State Artist Marcia Ball
Texas-born, Louisiana-raised pianist, songwriter and vocalist Marcia Ball, the 2018 Texas State Musician, has won worldwide fame and countless fans with her ability to ignite a full-scale roadhouse rhythm and blues party every time she takes the stage. Her rollicking Texas boogies, swampy New Orleans ballads and groove-laden Gulf Coast blues have made her a one-of-a-kind favorite with music lovers worldwide. Over the course of her five-decade career, Ball has recorded 15 solo albums, including six for Alligator Records (four of them Grammy-nominated). With each new release, including 2018’s Shine Bright, Ball’s reputation as a profoundly soulful singer, a boundlessly talented pianist and a courageous, inventive songwriter continues to grow. She draws her listeners deep into her music with instantly memorable melodies and imaginative imagery. Her songs paint vibrant musical pictures richly detailed with recognizable characters, regional flavors, universal themes and colorful scenes. Marcia’s love of the road has led to years of soul-satisfying performances at festivals, concert halls and clubs. The New York Times says, “Marcia Ball plays two-fisted New Orleans barrelhouse piano and sings in a husky, knowing voice about all the trouble men and women can get into on the way to a good time.” Photo: Mary Bruton.
Founded in 1956, Ballet Austin has been under the capable leadership of Artistic Director and choreographer Stephen Mills for 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; and festivals, 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 & Humanity Project and The Nutcracker. Mixed repertory programs include works by Mr. Mills, George Balanchine, and other internationally-recognized choreographers. Ballet Austin II tours family-focused story ballets including The Ugly Duckling, Peter & The Wolf, and Not Afraid of the Dark, a special glow-in-the-dark ballet featuring music and concept by Joe Scruggs. Beyond performances, Ballet Austin's programs also include school performances with accompanying curricula, on-campus dance workshops for elementary students, and creative movement workshops for young children in community spaces. Photo by Tony Spielberg.
501 W 3rd Street
Austin, TX 78701
public performance/concert $7,500 - $50,000
school performance $500 - $7,500
workshop fees $50 - $3,000
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $10,000
Azul Barrientos is an acclaimed musician dedicated to uncovering and conserving the cultural influences and interconnections between Latin America, Africa, Europe, and Mexico. Born in Mexico City, Azul moved to San Antonio, Texas as a young woman, where she developed a reputation for building bridges between Mexicana and Chicana cultures. Her career has focused on the preservation of traditional songs from Latin America and the exploration of their diverse musical histories. Azul rejoices in her Latina roots, giving new life to the rhythms and stories of previous generations. She currently serves as Artist in Residence at the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center in San Antonio, Texas. Available programs include solo concerts and performances with accompaniment. Azul performs with guitar and jarana at all concerts. Accompaniment may include piano and bass for a jazz-style concert; harp, cello, and percussion; or other variations including full band and duets. Children’s performances featuring traditional songs, games, dancing, and storytelling are also available. Multimedia presentations providing context on cultural themes may also be incorporated by request. Photo by Josh Huskin.
14439 NW Military Highway 108 #508
San Antonio, TX 78231
public performance/concert $600 - $6,000
school performance $400 - $3,000
workshop fees $400 - $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $3,000
Write what you know,' the saying goes. But in author Chris Barton's Write What You’d Love to Learn presentation, based on his experiences with both playful picture books (including bestseller Shark vs. Train) and rigorously researched nonfiction (including 2020-21 Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List book What Do You Do with a Voice Like That? The Story of Extraordinary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan), he encourages young audiences to improve their own writing by giving the not-yet-known a try. Born and raised in Sulphur Springs and now a resident of Austin, Chris is the author of many other picture books, including both fiction (Fire Truck vs. Dragon, 88 Instruments, Mighty Truck) and nonfiction (The Day-Glo Brothers, Dazzle Ships, All of a Sudden and Forever, and Whoosh!). He's shared Write What You'd Love to Learn with first graders in just 30 minutes, he's delivered a full-day version to educators and librarians, and he's adapted it for many ages and lengths in between. It can include an emphasis on (and many examples of) the importance of research, revision, or collaboration. His 3 to 4 sessions per day can also include writing workshops for both fiction and nonfiction. Photo by Heather Gallagher Photography.
