her rockin' blues band of ace players. Miss Lavelle has performed internationally with an array of iconic artists and offers shows that are a mixture of blues, soul, funk and reggae, largely songs of her own composition. Her work radiates strength and optimism as it reflects her history: she grew up a sharecropper's daughter and through music, found hope and a new life. The strong rhythms of her program invite dance, and her charm and interaction with her audience create a "feel good" atmosphere. She routinely gets standing ovations after her shows. Miss Lavelle regularly performs with her five-piece band, The L Men, but offers concerts and mini-concerts for venues of all sizes. Photo by Marv Edmund Howse.

contact
Deborah Lerner
4515 Avenue F
Austin, TX  78751

phone 512-576-7201
phone#2 512-576-7201
e-mail lernerbooking@gmail.com
public performance/concert $600 - $10,000
school performance $600 - $10,000
travel/per diem/lodging TBD
website none

 

Kelly Willis

Kelly Willis

With rockabilly roots and a heartache-meets-honky-tonk voice, Kelly Willis has been labeled a country ingenue. As a new traditionalist singer-songwriter, her tunes effortlessly combine the storytelling and strings aspects of country music and the driving force of rock. Kelly Willis is the alluring voice and songwriting talent who pioneered both Americana and the Texas young country scene with her debut album in 1990, and has since, over the course of five more gems, proven how she can do it all from contemporary to traditional and beyond with finesse, smarts and irresistible charm. Photo by Todd V. Wolfson.

contact
Davis McLarty
4425 S. Mopac Expy Building 2, Suite 300
Austin, TX  78735

phone 512-444-8750
phone#2 512-848-0813
e-mail davis@atomicmusicgroup.com
public performance/concert $5,000 - $7,500
school performance $4,000 - $6,500
workshop fees $3,500 - $6,000
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $1,000
website http://www.kellywillis.com

 

WindSync

WindSync

Hailed by the Houston Chronicle as "revolutionary chamber musicians," WindSync is internationally recognized for dramatic and engaging interpretations of classical music. The young, adventurous group plays exclusively from memory, including elements of staging, and focuses on building a connection with audiences through dynamic concert programming and charismatic stage presence. On the roster of Young Audiences of Houston, WindSync also specializes in educational assembly programs in schools, family-friendly concerts, and concerts dedicated to children with autism. WindSync's "Voyager” is a space-themed program celebrating the ensemble’s hometown of Houston and the achievements of NASA. A suite of original arrangements from the Voyager Golden Record will show off the wide array of colors created by flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and French horn and the virtuosity of each musician. "Peter and the Wolf” introduces the five wind instruments of the orchestra in an educational, family-friendly outreach program. Through a unique costumed and choreographed version of Prokofiev’s classic tale, WindSync inspires audiences of all ages. Photo by Shannon Langman.

contact
Anni Hochhalter
220 Westmoreland St.
Houston, TX  77006

phone 832-639-4212
phone#2 214-734-8048
e-mail anni@windsync.org
public performance/concert $3,500 - $8,500
school performance $1,000 - $3,500
workshop fees $1,000 - $3,500
travel/per diem/lodging $850
website http://www.windsync.org

 

The Wonder Bread Years

The Wonder Bread Years

A fresh and funny salute to Americana, "The Wonder Bread Years" starring Pat Hazell is a fast-paced one-man show that hilariously illustrates our collective consciousness. The production not only restores a much-needed sense of wonder, but leaves audiences laughing and savoring the past like never before. From sitting at the kids' table to riding in the way back of the Country Squire Wagon, "The Wonder Bread Years" is a comic bullseye for Baby Boomers everywhere, and has been hailed by Jerry Seinfeld as "Milk-snorting funny!" Pat Hazell is Chief Creative Officer of Sweetwood Creative in Austin. Showtime declared Hazell one of the five funniest people in America. His 30 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 veteran of "The Tonight Show," a contributor to NPR, 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. Pat teaches workshops and master classes for students of all ages/demographics. Photo by Andy Snow.

contact
Pat Hazell
6407 Weatherwood Cv
Austin, TX  78746

phone 512-383-9498
phone#2 985-373-5157
e-mail pat@sweetwoodproductions.com
public performance/concert $6,000 - $8,000
workshop fees $500
travel/per diem/lodging $200 - $800
website http://www.wonderbreadyears.com

 

Sue Young

Sue Young

Bilingual storyteller Sue Young has delighted audiences at museums, festivals, schools, and libraries around Texas and the US since 1994. An accomplished singer and songwriter, she received a 2013 Texas Music Awards nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year. Her CD "The Legend of the Quetzal" received a 2007 Parents' Choice Silver Honor Award and she wrote the 2009 and 2011 Texas Summer Reading Club theme songs. Programs include Cantos Y Cuentos: Tales & Tunes of Latin America - a fun trip around Latin America through legends, folktales, traditional and original songs; ¡Viva México! - Celebrate Mexico through songs and stories; Texican Tales and Tunes - cowboy songs, Mexican cantos, and stories showcasing the diverse cultural heritage of Texas; and "Yippee Ki Yi Yo - On The Texas Cattle Trail." Sue offers an annual summer reading program tailored to the presenter's theme. Staff development sessions and workshops for adults, teens, and children are available, including "Create Your Own Song," a workshop for 3rd grade through adults. Photo by Brenda Ladd.

contact
Sue Young
PO Box 5786
Austin, TX  78763

phone 512-914-9553
phone#2 512-323-2414
e-mail sueyoungmusic@gmail.com
public performance/concert $250 - $1,200
school performance $250 - $1,200
workshop fees $250 - $1,200
travel/per diem/lodging $25 - $150
website http://www.sueyoungmusic.com

 


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