The group Nobuntu is performing in front of microphones. All of the members are wearing garments with stripes or patterns. Out of the five performers, the middle one is sitting down playing a bongo drum.

Nobuntu performing in Susquehanna University’s Degenstein Theater through Mid Atlantic Tours 2018. Credit: Chad Hummel.

Mid Atlantic Tours is a curated roster program of performing artists and ensembles chosen to tour throughout the mid-Atlantic region. Subsidy is provided directly to presenters engaging artists from the roster for performances. The roster of artists changes annually but maintains a programmatic commitment to a diversity of performance genres, international cultural exchange, and engaging communities underserved by the arts.

The annual artist roster is selected through a staff-curated process led by MAAF Program Officer, Performing Arts, with input from mid-Atlantic presenters through an annual survey. Criteria considered in the selection process include artists or ensembles that appeal to a wide-range of presenters within the mid-Atlantic region, reasonable artist affordability and technical requirements, and strong artist representation.

There is no application process for artists to be part of the Mid Atlantic Tours roster. Presenters interested in learning more about the booking and funding process should refer to the Now Booking and Booking Guidelines tabs under this program.

Questions regarding Mid Atlantic Tours should be directed to Haowen Wang at haowen@midatlanticarts.org.

Mid Atlantic Tours is made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Regional Touring Program with additional funding provided by  the Delaware Division of the Arts.

2020-2021 Artist Roster

Acrobuffos | AIR PLAY (NY, USA)

Two artists stand on opposite sides of the stage - the one of the left is dressed all in tan and the one on the right is dressed all in red. They held in each hand the corner of a large piece of sheer white materials that is billowing overhead like a parachute against a black background and stage.

Website: https://www.acrobuffos.com/
Media: https://vimeo.com/214885234
For fees and booking information, contact: Jim Weiner, Boat Rocker Entertainment.com, jim@BoatRockerEntertainment.com

Circus and science collide in a gorgeous homage to the power of air. Flying umbrellas, larger-than-life balloons, giant kites floating over the audience, and the biggest snow globe you’ve ever seen will make you gasp in wonder and laugh until it hurts.

AIR PLAY is a visual poem using no words. It lives on the edge of definition:  part comedy, part sculpture, part circus, part theater.

The creation of husband & wife team Seth Bloom and Christina Gelsone, AIR PLAY merges their circus and street theater performance art with the sculptural artistry of Daniel Wurtzel.

AIR PLAY is made for venues seating 500 to 2,500, and requires a great deal of height. We use fans that blow fabric, balloons, packing peanuts, and plastic bags into the air.

Community engagement activity options: click here.

Download tech rider.

Photo: Florence Montmare.

Ak Dan Gwang Chil (Seoul, South Korea)

A traditional Korean music group sits in chairs across a stage bathed in red and lilac light. The musicians are dressed in black. In an open sided cube center, three vocalists stand in front of microphones.

Website: http://sori.nyc/adgc
Media: https://youtu.be/krIHTd-7PGY
For fees and booking information, contact: Shawn Choi, SORI, shawn@sori.nyc

Ak Dan Gwang Chil (ADG7) is a multi-award winning Korean traditional music group, featuring six Korean traditional musicians and three powerhouse female folk singers. ADG7 performs repertoire from the sacred, shamanic, and secular gut (ritual music) and minyo (folk song) traditions of the Hwanghae-do region, nowadays a western province of North Korea. Their powerful engaging performance will immerse audiences into a spiritual experience and bring blessings of positive energy originating from gut and minyo.

ADG7 was organized in 2015 for the 70th anniversary of Korea’s liberation from Japanese colonial rule. Their music expresses the true meaning of liberation and South Korea’s desire for reunification. They recently won multiple awards including Best Group at the 2018 KBS Korean Traditional Music Award and Sori Frontier Award at the 2017 Jeongju International Sori festival. ADG7 has been selected as one of the WOMEX (World Music Expo) 2019 official showcase artists.

Community engagement activity options: education performance for any age groups around Korean traditional music; lecture and demonstration; talkbacks; Instrument workshops; jam session with other professional musicians.

Download tech rider.

Photo: Courtesy of the artist.

Choir!Choir!Choir! (Ontario, Canada)

A group of audience members stands around a group of musicians onstage while being led by a choir director onstage.

Website: www.choirchoirchoir.com
Media: “What is Choir!Choir!Choir!”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFkvtuAlFTo
“Choir! of 1999 Voices Sings Prince”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTcQdiNlGG8
For fees and booking information, contact: Adam Bauer, Madison House, Adam@madison-house.com

Choir! Choir! Choir! is a Toronto-based singing group led by creative directors Nobu Adilman and Daveed Goldman. The duo takes a non-traditional approach; there are no auditions, and the audience is the choir. Just show up and they’ll teach you an original arrangement to a song you love. Founded in 2011, Choir! Choir! Choir! has amassed a dedicated and passionate community of singers and a thriving international fan base on YouTube. The group has performed with renowned artists such as Patti Smith, Tegan and Sara, and Rufus Wainwright, and onstage at New York’s Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall with the likes of Debbie Harry and The Flaming Lips. Choir! Choir! Choir! exists to celebrate music and push the boundaries between practice and performance, artist and audience, offering therapeutic benefits with the ultimate side effect: a powerful community.

Community engagement activity options: The simple philosophy is anyone can sing and it doesn’t take long to do it properly.  We can do community engagement and in essence are a workshop, lecture, and performance all in one that is fun and engaging on all levels.

Download tech rider.

Photo: Joseph Fuda.