PO Box 66104
Austin, TX 78766
public performance/concert $750 - $3,000
school performance $1,650 - $2,250
workshop fees $1,650 - $2,250
travel/per diem/lodging $200 - $500
The son of a motorcycle racer from a small town in west Texas, Chris Beall is a singer/songwriter/guitarist whose music has been featured on numerous Americana radio stations and music venues from TX to Nashville and back again. With influential nods to Tom Petty, Charlie Robison, Paul McCartney, and the storytelling style of Bruce Springsteen, Chris’s acoustic trio, duo, and/or solo configuration is perfect for any intimate venue. But these same songs morph into a driving roots-rock, full-band show that will have city dwellers rocking their country boots off while taking their hearts back to the country! Along with his solo career, he is a member of the well-established South Austin Moonlighters whose album, Travel Light, went to #1 on the Alternative Country Roots Radio Report in 2019. Chris’s imagery-filled musical stories 'fit back together' music and family, creativity and making a living, life and religion, and whiskey and church. Chris is the quintessential independent artist, he is the poster child for the new 'alternative music industry.' Sounds like: Charlie Robison, Radney Foster, Reckless Kelly. Available for 4-piece band, duo, and solo performances. Photo by Chris Beall.
4505 Bull Creek Rd.
Austin, TX 78731
public performance/concert $600 - $5,000
school performance $600 - $2,000
workshop fees $600 - $3,000
travel/per diem/lodging $100 - $2,000
Beto and the Fairlanes
The music of Beto and the Fairlanes, the 'international band of Texas,' is a magical, cross-cultural incantation of salsa, jazz, rock, and Latin influences with irresistible dance rhythms and visions of the tropics. With Beto and the Fairlanes' hard-driving percussion, high-flying horns, and Beto's natural sense of fun and humor, you feel the excitement, celebration, and romance of traditions, north and south, meeting in the melodies and beat of their music. Beto and the Fairlanes tours with an 8- to 10-piece Latin-influenced ensemble, including horns, guitar, drums, percussion, bass, and keys. The repertoire includes original Latin, jazz, and jazz/rock tunes. The band has been voted into the Music Hall of Fame in Austin, honored with a star on the walk of fame in Corpus Christi, and featured on Austin City Limits. Photo by Jessie Rodriguez.
12400 Highway 71 West, Suite 350-177
Austin, TX 78738
public performance/concert $2,500 - $5,000
school performance $2,500 - $4,000
workshop fees $1,000 - $3,000
travel/per diem/lodging $1,000 - $2,000
The Bike Zoo
Ringmaster, co-founder, and UT Austin mechanical engineering graduate Jeremy Rosen and the Bike Zoo create life-long memories. Since unveiling their bike animals at the Austin First Night Parade in 2005, the Bike Zoo has rapidly expanded, performing at festivals, parades, and schools across the US and Mexico. Millions of people have experienced the Bike Zoo since its inception. They present a magical, immersive, and interactive environment for people of all ages. A unique addition to any festival, public space, corporate, family, or educational event, the Bike Zoo's ever-growing family of playful, hand-built bicycle creatures includes the giant 80-foot 6-rider Rattlesnake, seven giant Butterflies, the Mexican Free-Tailed Bat, the Barn Owl, the majestic Bald Eagle, the Praying Mantis, the 10-rider Bicycle Carousel, and the latest, the Giant Armadillo! You can count on the Bike Zoo to engage visitors of all ages and captivate the imaginations of those who see or interact with the larger-than-life zoo. The Bike Zoo’s creatures offer the public the opportunity to realize their fantasy of flight. Where else can you ride a 12-foot butterfly or an 80-foot rattlesnake? Some creatures serve as a stage or mobile activity booth and can accommodate people with special needs. Photo by Juliana Halverson.
