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Western Swing -Texas Commission on the Arts Award

We're honored to represent our home state as official Texas Touring Artists on the Texas Commission on the Arts Texas Touring Roster 2024-2026. A two year adjudicated position and highly competitive, this means support may be available to assist with our booking fees through the TCA’s Arts Respond Performance Support Program. TCA provides grants to arts presenters, festivals, schools, libraries, theaters and other nonprofits and government units. Texas Symphony performances are eligible as well, and we have arrangements for symphony orchestras.

The folks at TCA are great to work with, and they really want to help you bring artists (like the Flyers!) to your community and help your organization receive funding! 

Learn more by calling the Texas Commission on the Arts at (512) 463‐5535 or click here to go directly to the web site.  

The Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) has announced the 2024-2026 Texas Touring Roster, featuring some of the state’s best artistic talent. The highly competitive program is designed to ensure that all Texans may enjoy events and performances by these artists in their local communities. The roster is a two year program and artists are deemed to be highly accomplished in their field and able to present the finest programming to a wide variety of presenters. TCA selected artists have a tour history and many also hold workshops, give school performances and travel to rural communities in Texas. TCA provides grants to arts presenters, schools, libraries, theaters, and other nonprofits and government units throughout Texas to help with the cost of bringing in companies and artists from the roster.

Representing dance, theater, literary art, and a wide variety of music, presenters can apply for programming happening between September 1st, 2024 and August 31st, 2025.  Western Swing (The Official State Music of Texas) to conjunto, jazz to ballet, children's theater to rhythm & blues, and everything in between.

Texas Touring Roster 'Artist Bio' 

Inspired by the music of Bob Wills and the great Western Swing, country and jazz music of the 1940's, The Western Flyers feature an all-star lineup led by archtop guitar slinger Joey McKenzie, two-time National Champion fiddler Ridge Roberts and ace of the bass Matthew Mefford, the trio often performs with guest ‘frequent flyer’ GRAMMY Award telecaster master Redd Volkaert (Merle Haggard band fame, beloved longtime Austinite). Appearances at the World’s Fair Dubai, Library of Congress, Costa Rica, Australia, Russia and even with a ukulele slingin’ Warren Buffett! Performances are tailored for a family audience, rowdy dancehall, performing arts theater, community event or festival stage

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