"Absolutely…Patsy Cline!!" is a heartwarming, one-woman, 'Behind the Music' style performance that has run in Branson for 17 seasons now. Making it the original, longest running and most authentic Pasty Cline tribute in Missouri. Patsy recorded more than 100 songs covering 8 different genres. "Absolutely...Patsy Cline!!" staring genuine "Patsy" artist, Tracy Lynn DeMille, shares many untold stories behind the songs Patsy sang. Miss DeMille, being a descendent of the legendary "Father of Hollywood," Cecil B. DeMille, also shares touching personal stories of her own.
This St. Louis-based foursome recreates the Beatles sound for a new time. They are particularly good for performances in theatre/auditorium, outdoor/festival, and community events. They will go Here, There, and Everywhere to make your next event, Twist and Shout, Eight Days a Week!
A four piece group celebrating the music of The Beatles.
Acoustik Element (AE) is an all-instrumental Latin-driven ensemble that fuses elements from Flamenco to Jazz to Rock. Revolving around the Spanish guitar and percussive groves, AE is known for adding twists to popular songs such as The Eagle's "Hotel California" and Carlos Santana's "Oye Como Va." In addition, AE offers a song list of traditional Latin and Jazz standards as well as AE's original compositions. We offer musical performances for the intimate setting with just two guitars or upbeat performances adding bass, drums, percussion and horns. We also offer music workshops in theory, technique and training for guitar, drums and percussion. Audio and video samples at www.AcoustikElement.com.
Afriky Lolo, founded and led by Diádié Bathily, is a West African dance non-profit corporation that is committed to bringing West African dance and culture to the St. Louis, Missouri, community through teaching and performing. Diádié Bathily formed Afriky Lolo in 2003, and became a tax-exempt, non-profit corporation in 2007. The Company has 75 dancers — ranging in age from 6 to over 60 and 8 drummers. Afriky Lolo, meaning African Star, performs traditional West African dance at community events throughout the year. The Company’s annual performance is its largest event.
Afriky Lolo performances are choreographed, staged, costumed and directed by Diádié Bathily. These performances reflect the rich culture of West Africa, and each dance performed by Afriky Lolo is enhanced by traditional West African costumes.
Afriky Lolo continues to grow its public recognition, its teaching opportunities and its performance opportunities.
Angela and Friends – Ventriloquist is all about entertaining the young and the young at heart! With their unique personalities and creative voices Angela’s furry faced puppet friends will ‘WOW’ you with entertainment and interactive fun! Along with a sometimes grumpy Grandpa and a growing puppet family there is always a trunk full of surprises! Angela’s performances range from children (2 – 10) and families, adults and senior audiences using appropriate material! Angela is a self-taught ventriloquist with twenty five years experience. As a professional performer for seven years she has traveled through her home state of Missouri and through Kansas. She enjoys writing and performing her own material! Audiences have always praised her unique and believable style! As one young audience member said it best, “They really talk! How do they do that?!”
With 9 diplomas from 7 countries, concerts at Carnegie Hall, etc. and dozens of internationally acclaimed CDs and books, Anthony received the Missouri Arts Award for Individual Artist in 2006. In 2009 he was chosen to launch the first classical guitar program at MU-Columbia. He worked and performed 27 years in the US and Europe (where he still lives part-time in a tiny French village with "500 people and 800 cows"). He is the only American to win first prize at the International Toscanini Competition in Italy as well as competitions in Hungary and France. All of Anthony's programs (and as a guest with local ensembles) can be as formal or casual as you need, with public outreach events for all ages to help with publicity.
Audra Sergel, singer/pianist/composer, lives to tell stories of life, love, and beauty through her music. A versed musician from Columbia, Missouri, Audra’s tender and savvy vocal jazz melodies are shaded with influences of the blues, pop, and early musical theater. When combined with her nuanced piano playing and revelling, a beautiful narrative of true artistry unfolds before your eyes and ears on stage. Her band of first-class musicians tell their tales through brilliant improvisation and musical mastery.
