"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.
1. Need access to the venue at least 4 hours prior to show time, for sound checks, set-u, etc. I provide all my own sound equipment and operating staff. 2. Venue would suppy stage lighting, follow spot & operator. (Applicable in a theatre setting only.)
The choir is a 20-voice ensemble that performs a well-rounded selection of gospel music from the traditional, contemporary and African-American spiritual vein. The members have been performing since 1993. They belong to various denominations which lends itself to an inclusive selection of songs.
Sound system to include 2 monitors, 5 mics, cd track playing device, keyboard input jack. 1 hour set-up.
A four piece group celebrating the music of The Beatles.
We are a totally self contained group with our own PA and Lights. Would require a 2 hour set up time and one hour take down time. Need performing area of at least 12x24 and access to a minimum of 2 separate A/C circuits (20 amp).
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.
For small events we are self-contained with our own equipment. For larger performances a sound engineer is required with ample gear for the performance area. Set up time is between 1-2 hours depending on the event.
Formerly known as St. Louis African Chorus ("African Chorus"), African Musical Arts, Inc was formed in 1994 to promote African cultural heritage through the musical arts. African Musical Arts, Inc. presents Songs of Africa Ensemble, a local multi-cultural ensemble of African music that performs music from the new choral collection, Songs of Africa, published by Oxford University Press. African Musical Arts, Inc. also presents touring groups from many African countries, and can schedule concerts with these performing groups in communities around Missouri. The internationally acclaimed African Choral Music Workshops are presented all year to train choral directors/music educators and help them develop a repertoire of exciting African choral music. African Musical Arts, Inc. programs are opportunities to experience the wealth and magic of African music. The compelling music engages audiences to move, clap and sing along to a performer-audience interaction that often recreates scenes from traditional African life. African Musical Arts, Inc. performances are opportunities for unique cultural enrichment.
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.
A safe space to dance barefoot, microphone, private dressing area, need at least an hour in advance to set up and prepare.
Ben Franklin is brought to life with all his wit and charm intact by award-winning actor, playwright and director Alan J. Prewitt in this one-man, Chautaugua-style, interactive performance. History, science, political process, the art of critical thinking and the value of reading and personal character is made relevant through stories of his past and views of today’s events and inventions.
A 1-man musical/ stage play that dives into the UFO taboo heads-first. Actor/ singer Alan Ox portrays 6 actual military men coming forward with their accounts of what happened behind closed doors when 'visitors' came to call. With tunes ranging from the tin pan alley 'Call On The British' to the driving 'Radar Don't Lie' the stories move as quickly as the onstage costume changes- and in the end, the audience is left to ponder the revelations that could change one's world-view. From one playgoer: "I'm NOT nuts. This play has to be seen by everyone. I loved every aspect of it."
Digital Projection system & rear screen preferred. Computer HDMI interface capability. - Assorted, basic theatrical stage lighting. Adequate stereo audio system. Basic stage props.
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?!”
Our needs are minimal: electrical connection, a table, and a straight chair.
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.
Solo guitar: one chair, no arms; Missouri Fables (duo): two chairs, no arms, 2, 110v electrical outlets; The Nova Project (ensemble): 10, 110v electrical outlets
Hailed by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for their "outstanding musicianship, precision, and elegance", the Arianna String Quartet has firmly established itself as one of America's finest chamber ensembles. Their vibrant and engaging performances captivate the imagination and bring the music to life. Engaging speakers as well as compelling performers, the members of the Arianna String Quartet can share with your audience their unique views on what makes this music truly remarkable, while making every audience feel at home. Drawing upon years of inter-disciplinary educational presentations, they make fascinating connections to other subjects, drawing the audience deeper into the music, providing insights into how musicians play together, solve problems, and achieve excellence. Master Classes for local string students and Family Concerts are also available. Your audience is sure to agree with the Chicago Tribune: "Quartet playing doesn't get much better than this!"
Four sturdy chairs without arms
Arx duo is a percussion duo focused on the creation and presenting of music to audiences in an engaging way. Rarely is there a performance when we don’t involve the audience or invite them to try a little of what we do, or simply connect with them through conversation.
Their music ranges from transcriptions of older music, envisioned in a new way for our instrument, to new music which can emulate nature, imitate breathing or a heartbeat, or focus on a sound in an extended meditative way.
We have had residencies in Great Britain and the US, and performed for audiences all over the world including in Japan, Africa, and Great Britain. We tour the US performing at venues from stages to galleries, and engaging with communities everywhere.
60 minutes set up time at least with assistance. Our gear can be heavy depending on our programming, though we are adjustable based on the space. Preferable 1st floor or elevator, but with help anything is possible.
Occasionally audio equipment (speakers for electronic addition to the music) may be used, though we are flexible per venue. Most of our music is acoustic
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.
Space for a keyboard and sound system (if not provided), electrical outlets, all needs able to be negotiated contractually
Rob Compton is a one-man, one-guitar musical comedy act for kids of all ages. His show is a raucous, high-energy event involving original songs, slapstick, one-liners, and loads of audience participation. Babaloo’s unique ability to connect with kids has won him a large following in the Midwest and thousands of cd sales worldwide. He was named “Best Children’s Entertainment” by Saint Louis Magazine in 2008, and “Best Recording Artist for Elementary-Age Children” by the 2008 Children’s Web Awards. He was also the first and second place winner in the children’s category of the 2008 International Songwriting Contest, the largest in the world.
Electricity, sound system for audiences of more than 200 (with two mics, one line-in for guitar), shade/shelter for outdoor performances
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.
Contact for technical requirements. Most are open to negotiation.
Back to the 70s Tributes brings the music of Neil Diamond and Karen and Richard Carpenters to your community.
Experience the “Feel of Neil” with Diamond look and sound alike Keith Allynn and A Neil Diamond Tribute . In this romantic comedy Keith unveils the story of Diamond’s life through Neil’s own songs while weaving though his own career change from a top ten Elvis tribute artist to A Neil Diamond Tribute, all for the love of a woman.
Celebrate the sounds of Carpenters Once More with vocalist Diana Lynn. This poignant tribute to this iconic brother – sister duo gives insight to their lives, struggles, and impact on the music industry. Diana delivers spot on vocals, multi- media, quick change, humor, and your favorite Karen tunes.
Having logged over 3,500 solo performances, these artists are experienced, professional, and courteous , delivering the music of the tapestry of our lives like no other tribute artist today.
We provide 90 minute award winning production, sound if necessary, production technician, load in /out, and digital marketing material for your promotion.
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.
Folk/Americana/Roots music, mostly original compositions. Can be booked as a solo, duo, or trio performance. Instrumentation generally includes guitar, upright bass, and banjo. Best Singer-Songwriter (2012) by the Riverfront Times. Headlined the Whitaker Music Festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden (2013 Season).
P.A. system with minimum 4 channels, 4 microphones with stands and cables. (If in a small space, a P.A. system may not be necessary.) A sound person to help set appropriate levels. A one hour setup time is generally sufficient.
Betse Ellis, founding member of internationally touring band, The Wilders, is a solo performer who enjoys a variety of settings. A classically trained violinist, Betse became dedicated to old time fiddle styles, especially Ozark styles, when she realized this music related directly to her regional heritage. She has spent most of the last 20 years learning, performing, and teaching these styles. Betse plays traditional fiddle tunes and tells stories of their sources, and she is adept at the difficult technique of singing with the fiddle. Also a songwriter, Betse performs her own compositions alongside the old material, either on the fiddle or tenor guitar. She is equally at home on a large festival stage or in a small chamber room - one of her talents is making any group of people feel at home.
Set up and strike down time are quick and can be done in as little as 15 minutes. Presenter will likely need to provide an XLR line for a Baggs DI (provided), microphone for the fiddle (preferably a small diaphragm condenser) with boom stand, vocal mic (preferably SM-58) with boom stand, and a DI for the tenor guitar.
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.
A PA system with 2 microphones, and an area large enough to dance.
Mix one part each spicy hot female lead vocal, bold bass lines, and steady groovin’ rhythm - add scorchin’ guitar and a sparkling blues piano - season liberally with influences from oldies, rock, blues, country, and soul - shake well and spread across the stage and you’ve just cooked up some rockin’ blues by BJ Allen & Blue Voodoo! Performing throughout the Midwest and releasing four independent CDs since 2003, BJ and the boys serve up their own take on classic as well as original material in many blues styles. From fun to funky to soulful ballads and back again, just one taste and you'll be heading back for another heapin’ helping of blues from BJ Allen & Blue Voodoo!
Staging area for 6. PA and lighting to be negotiated per venue.
Originally assembled to play on the soundtrack for the Oscar-nominated 2011 film "Winter's Bone," performers from that band are still making music together, and like fine wine, have sweetened with age. They are known far and wide for their honey-sweet harmonies and tasty Ozark-style pickin’, interspersed with poignant, sometimes hilarious commentary on Ozarks life and culture, receiving rave reviews from fans and media alike, One reviewer in Vancouver said that when this band played "…the entire room was transported from the dim, funky cabaret to a clear night under an Ozarks sky."
The band personnel has changed over the seasons, and original members Marideth Sisco, and Bo Brown are now joined by Dave Wilson and George Horne. Some may remember Brown, Wilson and Horne as members of the legendary 1980s bluegrass band “The Undergrass Boys.” They and Sisco, a Missouri Master storyteller and host of the public radio series “These Ozarks Hills, are still cookin’ with their mix of traditional Old Time Ozarks tunes and original works in contemporary topical folk music.
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Recently awarded the National Circle of Excellence award, this dynamic storyteller is one of the most sought after artists in the country today. Bobby is a former board member for The National Storytelling Festival and is currently with the St. Louis Storytelling Festival board. He has performed in Hong Kong, Wales, Singapre, Austria and Africa. He has won three Emmy Awards and is the author of several award-winning children's books. Eight of his ten CD’s have won the Parents Choice Gold Award. His programs include cultural diversity, character education, literacy, living history, poetry and prose, music and conflict resolution themes. He is well known for his comedy, lively animation and special sound effects. Programs can be adapted for all ages and can be found on website.
Microphone on a stand.
These multi-faceted performers are gifted in the art forms of singing, composing, acting and dance, and together they are, BOOK OF GAIA. They are the creators of “Chant of Harlem”, an original one-act theatrical work, exploring the 'reason and rhyme' of the Harlem Renaissance, an important era in American history. A unique brand of edutainment, “Chant of Harlem” incorporates music, literature, poetry, historical fiction and movement. The meticulously researched performance is designed to encourage a “circular learning” experience while promoting diversity and educational outreach. The presentation includes visual imagery, suggested reading lists, points for discussion, study guides and can culminate in a Q/A session. “Chant of Harlem” can be offered as a performance solely, or as a “Chant of Harlem” Edutainment Package. This package includes lecture/demonstrations and curriculum-building resources for faculty to intergrate into their classrooms. While this work has been crafted with the classroom in mind, it transcends beautifully into a highly polished cabaret perfomance featuring the music and poetry of the exciting Harlem Renaissance era and can be marketed to a variety of audiences from corporate to community to club settings.
A performance quality keyboard, preferably acoustic, tuned to A440. Additional tech requirements will be submitted on a per venue basis. A one hour advance set-up time preferrable whenever possible.
Reminiscent of such artists as Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye and Al Green, singer songwriter Brian Owens infuses traditional soul with elements of american folk to achieve a sound that is versatile,unique, familiar and inspirational-all at once. Brian entertains and enlightens through energetic shows that speak messages of hope and love inviting every audience member to participate in an intimate musical experience. Programs include the Brian Owens Duo with voice and guitar and Brian Owens and Martha Mae which includes voice with keyboard, bass, drums and guitar. Horns and one additional vocalist can be added to the ladder configuration upon request.
Audio reinforcement (see technical rider for specifics), 1 meal provided before or after the performance, 4 volunteers to assist with load-in.
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..."
Full lighting. 45-60 minutes to load in and set up. He uses his small, efective, portable sound system for his microphone/music or can plug into an existing system. Very flexible and can perform in any enviornment.
“Bummer the Drummer & The Kansas City Streetband” is a 6 to 10 piece Rock N Soul, Blues, and Jazz horn band. The band has toured for over 31 years playing concerts, festivals, fairs and venues all over the USA as well as for USO shows in the Caribbean. Along the way the band has shared billings with “The Little River Band”, “Jerry Jeff Walker” “Albert King”, “Chuck Berry”, “John Lee Hooker” and “Buddy Guy”, to name a few. Bummer the Drummer has recorded for Roulette Records, and RCA Records for Nilsson House Productions producers Harry Nilsson and Richard Perry. “Bummer the Drummer & The Kansas City Streetband” brings to the stage a very family friendly (suited to K-5 to adults), dynamic, interactive, and energetic show born out of the professional stage savvy of the established veterans that they are. Two performance presentation education workshops are available: “Musicmobile, A History of Soul Music“ and “Lessons In Rhythm In And Lessons In Life“. A free Study Guide, promo kit materials including additional descriptive information is available upon request. Free MP3 samples and compact disc purchases of two compact discs are available on the band website.
Available upon request.
