Texas Commission on the Arts
Texas Touring Roster for performances from September 1, 2020-August 31, 2022

2020-2022
Texas Touring Roster

Sweetwood Creative/Pat Hazell

Sweetwood Creative/Pat Hazell

Pat Hazell is Chief Creative Officer of Sweetwood Creative in Austin. Showtime declared Hazell one of the five funniest people in America. His 30 years of experience as a writer, producer, and director have made him a go-to guy for new American theater. Hazell is one of the original writers for NBC's 'Seinfeld,' a veteran of 'The Tonight Show,' contributor to NPR, and a critically acclaimed playwright. Hazell’s signature work, 'The Wonder Bread Years,' is a fresh and funny salute to Americana. The fast-paced one-man show, starring Hazell, hilariously illustrates our collective consciousness. The production not only restores a much-needed sense of wonder but leaves audiences laughing and savoring the past like never before. 'The Wonder Bread Years' is a comic bullseye for Baby Boomers everywhere, and has been hailed by Jerry Seinfeld as 'Milk-snorting funny!' Premiering in 2019, Hazell’s newest one-man show 'Pat Hazell’s Permanent Record' is a confessional night of humor, heart, and humanity where Hazell opens the vault to all his faults to turn a stroll down Memory Lane into a high-speed chase down Memory Highway. Culture Buzz hails the production as 'A solo performance masterpiece.' Additionally, Hazell offers workshops and master classes for all ages. Photos by Andy Snow & Brent Isen.

contact
Pat Hazell
6407 Weatherwood Cove
Austin, TX  78746

phone 985-373-5157
phone#2 386-290-4393
e-mail pat@sweetwoodproductions.com
public performance/concert $7,000 - $9,000
workshop fees $500
travel/per diem/lodging $200 - $800
website http://www.sweetwoodiscreative.com

 

Stockton Helbing

Stockton Helbing

Stockton Helbing is a Dallas-based jazz drummer and bandleader whose dynamic performances have been heard throughout the United States-- first, while he was a member of the University of North Texas One O'Clock Lab Band, then as a drummer for jazz trumpet legend Maynard Ferguson, and now as a drummer for Tonight Show legend Doc Severinsen. Since 2016, Helbing has directed a program in the Dallas-Fort Worth area called the Helbing Jazz Initiative, whose mission statement is to 'encourage, educate, and embolden people through jazz music.' With this program, Helbing and his band have given masterclasses, concerts, clinics, and lectures for thousands of students and adults by celebrating the diversity of the great artists throughout the history of jazz, and how those artists both musically and socially overcame the challenges of their day and age to positively impact lives in the United States. Stockton Helbing and his various sized groups offer presentations on jazz masters including Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Dave Brubeck, and many more. These presentations may be custom tailored and/or combined for any age group and demographic and may be performance-based, educational, interactive, or a mixture of all three. Photo by Troy Medinis.

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Stockton Helbing
1136 Valley Oaks Dr
Lewisville, TX  75067

phone 940-390-4111
phone#2
e-mail stocktonhelbing@gmail.com
public performance/concert $1,250 - $5,000
school performance $1,000 - $5,000
workshop fees $500 - $1,250
travel/per diem/lodging $100 - $1,000
website http://stocktonhelbing.com/

 

Terri Hendrix W/Lloyd Maines

Terri Hendrix W/Lloyd Maines

Recognized by Acoustic Guitar magazine as one of Texas’s 20 essential contemporary songwriters, San Antonio native Terri Hendrix has independently released eighteen albums; co-wrote a GRAMMY Award-winning instrumental for the Dixie Chicks; and garnered a star on the South Texas Walk of Fame, Art of Peace Award by St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Distinguished Alumni Award at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, and an induction into the Women’s Hall of Fame in San Marcos. On vocals, harmonica, and guitar, she tours with legendary pedal steel, guitar, and dobro player Lloyd Maines. As a GRAMMY Award-winning producer and musician, the Lubbock-born Maines has been featured at the Bob Bullock Museum and inducted into both the Buddy Holly and Austin City Limits Hall of Fame. Together, and as a trio or band, they have played every major venue and festival in the country. They even represented Texas at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival at the Washington Mall. They have taught songwriting and music business workshops at the Kerrville Folk Festival, Texas Tech in Lubbock, and Boston's Berklee School of Music, among others. They also offer a music therapy program for people with disabilities, and tour behind their award-winning children's album, doing concerts at libraries and schools. Photo by Dave Hensley.

