2tone blends the magic of the electric jazz harp and the rhythmic strength of the electric bass in perfect harmony. Jazz harpist Cindy Horstman and bassist Michael Medina formed 2tone 20 years ago and have been actively touring nationally, evoking comments such as, "You have a really cool sound" from Wynton Marsalis, and "Uncommonly creative and thoroughly enjoyable" from Jazztimes magazine. 2tone's ten CDs and concert DVD were produced by Michael Medina and have received rave reviews including a top 20 popular music award on Amazon.com and featured on the front page of CDBaby. 2tone displays a unique and vibrant sound that reaches out to all age groups. Their repertoire ranges from jazz standards such as Miles Davis and George Gershwin to more contemporary artists such as Pat Metheny and Stevie Wonder as well as original compositions. Photo by Lemin Studios.
PO Box 260136
Plano, TX 75026
public performance/concert $2000 - $3500
school performance $500 - $1000
Bryan Anthony has devoted his life to preserving the "Great American Songbook." When not on the road with his quartet, Bryan regularly tours with the Tommy Dorsey, Nelson Riddle, and Glenn Miller Orchestras. His tours have taken him around the world where he puts his unique stamp on the greatest songs of the 20th century written by the greats such as Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Rodgers and Hart, and Jerome Kern. All of the music in the program consists of songs-- and stories of songs-- mostly composed during the "Tin Pan Alley" days of the 1920's, 30's and 40's. Bryan and his band provide an evening of music that pays homage to the life and times of the "golden age" of American songwriting.
3310 Louisiana St., Apt. 2414
Houston, TX 77006
public performance/concert $2500 - $6000
school performance $2500 - $6000
Ann Armstrong & Steve Hughes
Ann Armstrong is right up there with the great musical exports of Texas! She plays guitar sometimes sweetly, sometimes prickly like an ocotillo cactus; sings like a steam-powered nightingale; and writes songs from a depth of experience. Ann Armstrong and multi-instrumentalist Steve Hughes deliver a delectable mixture of folk and blues, from classic covers like Robert Johnson's "Come Into My Kitchen" to Armstrong's own gorgeous classic, "Think About the Rain." They have, through the years, shared billings with Albert Collins, Jerry Jeff Walker, Hot Tuna, Arlo Guthrie, Guy Clark, Taj Mahal, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Richard Thompson, and many more. Ann & Steve play an infectious blend of singer/songwriter Americana music that is informed by the Delta blues of the South, including covers of classics from the thirties and forties from performers like Robert Johnson, Big Bill Bronzy, and Lil Green. They also cover more modern blues masters like Jimmy Reed, Sonny Terry and Brownie Mcghee, and Mance Lipscomb. Ann's compositions are influenced by the music of Texas' High Plains and big city swagger.
2250 Hartline Dr.
Dallas, TX 75228
public performance/concert $300 - $1500
school performance $300 - $1500
Beto and the Fairlanes
The songs of Beto and the Fairlanes are magical, cross-cultural incantations of salsa, jazz, rock, and Latin influences, of irresistible dance rhythms and visions of the tropics. In 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 a 10-piece Latin-influenced ensemble, including horns, guitars, drums, percussion, bass, and keys. The repertoire includes mostly original Latin, jazz, and rock and roll tunes.
12400 Texas HWY 71 #350-177
Austin, TX 78738
public performance/concert $2000 - $6000
school performance $1500 - $4000
optional service workshops/camps $1500 - $4000
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 folk, blues, 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 Texas musical heritage. "Typical" programs include Texas Blues such as Freddie King’s "Tore Down," Leadbelly’s "Midnight Special," swing jazz like "Route 66," Woody Guthrie’s Dust Bowl tunes, and songs by Texas songwriters including Townes Van Zandt. 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 "Havana Blues."
Adah Leah Wolf
200 S. Bass St.
McKinney, TX 75069
public performance/concert $600 - $1700
school performance $500 - $1600
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.
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.
