Beto and the Fairlanes
The music of Beto and the Fairlanes is magical, cross-cultural incantations 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. Photo by Jessie Rodriguez.
12400 Texas Hwy 71 #350-177
Austin, TX 78738
public performance/concert $2,000 - $6,000
school performance $1,500 - $4,000
workshop fees $1,500 - $4,000
travel/per diem/lodging $200 - $2,500
For nearly four decades this Denton, Texas-based quintet has perfected a world music mix that includes salsa, meringue, rock, cumbia, conjunto, polka, zydeco, classical, cha-cha, the blues, and more. They are America's Premier Dance Band and a rollicking, rocking, rhythmic global journey-- 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 the prestigious Community Arts Recognition Award from the Greater Denton Arts Council. Brave Combo's repertoire of hundreds of songs in styles ranging from polka to pop hits 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 crowd up on their feet. Also, more than twenty of Brave Combo’s original compositions have been scored for a full symphony orchestra. Photo by Jane Finch.
PO Box 233
Denton, TX 76202
public performance/concert $2,000 - $6,000
school performance $1,800 - $4,000
travel/per diem/lodging $300 - $600
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 are three women singers who each enjoyed widely popular recording careers in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s throughout the US, Mexico, and beyond. Now in their 80s and 90s, 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 include Rita "La Calandria" Vidaurri, Beatriz "La Paloma del Norte” Llamas, and Blanca "Blanquita Rosa” Rodriguez. A fourth member, Janet "Perla Tapatia” Cortez, passed away in 2014. Las Tesoros perform a variety of musical styles in Spanish and English, including rancheras, musica nortena, boleros, corridos, and more. Rita Vidaurri also tells jokes during performances, making her connection with audiences quite lively. Each singer, with her own personal story and style, forms a part of this unique ensemble that represents the soul of Texas/Mexico border music. Touring performances are accompanied by a trio or mariachi, and may include the full group or highlight individuals as soloists. Screenings of the feature-length documentary, "Las Tesoros de San Antonio: A Westside Story” are also available, as well as interactive bilingual presentations and Q&A sessions delving into the remarkable lives of Las Tesoros. Photo by Ricardo Venegas.
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
Los Aztex is a 6-piece music group led by Joel Guzman and Sarah Fox. Together, their stunning performances have propelled them onto the national stage, garnering them three GRAMMY Award nominations in the Best Latin American category and two GRAMMY wins in 2004 and 2005. Using their traditional and urban sensibilities, Los Aztex reach deep into the ocean of American music to create a sound as seamless as water. "The duo of Joel and Sarah-- what would seem a simple combination of accordion and vocals-- makes a bigger, purer, more directly emotional sound than any twosome I've ever encountered. Family can be a real source of musical magic and this husband/wife team has really captured it, but in some delightfully unexpected ways: his accordion can be sweet as her vocals are edgy, or her voice can pierce the heart while he plays stratospheric squeezebox."-- Pat Jasper, Artistic Director, International Accordion Festival. Photo by Gilbert Rivera.
Kyle, TX 78640
public performance/concert $2,500 -$6,000
school performance $1,500 - $2,500
workshop fees $1,500 - $3,000
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $1,000
Amie Maciszewski/Sangeet Millennium
Sitarist Dr. Amie Maciszewski is an international award-winning performer/ensemble leader, teaching artist and educator. Audiences describe Amie's classical sitar/tabla and Indo-jazz fusion ensemble performances as "stunning" and "elegantly vibrant.” Her Sangeet Millennium Ensemble (Texas Top Ten award, 2008 and 2011, Austin Chronicle) seamlessly traverses boundaries between traditional South Asian melodies with jazz/world grooves, creating an ever-evolving sound. Passionate about sharing North Indian music culture, Amie has traveled three continents completing artist residencies, hosting recitals, and conducting lectures on Hindustani music. She also leads dynamic all-ages workshops on South Asian classical and folk music (sometimes with dance included) and world fusion music. Amie’s musical credits include five CDs and several independent films and theater productions. Programs include: (1) Sangeet, the Classical Music of India- sitar and tabla performance, other instruments and/or voice optional; (2) Songs & Colors of the Seasons- multimedia performance showcasing music & visual imagery celebrating North Indian seasonal festival/s; (3) Collaborative multimedia and/or multidisciplinary theme performance/installations exploring various topics such as women as bearers of light, global sisterhood, world music for world peace, etc.; (4) Sangeet Millennium Ensemble's Indo-Jazz Grooves- traditional & original material performed on sitar, saxophone, & tabla (vocal, bass optional). Photo by Kris Hundt.
