Aztex, formed in 1998 by lead singer Sarah Fox and accordionist Joel Guzman, have performed at festivals and cultural centers from Rennes, France to Lafayette, LA. Through the years both artists have collaborated and performed with a galaxy of top stars including Buddy Miller, Kris Kristofferson, the late Stephen Bruton, plus many more amazing artists. Over the course of their three-decade career, Aztex has recorded seven solo albums. The duo’s stunning performances have propelled them into the national stage, garnering them three GRAMMY Award nominations and two wins in 2004 and 2005. Although Sarah is as the top of her game as one of Texas’ leading Latina singers, she easily transcends the cultural genres and barriers. Her passionate songwriting, visceral vocals, and dynamic stage presence make her one of the most exciting contemporary performers anywhere. Joel Guzman has been called brilliant, extraordinary, and a genius. He began dazzling audiences and fellow musicians with his unique accordion artistry as a child prodigy, causing established and respected accordion players to christen him, at an early age, 'El Pequeno Gigante.' Today, Aztex continues to incorporate diverse styles into a sound all their own, creating an excellent fusion of rumba, soul, blues, and world cumbia. Photo by David Dodd.
Kyle, TX 78640
public performance/concert $5,000 - $9,000
school performance $2,000 - $4,000
workshop fees $1,000 - $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $750 - $1,250
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
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
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
The fundamental characteristic that distinguishes the unique sound of Conteño is the harmonious balance of styles distinctive to regional Texas-Mexican music including the genres of conjunto, tejano and norteño. Conteño, hailing from the border town of Brownsville, TX, has a signature style that is an explosion of upbeat, modern rhythms rooted in traditional sounds. These unique characteristics have created a faithful fan base in the Rio Grande Valley and throughout the state of Texas. The front men of the group, Juan and Federico Longoria, are considered masters in the regional tradition of Texas-Mexican accordion and bajo sexto performance. Conteño’s music appeals to all age groups and performances can accommodate any size crowd from small, unplugged, intimate sessions to large outdoor festivals in every region of Texas. Conteño prides itself in not only performing the rhythms of conjunto, tejano and norteño music, but educating the public about the cultural traditions of regional Texas-Mexican music and its significance to Texan culture. Photo by Telegrafico Promos.
5105 Boca Chica Blvd.
Brownsville, TX 78521
public performance/concert $2,500 - $6,000
school performance $500 - $2,500
workshop fees $500 - $3,000
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $1,500
Flying Balalaika Brothers
The band Flying Balalaika Brothers was founded in 1995 by guitar virtuoso Zhenya Rock. The band has featured Balkan, Ukrainian, Romany (Gypsy), Jewish, Russian, and Cossack folk music with crossovers into bluegrass and even country music. The group’s name comes from the uniquely shaped instrument known as the balalaika. A balalaika is a triangular-shaped instrument you can see in the photo of the band. Flying Balalaika Brothers successfully perform at festivals and present educational programs in three languages (English, Spanish and Russian). The cross-culture educational program includes musicians and dancer performing in native costumes. Presentations combine music performances with the exploration of sounds, rhythms, and cultural history of traditional Slavic folk instruments combined with traditional American instruments. The musical journey compares and contrasts the rich musical heritage and traditions of two cultures. The in-class workshops offer children a chance to touch and experience the musical instruments first hand. The band also has a special program, Application of STEM Standards with Music Concepts. In this program, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics applications are demonstrated by a musical presentation. Students can apply the information that they will learn through the presentation in classroom activities and problems. Photo by Katie Smith.
Austin, TX 78750
public performance/concert $500 - $7,000
school performance $300 - $2,000
workshop fees $100 - $1,500
travel/per diem/lodging $150 - $1,000
A nine-piece collective formed in 2000 in Austin, Grupo Fantasma has been praised as one of the most important independent acts in the Latin genre. In 2011, they garnered further acclaim by winning a GRAMMY (their second nomination) for the self-produced El Existential which the Wall Street Journal praised as 'Latin music both new and traditional…vibrant fusions that transcend easy classification.' The band’s live show, declared by NPR as 'seamless whenever and wherever they’re on stage' has brought the band to major festivals internationally including Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, North Sea Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, WOMEX, WOMAD, etc. The group has performed two tours to Kuwait and Iraq to entertain US troops and state department cultural-exchange tours of Pakistan, Russia, Turkey, and Qatar. Additionally, the group has appeared on Austin City Limits television three times and has collaborated with artists such as Prince, GZA (of Wu-tang Clan), Spoon, and Daniel Johnston, among others. Their most recent album, American Music Vol. VII, was released in March 2019 on the Texas-based Blue Corn Music label. Grupo Fantasma can perform original music from their seven albums as well as collaborate with artists, expanded big-band lineups as well as offering workshops and clinics. Photo provided by the artist.
Austin, TX 78704
public performance/concert $5,000 - $10,000
school performance $3,000 - $10,000
workshop fees $1,500 - $4,000
travel/per diem/lodging $300 - $2,000
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.