3800 N Lamar Blvd #730-305
Austin, TX 78756
public performance/concert $1000 - $7500
school performance $750 - $2000
optional service workshops/camps $750 - $3500
Those who have followed Ruthie Foster’s eclectic musical history know that she can ignite any stage with her combustible blend of soul, blues, rock, folk and gospel. Ruthie’s astonishing voice has taken her on an amazing ride from humble church choir beginnings in rural Texas, to a tour of duty with the U.S. Navy Band, and finally back to Austin and an award-filled music career. Ruthie has received 2009, 2012 and 2014 GRAMMY nominations for Best Blues Album, three time Best Female Vocalist from Austin Music Awards, and Blues Music Awards for Best Contemporary and Best Traditional Blues Female Artist. Ruthie Foster can perform solo with her guitar, or in duo, trio, quartet or quintet configurations. Her show includes originals and covers in the areas of blues, folk, soul, and gospel music.
Pamela Hart is highly regarded as one of Austin’s finest vocalists. She is noted by Austin Woman Magazine as “Austin’s First Lady of Jazz.” In addition to regular appearances at Austin clubs, restaurants, live music broadcasts, weddings, banquets/parties and festivals, Pamela and her husband Kevin Hart produced (and she has performed in) the semi-annual Women in Jazz Concert Series—the greatest events for female jazz musicians in Texas—1994 through 2016. Pamela performs traditional, classic jazz standards, including the music of Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson, Dinah Washington and her own original songs. In addition to jazz, Pamela also performs smooth jazz, R&B and gospel. For more information, music, videos, photos and performance schedule, visit www.pamelahart.com.
3110 Castellano Way
Cedar Park, TX 78613
public performance/concert $300 - $10000
school performance $300 - $700
Warren Hood hails from the fertile musical grounds of Austin, Texas. The son of music legend Champ Hood, Warren began playing the violin at eleven, and graduated with honors from the Berklee College of Music. Warren became recognized as a virtuosic fiddler, and as an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and singer as a founding member of the South Austin Jug Band. Warren has been recognized three times as String Player of the Year in the Austin Chronicle Music Awards. Warren tours extensively with the Waybacks and the BoDeans. He has also performed and/or recorded with Lyle Lovett, Ben Kweller, Little Feet, Elvis Costello, and Alejandro Escovedo. The Warren Hood Band features Warren Hood on fiddle and vocals, Austin guitar ace Willie Pipkin, and award-winning pianist and vocalist Emily Gimble, granddaughter of the legendary Texas fiddler Johnny Gimble, as well as bass and drums. Warren Hood can also appear as a solo and duo artist.
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3005 S. Fifth St.
Austin, TX 78704
public performance/concert $1000 - $5000
school performance $500 - $2000
optional service workshops/camps $500 - $3500
Violinist and singer/songwriter Elana James is an internationally acclaimed performer who has been featured at countless major concerts and music festivals worldwide. Along with her solo career she is the driving fiddle player in the hot jazz/western swing trio the Hot Club of Cowtown. In 2004-06, Elana was the first female instrumentalist in thirty years to tour with Bob Dylan as part of his band. Elana is also a regular guest on Prairie Home Companion and has also appeared on The Grand Ole Opry, All Things Considered, World Cafe, Mountain Stage, E-Town, and many others. Along with standard gypsy jazz, klezmer, and western swing, Elana's original material crosses into the indie folk world with ease. She blends these worlds seamlessly with her lyrics, voice, and fiddle/violin stylings.
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PO Box 685335
Austin, TX 78768
public performance/concert $2500 - $5000
school performance $750 - $3000
optional service workshops/camps $750 - $3000
Lost and Nameless Orchestra
They are not sure when people began lumping all folk music into soft or subtle categories. Sometimes it just doesn’t always apply. If you’ve ever experienced the Lost and Nameless Orchestra, you know exactly what they’re talking about. Chris Peterson and Patrick Conway first met in St. Louis in 1993, and they made an instant connection between performing traditional fiddle tunes and their original songs. Moving to Austin in 2006, they added multi-instrumentalist/fiddler Kimberly Zielnicki and keyboardist Nathan Quiring. All of this talent in one band is mind-blowing, and it surely explains their fierce and varied live performances. To play the kinds of music the Lost and Nameless Orchestra wants to play-- and this is a quartet capable of Irish fiddle tunes, pop-folk ballads, Eastern European jazz numbers, contemporary country and more-- they've all picked up new instruments to serve the music: Patrick on harmonica to Nathan's accordion to Kimberly's bass guitar to Chris' lap steel. Their innate talents allow them to make switching instruments and genres easy, from western swing to gypsy jazz.