The Bach Aria Soloists is the dynamic chamber ensemble dedicated to bringing the genius of Johann Sebastian Bach, his contemporaries, and composers of today whom he inspires, to new life through their signature Hauskonzerts and critically acclaimed Community Concert series. BAS is comprised of harpischord-organ, violin, guitar, soprano. Their ingenious collaborations with multi-genre arts partners have included Tango masters, modern dancers, jazz celebrities, actors, world-renowned Bach scholars Dr. Christoph Wolff and Dr. Markus Rathey. Elizabeth Suh Lane is BAS’ founder-Artistic Director-violinist. She is a former first violinist with the London Symphony Orchestra and subs with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Sarah Tannehill Anderson, soprano is a Grammy Award winner and member of the Kansas City Chorale; Elisa Williams Bickers is Principal organist and Associate Director of Music of Village Presbyterian Church.
Bach Aria Soloists introduces their exciting, interactive BachReach education to students through numerous thematic programs including their artistic collaborations with dance, Shakespearean actors, folk fiddlers, and Elizabeth’s orchestra and chamber music clinics. BachReach is live, creative, unique education offered in schools, senior centers, libraries, community centers, venues which offer a fun, informative exploration of a wide spectrum of repertoire that students have never seen before!
Bach to the Future: A fun, new way to enjoy classical music favorites, performed with jazz and world rhythms. Pianist Michael Silverman is the most downloaded pianist in the world, with over 3 billion streams. The band's music has appeared in many films and TV productions, including Martin Scorcese's "Silence," "Two and a Half Men" and "The Good Wife."
They have performed to audiences all over North America, in top theaters and jazz festivals everywhere. Major guest musicians are also available, including a number of Grammy award-winning artists for an additional price.
Ben Harris-Bandleader/Bassist - has recently performed with 2009 Grammy Award Winner for best Latin Jazz Album, Pianist, and composer Arturo O'Farrill. Ben also performed with Nichelle Nichols -Actress/Vocalist- who played Lt. Uhura in Star Trek. In the local area Ben Played in the 2015 Leeś Summit Symphony Winter Concerts.
Ben provides a highly entertaining performance with a rich soundscape of main stream jazz and blues, in addition to just enough funky jazz to keep your foot happy.
Beyond the Circle dancers is a cultural exchange through Native American song and dance based out of Springfield MO. They represent the Navajo, Ottawa, Ojiwe, Apache, Lakota, and Cherokee tribes. They have performed and powwowed all over the United States sharing their heritage and culture through traditional song and dance.
For 38 years, Brian Wendling has brought his high-energy mix of award-winning juggling, audience antics, and personable wit to almost every conceivable setting. An international Jugglers' Association Team champion, Brian uses his incredible range of skills to create a personal relationship with his audience - whether it is with the Kansas City Symphony, a college visiting artists series, a nationwide school assembly tour or a renaissance festival. As one newspaper noted: "Give the skinny fellow three or more objects and he'll juggle them. Add three or more spectators and he'll make you wonder whether he's juggling the objects or the people. Actually, he's doing both..."
Candace Ivory, the originator of the genre "avant soul", offers eclectic original music. Former alum of The New School University and the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead residency at the Kennedy Center, Candice also has various accolades and awards stemming from a 20 year career in music.
Mark Bilyeu and Cindy Woolf have been playing together for the better part of ten years, performing on the Americana/Folk and singer-songwriter circuit. They are now a full-time duo in music and in life - as of June 2013 they were married. They are currently on the road promoting Cindy’s latest CD “May.” Besides playing with Cindy, Mark Bilyeu is the founding member of Big Smith, a band of all cousins that played a mix of original songs and traditional Ozarks folk and gospel music handed down to them from their extended family. Big Smith was active from 1996 to 2012. The band earned a number of accolades, including the “Best Band” award in both the southwest and central regions of Rural Missouri magazine’s reader poll of 2012. “May” is Cindy Woolf’s third album of original material, and the second of her CDs to be produced by Bilyeu. Hailing from Batesville, Arkansas, she has been a Missouri resident since 1998, where she has become well-known for her brand of Ozarks-inspired original songs and traditional material. Her music has taken her on tour across the United States and has enjoyed national and international radio airplay. The venerable folk music periodical Dirty Linen said of Woolf’s first CD: “[it is] instantly timeless and spellbinding. Beautiful, heartfelt, entrancing, ‘Simple and Few’ is a debut album that’s the real deal." Mark and Cindy have also prepared a concert of the music of Woody Guthrie, in celebration of the revered folk singer’s 100th birthday, which they took on tour in 2012.