13730 Immanuel Rd
Pflugerville, TX 78660
public performance/concert $1,500 - $20,000
school performance $0 - $20,000
workshop fees $3,000 - $25,000
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $5,000
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.
PO Box 1821
Austin, TX 78767
public performance/concert $3,500 - $35,000
school performance $3,000 - $10,000
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $25,000
Denton, Texas-based quintet Brave Combo has perfected a world music mix that includes salsa, polka, merengue, rock, cumbia, conjunto, zydeco, classical, cha-cha, the blues, and more. They are America's premier dance band and inventors of 'nuclear' polka (bandleader Carl Finch was inducted in the International Polka Association Hall of Fame in 2016), prompting one reviewer to proclaim, 'Even if you come for the party, you'll leave with something of a musical education.' Around the world at venues of all sizes, Brave Combo has charmed countless listeners and garnered many honors, including two GRAMMY Awards and six GRAMMY nominations. Brave Combo's repertoire of hundreds of songs (the band has released over 40 albums) in styles from polka to pop allows for a performance that can flex to be compatible with a family-friendly audience or with the stages of the biggest festivals and rock clubs in the world. Featured are group and organized dances that get the crowds up on their feet. In addition, more than twenty of Brave Combo's original compositions have been scored for a full symphony orchestra. Photo by Jane Beaver.
PO Box 233
Denton, TX 76202
public performance/concert $2,000 - $8,000
school performance $2,000 - $4,000
workshop fees $600 - $3,000
travel/per diem/lodging $400 - $700
Brave Little Company
Brave Little Company is theater for everyone. Since 2013, they’ve been creating original plays about, with, and for kids and their grown-ups. They create theater the way kids play. When children engage in unstructured, imaginative exploration, their creativity is at full power, and they are at the center of the story. BLC's plays may include found object puppetry, sensory storytelling, and a meaningful role for the audience in making the story happen. Committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion as limitless as Texas, they bring bilingual performances and workshops to schools, libraries, and community venues. Their current productions include the bilingual play First Day, Nueva Escuela, about a girl who overcomes her fear of reading by writing herself into stories; and Wooden O, a sensory Shakespeare adventure for ages 3-5. BLC offers theater workshops for everyone, including creative collaborations with students with learning differences. BLC also facilitates THE BIG “US” PROJECT, a community-driven theatre piece led by 100 members of Texas’s refugee communities, now in its second year. They’re proud to tour Texas-wide through Young Audiences of Houston. Bookings include extension activities for teachers to implement in their classrooms. Visit www.brave-little.com for upcoming productions. Photo by Alan Nguyen.
675 Bering Dr., Suite 300
Houston, TX 77057
public performance/concert $195 - $500
school performance $195 - $500
workshop fees $120 - $250
travel/per diem/lodging $50 - $200
Bruce Wood Dance
Hailed as Dallas’ 'shining star' by Arts and Culture Texas, Bruce Wood Dance (BWD) is a contemporary dance company that harnesses the power of dance to entertain, enrich, and heal. BWD celebrated 10 years of excellence in the 2019-2020 season. BWD is built on the vision and prolific artistry of acclaimed Texas choreographer Bruce Wood (1960-2014). Artistic director Joy Bollinger champions Wood’s legacy and offers programming described as 'emotionally charged and highly kinetic' (ArtandSeek.org). Recent commissions include works by 2018-2019 Jacob’s Pillow Choreography Fellow Bryan Arias, Bessie-nominated Katarzyna Skarpetowska, sought-after artists Yin Yue and Garrett Smith, and resident dancemakers Kimi Nikaidoh and Bollinger. Moreover, the 2020 repertoire features 'Elemental Brubeck' by the legendary New York choreographer Lar Lubovitch. BWD touring programs feature classes for ages seven through adult in ballet, modern, and jazz, and performances that leave a lasting impact. BWD has been recognized as Best Dance Company by D Magazine in 2013, 2014, 2017, and 2019. BWD has performed at the prestigious Joyce Theater in New York on the 2020 American Dance Platform; in Austin, Houston, Fort Worth, Humble, and Big Spring, Texas; at Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Performance Series; and at festivals in New York, Ohio, and Washington, DC. Photo by Sharen Bradford.