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Terri Hendrix
415 N Guadalupe Street
San Marcos, TX  78666

phone 512-426-7288
phone#2
e-mail office@terrihendrix.com
public performance/concert $1,750 - $4,000
school performance $750 - $3,500
workshop fees $1,500 - $3,500
travel/per diem/lodging $250 - $750
website https://www.terrihendrix.com

 

Henry Brun & The Latin Playerz Orchestra

Henry Brun & The Latin Playerz Orchestra

Percussion dynamo Henry Brun has accumulated over 835 recordings, which include GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY Awards, Univision Premios a La Música Latina, and multi-platinum recordings. His body of work includes original compositions, radio and television commercials, motion pictures, featured on Televisa’s 'Raza de Campeones,' Austin City Limits Live, Black Entertainment Channel, and a documentary produced by the British Broadcasting Corporation, to name a few. In 1990, Henry created the Latin Playerz to express his passion and conviction of world rhythms. His music covers a cavalcade of Latin styles, ranging from the slow tempo of a Cuban cha-cha and the more upbeat mambo to the conga and rumba, guanguancó, songo, charanga, son montuno, timba, and merengue rhythms. The band integrates these with rhythm and blues, swing, and straight-ahead jazz. They’ve become a touring force, popular in the United States and around the world. Past performances include concerts and educational workshops in Cuba, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Texas, Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Chicago, Louisiana, Taiwan, South Korea, Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, Jazz a Vienne in France, and many more. As a percussionist, his increased popularity has placed him in demand nationally and internationally, in all genres of music. Photo by Al Rendon.

contact
Henry  Brun
PO Box 12545
San Antonio, TX  78212

phone 210-445-1444
phone#2 210-733-3806
e-mail henry@henrybrun.com
public performance/concert $3,000 - $5,000
school performance $3,000 - $5,000
workshop fees $300 - $1,000
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $1,500
website http://www.henrybrun.com

 

State Artist Little Joe Hernandez

State Artist Little Joe Hernandez

Tejano artist 'Little Joe' Hernandez, 2019 Texas State Musician, is a five-time GRAMMY Award-winning performer and humanitarian. Little Joe launched his career in 1955 in Temple with the formation of the band initially known as Little Joe and the Latinaires. Later transitioning to the name Little Joe y La Familia, the band established a genre-blending sound that united elements of Latin, norteño, blues, jazz, country, and rock-and-roll music. During the 1970s, Little Joe y La Familia lead the Onda Chicana (Chicano Wave), a movement that melted ranchero and jaitón sounds to create a Tejano orquestra genre. His 1972 album Para La Gente included what would be his most beloved tune, “Las Nubes,” a track that detailed the Chicano experience of migrant farm work. Joe has been hailed as “King of the Brown Sound” for his musical innovations in the Tejano genre. Little Joe continues to tour nationwide, showcasing new and past musical arrangements to audiences as generationally expansive as his music.

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Criselda Cruz

Temple, TX 

phone 254-773-1775
phone#2
e-mail ljlafamilia@aol.com
public performance/concert TBD
website https://www.littlejoeylafamilia.com/

 

State Artist Sara Hickman

State Artist Sara Hickman

Texas State Musician Sara Hickman is a singer/songwriter who has performed at house concerts, hospitals, prisons, theaters, children’s events, conferences, festivals and all the way to Carnegie Hall and the Tonight Show. Her concerts are uplifting, connective and full of joy whether with 50 people or 5000. She has released 14 albums for adults and 3 for children, winning multiple awards for her music and humanitarian efforts in the U.S. and abroad. She performs solo, duo or with band and has taught songwriting, creativity and music industry workshops at the Kerrville Folk Festival, Boys & Girls Club, Swannanoa Gathering, Sisters Folk Festival and for corporate and private events. She has performed, recorded or toured with Willie Nelson, John Prine, Shawn Colvin, Terri Hendrix, Dan Fogelberg, Jimmy LaFave, Robert Earl Keen, Eliza Gilkyson, Asleep at the Wheel, Nanci Griffith, Billy Bragg, Richie Havens and many others.