Electric and acoustic rock meet indigenous huayños and tinkus with flute-fused salsa and cumbias, merengue-sambas, jazzed-out rumbas, Latinized ballads, country, and other toe-tappin' fun.
24-channel mixer, two main speakers, four floor-monitors, one bass speaker, one lead guitar speaker, four floor-microphones. This equipment may be provided by the group for a fee of $400.
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.
This varies according to venue and style of event. Suitable back line and soundcheck at least 3-4 hours prior to event.
Cathy and Dave play traditional and contemporary folk music, both vocal and instrumental, specializing in the cultural heritage of Missouri and the Ozarks. Their dynamic and diverse performances are renown throughout the nation. Their commitment and expertise in traditional music and folklore have led them in a variety of themes and seminars, such as Missouri history, Civil War music, songs of American rivers, Lewis & Clark music, and traditional religious music. They have taught several stringed instruments, dulcimers, banjo, guitar, and traditional found instruments. Also Available: Gumbo Bottoms: A Big Muddy Musical, a brand-new river musical written by Meredith Ludwig and Cathy Barton, is produced by the Turner Hall River Rats for the Arts in Boonville, Mo., and features twelve original songs by Cathy, with both Dave and Cathy in the four-piece string band. Ludwig based the play on oral histories she collected along the Missouri River for the Missouri River Communities Network in 2005. With a cast of six actors and a creatively portable set, the show features lively dance, humor and songs based on the folk life of the Missouri River. If your community is interested in bringing the production of Gumbo Bottoms to a theatre near you in 2009 or 2010, please contact Meredith Ludwig at 660-849-2217 or e-mail email@example.com Web: www.gumbobottomsmusical.com
Sound system with 4-6 microphones with stands and booms (if room requires it), 2 chairs. We can also bring our own sound for an indoor setting.
Chris Stephens is a multi-instrumentalist like no other. It's difficult to explain what he does with his instruments - the Arabic Oud, Persian Tar, Indian Sitar, and Chinese Pipa - but however you describe it he's crossing musical boundaries and fostering connections between distant traditions. A true master musician and innovator, his music is based on the historic music from the world’s oldest cultures. His specialty is in the family of instruments known as "lutes", which are the ancestors of the guitar. Chris' performances are both an homage to these classical traditions and an exploration in contemporary improvisation. His main focus is to share these historic art forms with new audiences and to engage those who are familiar with them by honoring the old traditional styles and compositions. Each concert creates an enchanted musical scenery never to be heard again. Performances can go from melodic and meditative to rhythmic and explosive at any moment creating a rich and unique tapestry of sound that all can enjoy.
Comfortable stage floor seating
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.
Mark and Cindy can provide their own sound system. If P.A. is provided, they require two vocal mics and two direct boxes for their guitars; they request two monitor mixes if available.
City in Motion Dance Theater has been part of the cultural fabric of Kansas City since 1985. City in Motion Dance Theater is a professional dance company, a school of dance and a presenter of dance. Its mission is to foster the development of high-quality contemporary dance programming and expand the dance audience in the Kansas City metropolitan region. City in Motion is comprised of eight professionally trained dancers and directed by three co-artistic directors, Andrea Skowronek, Penelope Hearne and Stephanie Whittler. The company has a balanced combination of high quality technique and artistically driven choreography. City in Motion strives to ensure that dance concerts demonstrate a wide range of themes from comedies to abstract commentaries on social, political, and human reflections. The movement varies from high energy physicality to soft fluid dynamics that suspend, release and travel across the stage in smooth spatial patterns. The tour brings sixty minutes of dance using eight dancers performing new works and repertoire pieces. The tour series shows eight contemporary pieces. They can also offer workshops in creative movement, modern, improvisation and ballet for teens and adults.
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.
Performance space with a pipe organ and two music stands.
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.
12' x 12' open area with ceiling clearance of 7 feet. Electricity: (3) 110 volt outlets within 50' of stage area.
Coco Soul is a highly energetic artist, musician, singer who brings excitement, love, and lots of energy with every show. Singing everything from upbeat cover tunes that you grew up with to wonderful soul stirring originals. A Riverfront Times Best R&B Female award, Budweiser Superfest Winner, and Midwest Grammys placement winner. Coco Soul brings a 4-9 piece band with her playing everything from Motown, Soul, DISCO, Jazz, and R&B! Turning any event into a party is her Specialty!
Contact for Technical Requirements
Audiences love the 50-piece Compton Heights Concert Band’s Sousa-style “pops” program of marches, show tunes, familiar symphonic works and much more, which appeal to all ages and musical tastes. This tried-and-true formula delights audiences in both indoor and outdoor settings. Also available is a school program that involves students in individual and ensemble workshops and participatory concerts.
If outdoors, require a 150amp electrical circuit for the Wenger showmobile stage, lighting, and PA. Set up time is 5 hours. Breakdown, 3 hours. We usually provide technical and stage crew. Indoors we need access to PA, lighting, chairs, stands.
Cornet Chop Suey includes seven multi-talented musicians providing electrifying performances of instrumental and vocal jazz. From the traditional New Orleans sounds of Louis Armstrong; the Big Band Swing era of Bennie Goodman; the Kansas City, East Coast, West Coast styles; contemporary, hip, bluesy, funky; these guys play it all! With over 200 years of collective performance experience, these veterans provide shows that engage and delight audiences. The group includes classically trained and accredited music educators, alumni of the Stan Kenton and Harry James big bands, and nationally recognized performing artists who have appeared with celebrities ranging from Maynard Ferguson to Chuck Berry.
For concert hall: grand piano, sound and lighting technicians, set-up/sound check time one hour. We will provide stage equipment plot with contract. for other venues we can negotiate requirements and provide all equipment if necessary.
Street painting is a performance art that began during the renaissance. It is a way to bring art to the public. Craig Thomas has been creating street paintings for 21 years in Europe, Canada, and throughout the United States. He can create street painting performances for schools, festivals, workshops, or presentations.
An outdoor paved area, average size 12x12 feet, adequate lighting and awning. If indoor, canvas to preferred size.
This fun and diverse ensemble traces the evolution of Cuban music from its African origins to modern days and styles of music, in a range of rhythms from Rumba, Son, Bolero, and Salsa. Its repertoire includes Spanish, Brazilian and English songs, classics arranged with a very heavy Cuban touch and also original material. It’s a perfect choice in different formats, from an intimate event to a fun dance party.
Nominations 2018 by the Pitch/KC: Best Local Band, Best Musician (Michael McClintock), Best Singer (Fedra Cooper)
Debut Album “Acento Cubano”, received amazing compliments in USA, Cuba, and Colombia.
“Selected as one of the Top 10 albums of 2017” by Ritmo Caribe Promotions, New York.
“Excellent musical proposal that gives life to classics with a new touch, and an implicit magic that makes you fall in love from the first cut” article by Solar Latin Club, Cali, Colombia
Sound system (12 channel mixer, 2 monitors, 2 PA speakers, microphones, microphone stands, cables, and extension cords), if the venue doesn’t have these items we can bring ours for a fee.
A 4th generation horse and mule trader, Dan Hess grew up competing in local and state rodeos and, as an adult, embarked on a 12-year professional rodeo career. Along the way, Hess picked up cowboy lore from his elders, whom he calls the "last faint dying embers of the real old-time cowboys." He notes that songs and poetry are just as much a part of the rodeo business as riding and roping. Hess has written and recited cowboy poetry for nearly 50 years, earning invitations to perform three times at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma and at Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada. Hess is available for solo performances at schools, festivals, and concerts.
PA system with handheld microphone
I am a high energy saxophonist. I currently have two CDs and am working on my third. I play a wide range of styles that appeal to all ages. I engage the crowd during all of my performances. I'm not one that stands still when I perform. Styles of music are: Smooth Jazz, Latin, Gospel, Rock, Pop, Jazz, Calypso. I give a 200% heartfelt performance at my concerts.
Music stands. Sound engineer with PA equipment if full band is needed.
Concertmaster of the Saint Louis Symphony under Music Director David Robertson, David Halen is recognized as one of the most esteemed musical leaders of an American orchestra. In early September, the Symphony completed an unprecedented, critically heralded tour of European festivals, including London, Paris, Berlin and Lucerne. In addition to his duties with the orchestra, in September, 2012 he joined the faculty at the University of Michigan. As a young man, he didn't have to look far for his musical influences: he began playing the violin at the age of six, and earned his bachelor’s degree at the age of 18 studying with his father, the late Walter Halen. In that same year, he won the Music Teachers National Association Competition and was granted a Fulbright scholarship for study at the Freiburg Hochschule für Musik in Germany, the youngest recipient ever to have been honored with this prestigious award. He served as Assistant Concertmaster with the Houston Symphony Orchestra under Sergiu Comissiona and Christoph Eschenbach between 1982-1991. He joined the St. Louis Symphony where he was officially named Concertmaster in September 1995, under Music Directors Leonard Slatkin and Hans Vonk. He has also soloed in most of the major concerti in St. Louis, taught, and served as Concertmaster at the WDR (Cologne), San Fransisco, Detroit, and Toronto Symphonies, the Manhattan School of Music, Indiana University, the Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, and the New World Symphony in Miami. As co-founder and artistic director of the Innsbrook Institute, Halen coordinates a weeklong festival, in June, of exciting musical performances. Under Halen’s direction, Innsbrook is also an enclave for aspiring artists. In August, he is artistic director of the Missouri River Festival of the Arts in Boonville, Missouri. Halen plays on a 1753 Giovanni Battista Guadagnini violin, made in Milan, Italy. He is married to Korean-born soprano Miran Cha Halen and has a 16-year-old son.
Available on request
Classic Vegas, Rat Pack and More. A tribute to the music, style, and entertainers of one of the greatest eras of entertainment. Dean Christopher, award winning actor, singer, and impressionist, has performed from NY to LA in casinos, theaters, performing arts centers, for corporate events as well as guest entertaining for the Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Azamara, and Oceania cruise lines. Dean was a favorite opening act for the late, legendary comedian Don Rickles and has opened for Frank Sinatra Jr. Based in St Louis, he now is one of the most sought after entertainers in the Midwest. His show features a seven-piece band but Dean can also simply bring to life the music of Sinatra and his contemporaries with smaller combos. He also offers a Classic Vegas Christmas show and a Dean Martin cabaret show where his impression captures the music, wit, and laid-back charm of the King of Cool. Travels any distance.
For Classic Vegas-Rat Pack and More show: Stage area at least 20x12 for 7 piece band and performer. Can provide own sound with two hour set up time.
For Dean Martin tribute: Tuned piano (preferably baby grand) and set pieces (i.e. love seat size couch, table)
Dee Ban is a musician, teacher, and historian. She combines all three when she takes her autoharp into classrooms. Dee teaches history and other subjects by way of musical intelligence and primary source music. Lively discussions ensue as students encounter differing points of view passionately expressed in music. History comes alive as students learn that there are many voices of the past and they do not always agree. Her topics include: The American Revolution, Lewis and Clark, the Civil War, Black History: Slavery through Civil Rights, Songs of the Slaves, Immigration, the 1904 World's Fair, 1960's Civil Rights and Peace Movement, American Women's History, Missouri History, Voting and Election Rights, Biography in Song, Reading/Library Week, Earth Day and Ecology and more. For more than a decade Dee sung in many venues including: The Missouri History Museum, schools, educational conferences, folk life festivals, independent living senior centers, historical societies, and churches. With enough lead-time, Dee is happy to research and prepare new programs. Resume and brochure are available upon request.
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.
Microphone and a 6 ft. table
Douglas Niedt’s listeners around the world know him for his love of fresh, diverse, and emotionally engaging repertoire performed with incredible energy, technical perfection, and, most of all, emotional depth. As one fan said, “Glad I’m not a critic because I don’t think critics are supposed to say things like--this fellow plays with his heart, not his fingers. And it’s with your heart you hear him.” His CD Pure Magic has been a great success worldwide. Also available is his Christmas CD, In Heavenly Peace.
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.
Downstream requires one hour set up time if a sound system is needed for the venue. If the sound system is available at the venue, we need: 8 jacks for microphones and instruments, 3 microphones and a monitor.
Dr. Dave performed around the United States at Ragtime and Early Jazz Festivals for over 25 years. He has performed for the Emperor of Japan during his 1994 US visit as well as many other dignitaries. Dr. Dave served as the Artistic Director of the Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival in Sedalia, MO for 6 years. He was also Music Director for the Chippewa Valley Ragtime Festival in Eau Claire, WI for 4 years. During his career, he has played on the St. Louis Riverfront, and recently brought Ragtime back to the MO State Fair. Dr. Dave has currently just been honored as a MO State Touring Performer.
88 key fully working Acoustic piano, recently tuned PA System, vocal microphone, Boom microphone stand.
Because of their uniquely fresh, bright, charming and subtle character, Chinese art songs are pearls on the crown of the world's music. They represent the development of twenty centuries of Chinese art songs from 1920 to 1949. Hallis, accompanied by Brian Hallis, her son and pianist, uses her experience with Chines and Western repertoire and her knowledge of Western music to delight audiences in this one and half hour performance. The pieces range from art songs passed down through generations for more than a thousand years to love songs to contemporary songs written before 1949. An optional two hour lecture is available for an additional $200.