PO Box 12545
San Antonio, TX 78212
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
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.
State Artist Flaco Jimenez
Accordion player Leonardo “Flaco” Jiménez is the 2014 Texas State Musician. He has led the way in expanding conjunto music from his community in San Antonio, to new audiences both in the United States and worldwide. Born into a famed family of conjunto musicians, by age seven he was already performing with his father, Santiago Jiménez, Sr. Mr. Jiménez has performed with Douglas Sahm, Bob Dylan, Dr. John, and Ry Cooder, among others, and has spread the language of conjunto through national and international tours. With Sahm, Freddy Fender, and Augie Meyers, Mr. Jimenez formed the Texas Tornados in the 1990s; he also recorded with the “Mexican super group” Los Super Seven, earning a Grammy for his work with each group. His solo work has netted him three additional Grammys, a Lifetime Achievement Award from Billboard Latin Magazine, and a 2012 National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship. He has been inducted into the National Hispanic Hall of Fame and the International Latin Music Hall of Fame in New York City.
4505 Bull Creek Rd
Austin, TX 78731
public performance/concert $6,000 - $10,000
school performance $2,000 - $3,500
travel/per diem/lodging TBD
Las Tesoros de San Antonio
Las Tesoros de San Antonio currently includes Blanca Rodriguez, 'Blanquita Rosa,' and Beatriz Llamas, 'La Paloma del Norte,' two singers who each enjoyed widely popular recording careers in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s throughout the US, Mexico, and beyond. Now in their 80s, 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 perform a variety of musical styles in Spanish and English including rancheras, música norteña, boleros, corridos, and more. Each singer, with her own personal story and style, contributes to this unique ensemble representing the soul of Texas/Mexico border music. Touring performances may feature one or both members of Las Tesoros, and are accompanied by trio or mariachi. Screenings of the feature-length documentary, Las Tesoros de San Antonio: A Westside Story, are available, as well as interactive bilingual presentations and Q&A sessions. Las Tesoros were honored to receive a National Heritage Fellowship in 2019 and have received many other awards and honors. Unfortunately, former members Janet Cortez 'La Perla Tapatia' and Rita Vidaurri 'La Calandria' passed away in 2014 and 2019, respectively. Photo by Antonia Padilla.
922 San Pedro Ave
San Antonio, TX 78212
public performance/concert $600 - $6,000
school performance $600 - $3,000
workshop fees $300 - $1,500
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $2,500
Max Baca and Los Texmaniacs are the past, present, and future of conjunto music. Combine a hefty helping of Tex Mex conjunto, simmer with several parts Texas rock, add a daring dash of well-cured blues and R&B riffs, and you’ve cooked up the tasty GRAMMY-winning Los Texmaniacs groove. Max Baca is a legend on the bajo sexto, and Josh Baca is fast attaining legendary status on the accordion; with those two instruments, they create the core of the lively conjunto sound. Los Texmaniacs are the new worldwide kings of Texas roots music, feeding the masses with only the best in musical fare, cooked up from wide-ranging experience in touring and recording. While Max Baca has participated in eleven GRAMMY Award-winning projects, the band's first Smithsonian Folkways recording in 2010 won a GRAMMY. This was followed up with a nomination for their 2019 album, Borders y Bailes. Whether playing an intimate house concert as an acoustic trio or rocking stage/theater/street dances, the band always entertains and educates. This music is not a dusty museum relic, but a vital heartbeat for a group of musicians who truly have one foot on either side of the border and live a daily code-switching identity. Photo by Michael Stewart.
4505 Bull Creek Rd
Austin, TX 78731
public performance/concert $3,500 - $10,000
school performance $2,500 - $5,000
workshop fees $2,500 - $5,000
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $2,500
Mariachi Las Alteñas
Mariachi Las Alteñas is an all-female mariachi group that is making waves across the United States. Their mission is to achieve excellence as overall musicians and performers and to raise the standards for women in mariachi music. Las Alteñas has a complete instrumentation, which includes five violins, two trumpets, a guitarron, vihuela, and guitar creating a full mariachi sound acknowledged in the industry. Their signature colorful trajes de charro and vocal harmonies draw abundant crowds to their performances. They are known for their musical diversity, which appeals to crowds of all generations. The name Las Alteñas is taken from the birthplace of mariachi music, Jalisco, Mexico. The higher region, Los Altos de Jalisco, is an area described as being near the top of the world, and fans say these ladies are up there! Celebrating 17 years as 'Texas’s Finest Female Mariachi,' Las Alteñas has been able to share their music at some of the most prestigious venues throughout the US. Mariachi Las Alteñas recently finished their 15th-year anniversary album which was released on all digital platforms in the fall of 2017. Photo by Edward Benavides Tilde Photography.
