Guy Forsyth is an award-winning blues musician with gripping, powerful vocals who delivers energetic yarns about love, the government, and the apocalypse, to name just a few. A true Renaissance man, he has mastered numerous instruments including acoustic, electric, and slide guitar; harmonica; ukulele; and singing saw. From his start as founder and stellar live performer with the Asylum Street Spankers to being awarded numerous Austin Music Awards, Forsyth has earned a veritable army of fans in Texas and beyond. Guy Forsyth performs solo, as well as with his three-piece band, featuring Guy on vocals, guitar, harmonica, singing saw, and more, with bass and drums. Guy also tours and performs with his Hot Nut Riveters project, a five- or six-piece acoustic ensemble performing prohibition-era jazz. Photo by Rodney Bursiel Photography.
4505 Bull Creek Rd
Austin, TX 78731
public performance/concert $1,000 - $7500
school performance $750 - $2,000
workshop fees $750 - $3,500
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $1,500
State Artist Emily Gimble
Emily Gimble has been singing and playing on-stage since she was seven years old. Piano beckoned Emily early on—the Austin Music Awards named her “Best Keyboards” of the city four times (2013, 2014, 2018, & 2019)—as did her voice, full of natural range and feeling. “A Case of the Gimbles,” the 2005 album she recorded with her father and grandfather, showcased her vocals and launched Emily on a national family tour. With the Marshall Ford Band, Emily focused on western swing, and with Warren Hood and the Goods, she explored jazz, country, folk and pop. In 2014, Emily joined Asleep at the Wheel. With them, she played “Austin City Limits” twice and recorded a duet with one of her idols, Merle Haggard. In 2017 she released “Certain Kinda,” her debut solo album. She continues to tour on her own; with her family band, the Gimbles; and with artists like Amy Helm, Floyd Domino, and Hayes Carll. Photo by Ashleigh Amoroso.
public performance/concert $1,500 - $7,000
school performance $500 - $1,200
workshop fees $700 - $1,200
The Gimbles (Dick and Emily) carry on the tradition of playing true Texas music and not only that, they know it first-hand. Dick is the son of the iconic Johnny Gimble, who is considered the finest fiddler to ever play with Bob Wills, the King of Western swing. Playing alongside Johnny for five decades, Dick accessed the kind of musical knowledge and nuance that only an intimate relationship can impart. Third generation Emily has played with Johnny and Dick spanning two decades; meanwhile she plays with her own generation of musicians and has been revitalizing Western swing for the future. The Gimbles' program consists of a mix of Western swing, jazz standards from the 30's & 40's, some honky tonk and country blues, and some of Johnny's classic compositions. Emily and Dick can perform as a duo, but also as a trio with one of Johnny's devotees, including such beloved fiddlers as Katie Shore, Wes Westmoreland, Jason Roberts, Randy Elmore, & Warren Hood. The Gimbles can assemble a band from duo to a full-on Texas swing ensemble. They are equally passionate about sharing their knowledge of Texas music through workshops and music camps across the state & country. Photo by Marilynn Gimble.
168 Private Road
Waco, TX 76708
public performance/concert $1,200- $4,000
school performance $1,200 - $2,500
workshop fees $300 - $400
travel/per diem/lodging TBD
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.
3710 Cedar St. Box 19
Austin, TX 78705
public performance/concert $500 - $2,500
school performance $300 - $1,500
workshop fees $300 - $2,500
travel/per diem/lodging $100 - $2,000
Guadalupe Dance Company
The Guadalupe Dance Company, founded in 1991, is the professional dance ensemble of the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center. It performs the colorful regional dances of Mexico, as well as the flamenco rhythms of Spain. The Guadalupe commissions international choreographers whose stunning work is featured in the company's productions. The dancers are available for full-length public performances, school lecture-demonstrations, and group workshops. Performances can include live music for additional fees. The Guadalupe Dance Company tours three productions, including: Celebrando Tradiciones - from Aztec dance to mariachi music, audiences are transported to the beautiful regions of Mexico with lively dances and music; Alma Flamenco - with intricate flamenco rhythms and breathtaking choreography, this program stretches the boundaries of traditional and contemporary movement; and Rio Bravo - featuring five dazzling suites of dance, this original production explores the dynamic cultural exchanges between South Texas and Mexico through the ages. Photo by Edward Benavides.
723 S. Brazos St.
San Antonio, TX 78207
public performance/concert $3,500 - $8,500
school performance $1,500 - $2,500
workshop fees $1,500 - $2,500
travel/per diem/lodging $1,500 - $4,000
State Artist Laurie Ann Guerrero
Laurie Ann Guerrero, 2016 Texas State Poet Laureate, was born and raised in the Southside of San Antonio. She holds a B.A. in English Language & Literature from Smith College, where she received the Academy of American Poets Prize, and an MFA in poetry from Drew University. Her first full-length collection, A Tongue in the Mouth of the Dying, received the 2012 Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize and an International Latino Book Award, and was listed as one of 14 must-read works of Chicano literature by Rigoberto Gonzalez. Guerrero’s work has also been honored with the Panhandler Chapbook Award, and grants from the Artist Foundation of San Antonio and the Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Foundation. In 2014, Guerrero and was appointed poet laureate of San Antonio by Mayor Julian Castro. Her latest collection, A Crown for Gumecindo, was released by Aztlan Libre Press in spring 2015.
Called "the quintessential modern composer" by the London Independent, Austin-based composer-bandleader-improvisor Graham Reynolds creates, performs, and records music for film, theater, dance, rock clubs and concert halls with collaborators ranging from Richard Linklater and Jack Black to DJ Spooky and Ballet Austin. He recently scored Linklater's "Last Flag Flying," the Rude Mechs' "Stop Hitting Yourself" for Lincoln Center Theater, Ballet Austin's "Belle Redux," and a multi-year commission from Ballroom Marfa, "The Marfa Triptych." From improvised workshop series at the Dive Bar to large scale performances such as "Mozart's Requiem Undead," Reynolds' touring offerings are extensive and adaptable. His offerings include commissions and scores, as well as his Creative Capital Award winning project, "Pancho Villa From a Safe Distance," a bilingual cross-border opera about the enigmatic general, legendary bandit, and hero of the Mexican Revolution. The work provides a lens into Mexico and the Mexican Revolution, the Mexican-American border, and the relationship between the communities of both nations. Other touring options include: an original live score for Alfred Hitchcock's "The Lodger," the jazz-based but far reaching Golden Arm Trio, as well as commissions, private performances, workshops, or master classes, whether as a solo artist or a group. Photo by Bill McCullough.
2023 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
public performance/concert $1,500 - $50,000
school performance $1,200 - $10,000
workshop fees $1,200 - $6,500
travel/per diem/lodging $150 - $2,000