Founded in 1983, this brilliant and versatile trumpet and organ duo presents an extraordinary range of styles, with performances featuring music spanning 400 years. The name Clarion suggests the musical connections to both the trumpet and organ, and from its meaning for the duo as a “Clarion Call” for new ideas, in keeping with their interest in the unique flavor of new music for trumpet and organ. The duo’s two Gothic Records releases feature works in every genre; the second CD – New Vintage, all American music commissioned by Clarion – compasses Samuel Adler’s neo-Classical “Clarion Calls” to James Mobberley’s boisterous piece for trumpet, organ and electronics “Icarus Wept” to, believe it or not, Klezmer music. Clarion’s electric and distinctive performances have pushed the envelope of the centuries-old association of trumpet and organ – the duo believes if the classics are the heartbeat of music, outstanding new works must be the lifeblood itself.
Clement McCrae Puppet Shows - Performing memorable and unique puppet shows that create a sense of wonder and fun. A not-just-for-kids puppet show geared with both adults and children in mind. Presentation times run between 45 minutes to an hour depending on need. This includes a 30 minute show with an additional demonstration and participation for another 15 to 30 minutes. Our shows are perfect for company events, school assemblies, community festivals, private parties -- all ages and all occasions. A professional marionette / puppet performing arts company with over 20 years of experience entertaining people with variety puppet shows that appeal to the whole family. We are continually credited at being able to hold the attention of all ages together in a single audience -- something we are exceptionally proud of.
Dianne Moran an award-winning Storyteller, Living History Performer and Chautauqua Scholar. Heritage Festivals feature her poignant portrayals including: Zerelda James (Frank and Jesse’s Mama), Miep Gies (Anne Frank Family protector), and condemned conspirator in the Lincoln assassination, Mary Surratt. Other recognizable personages include, Calamity Jane, Mother Jones, Lizzie Borden, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Titanic and 1904 World’s Fair characters. Schools augment their curriculums with her programs of Colonial America, Revolutionary War, Lewis & Clark, Civil War, Wagon Train, Ellis Island and The Holocaust. Programs feature a performance in historic dress, a Q and A with the audience and end with the viewing of a relic display.
Downstream is an acoustic blend of guitar, fiddle, mandolin, bass and percussion. The three members created a diverse sound when they brought past musical experiences, skills, and expertise together.
Pat Frank has worked a musician for the past 30 years working with young children, solo performer and also a music collaboration with a storyteller.
Terri Brandt received a scholarship from the MO Folk Arts Council to be an apprentice to a master of fiddle, Vesta Johnson, for two years.
Rick Rahmberg, our bass, mandolin and percussionist has performed for over 40 years. Rick has a myriad of instruments- we never know what he will pull out of his magic music bag!
Downstream's repertoire includes a collection -Americana, folk, traditional, blues and original tunes. This trio also can offer historical programs, in period dress, with traditional and original music. Our performances have included: festivals, music series and the Shaw Nature Reserve.
Ed Reggi is a nationally recognized and award-winning improv actor who brings his unique style of Viola Spolin Theater Games to schools and communities around the region.