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PO Box 40882
Austin, TX 78704
public performance/concert $1000 - $5000
school performance $750 - $1500
optional service workshops/camps $750 - $2000
Marshall Ford Swing Band
With firm roots in traditional country music, the Marshall Ford Swing Band found more than inspiration when studying under Texas fiddle legend Johnny Gimble. Namely, they met Emily Gimble, Johnny’s granddaughter, who became the band’s co-lead singer and pianist, while pushing them deep into the world of western swing. Greg Harkins leads the Marshall Ford Swing Band on guitar and vocals, Kris Wade plays upright bass, and James Gwyn is the band's drummer. This core quartet is often augmented by Austin violinists Danny Levin or Katie Holmes. The Marshall Ford Swing Band tours as a duo, trio, quartet, or quintet. The band showcases western swing traditions, while drawing inspiration from artists as diverse as Nat King Cole, Bob Wills, T-Bone Walker, and Django Reinhardt. The Marshall Ford Swing Band's combination of toe-tapping western swing and bebop jazz can swing any dance floor into a full tilt boogie.
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PO Box 41808
Austin, TX 78704
public performance/concert $2500 - $4000
school performance $1500 - $3000
optional service workshops/camps $1500 - $3000
Michael "Mr. Blue Shoes" Dyson
With his easygoing style, backwards baseball cap, iconic blue shoes, and comedic persona, Mr. Blue Shoes is anything but a conventional bluesman... Mr. Blue Shoes is the brainchild of Michael Dyson, GRAMMY Award-winning producer, youth entertainer, guitarist, and performer. Since 2008, Dyson has shared his unique version of the blues story with over 200,000 children. As a senior in high school, Michael served as a mentor, offering third graders a helping hand and an understanding ear. His funny and humble demeanor became infectious. Through these experiences and his interest in the blues, the Mr. Blue Shoes program was created to help continue to educate the youth about this important genre. The primary program that will be touring is the Mr. Blue Shoes assembly program and youth concert, which takes kids on a journey through the blues, starting with its origins in West Africa leading all the way up through rock and roll. During the program, audience members will hear stories about influential blues men and women as well as the songs that made a profound impact on Texas music and American music history.
PO Box 181255
Dallas, TX 75218
public performance/concert $2500 - $5000
school performance $800 - $2200
Austin jazz-grass band MilkDrive features Texas award-winning instrumentalists Brian Beken on fiddle and lead vocals, Noah Jeffries on guitar and harmony vocals, Dennis Ludiker on mandolin and harmony vocals, and Matt Mefford on double bass. Fueled by equal parts tradition and innovation, MilkDrive delivers a distinctive acoustic experience marked by sophisticated arrangements and fierce musicianship. The Austin-based band's second studio album, WAVES, featuring Noam Pikelny of the Punch Brothers and Futureman of Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, was released in 2012. The band performs a mix of traditional music with influences from bluegrass, jazz, swing and old-time music.
9013 Palace Pkwy
Austin, TX 78748
public performance/concert $1000 - $3500
school performance $750 - $1500
optional service workshops/camps $500 - $3500
Called "the quintessential modern composer" by the London Independent, Austin based composer/bandleader Graham Reynolds creates, performs, and records music for film, theater, dance, clubs, and concert halls with collaborators ranging from Richard Linklater and Jack Black to Ballet Austin. Heard throughout the world in films, TV, stage, and radio; from HBO to Showtime, Cannes Film Festival to the Kennedy Center, BBC to NPR, he recently scored "Before Midnight" starring Ethan Hawke, and "Bernie" with Jack Black. His score to the Robert Downey, Jr. feature "A Scanner Darkly" was named "Best Soundtrack of the Decade" by Cinema Retro magazine. Reynolds' touring package generally includes a multidisciplinary voyage into his works from the past decade. The "Film Music Retrospective" showcases selected themes from Graham's original motion picture soundtracks for feature films by Richard Linklater and others. "DUKE! Three Portraits of Ellington" is an exploration of America's greatest composer in three modes: full band, experimental string extracts, and modern remixes. The Golden Arm Trio is Reynolds' smaller ensemble that crossbreeds classical futurism and punk spirit.