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.
The simplicity of Viola Spolin's Improvisational Theater allows Ed Reggi to require almost no technical requirements. A bare floor with basic lighting is the only requirement.
An award winning Irish singer, fiddle player and dancer from the West of Ireland with 11 World Irish Music titles to her credit. Eimear has toured extensively as a performer and has taught at festivals worldwide. Eimear is proficient in the art of sean nos singing, a highly ornamented, unaccompanied style of singing in the Irish language. Eimear frequently performs with St Louis native and harp player Eileen Gannon. Together they perform a beautiful blend of ancient harp melodies, Irish songs and ballads and toe tapping dance tunes. As well as being a performer, Eimear is also a qualified music and dance teacher. She holds a Performance Diploma in Traditional Music from the London College of Music (DipLCM) and a diploma in the instruction of Irish music from Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann (TTCT) and is qualified Irish Dancing Teacher with An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha (TCRG).
Most recently she was awarded LiveIreland's “Best Newcomer” award in the 2019 Livies Awards.
2 microphones and 2 stands
1 vocal microphone and stand and an XLR for clip-on fiddle microphone.
Established in 1979, El Grupo Folklorico Atotonilco has garnered a reputation as one of the best Mexican folk dance companies in the U.S. The Asociacion Nacional de Grupos Folklorico has named this troupe the Premiere Mexican Folk Dance Company in the U.S. No other U.S. folklorico dance company has been awarded this honor to date. El Grupo Folklorico Atotonilco fills the stage with an exuberant array of the regional dances and music of Mexico, performing nationally and internationally. “We want to perform. We have such an abundance of our folklore, and would love to share our culture and traditions with everyone.”
PA system, tape playback, dressing room near the performance space, non-carpeted dance floor, CD player
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.
Very limited needs- Elizabeth will come with Stage Manager, van with three pieces of furniture and projection screen, and laptop equipped with QLab. We will require a brief spacing/tech rehearsal. Strike will take about half an hour. We will require a basic light and sound setup and a projector.
Do you love Paris in the springtime or anytime? Adore the voice and songs of Edith Piaf? Then this group is for you! Elsie Parker’s voice is exactly the same range as the “Sparrow” Piaf, and makes sure familiar songs like “La vie en rose” are always part of her performance. Elsie also delves into “the unknown Piaf” including haunting versions of early Piaf works like “Les mômes de la cloche”, the song that first gained Piaf attention and made her a star. But it doesn’t stop there. Being a multi-woodwind player, Elsie can sing any number of soulful songs of Michel Legrand (such as “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg”) and also play a jazz chorus on clarinet or flute/alto flute and then turn around and play tenor sax on a steamy Latin jazz tune of Gato Barberi, or a funk song of Venessa Paradis. Band members Ken Kehner (piano), Mike Carosello (keyboards), Wayne Coniglio (bass and bass trombone, former Ray Charles member for 7 ½ years), Ron Carr (drums), and Alan Schilling (percussion) are remarkable talents each in their own right. This group can perform as a 3, 4, 5, and 6-piece group, plus Elsie also has orchestrations to be able to be soloist with orchestras! This seasoned group has performed in the St. Louis area, Illinois, Iowa, California, Florida. Elsie has even performed on French TV in Paris!
Access to grounded electrical outlet. If outdoors, access to a covered, sheltered area in case of inclement weather.
Singer/composer Erin Bode mesmerizes audiences with her striking stage presence, an irresistible voice, and a remarkable musical savvy that has positioned her at the intersection of jazz, folk and pop music. Her band features top-notch players with distinctive voicings of their own.
Available on request.
Straight-aheasd vocal jazz with a driving sense of swing and a modern sensibility, encompassing standards and newer compositions. Eve Seltzer I delighted to once again be a resdent of her native St. Louis. Eve Seltzer started singing professionally at the age of eight, in the children's choruses of the St. Louis Symphony and the Opera Theatre of St. Louis. Eve majored in classical voice in the joint program between the New England Conservatory of Music and Tufts University, before transfering to Columbia in New York. In New York, Eve continued studying music, and for several years could be spotted on the coffee house circuit singing original songs with her acoustic guitar. In 2002, Eve started taking jazz voice lessons at the New School with Julia Dollison, and realized that she had found her musical niche. She subsequently studied with Miles Griffith, Marion Cowings, and Barry Harris. Projects she has participated in include the Billy Harper 60 Voices project and the gypsy jazz combo Franglais, where she brings her St. Louis sensibility to French jazz. Her singing is distinctive, blending polish and earthiness, always joyfully embracing the American jazz tradition.
Full notification reguarding available instruments (piano and/or drum kit) and amplification requirements--i.e. whether PA is provided or whether band must provide its own amplifications . Notification of logging requirements, if applicable.
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!
We are self contained. All we need is electricity. Two 20 amp circuits.
The Farnum Family consists of six children with mom & dad, all performing and/or promoting American & European-originated folk music from the early 1800's thru mid-1900's. With influence gleaned from bluegrass, folk, gospel, Irish, old-time standards, and cowboy & western, their diverse blend of music is styled in a quasi-traditional string-band fashion – with 5-string banjo, fiddle, guitar, mandolin and upright bass, supported by piano, pennywhistle, with occasional harmonica and percussive washboard. Their homespun and entertaining presentations include appropriate academic dialogue & instrumental demonstration to captivate audiences, young & old. A special feature is their award-winning daughter who plays Irish, Texas swing & old-time fiddle styles. As a traveling home-school family band, they have been featured at the Buffalo Bill Cody Stampede Rodeo, International Washboard Festival, Ozark Folk Center, Silver Dollar City and many other venues through 17 states. They are available for corporate event, theater concert, church service or event, county/state fair or school assembly.
For large concert environments: 8 vocal mics (or 6 vocal and 2 instrumental), acoustic piano (or direct box for electric), direct box (or mic) for upright bass. For small venues, power source (for artist-provided system). Pure bottled water...and dark chocolate!
Fine to Drive is an original Americana band residing in St. Louis, Missouri. Capturing the nature of traditional Americana they effortlessly blend country, folk and blues to create a fresh and yet comforting sound in their roots driven music.
Their first full length album What Whiskey Did was released February 2018. As versatile and energetic as they are true to the classic spirit of country music, Fine to Drive’s first album proves they are an undeniable powerhouse thanks to their distinct and dynamic male and female vocal harmonies, unique sound and authentic songwriting. The album starts off with just the right amount of twang and lyrical sass in the song “Everything but Love,” a playful take on the American dream and picturesque suburban life with that clap-your-hands and stomp-your-feet feel that invites you to the dance floor.
Requirements available upon request.
The Finley River Boys is a high-energy, acoustic bluegrass band that performs a wide variety of bluegrass, country, folk, and gospel songs. The band’s unique, rich blend of tight, four-part harmonies and intricate instrumental breaks captivate audiences everywhere. The Finley River Boys feature Brad Reynolds (upright bass, vocals), Bill Crider (guitar, vocals), Brett Dudenhoeffer (fiddle, mandolin, vocals), and Alan Johnston (banjo, mandolin, vocals). The band has performed in excess of a hundred shows yearly, including at venues such as Starvy Creek Bluegrass Festival, Silver Dollar City, Jerusalem Ridge Bluegrass Celebration (also featured on the Cumberland Highlanders television show), Missouri State Fair, churches, county fairs, theaters, civic centers, schools, and many more events throughout the United States. The Finley River Boys present a family-friendly show that will have your audience grinning, tapping their toes, and clapping their hands!
If needed Finley River Boys has a state of the art digital sound system for large and small events. When using an event provided system 4 vocal mics, 3 instrument mics, and 2 direct inputs or 5 instrument mics.
FIRE DOG is my three-piece rock band. The show features electric guitar, bass, and drums. Our high energy show of original tunes can be geared toward young audiences, families, teens, and adults. FIRE DOG has toured extensively and has released six albums of original music on our homemade label LOVE-O-RAMA records.
A PA system and sound person is a plus. But all programs can be self-sustainable. All I need is power.
Storytelling programs, suited for all ages, will delight, tickle the imagination and send you on a journey around the world. Flavia has been telling stories since high school where she competed at the state level. Honing her craft and adding puppets has brought new life to old stories. As an added bonus, Flavia engages students in creative thinking and entices them to create stories of their own. Stories of her travels to Rwanda and working with the Pygmy people will inspire older students and adults.
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.
Travel with own sound equipment suitable for a small venue of about 100 people. If in a larger venue or outdoors we need two vocal mics, two DI boxes, and three mics for percussion. Also, two stools. Set up with our equipment is 30 minutes after our gear is in the venue. With supplied sound it is 15 minutes. Sound check is 20 minutes. We need three bottles of water and access to a change room. We run our own sound with our equipment.
Forte and Roe are an exciting pairing of musicians with classical, jazz and popular music backgrounds. A Julliard graduate with her debut at Carnegie Hall, Sutu Forte ignites passion, blending her piano with Bill’s expert electric bass leads in unconventional ways. They bring virtuosity, inspiration and fun to their music.
The Fountain City Brass Band, founded in 2002, is a volunteer musical ensemble based in the greater Kansas City area. The band is committed to a mission of cultural enrichment through the presentation of concerts that are both entertaining and educational. Performing a wide variety of music including opera, jazz, Broadway, and modern compositions written especially for brass band, the FCBB seeks to bridge the gap between popular and classical music. Offering casual, audience friendly concerts, the band also actively seeks to initiate cultural revitalization and arts awareness in the local community. Since their first competition in 2004 the Fountain City Brass Band has won four U.S. Open Brass Band Championships and four North American Brass Band Championships. In November of 2009 the Fountain City Brass Band, became the first American band ever, and the first non-UK band in over fifty years, to win a major brass band competition on UK soil at the Scottish Open Brass Band Championships. At the end of Nineteenth century, there were over 18,000 brass bands in the United States. These bands were a central part of the cultural life of America at a time before the advent of radio and other forms of mass media. Mindful of its responsibility towards this rich, but now endangered historical tradition, the FCBB strives to keep alive a vital part of early American heritage. Also aware of its responsibilities to future generations, the band is committed to education, offering a wide array of outreach programs designed specifically for schools and the community. Additionally, the FCBB also offers a variety of chamber ensembles, as well as individual band members who are available for performances and clinics in the local community. The Fountain City Brass Band has been the host of a number of internationally known brass soloists and clinicians, including James Gourlay, Patrick Sheridan, Steven Mead, Roger Oyster, Stephen Bulla, Garry Cutt, Joe Burgstaller, Jens Lindemann, and Helen Tyler. Members of the thirty-piece ensemble have performed with such prestigious ensembles as the New York Philharmonic, St. Louis Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, Empire Brass, United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own”, Mr. Jack Daniel’s Silver Cornet Band, Black Dyke Band, Fodens Band, YBS Band, Halle Orchestra, Lieksa Symphony and numerous New York City Broadway productions including Les Miserables and The Phantom of the Opera. T hey have also taught on the faculties of numerous colleges and universities.
Available upon request.
What happens when Manouche swing in the tradition of Django Reinhardt meets American straight-ahead jazz? We think we have the answer, and hope that it would have been both Django and Duke Ellington dancing in their graves, along with our very alive and well audience. Franglais--pronounced [frahn-GLAY] is the homecoming of American in Paris back to Missouri. We have played to rave reviews all over the United States and France. We were the only American band to be invited to the Django Reinhardt Jazz Festival in Samois-Sur-Seine, France, and to the Manouche Jazz Festival in Zillishiem, France.
Full notification reguarding available amplification and audio systems (i.e. if PA is available or if band must provide our own equipment). Notification of lodging requirements is applicable.
Fresh Heir has been putting on high-energy performances since 2007.Originally a 5-piece ensemble the band now has 10+ pieces. Meeting at Webster University (St. Louis, MO) in the jazz studies program, their beginning sound featured instrumental originals & covers similar to Soulive, RH Factor and Charlie Hunter. Evolving, the band added vocals to the energy and began writing positive inspired lyrics in 2009 as showcased on their "Alive Around The World" and "Sky's The Limit" albums.
FH's current album "All Up From Here" (2016) displays a melting pot of funk/soul/pop/jazz/hip-hop. The album features a message of equality, peace and social justice for all.
Nick Savage and Ryan Marquez have remained the bands core founders as membership has been fluid through the years. The current configuration has been together for 4 years and features a cast of STL's top players. FH now operates similar to Steely Dan, in that it always features Savage & Marquez but integrates the other members to create the sound most appropriate for the task/tour at hand.
The group has experience playing in different configurations all over the world as one can see in their videos. FH can jam an acoustic setup with 2-5 people or can produce a full-scale theatrical production featuring 10+ members utilizing high level audio/production skills.
The band is currently in production on their 5th release "Believe" due out in 2017. The album's title track features an anthem for unity 'Believe in Love Today”.
Drawing upon influences from musical groups such as Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Roots and John Legend the band creates their own eclectic “pop” sound. Connecting the body, mind, and spirit, Fresh Heirs' music keeps their audiences moving while they deliver meaningful words of encouragement in harmony over a high-energy musical platform featuring blazing guitar and rippin' horn lines.