contact
Sara Hickman

Austin, TX 

phone 512-203-2580
phone#2
e-mail booksara@sarahickman.com
public performance/concert $1500 - $10,000
school performance $850 - $2,000
workshop fees $850 - $6,500
travel/per diem/lodging $100 - $250
website http://www.sarahickman.com

 

Faylita Hicks

Faylita Hicks

Faylita Hicks (she/her/they) is the author of HoodWitch (Acre Books, 2019), Editor-In-Chief of Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, an organizer with social justice nonprofit Mano Amiga, and a finalist for the 2018 PEN America Writing for Justice Fellowship and the 2019 Palette Poetry Spotlight Award. Hicks was awarded fellowships and residencies from Lambda Literary and Jack Jones Literary Arts, Vermont Studio Center, and the 2020 Tin House Winter Workshop in creative nonfiction. Hicks is the 2009 Austin Poetry Slam Champion. Their work is published or forthcoming in POETRY Magazine, ITVS Independent Lens, Texas Monthly, Longreads, Adroit, Barrelhouse, Linden Avenue, Foglifter, The Rumpus, The Cincinnati Review, Tahoma Literary Review, Prairie Schooner, SLATE Magazine, Huffington Post, Texas Observer, Color Bloq, and others. Hicks offers creative writing workshops in poetry and nonfiction for adults, college students, and high school students; creative writing and resource workshops for at-risk students and justice-impacted community-based organizations; spoken word and hip hop performances for adults, college students, and high school audiences; and keynote speeches. Photo by Christopher Cardoza.

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Faylita Hicks
1951 Aquarena Springs Dr. #10105
San Marcos, TX  78666

phone 512-787-5885
phone#2
e-mail Arrondiproductions@gmail.com
public performance/concert $2,000 - $4,000
school performance $2,000 - $3,500
workshop fees $3,000 - $5,000
travel/per diem/lodging $1,500 - $2,500
website http://www.FaylitaHicks.com

 

History In Person Theater

History In Person Theater

Recipient of the 2008 Texas Council for the Social Studies 'Friend of Social Studies Education' award and keynote presenter for the 2014 Texas Social Studies Supervisor's Association state conference, Bill Perryman is known throughout Texas for his work in the field of history and social studies education. An award-winning teacher, Mr. Perryman holds a master's degree in education from Texas State University and an administrator/mid-management certification from the University of Texas-San Antonio; he has conducted graduate studies coursework in historical research through the University of Virginia. History In Person Theater features historical portrayals of pivotal characters in Texas and American history augmented by music, sound effects, and visual images to create a multi-sensory experience for each audience. Program repertoire includes Adventure on the Underground Railroad - The Stories of Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman, Benjamin Franklin - An American Sensation, Sam Houston - Portrait of Honor, Thomas Jefferson - Independency 1776, Meriwether Lewis - Expedition Extraordinaire, Abraham Lincoln - Conscience of a Nation, Paul Revere - An American Patriot, George Washington - A Call to Duty, and William B. Travis - The Alamo - 1836! Photo by Lindsey Kaye Perryman, MPh.

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Billy Perryman
17314 Sable Landing
San Antonio, TX  78232

phone 210-494-8623
phone#2 210-422-6322
e-mail usahistory@earthlink.net
public performance/concert $550 - $1,250
school performance $550 - $1,000
workshop fees $1,250 - $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $100 - $800
website http://www.historyinperson.us

 

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 Dave Creaney.

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Elana James
6403 Laird Drive
Austin, TX  78757

phone 512-470-1259
phone#2
e-mail elanajames@me.com
public performance/concert $2,500 - $7,500
school performance $500 - $1,000
workshop fees $500 - $1,000
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $1,000
website https://hotclubofcowtown.com/

 

Houston Ballet II

Houston Ballet II

Houston Ballet II is the second company of Houston Ballet, America’s fifth-largest ballet company. Comprised of a stellar array of young dancers from around the world, Houston Ballet II is under the direction of Stanton Welch AM, Artistic Director. Houston Ballet II performs a diverse range of dance works such as excerpts from the great classics like The Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, and The Nutcracker, in addition to contemporary dance works by Mr. Welch. Works from notable choreographers such as George Balanchine, John Neumeier, and August Bournonville are also part of the company’s repertoire. Houston Ballet II tours both nationally and internationally, and has performed in Mexico, China, Hungary, Guatemala, Germany, and Switzerland where Houston Ballet II performed at the prestigious Prix de Lausanne dance competition in February 2013. Photo by Lawrence Knox.