2023 E. Cesar Chavez Street
Austin, TX 78702
public performance/concert $1500 - $12500
school performance $1200 - $6500
optional service commission $5000 - $50000
optional service composition for film, theater, dance, etc. $5000 - $35000
Critically acclaimed, award-winning vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Woody Russell is a contemporary troubadour with one foot in the jazz-blues tradition while the other stands firmly in defiance of any categorization. He's recorded a body of work that spans from folk-roots infused fare on his first album, As Simple As That (1996), to highly praised recordings, Salt( 2005) and Up Against It (2010). Pop-jazz offerings Delicious Days (2013) and Carry It Up (2016) further his exploration of sophisticated "adult music." Russell tours listening rooms and theaters across North America with his world-class trio. "A love fest of blues, jazz and soul." Russell’s trio (Lloyd Wright, keys and Jose Ruiz, jazz harmonica) can perform 2-3 hours of original songs along with select covers. The trio employs traditional instrumentation (vocals, guitar, piano, harmonica, percussion) but also the use of electronics (loops, digital audio technology). A majority of their concerts are presented in ticketed, seated listening rooms.
12000 Pepperidge Dr
Austin, TX 78739
public performance/concert $800 - $3500
school performance $750 - $1200
A recent transplant to Austin, 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, and 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. Peggy Stern can perform solo, including repertoire from the Great American Songbook, the Texas Swing Songbook, and original compositions. Her duo concerts illustrate a live “conversation,” in which the participants must listen carefully to each other, and improvise together; repertoire includes mostly standards. Trio, quartet, or quintet concerts might include bass, drums, vocals, saxophones, trumpets, etc., and the repertoire will be chosen from the Great American Songbook, the Texas Swing Songbook, and original compositions. The Z OCTET concert will be specifically the music from Peggy’s latest album, Z OCTET.
PO Box 300907
Austin, TX 78703
public performance/concert $500 - $7500
school performance $500 - $7500
The Texas Gypsies describe their music as "vintage jazzy swingin' cool hep cat sounds of the 20's-30's along with a taste of western swing, with a mix of gypsy jazz magic sprinkled over the top and a pinch of retro deco rockabilly!" This award-winning band mixes passionate violin, a blazing horn section, rocking swinging guitars, slapping upright bass, and retro style drumming to harmoniously create their own unique, fun and artistic sound! The band can perform with from 4 to 8 members for a great and memorable show! The band performs a mix of classic instrumental and vocal music of American swing and jazz music of the 1920's, 30's, 40's, European gypsy jazz, and many original songs, too. The band will dress in vintage era costumes and are available to lecture on early American jazz and swing music.
1126 Shady Oaks Ct.
Allen, TX 75002
public performance/concert $1600 - $7500
school performance $1000 - $4500
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.
Long revered as a major figure in the history of Texas blues, Lavelle White continues to dazzle audiences with her energetic and soulful vocals and her rockin' blues band with ace players. She has been performing at concerts, clubs, and special events across the United States and Texas for years. "From her hits in the 1950's and '60's on Houston's Duke records through her later residency as the house vocalist at Chicago's legendary Kingston Mines, to her comeback over the last decade on Antone's Records, Lavelle has always been an avatar of 'true blues' and a class act" --Portland Oregonian. Lavelle offers concerts and mini-concerts for all sizes of venues.
PO Box 90306
Austin, TX 78709-0306
public performance/concert $800 - $5000
school performance $750 - $3500
A musical force evoking the soulful vocals of Janis Joplin and the guitar slinging skills of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Wonderland embodies the Texas blues tradition. As a teenager in Houston, she learned from Gulf Coast blues giants like Little Screamin' Kenny. Her breakthrough album release was 2008's Miss Understood, on Ray Benson's Bismeaux Records. From appearances on PBS's Austin City Limits to top slots at major festivals around the world, Wonderland's legendary performances, recordings, and songwriting confirm the unique power of the Texas blues tradition, and its promising future under her stewardship. Wonderland performs mostly original compositions in concert, adding a few rarer gems from the Texas blues tradition by artists such as Janis Joplin, Little Screamin' Kenny, Vince Welnick, and Rick Derringer. She is accompanied by Austin natives Cole El-Saleh (keyboards and bass) and Rob Hooper (drums). Together the trio performs a riveting musical presentation full of dynamics, inspiring vocals, and stirring instrument solos.
PO Box 104
Austin, TX 78767
phone 512/444-9885 x 127
public performance/concert $2500 - $7500
school performance $1200 - $4500