327 S. Edgefield Ave.
Dallas, TX 75208
public performance/concert $600 - $3,600
school performance $450 - $1,500
workshop fees $450 - $2,500
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $2,000
"CroCro y su Tumbaka" is a multicultural musical group founded by Jorge"CroCro" Orta in 2010. The group, which released its first CD in 2014, was formed with the inspiration to interpret various tropical music styles using a blend of sounds popular throughout the 70s, 80s and 90s. Tumbaka's first CD includes a variety of songs with echoes of latin-jazz, bata, son, and guarachas with some percussion solos. Tumbaka's founder CroCro Orta has a 30+ year musical career, eight of which were spent as percussionist for the renowned "Grupo Niche" of Colombia where he acquired a vast knowledge and experience of high musical caliber band direction. CroCro's interest has always been to provide an expanded range of salsa music to include for his listening audience. The diverse salsa music genre, which has its roots in several Latin American cultures, is also representative of the diversity within Tumbaka. Besides its founder/director and conguero, Jorge "CroCro" Orta (Venezuela), Tumbaka's members also include musicians from Colombia,the Dominican Republic, Mexico, the US, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Uruguay and Panama. Tumbaka is on track to become one of Houston's best Latin bands. Photo by Helton Mendez.
16323 Rainbow Lake Rd
Houston, TX 77095
public performance/concert $2,500 - $7,000
school performance $1,500 - 4,000
workshop fees $500 - $1,000
travel/per diem/lodging $1,000 - 3,500
Oliver Rajamani represents the multicultural landscape of modern-day Texas. Distinguished for redefining Roma (Gypsy) music by transporting it to its original roots in India, Rajamani is also the first to blend Indian and Romani music with Texas country and blues. 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. A teacher of music and therapy, Rajamani has presented at leading hypnosis conferences in the United States, Germany, Nepal, and India. 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 from the Indian and Flamenco traditions, flamenco guitar and singers and a boutique western string orchestra; Texas Gypsy Fire- Rajamani sings in English, Spanish, and languages from India, accompanying himself on exotic instruments backed by traditional lone-star musicians; and Moonlight Tanz- Rajamani with his western string orchestra featuring music and dancers from the Middle Eastern and Indian/Romani traditions with performances on exotic instruments such as the rebab and Oud. Photo by Michelle Laviolette.
3103 Bee Caves Road Ste. 120
Austin, TX 78746
public performance/concert $600 - $15,000
school performance $500 - $2,000
workshop fees $500 -$2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $4,000
Rattletree is a must-see multi-sensory live show experience of electronic percussion and one-of-a-kind hand-built (by Artistic Director Joel Laviolette) African marimbas triggering driving synth sounds, bursts of color, and dynamic live video projection. Kupira Marimba is their highly versatile fully acoustic family-friendly offering. Kupira's music creates a foot stomping, heart pounding, and hand clapping experience for people of all ages. Laviolette has over 25 years of experience studying and playing traditional Zimbabwean music with his teachers in Harare & Nyamapanda, ZI. Performances range from high-energy multimedia events (Rattletree) to interactive acoustic African-style engagements (Kupira Marimba). Each show is customized to the needs of the presenter. All performances may include an optional hands-on workshop or educational demonstration/assembly. Rattletree primarily plays evening festivals and venues where their multimedia art experience and captivating electronic sounds shine. Kupira Marimba brings joy and a cultural experience to schools, libraries, museums, city concert series, and outdoor community festivals. Photo by Ismael Quintanilla III Photography.
2401 Thornton Rd. Unit 3
Austin, TX 78704
public performance/concert $2,500 - $10,000
school performance $1,800 - $3,000
workshop fees $1,000 - $2,500
travel/per diem/lodging $200 - $1,500
Since 2008, Rhythm Path has helped to bring the culture of West Africa to hundreds of thousands of people of all ages through hands-on drumming events. Facilitator David Cox uses the interactive drumming format to teach traditional songs and rhythms. For schools, the "Day of Drumming Program" is an all-day drumming program where each grade drums together as one big village during PE/music rotation time. Each student receives their own West African djembe drum to play. The program emphasizes the importance of listening and working together to make the sum of the music greater than the individual rhythms. In addition to school programs, Rhythm Path has programs available for libraries, festivals, communities, and teacher workshops. Photo by David Cox.
5335 Reilly Rd
Wichita Falls, TX 76305
public performance/concert $300 - $2,500
school performance $700 - $1,400
workshop fees $300 - $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $100 - $750
Riyaaz Qawwali is a South Asian American musical ensemble that specializes in Qawwali, a genre of music from Pakistan, India, and Afghanistan. Their performances display South Asia's rich musical heritage to new audiences. While paying homage to 700-year-old cultural and lyrical tradition, they tailor their performances to their audiences and their exposure to this music. Riyaaz actively engages the audience in the performance, 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 their stage performances, available programming includes community engagements and/or educational sessions (lecture-demonstrations). These 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 optional reading for the sessions.
35050 Queensburg Lane
Friendswood, TX 77546
public performance/concert $4,000 - $8,000
school performance $2,500 - $3,750
workshop fees $750 - $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $350 - $1,000