3630 Harry Hines Blvd. #36
Dallas, TX 75219
public performance/concert $2,500 - $10,000
school performance $1,000 - $2,500
workshop fees $250 - $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $720 - $4,000
State Artist Marc Burckhardt
Marc Burckhardt is the 2010 Texas State Visual Artist in 2-D work. Born in Germany and raised in Texas, Marc Burckhardt’s work juxtaposes old world styles and symbols with contemporary American themes. As a youth, he spent summers in Europe with his family, a tradition he continues today. The paintings, architecture, and perspectives he encounters there combine with his studies of art history to inform his work, which utilizes old masters' techniques to achieve the texture and luminosity that distinguish his paintings. Marc lives and works in a 1910 farmhouse in the shadow of downtown Austin Texas.
Singer-songwriter Bob Livingston is a folk-rock raconteur who tours nationally and internationally. He is a founding member of Austin’s legendary Lost Gonzo Band that toured and recorded with many of Texas’s most iconic musicians, including Jerry Jeff Walker and Michael Martin Murphey. Known as a consummate storyteller, Livingston takes his audiences on wild and colorful rides down the rutted roads of his extensive musical history. His recordings have received wide acclaim, including Album of the Year at the Texas Music Awards for his solo record, Gypsy Alibi. Livingston also leads a multicultural group called Cowboys & Indians (Where East Meets West) that features performers from Texas and India. As a cultural ambassador for the US State Department, Livingston toured over 30 countries. In India, he played with local musicians mixing rhythms, instrumentation, and insights from both east and west. Inspired by these experiences, he wrote original material and produced the Cowboys & Indians show. Livingston conducts workshops, lectures, and seminars on songwriting, touring, and music history. Livingston was inducted into the Texas Music Legends Hall of Fame in 2016 and the West Texas Walk of Fame in 2018. Photo by Valerie Fremin.
10712 Watchful Fox Dr
Austin, TX 78748
public performance/concert $750 - $5,500
school performance $500 - $3,500
workshop fees $400 - $1,000
travel/per diem/lodging $150 - $950
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, and appears in movies like Miss Congeniality and regional theatrical productions. She's performed on four continents, and been 'The Biggest Liar in Texas.' Believing the power and influence of live storytelling can change the world, Nason produces captivating 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, retirement communities, and more. 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: 'Summertime Scorchers' and 'Tails and Tales.' Photo by Huck Huckaby.
2900 West Anderson Lane, C200/302
Austin, TX 78757
public performance/concert $350 - $2,000
school performance $350 - $2,000
workshop fees $450 - $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $2,000
In regard to the Lone Star State’s finest tunesmiths, Bruce Robison lands at the top of the heap. His songwriting turned the heads of some of the industry’s biggest artists and took them to the top of the charts (Dixie Chicks’ No. 1 version of 'Travelin’ Soldier,' George Strait’s recording of 'Wrapped' and the beautiful Tim McGraw/Faith Hill rendition of 'Angry All The Time,' to name a few). While those achievements might be considered the pinnacle of a songwriting career to some, Robison has never been one to rest on his laurels. He is always creating. Photo by Kenny Braun Photography.
638 Lindero Canyon Road, Suite 261
Oak Park, CA 91377
phone 818-617-2228 Ext. 800
public performance/concert $5,000 - $7,500
school performance $4,000 - $6,500
travel/per diem/lodging $300 - $500