306 Oblate Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78216
public performance/concert $500 - $1,500
school performance $500 - $1,000
workshop fees $500 - $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $2,000 - $10,000
Marlon Simon and the Nagual Spirits
One of the main exponents of Latin jazz for the past 30 years, Marlon Simon and the Nagual Spirits will present the highest caliber of original Latin jazz compositions. Marlon has produced seven internationally acclaimed CDs as a leader/musical director and has toured in the USA, Europe, Canada, and South America presenting the Nagual Spirits Latin jazz message. The band was selected to present international concerts representing the excellence and integrity of the musical art forms born in the USA (in this case, Latin jazz), a program sponsored by the State Department. Marlon has also performed as a sideman or guest with different artists such as Paquito de Rivera, Hilton Ruiz, Jerry Gonzalez, Bobby Watson, and Chucho Valdez, among others. He has solid experience in his field and has also developed a career as an educator. More information about this project is available at www.marlonsimonmusic.com. Photo by Juan Ramirez.
20115 Benton Springs Lane
Richmond, TX 77407
public performance/concert $2,000 - $3,000
school performance $2,000 - $2,500
workshop fees $500 - $1,000
travel/per diem/lodging $1,000 - $1,500 per day
Born in Lebanon and raised in Chicago, Jamal Mohamed presents performances and workshops that transport the audience to ancient times and exotic locales. He has been a featured artist in many international music events and has performed with Sting, Mark O’Connor and many other acclaimed artists. In addition, Jamal is a widely acclaimed educator and has presented workshops across the globe from Mexico City to Shanghai, China. Jamal is currently on the faculty at the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University, where he teaches percussion and is the founder and director of the SMU Meadows World Music Ensemble. Offerings include performances by the Jamal Mohamed Ensemble (between 2 and 6 members) featuring virtuoso musicians performing traditional music from a variety of cultures with special emphasis on the Middle East, or Jamal’s interactive solo program, in which he uses a wide variety of authentic instruments to acquaint students with traditional music from Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America with gongs from China, Talking Drums from Africa and various percussion from around the world. The presentation culminates with students joining Jamal on stage for an exciting jam session with an international flavor. An experience they will never forget. Photo by John Derryberry.
6101 N Bishop
Dallas, TX 75275
public performance/concert $750 - $2,000
school performance $750 - $1,500
workshop fees $350 - $750
travel/per diem/lodging $100 - $850
Riyaaz Qawwali is a SouthAsian-American musical ensemble that specializes in Qawwali, a genre of music from Pakistan, India, and Afghanistan. Their performances showcase South Asia's rich poetic and musical heritage to new audiences. While paying homage to 700-year-old cultural and lyrical tradition, the musicians tailor their performances to their audiences based on the audience's exposure to this genre. They have been covered by NPR, Huffington Post, Miami Herald, NY Times, and other major publications. Riyaaz actively engages the audience in the performance, whether they be 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 concerts, Riyaaz's programming options include community engagements, festival appearances, and/or educational sessions (lecture-demonstrations). The educational 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 an optional reading for the sessions. Photo by Riyaaz Qawwali.
3505 Queensburg Lane
Friendswood, TX 77546
public performance/concert $4,000 - $8,000
school performance $2,500 - $3,950
workshop fees $750 - $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $350 - $1,000
Oliver Rajamani performs innovative soul-stirring original music, including traditional Romani and Indian folk/Gypsy songs. Rajamani has created a sound of his own with the historic threads of Indian/Gypsy folk, Romani and Texas cultures and music while bringing recognition to the historical Indian origins of the Romani people. 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. 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 and musicians from the Indian and flamenco traditions; Texas Gypsy Lonestar, bringing recognition to Romani center and historical archives in Austin, Rajamani unites India, Romani and Texas cultures through original compositions backed by traditional Lone Star musicians; and Moonlight Tanz, Rajamani with his western string orchestra featuring musicians and dancers from the Middle Eastern and Indian/Romani traditions with performances on exotic instruments such as the rebab and oud. Photo by Srivas Venkatesh.
3103 Bee Caves Road Ste. 120
Austin, TX 78746
public performance/concert $1,000 - $12,000
school performance $1,000 - $4,000
workshop fees $1,000 - $4,000
travel/per diem/lodging $1,000 - $5,000
Mark Shelton Solo Percussionist
The warmth and humor of Mark Shelton combine with his percussion prowess to create a family-friendly concert experience that connects with audiences. Mark entertains (and educates) with his trademark high-energy style as he romps and stomps his way through an arsenal of percussion paraphernalia that can include marimba, doumbec, bones, bodhran, cajon, hammered dulcimer, handpan, and Handsonic. In his one-man show, Music From My Galaxy, Mark draws upon a background that includes classical, folk, pop, jazz, gospel, ethnic, and contemporary music to create an engaging collage 'for the drummer in all of us.' An experienced educator, Mark offers learning events that include percussion masterclasses, professional development sessions, school assembly programs, and drum circles. Photo by Zach Ashcraft.
PO Box 293621
Lewisville, TX 75029
public performance/concert $450 - $1,950
school performance $250 - $750
workshop fees $250 - $975
travel/per diem/lodging $135 - $750
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