Elizabeth Ann Townsend received the 2016 St. Lou Fringe Festival award for Best Production for her one woman performance piece: COUNT TIME! The Life and Times of Patricia Prewitt! Other selected credits include: Houston: Stages Repertory Theatre: Stupid Fucking Bird (Emma – Best Supporting Actress, 2015, Houston Theater Awards); St. Louis: Repertory Theatre of St. Louis: Good People (Jean – Best Supporting Actress, 2014, St. Louis Critic Circle Awards) Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner; Tennessee Williams Festival: Small Craft Warnings; St. Louis Actors’ Studio: Gidion’s Knot; Talking Heads-Nights in the Gardens of Spain. Upstream Theatre: The Maids; Blood Wedding. New Jewish Theater: Awake And Sing. Cleveland: Cleveland Play House: A Christmas Story (5 seasons). Dobama Theatre: The Exonerated; Syracuse Stage NY: A Christmas Story. FILM/TV: The Makings of You; The Sopranos; Law & Order; National Commercials.
What songs would you hear if you turned on the radio 20, 40 or even 60 years ago? Find out in this fabulous program by one of the top musical groups in St. Louis. From "Jump, Jive and Wail" and the era of swing to the "Electric Slide" and the disco craze, Kittie Moller and Fanfare get audiences of all ages singing, dancing and having fun on this musical tour through time. Don't forget your dancing shoes!
A three-person ukulele group with vocalist and percussion. This award-winning group was named "Best Old Band of 2011" by the Riverfront Times in St. Louis. Playing a variety of music ranging from the 20s to the modern, their song selection includes swing, blues, pop, ballads, and original songs. They have three CDs out with airplay on six stations in five states. KETC-TV (St. Louis) included the Dawgs in a segment on ukuleles.
New Orleans-style brass band, playing everything from traditional jazz to 70s funk, with a little Chicago blues, Southern rock, and St. Louis R&B in the mix. The Funky Butt Brass Band has been named Best Soul/Funk Band by the Riverfront Times Music Awards for the past four consecutive years. The band is known for its high-energy performances that appeal to a wide range of audiences.
Gloria Attoun (Ah-TUNE) comes from the river town of Augusta, Missouri. Gloria writes and sings songs that pay homage to the rich sounds of roots music, while staying true to her own vision, sharing the connectedness of our common experiences in her songs. In addition to solo concerts, Gloria performs with the bands, Augusta Bottoms Consort, The Texas Giants and with her husband, Michael Bauermeister as a duo. Gloria’s most recent release, “GO” and her previous release, “Seeds” have made the top ten list of several DJs and have been played all over the country, as well as in other parts of the world. Gloria has recorded two solo CDs and three albums in other musical partnerships. Her songs are included in the compilation albums: “Magnificent Missouri Music” and “River Voices and Songs.” Her song, “Wrong Side of the Road” was featured on National Public Radio’s “Car Talk.” She has shared the stage with folk-greats, such as, Claire Lynch and Bryan Bowers and has performed in a variety of festivals and music venues. Gloria brings along guitars, mandolin, banjo, octave mandolin, harmonica, and other gadgets and shares insights on the process of songwriting, creativity and inspiration with humor and warmth.
Groovethang is a seven-piece band that has become known for their "faithful reproduction" of the hits of some of music's most popular groups. Artist such as Steely Dan, Earth, Wind and Fire, The Doobie Brothers, Chicago, All Green and the Bee Gee's are all the basis of themed shows that Groovethang can perform impeccably. The band consists of vocals, percussion, trombone, bass guitar, sax, keyboard, drums and lead guitar. Groovethang plays everything from dance and pop, to soul and variety. Groovethang gets you dancin' in the streets, out of your seats and wall-to-wall on the dance floor.
Grupo Atlántico is an ensemble of folk dancers whose purpose is to share the rich tri-ethnic heritage (African, Indian and Spanish roots) of the Caribbean and coastal regions of Colombia, South America. Select from solo presentations, group performances or educational workshops. All these programs include examples of different music, rhythms and percussive instruments. The symbolism of costumes, dance steps and body movements are explained in cultural and ceremonial contexts, with the use of live music, posters, slides, and videotapes. These joyous, earthy dance traditions of Latin America offer exciting glimpses of authentic Colombian Carnival, Native American customs, African and Spanish artistic influences in the New World.
