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

2018-2020
Texas Touring Roster

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/

 

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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Nancy Fly
2211 W. Lincoln, Ste 177
Harlingen, TX  78552

phone 512-567-0346
phone#2 512-288-2023
e-mail piano@nflyagency.com
public performance/concert $7,000 - $10,000
school performance $3,500 - $5,000
travel/per diem/lodging $100 - $1,000
website http://www.delcastillomusic.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.

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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
travel/per diem/lodging $400 - $1,000
website http://www.invincibleczars.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.

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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
travel/per diem/lodging $100 - $1,000
website http://thekrakenquartet.com/

 

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.

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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
travel/per diem/lodging $100 - $1,000
website https://montopolismusic.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.

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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
travel/per diem/lodging $200 - $1,000
website http://wearethenightowls.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.

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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
travel/per diem/lodging $300 - $1,000
website http://www.steve-parker.net

 

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.

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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
travel/per diem/lodging $150 - $2,000
website http://www.grahamreynolds.com/

 


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