Requirements available upon request
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.
Prefer PA provided (a stage plot is available on our website); ideally, require 45-60 minutes to set up, but can be ready in 20 minutes under festival circumstances if necessary.
The Gateway Men's Chorus is St. Louis's premiere gay men's chorus. Under the direction of Mr. Al Fischer, the chorus presents three subscription concerts a year (Holiday, spring, and summer) at various locations in St. Louis. Programs toured with the full chorus will generally be the concert currently in preparation or most recently performed. Smaller groups are also available.
Suitable stage area and choir risers to accommodate 100 (full chorus), a tuned acoustic piano, a modest sound reinforcement and lighting capabilities. All venues must be ADA compliant for our special needs members.
The Gateway Ringers is an auditioned community choir, comprised of handbell ringers from the St. Louis metropolitan area. Our mission is to inspire excellence in musicianship and heighten awareness of handbell music. The music we play is a mix of classical, popular, and religious music. The group was formed in the fall of 1995. The Gateway Ringers are members of the Handbell Musicians of America (formerly AGEHR). Gateway performs using five octaves of Malmark handbells and six octaves of Malmark Choirchimes®. The group is currently under the direction of Charles Peery. The group is organized as a not-for-profit organization, and auditions are held every two years.
Two hours for set-up and warm up, electricity for lights, designated space for dressing rooms. Performance space must be large enough for 15 three foot tables plus two sets of chimes. Visit our website for more details.
Wonderfully blending tradition and performance, Gladys Coggswell brings to the stage stories of the African American experience in Missouri — stories collected from our older residents, plus traditional folk tales, one-woman historical dramas, folk and gospel music and interactive storytelling-story sharing workshops. Programs can be tailored for young children, students, elders, or mixed ages. Coggswell has spent a lifetime gathering and telling stories — her great-grandmother’s, which relate back to slavery, her own, and stories researched through professional work and travel.She is the recipient of the Distinguished Achievement in Literature Award from the Missouri Humanities Council. Part teacher and part charmer, her dramatic portrayals and sharp sense of dialect and character make her a sought-after entertainer. “Storytelling has become a mission for me, to try to bring about a better understanding of history. At the same time I think there is a need for the kind of storytelling that will bring people together, rather than pull them apart.” Gladys just published her second book, “Stories from the Heart – Missouri’s African-American Heritage,” published by the University of Missouri Press. She is available to speak about writing, history, researching, interviewing, motivating and music. Gladys received an Honorary Doctorate's Degree from the University of Missouri St. Louis in May of 2015. Search her name (Gladys Caines Coggswell) online for more information.
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.
PA with One vocal Mic, one instrument mic, two line-ins. If presenter doesn't have a PA system, Gloria has one for an audience under 150 people.
“This explosive four-piece outfit, led by John King on bass, with Adaron “Pops” Jackson on keys, James Jackson on drums, and Shaun Robinson on guitar, draws upon jazz, funk, fusion, gospel, and R&B repertoires to deliver a powerful and unapologetic sound that excites and thrills audiences. When this band hits the stage, there are no boundaries. The only guarantee is a night of world-class music that is Good 4 the Soul!”
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.
1-1/2 hours to load in and check
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.
Will be provided according to kind of program requested.
Ha Ha Tonka carve out songs evoking the dichotomies that define their native Ozarks. Named after the state park, they have a deep appreciation for regional storytelling traditions and the musical ancestry of their homeland. Their music is a combination of indie rock, bluegrass, and Americana. Expect a high-energy performance that combines four-part harmonies with footstomping rock. In addition to the musical performance, we discuss Ozarks history, geography, and storytelling.
John McClellan and Kirk Hanser began performing together in 1996. As a duo, they quickly became known for their choice of entertaining programs, their technical and musical prowess, and their abilities for connecting with audiences. Over the past 16 years, they have become recognized by critics and audiences alike as one of the most highly respected chamber music groups in the U.S. Most of the music performed by the duo has been written for them by prominent composers from around the world. As musicians, John and Kirk come from very different backgrounds with wide interests; as such, their programs are very diverse. Note that while the duo has been ensemble-in-residence for a prestigious music department for schools such as Webster University (since 1998), John and Kirk are also standing "special featured guests" for the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society Festival each year.
The Harmonium Brass is comfortable in any musical genre ranging from Renaissance to contemporary American jazz, with collectively over 100 years of education and performing experience represented by its members. The group can perform Renaissance/Baroque selections, holiday favorites, music of the big bands, show tunes, and gospel selections. Programs can be tailored to any age group or desired theme.
5 chairs, 5 music stands, public address system, adequate lighting, warm-up/storage area
We are an authentic, traditional Polynesian dance troupe. We do luau shows with CDs or a live band covering the South Pacific islands of Hawaii, Tahiti, Samoa, and New Zealand in full, 1-hour authentic show. A fire/knife dancer and drummers can be added when possible. Audience participation is encouraged as we teach hula or Tahitian style movements. Our performance history includes the Festival of Nations for 10 years and Dancing in the Streets at Grand Center for 5 years. In some presentations, we can teach language and history. We wear the right costumes required for each island culture of the South Pacific. WE BRING THE SPIRIT OF ALOHA to all audiences!
Electricity hook-ups, parking, private dressing area, beverages (water)
The Heart of Missouri Chorus (HOM) presents four-part women's acapella harmony in a variety of entertaining styles. This highly respected and popular group's repertoire ranges from holiday music, ballads and gospel, to show tunes and swing. HOM has something for everyone. The chorus has won several competitions in its 32-year history, most recently winning both the Showmanship Trophy and First Place Small Chorus for the Region 5 Sweet Adelines Spring 2011 competition. The chorus scored high enough to place in the top five small choruses in the world and has been invited to compete at the International Sweet Adelines competition in Denver, Colorado October 2012.
The chorus technical needs are minimal, other than a place to perform. Microphones are needed for theater and auditorium venues.
The Heartland Men's Chorus is Kansas City's 130+ voice gay men's chorus. Under the direction of Dr. Joseph Nadeau, the chorus presents 3 subscription concerts (Holiday, Spring and Summer) at Kansas City's historic Folly Theater each year. Programs toured with the full chorus will generally be the concert currently in preparation or most recently performed. Smaller groups are also available. Selections chosen are tailored to the event.
Suitable stage area and choir risers to accommodate 120 (full chorus), a tuned acoustic piano, a modest sound reinforcement and lighting capabilities
Country, Bluegrass, Gospel and Classic Rock (50's to 70's) family show features impersonations and comedy. Helen Russell was formally with Lee Mace's Ozark Opry, where her abilities as a vocalist and instrumentalist were enjoyed 6 nights a week for 19 seasons.
Electrical outlet with ground within 25 feet of performance area, a minium of 8 feet ceiling height. One hour set up time, 1/2 hour tear down time.
Hilary Scott is an award-winning singer-songwriter who brings her unique brand of melodic and lyrically memorable indie/pop songs to audiences nationally and internationally. Jeff Dame of Northeast In-Tune has this to say about Hilary and her music: "Hilary has the potential to be as big as the likes of Alanis Morrisette, Tori Amos, or Sheryl Crow. ' Hilary and her various bands have opened for artists such as Chuck Berry, Little Feat, Beth Orton, Dave Alvin, Tanya Tucker, and more. She has also toured extensively in the US, and abroad in the UK, France, Italy, Japan, South Korea, and Vietnam. Hilary Scott’s music has garnered much industry attention, receiving airplay on community, college, commercial, internet, and satellite radio. Amanda Dahling of The Missourian writes, "Hilary's music is marked by a strong voice, fluid guitar playing, accessible songs...these same attributes are gaining attention from the music industry." Hilary was the first woman featured on the cover of Inside Columbia Magazine, and voted "Best Local Artist" in the same magazine several times. Recently, Hilary was asked to perform in the Americana Music Series hosted by industry phenom Michael O'Neill, which features some of the best songwriters working today. Hilary is currently recording her next project in Los Angeles, where she is working with multiple Grammy-winning musicians and writing with renowned songwriters. Hilary has been on the independent label, Belltown Records since 2003, and has ten recorded albums. Two of these albums were produced and recorded in Nashville with producer Matthew Wilder, through whom she also received a 5-song writing and publishing deal. Hilary was also asked by hit songwriter Keith Colley to write the theme song for his "Can Do" project entitled "America's Song." Hilary's song 'And Just' was produced as a single by Italian producer Euro Ferrari (Bjork, Sting, Pavarotti) after winning first place in the international singer-songwriter section of Festival Degli Autori in 2010. Ferrari had this to say about Hilary and her music: "...Hilary Scott writes and sings in a way that creates a fascinating and intimate world, and it is enough for her to utilize only a whisper to raise deep emotions in the listener. Her voice is absolutely extraordinary in its emotional greatness.”
The Homestead Pickers from Sliver Dollar City in Branson, MO are a very special collection of four seasoned performers, musicians, comedians, actors, storytellers, and composers. They have many years of experience entertaining audiences both in Branson, Missouri and around the United States, as well as tours of Ireland through the Irish Arts Council. Since 1996 their performing home is the McHaffie Homestead cabin built in 1843 and located on the main street of Silver Dollar City. Their eclctic blend of fiddle, banjo, guitar, hammered dulcimer, and unique vocals depict the early days of American music, bluegrass, gospel, and folk tunes with humor unmatched by any other combination. Music and CD information on website.
Would need 1 hour setup if sound is provided by venue and 2 hour setup if our sound is used. All ascoustic band with possibility of direct input boxes for bass and guitar. Basic setup is four vocal on stands and 4 instrument microphones on stands unless DIBs are used on before mentioned instruments.
For more than four decades, Howard Marshall has been devoted to conserving, studying, and carrying on traditional fiddle music. A member of a pioneer Randolph County family and a retired University of Missouri professor of art history, Marshall has played fiddle since the late 1960s. He notes that there has been a fiddler in every generation of his family since at least 1830. Marshall’s performances focus on music he inherited from master old-time fiddlers and mentors such as Art Galbraith, Taylor McBaine, Pete McMahan, and Nile Wilson. Marshall also writes about the history of fiddling, produces CDs by Missouri fiddlers, and recently reissued a book and double CD called “Now That’s a Good Tune:” Masters of Traditional Missouri Fiddling. Marshall performs regularly at square dances, festivals, fiddler’s contests, and other venues. He is available for concerts, master classes, and school programs.
Basic PA system (depending on venue), covered stage
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.
PA system appropriate to venue size, and sound tech, lighting if needed.
The Rep’s Imaginary Theatre Company, the touring ensemble of The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, invites teachers and their students to share all the wonder, poetry, wit, drama and excitement that only live theatre can bring. ITC's high quality stage work will not only nurture love of the arts but will also enhance teachers' educational programs. The literature-based productions honor and value a story well told while supporting the Missouri Show-Me Standards. ITC's specialty is taking audiences into a magic world that will spark the imagination
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.
Concert stage for chamber musicians. PA system with 2 speaking microphones.
Award-winning actress Susie Wall consistently receives high acclaim for her portrayal of the great American poet, Emily Dickinson. Performed with humor, wit and poignancy, Ms. Wall creates a genuine portrait of this fantastic writer. She invites the audience into Emily's home in Amherst and shares secret moments from her reclusive life; she reads excerpts of the poetry that was stashed away in a box containing thousands of her writings (her letter to the world!). This production is a delight for all who love words. Will's Women features Maggie Ryan showcasing Shakespeare's feminine characters, with workshops.
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.
2 main speakers, 4 vocal mics, 3 instrument mics, 1 direct line, 2-4 stage monitors, 1 qualified sound tech, 1 long table.
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.
Contact for technical requirements. Most are open to negotiation.
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.
45 minutes for set-up and take down. Access to standard electrical outlet. Performance space 8' high, 10' deep, 12' wide
Jeff Miller's programs are "Laughter Guaranteed!" An award-winning poet, performance artist, and storyteller, he is featured nationally at poetry, storytelling, music, and folk-life festivals. His performances are highly-original, filled with unusual oral histories he has personally collected, jokes and stories embellished and turned into narrative poems, and outrageous and inspirational gems (sometimes within the same story!) birthed from his vivid imagination or adventurous experiences. Workshops include "Tapping Your Creativity", "Writing and Performing Poems", and "Creating Empathy through Storytelling". His three books have been described as "much, much funnier than anything Stephen King has ever written."
The Jim Widner Big Band is a 17 piece jazz orchestra playing music in the styles of Count Basie, Stan Kenton and Woody Herman yet with a distinct sound and style all of their own. The band is comprised of former sidemen from the bands of Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Maynard Ferguson, Maria Schneider and others. The band has recorded 5 critically acclaimed CD’s, “Yesterdays and Today”, “Body and Soul”, “Live, The Jim Widner Big Band Rides Again”, “Flying High”, and “Out Of This World”, with their 6th one to be released in early 2013. The band has also performed with such artists as Clark Terry, Louie Bellson, John Pizzarelli, Marilyn Maye, Steve Lippia and a host of others. Celebrating their 25th anniversary, the Jim Widner Big Band has established itself in an educational setting presenting concerts, clinics, residencies, festival and summer camps. For more information refer to www.jimwidnerbigband.com.
