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Michael Fracasso writes literate, passionate songs bringing stories and characters to life with his unique voice and soulful style. Upon his arrival in Austin, where he now resides, he was voted best new artist in the Music City Texas poll for local music professionals. He has since toured in Europe and throughout the United States, including the acclaimed Austin Songwriters on the Road tour ’93. Many folks around Austin believe that Michael is one of the most subtle and most richly rewarding of all the Austin songwriters.

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Get ready to experience the hottest new variety band taking Texas by storm! Lauren Schultz and The Speed of Sound is a powerful group of musicians with awesome vocals and top quality musicianship! Their ability to cover tunes with uncanny authenticity has shot The Speed of Sound to the top of everyone's list of party pleasers. This fun loving band can turn on a dime to deliver their huge repertoire of classic dance hits from Swing, Motown, Disco and even Latin favorites, never failing to create just the right mood at the right time for your very special event.

The band is lead by Lauren Schultz, who is recognized as one of Austin's most exciting vocalists. Lauren's warm and entertaining stage presence coupled with her rich vocal stylings will truly deliver something for everyone!

The band also features plenty of great male vocals and the rockin' talents of "Hurricane Paul" on the saxophone.

Are you dreaming of a black tie affair', classy Semi formal attire or Hawaiian shirts'...just ask! The Speed of Sound will be happy to custom tailor their show to make it "Your Show." How about a bigger sound' You've got it! This band can put on a dazzling performance in formats from six pieces on up, giving you unique flexibility and affordability in planning your next event. Remember it's your party, "You should Be Dancing!!!

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So if you are looking for the best, remember the Barton Strings. Last year more than 150 couples chose us to perform at their weddings!

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After countless nights listening to band on top of band, with one singer replacing another, occasionally a voice cuts through the sameness and just plain wakes you up. With a smokey Rock sound that is undeniably southern-fried, Sheri Frushay’s "take no prisoners" show leaves you wondering if the guys at the weather station spotted a twister on the radar. When this tall Texan straps on her guitar, its time to buckle up for the ride.

Born and bred in Austin, Sheri grew up on the road with her father-country hit maker from the 60’s Ray Frushay. Her own songs have the same simple honesty that makes you want to cry, or laugh, or just get up and dance. She sings with the Texas soul sound that blew the top off the charts in the 60’s and 70’s and forever changed the way women rocked. Sheri takes a bite out of southern rock and cooks it down with the heart of Texas music and dishes out a spicy, hot butt-shakin’ set that satisfies the soul. From roadhouse to roadshow, this is definitely not Sunday brunch music.

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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.

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