Hudson and the Hoo Doo Cats focus on swinging Americana roots music: blues, 1950s rock and roll and rockabilly, and medium tempo dance music (West Coast, Lindy Hop, Imperial, etc.) as well as many original songs written by founder and songwriter, Hudson Harkins. The band's extensive experience and professionalism are reflected in their ability to adapt to any performing environment including festivals and concerts.
The Intercultural Music Initiative is an innovative concert and educational outreach program featuring classical and contemporary works by composers of African, Hispanic and Asian-descent, along with standard repertoire. Our programs offer a unique concert experience and help integrate new musical works by lesser-known composers into existing performance repertoire. Concerts, Lectures, Lecture-recitals and short-term artist residencies are customized to fit your departmental budget.
With meandering roots from the Missouri Ozarks all the way to Tubingen, Germany, Ironweed brings you only the finest in bluegrass, vintage country and good ol’ hillbilly twang. The band features champion, Kelly Jones on fiddle, Joe Wieneman on mandolin, Jane Accurso on guitar and lead vocals, Dierik Leonhard on banjo, and Matt Bossaller on upright, slap bass. From Jimmy Martin to Hazel Dickens, you can expect a bucketful of tunes about trains, moonshine, dirt, heartache, pigs and girls named Sophronie. Ironweed is available for festivals, sidewalk gigs, parades, dances, school events, workshops and just about any sort of celebration you’re itchin’ to do.
Blending a signature, Spanish-American sound with a powerful lyrical integrity, Javier Mendoza defines a spiritual musical identify in his performances. Singing in both English and Spanish, this multicultural artist blends, pop, rock, and flamenco in his signature sound. Renowned across the Midwest as a premier artist, Javier provides a high-energy show as a solo artist, trio, or full band.
Welcome to the PUPPET PARTY! Jeanie Bryan offers lively all-ages puppet shows with original, diverse characters. After 8 years as a storyteller and puppeteer in a children’s library, in 2014, Jeanie started touring with the popular children’s musician Celia. Together they created the CELIA & LITTLE CELIA SHOW and CELIA & FRIENDS, live musical puppet shows featuring original music and puppet characters. Jeanie and her husband, artist and puppeteer Matt Bryan, are known for their beloved monster puppet characters, Charles and Lucinda, who are the stars of the MONSTER TALES show. Jeanie also offers a FOLKTALE FOLLIES show, which includes retellings of classic stories such as “The Gunniwolf,” “The Wide-Mouthed Frog,” and “Monkey Tales from India.” New show offerings are added every year. Jeanie is also available for puppet-making workshops in a variety of styles ranging from hand, rod and shadow puppetry. One of her popular offerings is a PUPPET PARTY, which combines one of her puppet shows with a puppet-making workshop afterwards.
Kansas City Celtic Pipes & Drums features the Great Highland Bagpipes and Scottish Drums. Led by Pipe-Major Kevin Gilstrap, the band strives for musical excellence, whether at a concert, convocation or parade! “The energy shot through the sky!” “What a memorable day for so many people.” “We just can’t describe to you the WOW factor!”
Kantorei performs mainly contemporary, baroque, and renaissance choral pieces which are rarely performed in the Kansas City area. The seventeen voice choir performed for the 2013 Missouri Music Educators Association state convention and earned critical acclaim by area critics for its more recent performances, including a 2014-15 Season "Editor's Picks" top ten of the year nod by Metropolis.org editor Lee Hartman. Kantorei is currently working on its second album for the Resonus Classics label in England and is booking tours.
Kelly Smith is the premier Cher and Shania Twain Impersonator, Lookalike and Sound-a-like. She is available for concerts, commercials, corporate events, meet and greets, and private events.
Leslie Salazano is an active performer, singer-songwriter, and pianist. She has earned degrees in music from DePaul University and the University of the Arts. She released her first EP "Stars in the Attic" in 2006. Since then she has organized international solo tours, gained radio airplay in the US, Canada and Europe, played shows in Asia in 2008, and was nominated Best Singer-Songwriter in St. Louis in 2009 in the Riverfront Times Music Awards.