Available on request
Joan Finn, is a professional Madonnara, or chalk artist, who creates chalk street paintings for festivals and events. The art performance take place from one or more days using chalk pastels to create colorful masterpieces on the pavement. Specializing in 3D or “anamorphic” street painting, I like to create works that celebrate the culture and theme of the specific event.
Suitable pavement such as concrete or asphalt. Alternate surface materials are available for indoor use. Canopy for shade.
Joe's genre is primarily classical guitar and jazz guitar. Joe received his Bachelor of Music and Masters of Music in Classical Guitar Performance from Florida State University. In 1983 he was a semi-finalist in Quebec/Guitar Foundation of America’s International Classical Guitar Competition. He has been the Director of the Guitar Department at Missouri Southern State University since 1986 and the Director of the Guitar Department at Missouri State University from 1988-2007.
Electrical outlets, straight-backed armless chair, and P.A. are appreciated.
A life-long passion for the American West and music has taken Johnny Kendrick around the nation to share his art and knowledge. Respected for his music and scholarly abilities, his fascination with cowboys and their stories led to his developing a program tracing the history of the west through its music using traditional songs, through movie-era cowboys to contemporary performance. Besides appearances at cowboy events such as Echoes of the Trail and the Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering, his interests extend to early country music and he can structure programs revolving around the music and life of Jimmie Rodgers and other old-time and western swing musicians.
Two mics on boom stands; PA system; backless stool.
Winner of the song writing contest at the 65th Ozark Folk Festival, in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. If you like original singer/songwriter music, then listen to the ten new songs that Josh Jennings of Neosho, Missouri wrote recently for his new album, “Ol’ Car.” The music styles and talents of Josh Jennings, Bob Alexander of Pierce City, and Kris Hurt of Fordland are drawn from and influenced by a love of Americana, Folk, and Bluegrass music styles. Josh is an extraordinarily talented singer/songwriter and an accomplished guitar player. Teaming up with Josh is Bob, a seasoned flat picker who adds a lot of drive to the Band’s sound and Kris, who holds down the rhythm with upbeat walking bass lines.
We can provide our own sound system if needed.
Joyce is a storyteller, workshop leader, actor and visual artist who loves to combine all talents whenever possible. She tells stories for listeners aged pre-school through adult with songs and puppets. Joyce has been the Artistic director for the KC Storytelling Celebration in Kansas City since 1999 and the Director of River and Prairie Storyweavers since 2008. She teaches storytelling to all ages and offers a new class, “Everything you wanted to know about Story Slamming but were afraid to Tell”. She presents at libraries, museums, schools, churches, festivals, and other events. This year's Library reading theme is Dream Big-Read/Own the Night. Joyce is offering several new programs; Dreamsicle Stories, Bedtime stories for Children, To Sleep Perchance to Dream (Shakespeare for Beginners) for families and Something Wicked This Way Comes, Ghost stories, Origami Creatures of the Night for Teens, plus more love stories and other favorites. A timely set of programs developed for Missouri’s Civil War Anniversary includes “Missouri Women of the Civil War” and “Border War Tales.” Interprekidz teaches historical interpretations for children and adults. Workshops such as Remember When for Young and Old and Stories that Fold and Unfold, an Origami, help participants to learn and share the arts together.
Judy Domeny Bowen is an enthusiastic and knowledgeable performer of traditional Ozark ballads, contemporary folk music, farm songs, and original songs written especially for teachers. Perfect for community concerts, festivals, and school and library presentations, Judy enthralls audiences of all ages with her songs, witty rapport, distinctively clear voice (read this--you can really understand her words!), and solid guitar playing. Senior citizens thrill to hear songs such as Red Wing, The Strawberry Roan, and The Letter Edged in Black from their childhoods once again. Children and adults love the stories and imagery within her songs. Judy's extensive repertoire includes ballads dating back to the 1300’s, pioneer songs from the 1800’s, popular Ozark songs of the early 1900’s, cowboy songs, Civil War songs, farm songs, and original songs about being a schoolteacher. Specialty programs include Songs Mama Sang, Life on the Farm, Folk Music for Children, So You Want to Be a Teacher, and Legends of the Nativity. Judy's clarity, warmth, good humor and spontaneity wins the audience over every time!
Sound system with two microphones on individual floor stands
Juggling Jeff has been amazing audiences for over 15 years. Through stunts of silliness, stamina and bravery, he engages and enlightens. The Juggling Jeff Show is high-energy, fast-paced, comedic juggling show that includes danger, suspense, lots of audience interaction and a single magic trick! It's great family entertainment that both kids and adults will enjoy. Jeff's use of comedy and audience participation make him an audience favorite time and time again. Jeff's programs, no matter if they are educating about the library, Shakespeare, Med-evil Jesters or simply entertaining, are perfect for almost any type of event both inside and outside.
30 minutes set-up, 30 minute take down, table is preferred for stage performances, Wireless mic (headset or lav) and sound system may be required for audiences of 250+
Julie Henigan is known for her unique command of the distinct but related idioms of southern American and traditional Irish music. A singer of remarkable versatility, Julie performs unaccompanied ballads, old-time banjo numbers, instrumental dance tunes, guitar originals, and traditional songs in Irish Gaelic with equal skill and fidelity; yet her style—whether with traditional or contemporary repertoire—is uniquely her own. An accomplished instrumentalist, Julie uses guitar, five-string banjo, lap dulcimer, and fiddle for both song accompaniment and solo instrumentals. Whether playing for children or adults, her ability to communicate with her audiences reflects her extensive performing experience: her performances have been described as "mesmerizing,” her vocals as “stunning,” and her instrumental work as “absolutely superior." Julie's releases include a highly lauded CD, "American Stranger," and a popular Mel Bay book on DADGAD fingerstyle guitar. She is available for concerts, workshops, lectures, festivals, and school programs--and is always willing to tailor her programs to fit the needs and interests of both presenters and audiences.
Sound system (if required), 2-4 mics and boom stands, one chair, and small table. A sound technician should be provided. Set-up is minimal, 25 minutes.
Kacico Dance has been voraciously creating and presenting fresh, exciting, contemporary dance since 2005. They have developed a wide variety of programs for different audiences and venues. The professional, nonprofit company’s mission is to raise the level of contemporary modern dance in the Midwest to new heights, to be a pillar of artistic excellence and innovation for the region, and to help audiences appreciate and enjoy this exquisite dance form. Kacico Dance is comprised of 7 professionally trained dancers and is under the Co-Artistic Direction of Allison McKinzie, Holly Noel Harmison, and Maggie Osgood Nicholls. Kacico Dance is available for workshops/lecture demonstrations, master classes, informal and/or improvisational performances in non-traditional performance settings, formal theatre concerts, and residencies.
Available on request
Kansas City Ballet offers exceptional quality and a wide variety of repertory from renowned classics to exciting contemporary ballets. The company has a strong tradition of excellence, and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2007-08 with prestigious invitations to perform at New York’s Joyce Theater and Kennedy Center’s Ballet Across America festival. The Village Voice calls Kansas City Ballet, “… a sleek little company with a strong repertory and 26 excellent dancers,” and the New York Post writes “… it's a lively, stylish company, and we would welcome a return visit.” Kansas City Ballet’s home, the Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity, in conjunction with their stage at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, is poised to make Kansas City AND Kansas City Ballet a true destination for dance. Devon Carney became Kansas City Ballet’s artistic director in July 2013. Please contact the company for current touring repertoire. Each booking includes community outreach, education activities, master classes, and lecture/demos that may be tailored for presenter needs.
Available on request
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!”
Secure warm-up/tuning room one hour before performance, dressing area, PA system
The Kansas City Chorale, founded in 1982, is a professional vocal ensemble that enriches local, national, and international communities through its dedication to excellence in performing music from diverse historical periods. Along with the Phoenix Chorale, the Kansas City Chorale is the first North American choir to record for Chandos Records, having made its first appearance on the label in 2006 with Eternal Rest. Their second CD, Grechaninov’s Passion Week, was released in 2007 and received Grammy® nominations in four categories, including Best Classical Album, Best Choral Performance, Best Surround Sound Album, and won a Grammy Award for Best Engineered Album, Classical, in 2008. Also in 2008, the choir’s third joint recording with the Phoenix Chorale, a disc of sacred choral works by Josef Rheinberger, was released and received Grammy nominations for Best Choral Performance and Best Surround Sound Album. The Chorale’s latest album, Life & Breath, Choral Music of René Clausen, will release June 1, 2012. Audiences around the globe have enjoyed the sounds of the Kansas City Chorale through recordings and radio broadcasts. In 2009, the Chorale performed in South Korea at the Incheon Choral Festival, and also that year, made its New York debut, with the Phoenix Chorale, in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. The New York Times referred to the choirs’ “refined sound and elegant phrasing” as well as its “vivid intensity,” and praised the performance for its “buoyant pulse and energetic finesse.”
The Kansas City Symphony is rapidly gaining recognition for its virtuosic performances and imaginative programming. The Symphony performs regularly in communities throughout the region and is committed to bringing the joy of music to the broadest possible audience. Tour performances can be customized for your location and budget, ranging from the full 80-musician orchestra to a 40-musician chamber orchestra. Tour performances may be accompanied by community outreach events, master classes, educational programs, and small-ensemble performances. The Kansas City Symphony is a vibrant orchestra, brilliantly performing masterworks to critical acclaim.
Available upon request
Now celebrating our 50th year! Kansas City Young Audiences works with a roster of nearly 200 teaching artists to provide dynamic and educational arts programs to children in schools, libraries, community centers, and hospitals throughout the greater Kansas City area. With performances, residencies, workshops, and after-school programs in nearly every artistic discipline and covering numerous academic subjects KCYA's School & Community programs reinforce core curriculum as well as cultivate artistic expression; unleashing ideas, creativity, and individual problem solving skills.
Kansas City's Vine Street Rumble Jazz Orchestra (VSR) was formed in March 2013 to promote the legacy of the "golden era" of Kansas City Jazz, and to honor the great musicans who created it in the 30's and 40's. It is the same standard size band of the middle 30's. VSR is the only band in the country that exclusively plays KC Jazz from such greats as Count Basie, Jay McShann, Bennie Moten, Andy Kirk, etc. The "pop" music of it's day, the Kansas City style of jazz appeals to a wide range of audiences and the engaging history of KC Jazz is discussed throughout the program, depending on the venue/activity. VSR has been featured on local ABC and Fox television stations.
24'x10' minimum space and an A.C. outlet.
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.
Most performances are a capella without amplification. KantoreiKC asks that there be table and chairs set up for volunteers to sell recordings and memorabilia.
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.
Rhythms and folklore of Africa: Highlights culture in an entertaining way. It Is ideal for schools, festivals, theaters, and community events. Adaptable to indoor and outdoor venues. Audience participation involves hand-picked students to dance and play African instruments. Immerse yourself in the rhythms of Africa. For all ages.
PA system microphone with a boom mic stand
Kevin Hiatt is an accomplished performer and composer active in the creative traditions of American Fingerstyle Guitar/Singer Songwriter, and concert music composition. He is well known in the Kansas City area as a virtuoso performer on 6, 7, 12 string and baritone acoustic guitars. Most recently in August of 2012 he was awarded 2nd place in the Kansas Fingerstyle Guitar Competition in Lawrence, Kansas. His guitar playing has been compared to that of Leo Kottke and the late Michael Hedges. Combining his stunning instrumentals on acoustic guitars with original heartfelt vocal songs he is a maverick Americana-styled artistic original. Mr. Hiatt is also a composer of over 100 concert music works ranging from string quartets to full orchestral works. He would welcome the opportunity to collaborate with Missouri-based performing arts groups from chamber music groups to regional symphonies. A full listing of his concert music works can be found at www.kevinhiattmusic.com. Being a very experienced classroom teacher in the public schools, and higher education (colleges/universities), Mr. Hiatt would also welcome any school based community residencies.
For small venues/audiences of 75 or less Kevin Hiatt can arrive on site self-contained for sound reinforcement. For venues/audiences over 75 people or auditorium-sized spaces, a professional PA and sound technician are required for a successful concert presentation.
Kim Massie is one of the most recognizable vocalists in the Midwest. Often classified as a blues songstress, Massie isn’t content to limit herself to one genre; her legendary voice also packs punch on rock, gospel, funk, jazz and more. Massie proudly embraces her “Diva” title as she has shared the stage with artists such as Cyndi Lauper, India Arie, Nelly and Chuck Berry and been awarded Best Vocalist of the Year by RiverFront Times (twice) and a Grand Center Visionary Award. She has performed for organizations such as Major League Baseball, Purina, Boeing, and at esteemed venues and events such as the Missouri History Museum, Big Muddy Blues Festival, Davenport Blues Festival, Emerald City Blues Festival, and the Blues Rising Festival.
All performance venues must be smoke & pet free. Contact for technical requirements. Most are open to negotiation.
