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
Established in 1962, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition is widely considered one of the preeminent international music contests and remains committed to its original ideals of supporting and launching the careers of pianists and sharing the transformative powers of music with a wide global audience. The prizewinners of each Cliburn Competition are awarded three years of career management resulting in hundreds of engagements. They are available for solo recital, chamber, and concerto performances, master classes, outreach events, and in-school presentations. Each artist has prepared classical piano repertoire for solo recital, as well as for performance with chamber ensembles and symphony orchestras. Photo by Jeremy Enlow.
201 Main Street, Suite 100
Fort Worth, TX 76102
public performance/concert $4,000 - $7,000
school performance $500 - $1,000
travel/per diem/lodging $250 - $1,000
The 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 Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills 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. Additional touring offerings are developed yearly and may be derived from social-emotional learning concepts, standard children’s literature, national celebrations, or historical events. (See website for additional plays and season information.) Photo by David Bray.
3535 Main Street
Houston , TX 77002
public performance/concert $1,200 - $15,000
school performance $800 - $950
travel/per diem/lodging $325 - $4,000
The Grand Ol' Production Company
The Grand Ol’ Production Company provides true-blue, all-American, always Texan musical variety shows with original scripts that will have audiences laughing, crying, singing along, and coming back year after year. Each show draws the audience in with its unique 'progressive nostalgia,' capturing Baby Boomers and Millennials alike with tunes and laughs that revive personal experiences and memories at every stop. The performances combine musical genres across opera, Americana, blues, jazz, gospel, and country, to name a few. In 2019, the Grand Ol’ Production Company toured nine cities across Texas with two dozen shows between The Grand Ol’ American Radio Show and The Grand Ol’ Christmas Show. In 2021 they will premiere The Grand Ol' Texas Show and The Grand Ol' Halloween Show to audiences across our great state. Additionally, the Grand Ol' Production Company produces customized shows for municipalities to celebrate historical milestones, anniversaries, and festivals. Photo provided by artists.
1630 Bayram Drive
Houston, TX 77055
public performance/concert $13,500 - $20,000
school performance $12,000 - $15,000
travel/per diem/lodging $2,000 - $3,000
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.
415 N Guadalupe Street
San Marcos, TX 78666
public performance/concert $1,750 - $4,000
school performance $750 - $3,500
workshop fees $1,500 - $3,500
travel/per diem/lodging $250 - $750
The Juicebox Jukebox
The Juicebox Jukebox was created by Dallas-based singer/songwriter and father-of-three Bradley James Skistimas. Their mission is to enrich children’s lives through fun, positive, and educational music and videos that parents and teachers can enjoy, too. They focus their songs on core subjects and character-building themes with a fresh perspective for students primarily in pre-K through 2nd grade. In 2019, the Juicebox Jukebox launched the Kindness Tour, a live concert experience for schools, libraries, and festivals featuring a unique blend of live music performance and video production from their growing catalog of songs. This fun and engaging program features live versions of Juicebox favorites like 'The ABCs of You,' 'Kindness,' and 'Thankful,' and is all about encouraging a community of kindness. Videos by the Juicebox Jukebox have currently collected over 200,000 views on YouTube and are growing daily. Several of them are the result of direct collaborations with Texas Independent School Districts and were safely filmed right inside elementary schools with principal, teacher, parent, and student participation. These have been some of the Juicebox Jukebox's favorite and most popular projects and they plan on more school collaborations in 2020. Photo by Kelly Skistimas.
205 Goodnight Lane
Waxahachie, TX 75165
public performance/concert $500 - $2,000
school performance $500 - $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $100 - $500
When music fans remember ‘60s folk music, they remember the iconic songs of the Limeliters. After six decades and 25+ albums – including three top 10 – the trio still brings American folk classics into the modern age, with high energy, thrilling three-part harmonies, and zany humor. Since 2018, the band has been based in Texas. Award-winning singer-songwriters Andy Corwin, Steve Brooks, and Daniel Boling carry on the signature vocal sound of founders Lou Gottlieb, Alex Hassilev, and Glenn Yarbrough. Their concert programs transport baby boomers of all ages into a musical time machine, as they mix historical songs like 'There’s a Meetin’ Here Tonight,' 'John Henry' and 'Wabash Cannonball' with ‘60s standards like 'If I Had a Hammer' and 'Those Were the Days.' They include 'Take My True Love by the Hand,' which racked up more than 1 million YouTube views after appearing in the TV hit 'Breaking Bad.' Today’s Limes tour coast-to-coast, and increasingly around Texas, including halls like the Brauntex and the Point Theatre and four appearances at the Kerrville Folk Festival. As Time Magazine puts it, 'If the Kingston Trio are the undergraduates of big-time folk singing, the Limeliters are the faculty.' Photo by Love Imagery.