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Matthew Bledsoe
Pleiades House 7 West 54th Street
New York, NY  10019

phone 212-994-3565
phone#2
e-mail mbledsoe@imgartists.com
public performance/concert $10,000 - $15,000
travel/per diem/lodging $6,000 - $9,000
website https://www.houstonballet.org

 

Houston Boychoir

Houston Boychoir

Houston Boychoir sparks rich musical experiences throughout the city, state, and region. With a reputation for artistic excellence, Houston Boychoir is in high demand among major performing arts organizations. Boys regularly collaborate with professional ensembles such as the Houston Symphony Orchestra, Bach Society Houston, Opera in the Heights, Mercury, and more. Serving as ambassadors for their city, state, and nation, the boys perform down the street and around the world through annual concert tours across the United States, Europe, China, and South Africa. Audiences everywhere delight in the choir's ephemeral sound, charming exuberance, and professional demeanor. Houston Boychoir's musical touring repertoire is widely varied and draws on literature from all styles, languages, and periods of music history to be personalized to your event. In addition to classical, liturgical, and traditional selections, boys present folk music that spans the globe in language and origin. Our repertoire also includes contemporary compositions and Broadway hits. Photo by Kevin McGowan.

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Haley Bartell
PO Box 271342
Houston, TX  77277

phone 281-484-1560
phone#2
e-mail info@houstonboychoir.org
public performance/concert $1,000 - $7,000
school performance $500 - $7,000
workshop fees $1,000 - $7,000
travel/per diem/lodging $1,000 - $10,000
website https://www.houstonboychoir.org

 

Houston Grand Opera

Houston Grand Opera

Houston Grand Opera offers two touring programs serving children: Opera to Go! and Storybook Opera. Opera to Go! (OTG) delivers high-energy opera to schools, libraries, and community centers in a fully staged, 45-minute performance for grades pre-K through 8. Performances are sung in English or English/Spanish. OTG brings costumes, sets, and beautiful music to life! Shows are available Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Teachers receive a study guide in advance. The 2020-21 season features a world-premiere opera, Katie: The Strongest of the Strong, which tells the true story of Kate Sandwina, a strong woman who toured with P.T. Barnum and fought for women’s rights in the early 20th century. An engaging and enjoyable introduction to opera for young children (pre-K through grade 2), Storybook Opera brings singing storytellers to schools and libraries for 30 minutes of captivating fun with opera-based books! English or bilingual programs are available on weekdays or weekends by request. Photo by Lynn Lane.

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Kathleen Brown
510 Preston Street
Houston, TX  77002

phone 713-546-0231
phone#2
e-mail kbrown@hgo.org
public performance/concert $75 - $1,100
school performance $75 - $1,100
travel/per diem/lodging $50 - $1,350 (per day)
website http://www.houstongrandopera.org/community-programs

 

Houston Symphony

Houston Symphony

Founded in 1913, the Houston Symphony is an internationally recognized orchestra known for its artistic excellence, innovation, and service to the community. Each year, the 88 full-time musicians of the Houston Symphony perform more than 250 concerts, recitals, education, and community programs and events that impact the lives of more than 400,000 people, including over 97,000 children and students and more than 100,000 who attend performances free of charge. In addition to concerts in major performance spaces, the orchestra regularly performs in hospitals, schools, and other community centers throughout the city. The Houston Symphony offers a wide variety of programming options that can be customized to meet the diverse needs of its presenters. In addition to concerts featuring classical masterpieces and popular programming, the Houston Symphony can perform interactive family concerts, multicultural programs, and engaging educational concerts that are TEKS-aligned. Also available for the tour are performances of the orchestra's multimedia HD Odyssey film projects: 'The Planets,' 'The Earth,' and the recently completed 'The Cosmos.' Photo by Anthony Rathbun.

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Vicky Dominguez
615 Louisiana Street, Suite 102
Houston, TX  77002

phone 713-238-1473
phone#2 713-224-4240
e-mail vicky.dominguez@houstonsymphony.org
public performance/concert $50,000 - $100,000
school performance $15,000 - $50,000
workshop fees $500 - $5,000
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $45,000
website https://www.houstonsymphony.org

 


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