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

2018-2020
Texas Touring Roster

Alley Theatre

Alley Theatre

Alley Theatre, one of the oldest theaters in the country, is an acknowledged leader in American theater. Its core values are: Creative Excellence, Serving Alley Company Artists, Community Engagement and Applied Theatre, defined as integrating drama in education, community or therapeutic contexts. The Alley's annual initiatives reach nearly 200,000 community members that reflect the ever-growing diversity of Greater Houston. The Alley Character Education Series (ACES) presents lively touring plays, specifically designed and written for kindergarten-5th grade students. Entertaining and delightfully wacky, the plays have been characterized as vaudevillian—SNL for K-5th graders. The seven "Oskar" plays teach important life skills on topics such as bullying, diversity, and coping with trauma. Performed in school auditoriums or gymnasiums, each three-person play creates a framework for valuable post-performance discussions in the classroom and beyond. With a small cast and a portable, easy-to-assemble set, ACES shows reach thousands of children at underserved schools each year. Applied Theatre at the Alley's Workshop and Residency programs are available to visit classrooms and community centers with exemplary artist-driven curriculum ranging from arts-integrated STEM lessons in K-8th grade, to in-depth personal narrative writing with senior citizens, to evidence-based professional development training programs for teachers. Photo by Christopher Diaz.

contact
Rachel Wagner
615 Texas Ave
Houston, TX  77008

phone 713-315-5424
phone#2
e-mail education@alleytheatre.org
public performance/concert $250 - $595
school performance $250 - $595
workshop fees $150 - $3,000
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $1,000
website http://www.alleytheatre.org/education

 

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.

contact
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

 

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.

contact
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

 

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

 

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

 

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/

 

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

 

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/

 

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

 

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

 

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).

contact
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

 

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

 

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.

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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.

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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

 

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.

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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

 

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

 

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.

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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.

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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/

 

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.

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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.

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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
workshop fees $500 - $1,000
travel/per diem/lodging $400 - $1,000
website http://www.invincibleczars.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.

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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

 

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.

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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

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

 

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.

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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/

 

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.

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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.

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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 $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.

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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

 

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.

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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.

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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

 

Lucas Miller

Lucas Miller

Want to get your students excited about science? STEM and the arts go hand-in-hand in multimedia presentations by author, YouTuber and "singing zoologit" Lucas Miller! Pre-K to 6th graders will laugh, sing and learn about wetlands, ocelots, monarch butterflies, metamorphosis and much more through Lucas' creative blend of smart songwriting, hilarious puppetry, and dazzling animations. Perfect for elementary schools, libraries, and family concerts: kids love Miller's zany, unbridled enthusiasm and adults love his focus on accurate, curriculum-related science. Each 45-55 minute presentation features several songs and stories that address a major science theme such as life cycles, adaptations, Texas ecosystems and ocean ecology. Creative animations, videos, and images accompany the music and lessons to deepen understanding and keep the audience focused. Lucas earned a degree in zoology and has been touring Texas and the nation for over twenty-five years. He knows his biology and he knows how to introduce kids to science in a way that leaves them excited and motivated to engage in STEM disciplines. Look him up on YouTube to sample his work and then visit www.lucasmiller.net for all the details on bringing him to your school, library, theater or other venues. Photo by Lucas Miller.

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Lucas Miller
12805 Winding Creek Rd.
Austin, TX  78736

phone 512-567-2626
phone#2
e-mail jlucasmiller@gmail.com
public performance/concert $400 - $1,000
school performance $450 - $1,200
workshop fees $500-1,500
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $700
website http://www.lucasmiller.net

 

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.

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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

 

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.

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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.

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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
workshop fees $1,700 - $5,000
travel/per diem/lodging $200 - $1,000
website http://wearethenightowls.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.

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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.

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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

 

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
workshop fees $250 - $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $300 - $1,000
website http://www.steve-parker.net

 

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.

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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.

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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/

 

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.

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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.

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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

 

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.

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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.

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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

 

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.

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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

 

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.

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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

 

Terrence Taps

Terrence Taps

Terrence Taps began studying the art of tap dancing at the age of nineteen. He has accumulated extensive performance experience. He has performed hundreds of solo performances in Texas libraries and schools. He was even called upon to perform for special events such as the Caribbean International Literary Festival in Antigua, the National Association of Energy Distributors Trade Show, & at the Sphatika Corporate Launch Party in the world famous "Rainbow Room" atop 30 Rockefeller Center. Terrence Taps' library performances include "The Amazing Tap Experience," an interactive show that uses basic concepts like opposities, musical dynamics, and phonics to help the audience get inside the mind of a tap dancer. Terrence Taps school performances include "Beat & Rhythm: The Evolution of Tap Dancing," an enjoyable guided tour through the history of tap dancing and "The Tap Movement Workshop" where kids see, learn, and practice actual tap dance steps. Photo by Terrence Bennett.

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Terrence Taps
7711 Oconnor Drive #1009
Round Rock, TX  78681

phone 888-464-5356
phone#2
e-mail taps@tapdanceman.com
public performance/concert $300 - $1,000
school performance $300 - $1,000
workshop fees $300 - $1,000
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $300
website http://www.tapdanceman.com/booking-terrence-taps

 

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.

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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 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.

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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

 

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.

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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

 

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.

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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/

 

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

 

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

 

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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