Entertaining and educational, The Kincaid Karacter Puppets present fast-paced, family-oriented puppet shows featuring slapstick comedy, classic one liners, audience participation and plenty of thrills and surprises, performed in the manner and style of classic live street theatre puppet shows of the 19th-century. The shows themselves are performed either from their own compact, themed "old time" puppet booths, or from the much larger "puppet wagon", a spectacular rolling puppet theater reminiscent of the classic circus, gypsy, and medicine man shows that once toured America. Puppeteer Doug Kincaid is the writer, designer, and performer for the Emmy award-winning children’s television series, D.B.’s Delight and Gator Tales. His other credits include puppet and character production work for The Muppets, Cartoon Network, Universal Studios, Six Flags, FX Network, M-TV, and Young Audiences of Kansas City. The Kincaid Karacter Puppets are also proud members of the Missouri Association of Fairs and Festivals and the International Association of Fairs and Festivals.
5'x5' flat, level area for the puppet booth, 12' by 12' flat, level area for the puppet wagon. A standard 110 volt power source is preferred at the show site.
Latin, R&B and rock influence the pure reggae sounds of this well-seasoned band. Experience a musical culture that transcends race and promotes unity and nonviolence. Children to adults will appreciate the sounds and entertainment that will bring you to your feet.
Lighting, dressing rooms, sound tech and back line equipment.
I’m honored that my critics have labeled me “…an authentic musical personality” (Erik Erikkson, DC Advocate) whose performances “…transported the audience to lusher climes” (The Hawk Eye, Burlington, IA). Over the past 30 years, I have performed in some of the world’s top venues in areas including San Francisco, Austin, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Hamburg, Paris, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, and Tokyo. My performances are recognized for being fun and entertaining, with a focus on quality music.
In concert, my programs push the boundaries of what defines the term “classical guitar”. By including the steel-string acoustic guitar, I am able to feature music by modern-day composers such as Michael Hedges and Andrew York, while still using the standard classic (nylon-string) guitar for established crowd favorites from 500 years of music from Europe and South America.
I am an endorsee for D’Addario Strings, Gibson Guitars, and Keith Adams Concert Classic Guitars.
Travel to/from airport and performance venue
Access to hall ~3 hours prior to event start for soundcheck and warmup
Armless chair onstage (not barstool, adjustable pno bench OK)
Dinner at hall 75 min. prior to event
Sound reinforcement (as needed, depends on audience and venue)
Sound engineer (as needed, depends on audience and venue)
Reasonable lighting for performance area
Cover from environmental elements
Area to sell and assistance with selling product
Braimah and Andrea Peoples as a conduit to express their love and interest for the cultural art forms of black people all over the world. Kreative Pandemonium focuses on preserving traditional West African culture as a base to bridge the gap between rhythms, songs, and dances of the African Diasporas as it relates to modern day music. Through the slave culture, the world has been introduced to Jazz, Gospel, and Soul in American, Rumba in Cuba, and Samba in Brazil. With the collaborations of guest artist as well as company members, Kreative Pandemonium strives to educate the community on these art forms through classes, workshops, lectures, and performances.
Music comes alive with the Laclede Quartet’s captivating new slant on chamber music. Reminisce with Thomas Jefferson as he invites you to hear his favorites. Viennese masters from Beethoven to Strauss still enchant audiences. Laclede Quartet never dropped the chandelier but will play your favorites from “Phantom!” Laclede Quartet provides two violins, viola, and a cello in a whirlwind trip around the world (no passport required). Also available as LQ Wired: jazz, improve, chops, grooves, Latin, and swing! Yes, strings can swing! Appropriate for elementary school to adult audiences. “One of the highest quality classical groups in St. Louis.” — KMOV-TV
Electrical outlet, four armless, straight-back chairs and a table at the front of the house
Leroy and Dewayne Williams combine otherworldly vocal talent with virtuoso musicianship to create revolutionary music, free from the limitations imposed by genre. The music of this father and son duo fuses gospel lyrics with the raw and aggressive sound of funk, the intriguing virtuosity of jazz, the high energy of rock and roll, and even the beauty and majesty of classical. Not afraid to employ the latest technology, they use synthesizers, electronic drums, and even digital guitars in creative and musically interesting ways that captivate the audience, both with impressive sound quality, and with the true musicianship that comes with decades of performing.
Electrical outlets. May require PA with 16 mixer channels, speakers, power amps, monitors depending on the venue. Two-hour set up.
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.
We prefer to have 2 hours to set-up sound system and show. Larger venues may need additional time to coordinate patching into their sound system.
The Lisa Henry Jazz Group is committed to performing and preserving America’s original art form, jazz music. Through workshops, live performances, music clinics, and community education programs, the Lisa Henry Jazz Group strives to introduce new audiences to the legacy of jazz music. Midwest Jazz magazine describes Lisa Henry’s vocal styling as “Solid, sly, clear, but oh-so-expressive. There’s always a smile lurking at the edge of her voice.”
Available on request
Historian Lisa Marks brings the "Unsinkable" Molly Brown to life in this lively -- yet historically authentic -- performance. Hear stories from Margaret Tobin Brown's amazing life: her birth in Hannibal, Missouri in 1867 and childhood years during Hannibal's Gilded Age; her migration to Colorado in 1886 searching for the road to love, wealth and fame; her poignant, sometimes heart-wrenching experiences aboard Titanic; the years of fighting for Women's Suffrage, fairness in the juvenile justice system, the rights of workers, child labor laws, and so much more. Learn the socioeconomic and cultural factors that shaped Margaret during her childhood in Hannibal and life during the Progressive Era of America, leading her to not only become the heroine of the Titanic tragedy but also one of the most important human rights activists and social reformers of her generation. Lisa Marks is the co-curator of the Hannibal History Museum. She and her husband, Ken Marks, are the authors of three books published by The History Press: "Hannibal, Missouri: A Brief History", "Molly Brown's Hannibal" and "Haunted Hannibal: History and Mystery in America's Hometown" and are also contributing writers for Missouri Life Magazine and Hannibal Magazine. Lisa performs Molly Brown at the Hannibal History Museum and is also available to lecture about Women's Suffrage, Women in the Progressive Era, Molly Brown, and Hannibal's remarkable history. Workshops on effective storytelling and creating authentic historical character reenactments are also available.
Microphone for groups over fifty people
The Lucky Old Sons is a four-piece band focused on the popular music of the 50s and 60s. Inspired by the piano styles of Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry and Ray Charles to name a few, the group also writes and performs original music along those lines. The band includes Matt Davis, piano/vocals, Frank Bauer, tenor saxophone, Corey Woodruff, drums and Steve Bauer, electronic mandoline/vocals.
For larger venues, a PA may be required. A minimum set up time of one hour and access to electricity.
This energetic husband and wife team presents a wide variety of classical song, arias, and solo piano works alongside light jazz/popular songs and piano pieces. Lyric Duo has toured throughout the U.S. and China and its performances have been broadcast on television stations, including KSCI-TV, Los Angeles, and Nanjing Broadcasting, China. Lyric Duo is deeply committed to the education of young audiences and performers. It offers school programs for all grades as well as master classes for colleges/universities, and music teachers’ organizations.
Tuned piano with bench
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.
Available on request.
One of the most active Mexican musicians of his generation, Manuel Ramos has delighted concertgoers throughout the Americas, from Canada to Argentina. From Bach to Stravinsky, from the virtuoso showpieces of Paganini to his own bravura arrangements of Mexican popular melodies, Ramos interprets this varied repertoire for the violin and leaves audiences enthralled. Included in his presentation is informative commentary in English and in Spanish, depending on the audience. “...he’s practically guaranteed to deliver a performance not just technically brilliant but also intelligent, insightful, and sparkling with personality.” — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Piano in the performance space and a table at the front of the house
Missouri Ozarks Native Marideth Sisco is a consummate storyteller, singer and songwriter of Oscar-nominated “Winter’s Bone” fame. As a teller of tales and veteran award-winning author and journalist, she is equally at home with stories of Ozarks Culture, American History, and the hill music of America and the British Isles. Her smooth, down home delivery of tales and anecdotes tailored to each audience will have listeners laughing one minute and crying the next. She has sung and spoken to wide acclaim in public and private concert venues and before groups as diverse as libraries, churches, alumni associations, historical societies, environmental organizations, national and state park events, a wide variety of service organizations, music venues and festivals across the U.S and beyond. She was the 2018 recipient of the Quill Award from the Missouri Writers Hall of Fame.
A new program added this year and combining stories and songs is her “Front Porch Songs and stories: What We Did Before Television. Performed with folk gospel singer Mary Alexander, Marideth takes the listener from the origins of the frontier front porch and the songs sung there to the tradition’s demise at the arrival of the TV and air conditioner. Some songs and stories are iconic, some seldom heard. All are fascinating. Bookings are open through 2020. On Facebook at: Yarnspinner Media
Microphone and stand, music stand or rostrum, chair, small table, bottled water (two of each for the Front Porch program).
Marimba Sol de Chiapas has been sharing the magical music of the Mexican Marimba with audiences of all ages in a variety of local, national, and international venues for more than 20 years. They are committed to the authentic performance and spirit of the marimba heard throughout Mesoamerica including regional folkloric and popular music from Mexico, Guatemala and other Latin American traditions. Performance options include concerts, festivals, and Sol’s mesmerizing "Passport to Fiesta!: A Festival of Traditional Mexican Music and Dance". Dedicated to community as well as art, Sol is proud to offer their bilingual (Spanish/English) arts education program, "The Musics of Mexico," master classes, and lecture/workshops. Also available for school bookings through Kansas City Young Audiences (see separate listing).
A minimum (approximately) 15' wide by 8' deep, level hard-surfaced space with appropriate lighting and access for wide instruments. Please contact for set-up, sound support and technical needs.
Dr. Laverty is an acclaimed concert pianist in the traditional style, and performs repertoire from Bach to Barber and beyond. He specializes in solo recitals consisting entirely of Bach, Mozart or Chopin, but also performs programs featuring a variety of composers. In addition he performs a variety of the concerto masterworks with orchestra. His debut CD, Music of Bach, was released in 2007.
A well-tuned and regulated piano
Martin City, Jr., has a variety of original interactive musicals for children. Each musical revolves around an important theme for children, such as self-esteem, tolerance, and respect for peers. Martin City, Jr., uses originial source material such as Native American legends, folk tales from different cultures, and oral histories to create its stage stories. Martin City, Jr., writes original songs for all of its shows to highlight the educational content of each performance in an entertaining and engaging way.
If outdoors, speakers and cordless mics, a 12'x12' performing area, and 30 minutes to set-up or strike.
The Meanwells could be called post-folk indie rock. They use largely traditional instruments: stand up bass, mandolin, ukulele, banjo, guitar, reeded organs, percussion. But their style is much like Missouri itself, a crossroads of traditional and progressive sounds. The Meanwells are not afraid to push the envelope, but are unwilling to deny their Missouri pride and the way her rivers and hills have shaped their understanding of music.
PA for larger venues/events. We have PA for 50-75 person shows.
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!
Artist is able to provide all sound equipment, backline, lighting, and tech personnel. For venues providing production, a technical rider is available upon request.
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.
One hour setup time, space for performance & merchandise, grounded power outlet.
Can provide sound but prefer sound system provided for large venues or large outdoor spaces.
Mesner Puppet Theater has been delighting audiences with their compelling and humorous storytelling performances for over 30 years. This award-winning puppet theater's performances include The Cat Came Back, Sing Along the Road Again, Rapunzel, The Stinky Cheese Man, Anansi the Spider, Animal Amigos! Stories from the Tree of Life, and Little Red Riding Hood, among others. Mesner Puppet Theater creates and builds all its puppets in-house, reflecting a diverse and colorful array of puppet characters. Mesner Puppet Theater performs throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area, as well as tours around the United States and internationally. Mesner Puppet Theater offers a Puppets in Education program highlighting innovative classes and workshops throughout the year.
Elevated or non-elevated floor space 20'x 12' with a ceiling height of 10'. Additional requirements available on request
Since 1973, nationally-renowned Metro Theater Company has provided exceptional arts experiences to students throughout Missouri. Our touring productions respect the intelligence and emotional wisdom of young people, inviting them into the world of theater and charging their imaginations. The themes of any Metro Theater Company work provide opportunities for meaningful learning in support of Missouri Show-Me Standards. We provide Educator Guides for teachers, as well as take-home pieces for parents. Talk-back sessions are a part of every performance, which often lead to further stimulating conversation at school and at home. Metro Theater Company can also provide classroom residencies where our teaching artists use drama and creative movement to enhance core curriculum and character education. Metro Theater Company honors include the Missouri Arts Award, the Kevin Kline Award for Outstanding Production for Young Audiences, and the “What’s Right with the Region” Award from FOCUS St. Louis, among others.
MET is committed to extending access to theatre in schools and communities throughout Missouri. In addition to our programming in Kansas City, we offer theatre performances of masterworks and classics and customized theatre education programs that serve K-12 schools and entire communities. From full performances of mainstage touring productions, to school-based residencies, we deliver quality theatre programming designed to provide an outstanding artistic experience for both our presenting partners and their participants. Each project is customized to meet the needs of participants and to work with resources available to achieve success.
Available on request.