Lindley Creek is an acoustic family band showcasing beautiful, traditional bluegrass & gospel music, soulful, soaring lead vocals, soothing family harmonies, intricate instrumental breaks and original songwriting, Lindley Creek presents compelling acoustic music and a sincere family ministry.
Independent, pioneering and faithful, the family performs throughout the Ozarks and around the US and Canada at churches, concert series, active living senior RV parks, fairs, festivals, and community and performing arts centers. Their bluegrass and gospel harmonies will inspire your community gathering and infuse your audiences with joy during their up-beat, family-friendly performances.
Lindley Creek, has performed regularly since 2003 at venues such as Silver Dollar City and were featured at the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia performing to over 4000. They also return yearly to the KSMU Youth in Bluegrass Competition to play among friends and lend their support to young performers.
Lindley Creek has a passion for heart-touching music and a gift for encouragement. Community events are enhanced by this family’s inspiring musical performance. They work with your organization to bring your audiences the best in family-centered entertainment.
The urban dictionary describes the “X Factor” as being an indescribable quality, or something about a person, or persons, that you can’t put your finger on. They just have “it.”
So, it was destiny that Makenna & Brock would find themselves auditioning for the television show The X-Factor in 2011, singing their version of the Zac Brown Band hit, “Colder Weather,” to an international audience of millions. The duo had not even finished the song when the audience took to their feet and thundered with applause. At that point, judge Simon Cowell (who always played the “bad guy” on American Idol), held up his hand to calm the audience. Then, he and the other heavyweight judges, including ‘80s pop sensation Paula Abdul, and world-famous producer, L.A. Reid, showered Makenna & Brock with accolades and voted unanimously to put the duo through to the next round. Their show-stopping performance was broadcast throughout the world, and Makenna & Brock were featured in magazines such as People, the Washington Post, Country Daily and Rolling Stone, in addition to many prominent websites, including CNN.com, CBS.com, and MTV.com. They went on to be Top 12 finalists, and their performance still has people talking. Watch the video clip on YouTube and you’ll see why!
Makenna Sullinger and Brock Wade – who split their time between their home base in Springfield, MO and Nashville – first met in 2007 while performing at a Children’s Miracle Network benefit show. They instantly connected, both on and off stage, and ended up becoming a permanent duo and a couple. Since 2009, they have performed throughout the country with their band, sharing the bill with a diverse list of artists, including James Otto, Uncle Kracker, Sheryl Crow, Granger Smith, Cowboy Troy, Sam Riggs & The Night People, Parmalee and Keith Anderson, among others. In the summer of 2014, they toured with the PBR (Professional Bull Riders, Inc.) as the official National Anthem performers, and held after-party concerts in each town they traveled to. They have also sung the National Anthem for the St. Louis Rams, The Texas NASCAR 500 Speedway and other sports leagues.
Makenna and Brock are currently busy performing on the road and dedicating several weeks each month to be in Nashville where they are honing their writing chops with some of the best songwriters in the business. They are also busy planning the release of their newest EP recorded in Nashville with hit record producer Bill McDermott.
Members Only is the nation's premier 80's tribute band playing your favorite hair and pop classics from the decade that gave us the Rubik's Cube, Atari, and BIG HAIR! Members Only has been playing regionally since the "Summer of 69" (no wait, 2008) with experienced musicians Brent Thornton on lead vocals, Sam Adkins on bass guitar, Will "The Prodigy" Clark on the keys, Seth Jaeger and Zach McClease playing guitar, and Justin Gabossi keeping the beat on the drums. With a high energy show and songs you know and love, Members Only is guaranteed to get you dancing and singing along all night! Members Only is available for community events, weddings, corporate events and more!
Pop music is malleable; it is fluid and carries with it a sense of emotional elasticity. Through our collected experiences, we connect with music on a primal level, with perceptions and associations both tangible and dream-like. While most musicians opt for a superficial understanding of these musical correlations, there are those who realize these innate forces and their ability to transform and sustain in equal measure.
