JA much sought-after live performer, Jeff has a solid following in his home base of Austin, Texas, and his performances outside of the area attract new fans who have heard his music on the radio. Click here for station list. On stage, his astute commentary and amusing asides make him an audience favorite. Bill James, booker of the Belton Acoustic Concert Series, is taken with Jeff’s "dry wit, compelling stage presence, warped sense of humor and terrific songs." A versatile guitarist who often employs a number of alternate tunings, he leaves the audience spellbound.
Jeff Talmadge was born in Ulvade, Texas, and spent his earliest years under the twin spells of rock ’n roll and folk music. He was deeply influenced by Townes Van Zandt and John Stewart-and intrigued by the growing music scene in Austin. At Duke University, he won the prestigious Academy of American Poets Award, seeing publication of several of his pieces. He went on to receive a Master of Fine Arts from the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers in North Carolina.
After years away from actively performing, Jeff struck out on his own in 1998. He now headlines at venues throughout the region, donates his time and talents to numerous causes and charities, and continuously works to perfect his performing and songwriting. This high level of professionalism earned Jeff a slot as a showcase artist or finalist at Falcon Ridge, KRCL Founder’s Title Folk and Bluegrass Festival, Tucson Folk Festival, Sierra Songwriter’s Festival, Lake County Folk Festival and the Wildflower Arts and Music Festival. In 2001, Jeff was a finalist in the New Folk Competition at the Kerrville Folk Festival. Jeff is an active member of the Folk Alliance, as well as a founding member of the Austin Conspiracy of Performing Songwriters.
Eightysomething is the first unique 80s musical entertainment experience to appear in Austin. Performing hits from the 80s era, including artists such as Blondie, Duran Duran, and Depeche Mode, Eightysomething aims to score with a broad range of tastes... Along with providing music, Eightysomething also endeavors to immerse the audience with 80s lore via different forms of multimedia, trivia contests, and prizes, converting even those with little 80s interest into enthusiastic participants.
80s-related entertainment is becoming a hot ticket, involving a substantial demographic. Eightysomething is run by experienced folks who lived and were influenced by the culture of the 80s. This personal involvement is our edge over the other bands.
Eightysomething is currently a 5-piece outfit, with horns and additional vocals possible upon request.
America has seen a resurgence of ballroom dancing and "lounge music" over the last few years, yet this music has been around for many years and for almost as long, the Nash Hernandez Orchestra has been playing this music, when it was "cool" and even when it wasn't. The Nash Hernandez Orchestra is the longest-running big band in the Austin area. A twelve-piece band, the group was established in 1949 by trumpeter Nash Hernandez. Initially comprised of all Hispanic musicians that Hernandez himself taught, the group has had many musicians come through the ranks, but the sound has always remained the same. Many musicians who performed in the group went on to lead their own groups and have become prominent musicians in the Austin music scene. Musicians such as Mitch Watkins, Tomas Ramirez, Tim Torres, Dave Gutierrez, John Mills, and Mike Mordecai, to name only a few, all began their career in the Austin area working in the Nash Hernandez Orchestra. Nash Hernandez fell in love with the big band style while a member of the Army Air Corp during World War II. He worked side-by-side with many musicians from the popular big bands of that golden era of music who were also serving their country in the war. After the war, he moved to Austin and worked with Matt Velasquez. In 1949 he decided to start his own band. The band did all the popular big band swing of the era, but in addition, the group also performed the Latin music of Perez Prado, Tito Puente and Xavier Cugat. This made the group popular with a wide variety of people. Over the years, Nash performed for numerous politicians, the Austin Senators baseball team, numerous corporate parties, and generations of weddings. In 1975, Nash was named Ambassador of Goodwill by Governor Dolph Brisco, for whom Nash had performed in 1973 at Governor Brisco's Inaugural Ball. In addition, Nash Hernandez was twice honored by the city of Austin when the city council proclaimed Nash Hernandez Day on October 26, 1975 and again on July 2, 1993. In that same year, he was also honored by the Texas Senate with a proclamation sponsored by the Honorable Senator Gonzalo Barrientos. In 1994, he was recognized by Vice-President Al Gore for his contributions in the state. It was a sad day for the Austin music scene when Nash Hernandez passed away on June 26, 1994. Today, the tradition continues on under the direction of Nash's son, drummer Ruben Hernandez, who began playing with the group at the age of eleven. It was Nash's wish before he died that Ruben continue the band and with the help and support of the family, Ruben has done that. The group continues to play to enthusiastic audiences and in 1999, the band's fiftieth anniversary year, the Austin City Council and Mayor Kirk Watson proclaimed September 9 as Nash Hernandez Orchestra Day, the third such time the band has been honored in this way. Under his direction, Ruben plans to continue the Nash Hernandez Orchestra well into the 21st century. Be a part of history and come hear the band as they continue to perform in the Austin area and throughout Texas.
Shelley King, 2008 State Musician of Texas. Shelley King has the unique honor of being the first woman to be appointed Official Texas State Musician. A singer, songwriter, and seasoned bandleader based in Austin, Texas, Shelley King won the prestigious Austin Music Awards for "Roots Rock Band of the Year" in 2005 and "Song of the Year" in 2001 for her song "Call of My Heart". Shelley King has been described as "powerhouse", "soothing alto", "un-crying in your beer", and "blistering" all in the same review leading critics and fans to agree that it is her big voice and strong delivery that sets her head and shoulders above virtually every other vocalist, male or female, in the state. Numerous artists nationally and internationally have covered King's songs including Toni Price who featured King's compositions on the PBS series Austin City Limits and Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood who covered King's "Texas Blue Moon" on their Warner International release in 2004. A veteran of the Texas music scene with nearly two decades of professional music experience, Shelley travels all over the US, Canada and Europe performing at well respected venues and major festivals and has plans to tour Australia, Japan, and China in the near future. King has made live appearances on radio & television all over the world including recording a "live concert" for XM Satellite Radio and appearing with Texas State Musician honoree Billy Joe Shaver on the internationally syndicated radio program "Woodsongs". Shelley's music blends the best of folk, country, blues, and rock then mixes in a little gospel and a lot of soul to create her own roots rock style. Whether performing solo or with a group, Shelley always delivers an uplifting, dynamic, engaging, and fun performance suitable for all ages.
Back by popular demand, THE MR FABULOUS VARIETY SHOW!!! This is the show that can be customized to fit your event theme or occasion. "THE MR FABULOUS VARIETY SHOW", features "CASINO ROYALE", doing their Jazz standards, Latin Big Band and popular movie themes, followed by "THE SWINGING VEGAS SHOW", featuring the vocals of MR FABULOUS! Just when you thought it couldn't get any better, MR FABULOUS brings out his "ROCK AND ROLL SHOW", featuring POPULAR hits from the 50's up to the present day. "THE MR FABULOUS VARIETY SHOW", also features special performances by guest singers and musicians. Do you want a female singer? WE'VE GOT IT! Do you want a comedian? WE'VE GOT IT! Do you want a multimedia presentation? WE'VE GOT IT! Have you ever been at a party where the band breaks just when the audience really heats up? WE FEEL YOUR PAIN and would like to offer the "MR FABULOUS VARIETY SHOW" with NO BREAKS! This is entirely up to YOU. We can design the show with a multitude of options. YOU decide how you want the show structured, or we can put it together for you at no extra charge. VERSATILITY AND VARIETY make the "MR FABULOUS VARIETY SHOW", a MUST-HAVE act for your next corporate event, fund raiser, or reception. Call or email bookaband.com today for more info and a price quote