11004 Watchful Fox Drive
Austin, TX 78748
public performance/concert $1,500 - $6,500
school performance $500 - $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $450 - $600
The Magik Theatre
Find out what over two million children and their families have discovered: fun, interactive performances where books come to life on stage! For more than 25 years, the Magik Theatre has delighted young audiences and families with literature-based productions that are engaging, educational, and fun. Magik On The Road is their touring troupe, producing such wonderful plays as 'Dr. Krashundbang,' 'The Kingdom of Texas,' 'Jack and the Beanstalk,' and other family-friendly productions based on beloved fairy tales and children's books. Each production comes with a Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills study guide for pre-K through 6th grades, and educators can easily integrate these theatrical experiences into their curriculum. The host only needs to provide an empty space, and Magik On The Road will fill that space with laughter, wonder, and imagination. Magik On The Road will bring all of their own equipment and can perform in a variety of venues, from classrooms to cafeterias and from libraries to performing arts centers. Photo by Megan Coy.
420 S. Alamo St.
San Antonio, TX 78205
public performance/concert $400 - $20,000
school performance $400 - $12,000
travel/per diem/lodging $100 - $1,500
The Peterson Brothers
The Peterson Brothers combine infectious energy and modern grooves with soul, funk, blues & jazz to create their own unique sound. For a decade, the Texas natives have been building a fan base across America, playing both classic funk and soul, and their original music that includes jam-band style improvisation by Glenn Jr. on vocals and guitar, and Alex on bass, vocals and violin. The brothers’ love for classic funk, soul, and blues music was born when their mother and grandmother brought home a crate of assorted albums and a turntable from a garage sale. The Peterson Brothers learned to play by listening to artists like the Isley Brothers, Earth, Wind & Fire, the Brothers Johnson, and B.B. King; from there, they created their own stage show. Some of their first consistent gigs included regular performances at Antone’s, the Saxon Pub, Gruene Hall and other renowned venues. Photo by Lu Jansen.
805 Martin Luther King Jr Dr
Bastrop, TX 78602
public performance/concert $1,000 - $9,000
school performance $500 - $2,000
workshop fees $1,000 - $5,000
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $2,000
Toni Simmons is an award-winning, dynamic storyteller and author who brings new life to her stories with orchestrated 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 her performance at the National Storytelling Festival Exchange Place. Internationally, she has performed in schools in South Africa, in Germany, and in Mexico. She was designated as an NEA American Masterpiece artist. 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. Some popular programs include Exploring Our Cultures and Black History Month. She performs at schools, libraries, churches, festivals, and museums. She conducts workshops for storytellers, teachers, and students on using drama in stories and beginning techniques. Photo by Duane Reed.
5306 Perrington Heights Lane
Houston, TX 77056
public performance/concert $350 - $1,000
school performance $350 - $1,200
workshop fees $500 - $1,200
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $500
The South Austin Moonlighters
If you’ve seen more than a handful of shows in Texas, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve already seen most, if not all, of the musicians who make up the South Austin Moonlighters. These guys have earned their place among the elite of Austin’s burgeoning music scene and have played key roles in bands like Fastball, Monte Montgomery, the Whiskey Sisters, Stonehoney, and Jimmy LaFave, to name just a few on a long, long list. They are national Americana recording artists, coming in at #61 on the Americana charts and #1 on the Alternative Country Radio Report in 2019. Precise vocal harmonies are an important part of the Moonlighters' signature sound, alongside what Matt Blackett of Guitar Player Magazine called 'gritty blues, ...funk, R&B, pop, rock,' and Andrew Conroy of Austin’s KUTX described as 'a band that blends blues, Americana, soul, rock, and country, who can flip the switch from slow melodic country to gravelly rocking blues without a hitch.' The South Austin Moonlighters are regulars in most of the finer honky-tonks, listening rooms, and venues throughout Texas and beyond. Photo by Barbara FG.
4504 Bull Creek Rd.
Austin, TX 78731
public performance/concert $600 - $5,000
school performance $750 - $2,000
workshop fees $750 - $3,500
travel/per diem/lodging $300 - $2,000
State Artist Carmen Tafolla
Dr. Carmen Tafolla, 2015 Texas State Poet Laureate, is known internationally for her moving inspirational performances and heart-felt poetry readings. A poet, children’s writer, performance artist, storyteller, motivational speaker, and Associate Professor at UTSA, Tafolla was chosen in 2012 as the first Poet Laureate of the City of San Antonio. Her mission as State Poet Laureate is to plant seeds of poetry all over Texas through her “Poet Trees” initiative, sponsored by UTSA, in which twenty public schools with predominantly low-income student populations will be chosen to receive books and workshops free of charge between August 2015 and April 2016. Dr.Tafolla also conducts dramatic performances, keynotes, readings and workshops in English and Spanish to all age groups. The author of more than 20 books, her work appears internationally in five languages, in journals, magazines, newspapers, college textbooks, and elementary school readers, and she has won numerous awards including the Américas Award, the Charlotte Zolotow, the Art of Peace, two Tomas Rivera Book Awards, and five International Latino Book Awards.