But for singer-songwriter Merry Ellen Kirk, music is even more wide-ranging than this rather inclusive set of descriptions would have you believe. Having spent her early years in Mongolia—her parents were missionaries—she developed a diverse awareness of the world, and of what music can be when experienced through a different cultural lens. As a child, she began making up little ditties and developed an inescapable desire to create music; after a time, when her family returned home and settled down in Nashville, she came to realize that writing and performing music would have to be a large part of her future.
Described by Kirk as sitting “somewhere between Christina Perri & Ingrid Michaelson,” her music has slowly evolved since she released her debut record, “Invisible War,” back in 2009. Posited as an “introspective exploration into spiritual battles in our lives,” this album gave Kirk an outlet for her impressionistic impulses and began the process of pop acclimation that would go on to direct the trajectory of her music. Full of the bright emotional releases that would make their presence more fully known on her subsequent albums, these songs were the beginning steps that would lead her to “We Are the Dreamers,” her latest collection of emotionally-incisive pop songs.
Merry Ellen currently lives in Columbia, Missouri. Her songs have received national & international recognition, having been featured by Salvation Army Switzerland, Vogue & GQ India, ABC Family's "Jane by Design", CBS's "90210", AllMusic Guide, & American Songwriter Magazine.
Can provide sound but prefer sound system provided for large venues or large outdoor spaces.
Internationally-known performer, GRAMMY™-nominated recording artist, published poet and writer and respected teacher of her craft, Milbre Burch is a storyteller in every sense of the word. Considered one of the most important voices in the American storytelling revival, she weaves gesture and language into personal, literary and traditional stories and dramatic monologues to create a whole new genre of storytelling. The New York Times praised her “classic wit” and the San Diego Union-Tribune called her “mesmerizing, like a fine solo dancer.” With a Masters Degree in Theater and ongoing graduate studies, Milbre is also an emerging scholar. She offers programs for adults, families and children including performances of fully staged one-woman shows such as "The World is the Storyteller’s Village," a family-oriented show which brings to the ear the wisdom of folktales from around the world. Another option, her “spoken word chamber concerts” require just a space and a microphone. One such family show "Making the Heart Whole Again: Stories of Peace and Justice and Reconciliation" includes stories from her GRAMMY nominated CD. Her educational programs on creating and telling stories include lectures, classes and workshops for adults. For schools she offers assemblies, artist residencies and teacher-in-services. She provides extensive resource materials including study guides and bibliographies. Her work for college campuses includes "Changing Skins: Folktales about Gender, Identity and Humanity," presented with a talkback session for audiences.
MADCO provides community inspired, innovative dance experiences through collaborations that provide a pathway for self- discovery, social connections and excellent entertainment for audience members, students, teachers, presenters and corporate clients. The company is proud to be the Professional Dance Company in Residence at the Touhill Performing Arts Center at the University of Missouri- St. Louis where it reaches 30,000 people annually. MADCO was described in International Dance Magazine as “an army of terrific dancers with high energy, flat- out physicality and exacting discipline, while never forgetting the entertainment value.” MADCO suggests pairing education & outreach programming with any performance to create a lasting impact on your community. You can find more information at www.madcodance.com.
The new Red Onion Jazz Babies is the midwest's premier traditional jazz ensemble. Playing New OrleansJazz from 1900-1930, the "Jazz Babies" have been delighting audiences for over 30 years. The seven piece ensemble faithfully recreates early ja fro greats such as Louis Armstrong and Sidney Bechet.
Prasanna & Seema's group are specialized in Indian classical music and dance. We normally perform classical dances such as - Bharathanatyam (from South India), Kathak (from North India), Indian folk dances. Our music is a classical Indian music called Carnatic. We are also experimenting with Indian dance and music with western music to create the "Raga Experiment" and "Natya Experiment". Our main aim is to entertain and also educate.
R. Scott Bryan has a rare ability to sing and play everything from guitar and bass to keyboards and percussion--end do it all exceedingly well. Scott toured the world and recorded for five years with superstar Sheryl Crow band, co-authoring the 1996 Top Ten U.K. single "Hard to Make a Stand." He has since released two critically-acclaimed recordings under his own name.