Michael "Blindcat" McIntire is a blind musician with a career spanning 44 years, 35 states, and six CDs. As a multi-instrumentalist (including guitar, banjo, harmonica, violin and more), vocalist and author, Blindcat entertains audiences playing blues, country, rock, bebop, and bluegrass music. Recently, Blindcat performed at the Smithsonian and Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C. Blindcat can perform as a solo, duo, or up to a five piece band. Workshops are also available in song composition, lyric development, and instrument instruction.
One hour set-up time and PA system
Roots Rock, Progressive Country and, songwriter Mick Byrd’s signature, “Ozark Blues” music is catching the attention of music lovers and venues alike. The Missouri Ozarks is both home and backdrop to Byrd who regularly performs at Nashville’s Bluebird Café. An award from Billboard Magazine kicked off his music career in 1994. Nine recordings later, Mick brings fans an amazing array of original music. Whether solo on acoustic guitar, Backroad Duo or Backroad Band trio featuring cajón and lead guitar, you will keep your hands clapping and toes tapping.
Available upon request. Our sound system is preferable. For outdoors, a covered or shaded performance area is best for instruments.
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.
Miss Jubilee plays a variety of 1920s Hot Jazz to 1950s Swing, Jump Blues & R'n'R led by the powerful vocals of Miss Jubilee. Featuring a talented horn section, upright bass, drums & guitar, this band mesmerizes every listener with their ability to play older jazz & blues and bring energy and life to the songs. Miss Jubilee is a perfect choice for a night of all types of swing dancing. (Charleston, Lindy Hop, Swing, East Coast, Jitterbug, St. Louis Shag, Balboa) With her strong vocals Miss Jubilee can sing 1920s Hot Jazz & Blues so powerfully one can understand those songs as if they were written today. She can belt out some Swing and Jump Blues in a way that has everyone's toes tapping. The band uses an authentic approach to playing & even dress in vintage styles! Miss Jubilee is a treasure in Saint Louis, they keep it fun and entertain many types of audiences while showing a high amount of professionalism.
Available upon request
Missouri Contemporary Ballet is a professional dance company that creates exciting, edgy, hip entertaining performances to communicate to audiences of all ages through live dance programs of the highest quality. They provide educational and outreach performances to schools, retirement homes, and organizations throughout Missouri. MCB is one of a small number of companies in the US that is exploring the relatively new genre of dance, contemporary ballet, which blends classical training in ballet with modern and jazz movement.
Proper lighting, sound equipment, sprung wood floor with Marley surface (other surfaces require approval), lighting pre-hang provided in advance.
Formed in 2009, the Missouri Saxophone Quartet is a contemporary chamber ensemble devoted to exploring and promoting new music, especially that of Missouri composers. The group has inspired several commissions and has presented them at venues throughout North America and Europe. The quartet offers recitals between 1-2 hours in classical, contemporary, jazz and popular selections
The Missouri Symphony Orchestra, in its 44th year, is a 50-member professional, summer resident symphony orchestra under the direction of Music Director and Conductor, Kirk Trevor. Each summer in June and July, talented musicians from the finest conservatories and universities in the U.S.and around the world, create the Hot Summer Nights Festival in Columbia's historic Missouri Theatre and tour around the state. The Missouri Symphony Orchestra's innovative classical and pops programming make performances fun and exciting experiences for all ages.
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.
Accommodations within reason can be made by contacting the Company Manger Emiliee Morton at 314.681.4923.
Monkey Tales Theatre, a non-profit 501(c)(3) touring theatre company, has been entertaining young audiences since 2008. Performances entertain, educate and enlighten children with fun, engaging, and interactive, original live shows.
Formed in the practice rooms of the Webster University Music Department, the trio has always strived for something greater than its individual parts. With their high-energy shows and thoughtful records, Mt. Thelonious has garnered the attention of audiences all over the country. From the Kerrville Folk Festival in the Texas hill country to college basements in Wahington DC, they will always leave you wanting more.
The band’s influences run wide, creating a true fusion of many different types of music. Mt. Thelonious has been compared to artists such as the Punch Brothers, Andrew Bird, and Fiona Apple.
Their new music takes influence from modern artists such as Frank Ocean and Bon Iver while still retaining a true sense of Americana.
Specific requirements available upon request
The New Muse Piano Duo (Paola Savvidou and Jonathan Kuuskoski) is an emsemble-in-residence at the University of Missouri School of Music specializing in music of the 20th and 21st centuries. They actively commission and perform newly composed works for four-hands and two pianos, incorporating visual and interactive components, often within unexpected concert formats. In addition to performing the Duo also presents on topics such as arts entrepreneurship, community engagement, health and wellness for musicians, and career planning for artists.
One or two pianos (tuned), two piano benches.
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.
Approx. 12'x16' and A.C. outlet.
OMG Josh has been writing and producing literacy and other educational themed shows for himself and others to perform for over 10 years. His biggest hits have included - 'The Pirates of Reading Island' and 'The Character Circus'. In 2011 he performed his science based reading show, 'Mr. Gigglewatt and The Science of Bubbles' at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC! Shows come complete with a study guide for pre and post show support.
10x15 performing space, 8ft table, 2 chairs, electric outlet or extension cord near performing space, 1 hour minimum set up time.
From their humble beginnings playing 4-hour cover sets, Old Souls Revival has grown into a solid heartland rock band with subtle nods to roots, Americana, and blues influences. Frontman and songwriter Neil C. Luke spews poetic ramblings in an unexpected juxtaposition to the harmonized guitar riffs of Josiah Joyce and Matt Maher, and the tight rhythms of bassist Dan Ficocelli and drummer Jeremy Reidy.
Old Souls Revival released their first album Common Ground in 2013, followed by I Will Let You In in 2016. Their third self-titled album (2018) showcases the band’s growth in both style and cohesiveness. Songs by both Joyce and Ficocelli make an appearance, blending together their various stylistic influences of Dawes, Tom Petty, 2000s indie and 90s prog rock. Old Souls Revival has made a name for themselves in St. Louis and is fast on their way to spreading beyond this Midwest music town. Old Souls sure knows how to throw a party and you won’t want to miss it.
Requirements available upon request
One More Round is an era driven Johnny Cash Tribute band. We offer an authentic look, sound, and feel of a Johnny Cash performance, showcasing all of his hits from the 1950's through the 1990's. We also offer a June Carter vocalist with a powerful stage performance to sing Johnny Cash and June Carter duets.
For small venues, with 3 performers or less, we offer a small traveling PA. For larger venues, we can travel with a sound technician for an additional cost, unless otherwise provided by venue. One-hour set-up time and sound check prior to performance.
From collisions of comic absurdity to unexpected revelations of beauty, Owen/Cox Dance Group surprises and delights audiences with its free-spirited mix of the classic and contemporary. Based in the historic jazz-town of Kansas City, the group is comprised of diverse yet close-knit group of dancers and musicians with extensive national and international performing experience. With backgrounds ranging from the Bolshoi Ballet and the Leningrad Chamber Orchestra, to Alvin Ailey and Dave Brubeck, these dancers and musicians form a highly skilled and multi-faceted corps. The collaborative results speak for themselves: fresh and vibrant new works that are classical in form, but contemporary in expression.
Marley floor, stage minimum 34' x 18', lighting optional, sound reinforcement depending on venue, 2 dressing rooms, minimum set-up time 6 hours.
Ozark Mountain Oysters is an acoustic blues, country, rock, bluegrass band. As two seasoned musicians with many years on the road opening and playing with major entertainers around the country, we play many of our own original songs. Our past performances have included the Beale Street International Blues Challenge 2013 competition representing the Lake of the Ozarks.
If we set up our own P.A. we need a couple hours of set up time. If we use a house P.A. with the host providing a sound technician we need 15 to 20 minutes to set up our personal gear.
Pablo Sanhueza & KC Latin Jazz All-Stars are the premier Salsa & Latin Jazz ensemble in the Kansas City region. Navigating the universe of Afro-Latin music under the influence of jazz, Pablo has 15+ years of dedication to the uplifting of Latin American culture in the Heartland. A KC Latin Jazz All-Stars concert is always a high energy and timeless experience for intercultural audiences.
Electrictiy and connections to amplify 3 vocals, congas, bass, keys/piano, two-three horns, and up to three percussionists. For large performances we can have up to eleven or twelve performers, including dancers.
Peter Allen and Debbie Lutzky Allen have been performing and teaching puppetry for over thirty years. Their live performances, featuring hand puppets, marionettes and shadow puppets, inspire audience involvement and enthusiastic participation. The performance styles range from gentle (nursery rhymes and tales for young children and their families) to lively family fun (GEORGE AND THE DRAGON and THE AMAZING MYSTO'S MAGIC SHOW.) Other shows include CIRCUS, THE PIED PIPER, CHICKEN AND PIGS AND BEARS...OH MY! and special shows for Halloween and Christmas. Their new PUNCH AND JUDY show is just the thing for outdoor festivals and performances for family audiences! DISCOVER SHADOW PUPPETRY!, a performance/workshop, is also new this year. Family audiences enjoy creating and performing with their own shadow puppets.
Eight foot square floor space, minimum ceiling height of 8 feet, electric outlet for our lighting and sound equipment.
Paul Vandivort teaches workshps in puppet making and performance in schools, libraries, and summer camps. After learning the art of puppet making in The Heart of the Beast, and Bedlam Theaters in Minneapolis, Paul Vandivorthas since dedicated his life to the art of childrean's performance. In the past 12 years he has been performing puppet shows, and leading workshops in schools, libraries, summer camps, and at festivals throughout Missouri. Paul Vandivort offers a 15 minute performance followed by a 30 minute workshop in puppet building. Also a 45 minute performance is available without the workshop. Each puppet show (story) is roughly 15 minutes (the 45 minute puppet show is made up of three stories). Stories available for for hand puppet shows include: The Three Wishes, Pink Riding Hood, The Frog Prince, The Monster and the Baby, and The City Mouse and The Country Mouse. Stories available for shaow puppets include: The Three Bears, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, and The Princess of the Ocean.
Must be able to dim or turn off the lights for shadow performance. Ask presenters to supply one six foot long table.
When pianist Peter Miyamoto burst onto the music scene as winner of the Irving S. Gilmore Young Artist Award, he was heralded as "an uncommon performer, a real musical presence who can sweep the audience up in the vision of a piece and...make you care" - Kalamazoo Gazette. As recitalist and concert soloist Miyamoto has performed to great acclaim in major US cities such as Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington D.C., and internationally in Canada, England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Switzerland, China and Japan. His repertoire is enormous encompassing hundreds of solo, chamber and concerto works from the baroque, classical, romantic and modern eras. Master class and family concerts are also available. Program lengths vary from 45 minutes to 2 hours.
A tuned grand piano (Steinway, Bosendorfer, Yamaha, Baldwin, or Kawai) and minimum rehearsal time of one hour.
The Platinum Club is a blend of the finest male talent currently to tour the US. Taking you on a journey of music like never before with music from Elvis, The Bee Gees, The Four Seasons, Frank Sinatra, Amy Winehouse and many more. The greats are remembered as the world's biggest platinum selling artists of all time are brought to life once again by our four dapper men. Join us as we reminisce with the past and dance into the future with a repertoire of chart toppers that have the audience on their feet and begging for more.
Very simple tech (available on request).
The Platinum Club is a blend of the finest male talent currently to tour the US. Taking you on a journey of music like never before with music from Elvis, The Bee Gees, The Four Seasons, Frank Sinatra, Amy Winehouse and many more. The greats are remembered as the world's biggest platinum selling artists of all time are brought to life once again by our four dapper men. Join us as we reminisce with the past and dance into the future with a repertoire of chart toppers that have the audience on their feet and begging for more.
Very simple tech (available on request).
Praises to HIM continues a long tradition, dating back to the Civil War era--singing uplifting, four-part gospel harmonies. Influenced by African rhythms, ragtime syncopation, and African-American spirituals, southern gospel music has long been popular throughout the U.S. The ensemble has taken their high-energy performances and upbeat messages beyond the part-time church circuit to full time national events, regional festivals, state and county fairs, and television. Led by pastor and master traditional artist, Bro. Steve Miller, Praises to HIM is available for concerts, festivals, fairs or any event that would like to have up-beat, conservative southern gospel music.
Electricity (Sound system provided)
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.
Wooden Stage, 25'-32', lighting optional, audio system required, set up time a minimum of six hours.
Preston Tonepahote is a multi-talented Kiowa storyteller, orator, and traditional dancer. As a solo storyteller, he shares Native American animal tales, creation myths, and legends along with historic accounts and personal experiences. As a member of the intertribal Eagle Talon Brotherhood, Tonepahote introduces dancers and drummers from a number of tribal backgrounds. Select from a solo performance, small group presentation, or large group dance including 20 dancers and a drum. Tonepahote and the Eagle Talon Brotherhood perform at festivals, evening concerts, and schools. With the goal of enhancing cultural awareness, Preston Tonepahote shares his knowledge of Native American traditions in a number of formats.