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 full-time, professional repertory tap company in the world. The company has presented over 580 original dance works, has hosted numerous tap dance legends and masters in residence, and has been named an NEA American Masterpiece artist. 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 as well as its collaborative nature in staying current. Through its multiracial dancers, Tapestry reflects the diversity of Texas's cultural heritage and broadens the understanding of contemporary/traditional choreography with an emphasis on rhythm/percussive dance. 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 Nicola Gell.
7325 Gaines Mill Lane (Registered Office)
Austin, TX 78745
public performance/concert $5,000 - $15,000
school performance $500 - $2,500
workshop fees $250 - $500
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $3,500
Tejas Dance will leave you in a trance-like state from the combination of untethered stomps, intricate expressions, and enchanting stories. Dance partners Bhuvana Venkatraman & Chintan Patel find innovative new ways of sharing the classical Indian technique of Bharatanatyam with contemporary audiences. Through lively spatial patterns and precarious holds, the dancers hold lengthy stillness in stressful bends before erupting into elongated strides, pulling the duet into every corner of the stage. Through a dramatic collection of narratives, mudras, and athletic movements, Tejas Dance uses a dance form closely tied to storytelling to provide a visually stunning tribute to Indian culture, community, and humanity. Tejas Dance is sure to take the audience members on a journey into India’s past and present through poetry and musically charged movements. Tejas Dance offers several evening-length productions as well as customized programs to suit various events, venues, and audiences. They also offer master classes, workshops, and lecture-demonstrations on storytelling through Bharatanatyam. Photo by Kim Leeson.
3630 Harry Hines Blvd
Dallas, TX 75219
public performance/concert $500 - $8,000
school performance $300 - $2,500
workshop fees $300 - $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $4,000
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, Texas Folklife is engaged in projects around the state, including free and low-cost events that attract multi-generational audiences, and hands-on experiences for K-12th 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. Touring performances focus on the talented young champions of Texas Folklife's annual 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, 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 Texas Folklife's 'The Big Squeeze' documentary film by esteemed filmmaker Hector Galan. Musician-led workshops and related Accordion Kings and Queens photo exhibition celebrating the diversity of Texas accordion music are also available. The project can be scaled to the presenter's budget. Photo by Texas Folklife.
724 Eberhart Ln #500
Austin, TX 78745
public performance/concert $500 - $7,500
school performance $200 - $2,000
workshop fees $1,000 - $2,500
travel/per diem/lodging $100 - $1,500
The award-winning recipe for the Texas Gypsies is to perform the vintage jazzy swingin' cool crooning hep cat sounds of the '20s-'30s-'40s along with a taste of its sister sound western swing, some Gypsy jazz magic sprinkled over the top, and finish up with a high energy bowl of retro deco rhythm! The band mixes a blazing horn section, rocking-swinging guitars, slapping upright bass, passionate violin, and retro style drumming to harmoniously create their own unique and fun sound! They offer several different shows with the Roaring '20s Great Gatsby show being very popular with presenters over the last several years. The band has toured this show in the US and internationally! They can perform shows from a four-piece combo to a 12-piece big band to fit within presenters' various budgets. The band will dress in vintage 20's-30's costumes for their shows. Photo by John Heiman.
1126 Shady Oaks Ct
Allen, TX 75002
public performance/concert $1,500 - $7,000
school performance $1,200 - $3,500
workshop fees $600 - $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $2,500
The Texas Horns
Now entering their 21st year, the Texas Horns are a powerful and veteran three-piece horn section featuring Mark ‘Kaz’ Kazanoff on saxophone, harmonica, and vocals, John Mills on saxophone, and Al Gomez on trumpet. The Texas Horns have been featured as the house horn section at music festivals including the Ottawa BluesFest for 19 years, the Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland, Oregon, the Chicago Blues Festival, the Calgary Blues Festival, and the King Biscuit Festival. Versatile arrangers and excellent ‘readers,’ the Texas Horns present their own set of rockin’, sophisticated, and contemporary blues, R&B, and jazz music, with original songs from two studio albums. The Texas Horns band has Tommy Taylor on drums, Glenn Shuetz on bass, Matt Farrell on keyboards, and Mike Keller on guitar. The three primary players can offer school and library shows. Released in 2019 on Severn Records 'Get Here Quick' has garnered stellar reviews from many publications, including Living Blues, Downbeat, Buddy Magazine, and Blues Music Magazine. 'Get Here Quick' continues to be featured on numerous radio shows internationally. Photo by Chris Caselli.