Ruth's music is steeped in both ancient traditions and modernist indie-folk. Her voice is trained and ethereal, unique and enchanting. She’s a multi-instrumentalist, but her focus and instrument of choice is the pedal harp. Her blend of Americana and chamber music was first heard on a pair of 2011/2012 EPs. Her shimmering 2013 album This is the Dream captures Acuff’s singular song craft and exquisite breeze-borne ballads, a sound that evokes organic earthiness and celestial atmospheres. With her 2014 EP release To the Moon she proves unusually adept at mingling the real and the surreal in a tribute to lost loved ones. For a listening session guaranteed to optimize your emotional wellness, Ruth Acuff (whose extended family includes country music legend Roy Acuff) brings her unique dreamscapes to take you to a place where you lose yourself, or if you prefer, find yourself. Ruth performs solo, as well as with upright bassist Jeff Mueller, and percussion and voices of Drew Lance and Mary Leibovich.
A perennial favorite, St. Louis Irish Arts boasts award-winning step dancers, and traditional musicians, all committed to sharing their skills with students and audiences of all ages. They have produced Four CDs, featuring arrangements by master fiddler Niall Gannon and World Champion harpist Eileen Gannon who won the 2004 Irish World Cup Title. The company performs at festivals and teaches school workshops in tin whistle, Irish fiddle, bodhran, harp, and step dance. Select from a solo, small group, large group, or cross-cultural presentation. Master Irish accordionist, “We do what makes us happy and that is to play our music and do our dancing and pass on the tradition.”
Songs of Africa Ensemble, is a multicultural and eclectic group of highly trained musicians promoting new genres of choral music from around Africa and its diaspora. Our songs teach about Africa’s music, people, languages, cultures and creates opportunities for incorporating new styles of African-descent music into modern choral repertory. A majority of the songs are drawn from Songs of Africa: 22 Pieces for Mixed Voices, the choral collection published by Oxford University Press, but includes more songs that are yet to be published! Songs of Africa Ensemble is a community outreach and partnership program of the African Musical Arts organization.
All of your favorites from the last 50 years....SoulRoot is a band in the Central Missouri area. We bring a huge mix of music to the table, playing everything from Johnny Cash to Guns and Roses. With over 80 years combined experience, our members have played shows with bands such as Dr. Hook, Blue Oyster Cult, Candlebox, 7 Mary 3, Montgomery Gentry, Saliva, Marshall Tucker Band, Kentucky Headhunters, Hinder, Uncle Kracker and many more. Strong vocals with spot on harmonies, blazing guitar licks, and a rock solid rhythm section can be expected when booking this band. We have professional sound and lighting and are able to play any size show.
You will not be disappointed, we guarantee it!
Our set-up time ranges from 1.5 - 2.5 hours, depending on venue size.
St. Mark's Square is a classical string quartet of extremely talented string players who will bring style and class to any event! This chamber group is made up of 2 violinists, a violist and a cellist. St. Mark's Square is a professional string quartet whose members are: Allison Steiner (first violin), Aleksis Zarins (second violin), Kirsten Weingartner-Weiss (viola) and Michael Murray (cello). Its members are currently instructing at or have served on the faculties of Missouri State University, Drury University and College of the Ozarks. Each are permanent chair musicians in the Springfield Symphony Orchestra and perform with the Chamber Orchestra of the Ozarks.
The Swampweed Cajun Band plays a bucket-full of traditional, foot-stompin', accordion-squeezed, French-howlin' tunes from the swamps. Ehren Oncken is on button accordion, Dierik Leonhard is featured on Cajun fiddle, Jane Accurso sings Cajun French vocals and is on guitar, Matthew Bossaller slaps the upright bass and Jimmy Joe Culbertson drives the rhythm on drums and percussion. Only the finest in Cajun Dancehall music. Performance and dance music are both available. Dance instructors are available on request.