Step right up folks, for an engaging bit of Americana, ideal for audiences of all ages. Professor Farquar and Polecat Annie set entertainment back more than a century. Unlike the snake oil hucksters of the past, they peddle no elixirs or patent pills. Instead, they dispense copious amounts of laughter, the best medicine of all. With guitar, banjo and an odd collection of percussive instruments, they perform timeless toe-tapping traditional tunes, lyrical laments and droll ditties from the Civil War, the Ozarks and the Old West. Astonishing demonstrations of illusion, chicanery, hoodwinking and flimlam. Hands-on instruction in juggling and archaic amusements. Vibrant, vintage vaudeville virtousity!
Prefer 60 minutes for set up and sound check. If we're sharing a stage with other acts, we can do it in less than ten minutes. Need an 8' x 12' stage or performance area. Require three microphones with stands (or we can provide our own system). Gaily festooned medicine show wagon available as a stage set (optional).
The Puppetry Arts Institute offers historical puppet shows/marionette theatre using a variety of styles of puppets (marionettes, hand puppets, shadow puppets). Currently two marionette shows are touring, "Lewis & Clark; A Dog's Eyeview" and "Trouble on the Border: Order No. 11". Shows last 30-45 minutes. discussion questions can be provided. Discussion of show content can follow performances. Two to three puppeteers are needed to perform our touring shows. These puppeteers have between 8 and 30 years of touring and performing experience. Our shows have received excellent reviews and some venues have rebooked us due to audience request and the success of our performances.
Minimum performance space is 8' high, 12' wide x 12' deep. Access to standard electrical. One hour set-up and take down time. One person is needed to assist.
Quixotic is an ensemble of musicans, dancers, aerialists, composers, designers and choreographers collaborating to produce new forms of artistic expression. This inventive group of artists goes beyond the limits of any specific art form to create a total sensory experience for its audience. Quixotic makes performance art interactive and eliminates the barrier between performer and audience.
Available on request.
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.
PA system appropriate to venue size, and sound tech. Lighting if needed. 1 hour for load-in and sound check.
The band focuses on, but is not limited to, music from 1895-1930. We play ragtime, early blues and jazz, standards, and originals. Includes historic "firsts," music by women & African-American composers, many Missouri artists. By combining older music with often a more modern take, we keep the history, yet bring the music alive in a way that makes it relevant for modern audiences. We play many familiar tunes but also introduce our audiences to rarely heard music of the era.
We have our own sound system if needed. It's helpful to have enough time to set up and sound check, 60-90 minutes for a full band, less for a smaller ensemble. We need an outlet for our electrical equipment.
RAVEN WOLF C. FELTON JENNINGS II, multi-instrumentalist (saxophones, orchestral flute, native style wooden flutes, djembe, electric bass, piano), singer/songwriter, music producer and private music instructor has created a musical sound/art form he calls 'Spiritual Jazz ...in the St. Louis Tradition'. His debut CD 'Spiritual Jazz ...on South 9th Street' was released on 11-11-11. RAVEN WOLF C. FELTON JENNINGS II is sharing his original Healing Sounds nation-wide with audiences of all ages. He uses live looping to blend elements of Instrumental Jazz, calming Native American Flute songs with driving drum rhythms to the delight of his audience. Experience 'Spiritual Jazz' with RAVEN WOLF, Healing Sound Recording Artist.
45 minutes of set-up time. For larger venues electricity, if available.
Richie is an introspective and old soul, dynamic vocalist, emotionally driven songwriter, and multifaceted instrumentalist transitioning proficiently amidst piano, guitar, drums and the occasional bout of harmonica. As a performer, he brings an undeniable energy and authentic sound to both his solo shows and his adventures fusing with fellow musicians in the Richie Kihlken Band. Striving to make his unyielding passion for music be his lifelong career, he continues to devote his time to making and performing his music and constantly evolving as an artist.
Richie leads the band with his timeless voice, groovy piano riffs, and charismatic personality. The group blends blues, jazz, and funk to create modern soul music that brings people to the dance floor.
Requirements available upon request
This 30-member award-winning women’s chorus presents exciting and memorable performances in 4-part a cappella harmonies featuring contemporary and nostalgic toe-tappers and ballads. Veterans of over 50 years of stellar performances throughout the region, RiverSong celebrates the rich tapestry of American musical genres and advancing the musical art form of barbershop harmony through education and performance.
Stage minimum 30' x 20', 24" high. Stand mics/2 condenser mics. Standard sound system-12 speaker board. Dressing room with chairs, mirrors and electrical outlets.
If we miss it the first time, we’ll back up and run over it again! With a name like this, you know this group must have fun in store for audiences of all ages. The Quintet presents programs of music (and humorous narratives) of music ranging from Bach and Mozart, through Stephen Foster, to Gershwin, Bernstein, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw and a salute to the famous New Orleans clarinetists of the past. Programs are tailored to fit the audience from their repertoire of over fifty pieces and balanced between Classical, Ragtime, Dixieland, and Swing. The members are all active or retired music educators and welcome educational opportunities in combination with concert appearances.
Five armless chairs. PA (if necessary) can be provided by the artists.
Performing original compositions with a hand-crafted Native American-style flute for small venues and schools. His musical style has been influenced by artists such as R. Carols Nakai, David R. Miracle, John Two Hawks, and Coyote Old Man. This is what has been said about Robert Roe from the News Focus, "While listening to the haunting melodies played by the Osage Wind Riders it is easy to envision an American Indian sitting on the back of a horse solemnly staring out to an expanse of the western plains, as of yet unspoiled by the 'white man'."
4' x 8' table, electric power, in large venues would prefer house PA. Will supply the mic and effects for my performances.
Through the use of creatively designed skits, exciting original music, energizing choreography, "larger than life" costumed characters, innovative music videos, a zany mad scientist, colorful puppets, and a powerful educational message, Rock U Mentally teaches children (and parents) how they can be socially and environmentally responsible. Exploring such relevant issues as: how to deal with bullies, stranger danger, unlocking the power of the imagination, and what each of us can do to help conserve and protect our extraordinary planet, Rock U Mentally's catch lyrics and electrifying grooves will even have Mom and Dad singing along as their children learn valuable lessons they will carry with them for a lifetime. Rock U Mentally is performed by a talented cast of singers and dancers who currently work in Branson.
Sound system, up to three mics preferably cordless, cd player for sound system, optional video capabilities (DVD player, video screen, technician to operate video)
Ronald Radford is the world-renowned master of red-hot flamenco guitar and inspirational Gypsy wisdom. A protégé of the legendary Carlos Montoya and Fulbright Scholar to Spain, Radford's masterful performance and illuminating commentary create an unforgettable experience of the soul-stirring Gypsy music of Spain. Radford's warm and engaging program has met with standing ovations and rave reviews in Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center and in fifteen countries on four continents. He was proclaimed in Mexico City as "An absolutely extraordinary event!" and in Madrid they wrote, "He has 'duende' the Spanish equivalent of soul." Ron plays from the heart, and so he touches the hearts of others. Read the reviews, listen to his CD and watch a video preview at www.RonaldRadford.com.
Ron is very easy to present in concerts, schools, and workshops. What you don't have, he will provide. Simple technical guidelines available upon request.
A pianist in the “grand manner,” Rosario Andino carries on the legacy of Anton and Nicholas Rubinstein, Busoni, Friedman, Sauer, and Godowsky. Her teachers, Vera Maourina Press and Jascha Fischermann, were students of these great pianists. Born in Cuba, Ms. Andino began her musical studies at age four and gave her first concert at age six. Her orchestra performances, recitals, radio and television concerts have been acclaimed in the United States, Cuba, Mexico, Spain, England, Italy, and Holland. Ms. Andino commands an immense repertoire that includes all the standard major works for the piano as well as little known works, such as cultured ethnic works by 19th- and 20th-century Cuban composers.
A well-tuned and regulated concert grand piano.
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.
Available upon request - negotiable.
Ryan Spearman's performances feature traditional American music and originals performed on guitar, banjo, fiddle, vocals, and various homemade, recycled instruments. He is well-versed in many traditional instrumental styles and often incorporates informational and educational presentations into his musical performances. He also conducts demonstration-style performances featuring homemade instruments made from recycled materials.The River Front Times named Ryan the 2011 Folk Musician of the Year. He is also the proud recipient of the 2012 Earth Dance Mission Award. Ryan is available to present on a variety of musical subjects; his diverse talents as performer, presenter, and educator can be easily tailored to suit your needs.
Audiences love the St. Louis Brass! They perform great works, from the magnificent baroque era to the present, and do lighter works, from P.D.Q. Bach to Dixieland Jazz. The repertoire is always punctuated with humorous antics that audiences love. This virtuoso ensemble presents a concert that audiences long remember. “The crowd went quadruple bananas.” The American Public Television Network produced a one-hour TV Special of them that is being shown in over 200 cities across the country.
5 chairs, 7 music stands, PA system.
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.”
The Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra is widely recognized as one of the premier orchestras in the U.S. The Orchestra has toured extensively to great acclaim throughout Europe, Far East, and U.S. It has received 52 Grammy nominations, winning 6 of the prestigious awards. Tour performances can be customized for your location and budget, ranging from the full 96-musician orchestra to a smaller chamber orchestra. Tour performances may be augmented by master classes, educational concerts, and small-ensemble performances. Multiple-day residencies are also possible. The Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra is one of America’s oldest and foremost orchestras, renowned internationally for its beautiful string sound, brilliant virtuosity and magnificent performances.
Available on request.
Samba Bom is a Midwest-based music ensemble that plays authentic Brazilian music at schools, night clubs, wineries, festivals and private events. The group plays a unique mix of Brazilian popular music styles, including: Samba, Bossa Nova, Brazilian Jazz, Olodum, Forro, Chorinho, among others. The Batucada is an exciting, all-percussive jam session that brings any audience to its feet to dance along with the group - just like carnaval in Rio de Janeiro. We also can provide workshops and residencies in Brazilian percussion and/or Brazilian culture. Additional musicians and Brazilian dancers with authentic costumes can be added to the performances to transform your event with a taste of tropical Brazil.
Stage plot will be available for every performance no mater what size of a group Samba Bom will be performing.
Saxy Jazz performs all types of jazz including New Orleans, Swing, BeBop, Early Rock, Smooth Jazz and today's Grove Jazz. Our musicians include a professional sax player since age 13, a former Reno and Lake Tahoe area pianist, a North Texas State graduate drummer and the best all-style bassman in the area. All are professionals who can read, demonstrate and teach the theory of jazz as well as they play it. They offer performances, lectures, demonstrations, workshops and Master Classes.
Minimum 8' x 16' area, protected from weather, two hour set up, electricity.
Sergei, a native of Ukraine, is a teaching artist with a Master’s degree in Music Education from the Gnessin Institute in Moscow. He presents two programs, Russian Kaleidoscope and Ukrainian Kaleidoscope. His educationally based presentations teach through assemblies and workshops which focus on the native music, dance and folk art. While experiencing the excitement of learning through the arts, the students gain knowledge about the language, geography, history, customs and traditions of the country. Both programs are available in a one-day format or as a residency. Teaching Guides aligned to the Common Core Standards are provided to schools. His powerful combination of lessons set the stage for students to fully appreciate and find success in the world they are inheriting. Sergei knows how to connect with students and deliver a powerful and memorable message that “Culture Matters.”
Available on request
A performance of Shakespeare by our touring ensemble, TourCo, will dazzle your students, inspiring them to read, respond, reflect, discuss, and write. in 2020, we will presents a 90-minute touring production and living study guide of Cymbeline. One of Shakespeare’s final plays – and one of his greatest achievements – Cymbeline is a romantic adventure story on an epic scale. It tells the story of Innogen, the princess of Britain, who embarks on a dangerous journey to find her husband and through courage and ingenuity clears her good name. Combining elements of comedy, tragedy, history and fairy tale, Cymbeline is not only a summation of Shakespeare’s incomparable career but a dazzling piece of showmanship that culminates in one of the most masterful final scenes of revelation and reconciliation in the canon. Featuring an inventive and energetic company of six actors, the Shakespeare Festival TourCo’s production offers a fast-paced, easy-to-understand performance of this underappreciated gem that revels in all the unbridled theatricality of a writer pushing the boundaries of what a play can be.
Students will be greeted first by the actors and led through discussion and activity prior to the start of the show, called the Living Study Guide, to increase performance literacy. How do we decipher, understand, and analyze a performance that you are unfamiliar with? How do we as audience members know which part of the performance is most important to understanding and enjoyment? The Tour Co will walk audiences through skill level appropriate exercises and discussion topics to break down the mystique and foreignness of Shakespeare’s plays and language. The performance of the show that follows will be appropriately set up for the audience in a unique way designed to provide definitions, vocabulary preview, authorial information, and structural patterns.
Shanice and Maurice Hayes, a father and daughter vocal duo, amaze audiences wherever they perform. Maurice Hayes is a seasoned vocalist performing across the United States, Japan, South Korea, Guam, Singapore, Phillipines, South America and Europe. He has performed for many Heads of State around the world. Shanice, 17, is gaining popularity for her vocal style and natural ability to entertain. She has an awesome stage presence from spirituals to jazz to blues. Together they bring live music with unique harmonies and romantic songs from the golden age of music to the present. Music that is well-loved and appreciated. They have two published CDs.