4505 Bull Creek Rd
Austin, TX 78731
public performance/concert $1,500 - $7,500
school performance $1,000 - $5,000
workshop fees $1,000 - $3,000
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $1,500
Texas Shakespeare Festival's Roadshow
The Texas Shakespeare Festival has been providing high caliber professional theater to the east Texas region for over three decades. It has produced 254 productions for over 280,000 people. The festival has been featured in the New York Times, Nation Magazine, hundreds of newspapers and magazines in Texas, and the Austin American-Statesman named it 'indisputably the best Shakespeare Festival in Texas.' The Texas Shakespeare Festival's Roadshow brings abridged productions of Shakespeare into schools and communities throughout the state. Since it began in 2016, the tour has reached over 24,000 students, traveling as far as 600 miles from the Festival's home in Kilgore, Texas. The TSF Roadshow has been honored with numerous grant awards from Texas Commission on the Arts, Humanities Texas, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Production offerings change every season with multiple productions available for students from middle school to high school. Photo by John Dodd.
Kilgore, TX 75662
public performance/concert $1,000 - $2,500
school performance $1,000 - $2,500
workshop fees $500 - $1,000
travel/per diem/lodging $25 - $100
The Texicana Mamas
A collaborative effort between three of the state’s most celebrated Latina musicians-- Tish Hinojosa, Patricia Vonne, and Stephanie Urbina Jones-- the newly-minted trio has already created a buzz that complements the kudos their individual careers have collected. Separately, their musical influences include folk, conjunto, Americana, flamenco, country, Tex-Mex rock ‘n’ roll, the Texas singer-songwriter tradition, the mariachi, corrido and norteño traditions of the border, and Lone Star country-rock. Together, melding these inspirations with their own distinct sounds and personalities, the Texicana Mamas are creating something new, fresh, and vibrant. This group isn’t just a band, they are music ambassadors sharing the traditions of their culturally rich heritage through music and storytelling. Photo by Patricia Rodriguez.
Stephanie Urbina Jones
PO Box 42652
Austin, TX 78704
public performance/concert $5,000 - $10,000
school performance $1,000 - $5,000
workshop fees $1,000 - $7,000
travel/per diem/lodging $600 - $2,000
Tim Tingle, Choctaw Storyteller and Author
A lifelong Texan and member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Tim Tingle is known for selecting tales that perfectly fit his audience. As the author of twenty books and a touring storyteller for two decades, Tingle has hundreds of stories in his repertory. For K-2nd graders, his stories are fun and audience-participating, such as How Rabbit Lost His Tail, because he won’t stop talking! A favorite for 2nd and 3rd graders is Backyard Bigfoot, a hilarious story about Bigfoot, as seen through a hole in the fence! For older school audiences, How I Became A Ghost is told in the voice of a ten-year-old boy struggling to survive the Trail of Tears. Crossing Bok Chitto is a powerful story of the friendship between Choctaws and enslaved peoples before the Civil War, and Tingle plays the drum and sings Choctaw songs throughout the performance. He has performed across the US, and at schools and theaters in Canada, Germany, and Ireland. Whether storytelling and playing his native flute and drum, or delivering keynote addresses and teaching writing workshops, Tim Tingle strives to entertain and inform, and will gladly develop programs to fit presenters' needs. For more performance details: www.timtingle.com Photo by Robbie Trujillo.
4417 Morningside Way
Canyon Lake, TX 78133
public performance/concert $150 - $950
school performance $250 - $1,250
workshop fees $250 - $750
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $1,500
Tiny Tails to You, LLC
Tiny Tails to You provides amazing storytelling shows that bring the animal world to life for audiences of all ages. Their educational programs capture the wonder and joy of animals through silly songs, fun facts, stories, and animal movement and feeding demonstrations. The Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills-aligned curriculum is perfect for children of all ages. Their Potter-themed 'Magical Creatures' programs and 'hoppy' hours are perfect for teens and adults, and the Tiny Tails storytelling pet therapy programs with reminiscing are great activities for seniors. Tiny Tails to You has provided monthly indoor storytelling shows at BookPeople in Austin since 2010. They have provided annual programs for many Austin Public Libraries, the Georgetown Public Library, San Marcos Public Library, Umlauf Sculpture Garden, University of Texas Fine Arts Program, ZACH Theatre, Texas Lutheran University and at schools, preschools, assisted living facilities, universities and businesses all over Texas. Photo by Tiny Tails to You.
public performance/concert $300 - $2,500
school performance $300 - $2,000
workshop fees $300 - $2,500
travel/per diem/lodging $40 - $250