The Honey Dewdrops (MD, USA)

Studio shot of a woman (left) in a rust blouse next to a man in a chambray button up shirt.  They are in a room with sheer white curtains and a concrete walla man

Website: https://www.thehoneydewdrops.com
Media: “More Than You Should Say” (Live): https://youtu.be/WWB0ygdlUpE
“One Kind Word” (Live): https://youtu.be/TBiiC62uUZE
For fees and booking information, contact: David Salada, The Sparrow Agency, david@thesparrowagency.com

Americana duo The Honey Dewdrops – Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish– has long felt the push-and-pull between their original roots in the Appalachian Mountains and their current home in urban Baltimore. You’ll hear it in their harmony soaked songs and the mastery of their instruments’ acoustic tones, but also in their songwriting, which reflects the hard realities of today. With their fifth independent release, ANYONE CAN SEE, released March 1st, 2019, they have primed the creative energy so prevalent on their previous releases. Each song sparkles with focused intensity, and, with their new album, the duo show that they’re growing rapidly as artists, enthusiastically exchanging an impossible quest for perfection for the compelling ebbs and flows that accompany an intimate, authentic kind of expression.

Community engagement activity options: click here.

Download stage plot.

Photo: Courtesy of the artist.

Rare Essence (DC, USA)

Shot from the audience, image shows four singers in black with graphic tees fronting a full band on stage.

Website: www.rareessence.com
Media: Tiny Desk Concert: http://www.npr.org/event/music/535777149/rare-essence-tiny-desk-concert
MV “Tryna Go feat. Raheem DeVaughn & Dee Boy”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8EcxGYIy2M
For fees and booking information, contact: Becky Marcus, Liaison Records, becky@liaisonrecords.com

Rare Essence, Washington’s premier Go-Go band for more than four decades, is a DC institution that has built a devoted fan base that spans multiple generations. Drawn to the indigenous funk sired in the mid -70s by the late Godfather of Go-Go, Chuck Brown, Rare Essence would be one of Brown’s earliest, and have remained his most enduring, progeny, with a consistently combustible live show honed through countless performances in the Washington region. Go-Go thrives live and that’s where reputations, and legacies, are cemented. As the Washington Post noted in a review, “….this band has performed more than 5,000 times. Like so many Rare Essence concerts, it’s easy to believe you’re seeing the best one.”

Community Engagement Activities Options: We can offer a 60 minute demonstration (and impromptu jam session) that showcases the basic foundation of Go-Go music. Whether old school, new school or bounce beat we demonstrate the similarities and differences in the music along with a tutorial on how the sound has evolved over the last 40+ years.

Download stage plot | backline list.

Photo: Courtesy of the artist.

Sonia De Los Santos (NJ, USA)

A band stands along a white wall with an assortment of instruments, including a drum, guitars, a violin, and an accordion.  There are two women and three men and they are brightly dressed in casual clothes.

Website: https://www.soniadelossantosmusic.com/
Media: “¡Alegría!” MV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3IYKnwN0kA
Concert Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWiV3Rdr2-Q
For fees and booking information, contact: Sarah McCarthy, Dandelion Artists, sarah@dandelionartists.com

One of the brightest voices in bilingual children’s music, Sonia De Los Santos shares songs from her celebrated albums, ¡ALEGRÍA! and MI VIAJE: DE NUEVO LEÓN TO THE NEW YORK ISLAND.  Sonia’s concerts delve into her experiences growing up in Mexico, moving to another country, learning about other cultures, and in the process, feeling closer to her own heritage. Audiences will delight in learning original songs such as “La Golondrina,” Latin American party tunes like “Tan Feliz” and new Spanish sing-along versions of American classics such as “Esta Es Tu Tierra (This Land is Your Land)” by Woody Guthrie.

Community engagement activity options: Sonia De Los Santos offers Latin American rhythm and dance workshops for kids and teachers, as well as talkbacks for students of all ages.

Sonia De Los Santos’ Study Guide can be found here:

Download tech rider.

Photo: Krysta Brayer.

Tentacle Tribe | GHOST (Quebec, Canada)

Black and white image of six dancers on stage in contorted positions in a central huddle.  They wear casual pants and bra tops.

Website: www.tentacletribe.com
Media: https://vimeo.com/308912976
For fees and booking information, contact: Brent Belsher, brent@belshers.ca, & Christine Tschida, chris@belshers.ca, Belsher Arts Management

Tentacle Tribe dance company presents their unique brand of conceptual hip–hop, experimenting with intricate partnering, refined musicality, and a saturated dose of physical choreography.  Through vast experience dancing and choreographing for Cirque du Soleil, Rubberbandance, and Cirque Eloize, co-founders Lê Phan and Höglund have redefined their b-boying and b-girling practices into an innovative aesthetic that transcends style boundaries and expresses the embodiment of music beyond technique.

Since 2013, their work has travelled internationally, both in the contemporary realm, as well as making a huge impact in the Hip-hop Theater world, partnering with giants such as Sadler’s Wells Breakin’ Convention in London and Amsterdam’s Summer Dance Forever Festival.

Community engagement activity options: Emma and Elon are highly regarded in the hip-hop world and have quite a following wherever they tour. They are still very involved in the battle scenes that take place all over the world. They will certainly draw from an audience that doesn’t normally attend theatre performances. They teach a variety of workshops and are keen to do so.  In addition to teaching the Tentacle Tribe method members of the company can also offer workshops in Popping, Breaking, and Waacking. The company is also happy to discuss their work in post-show chats.

Download tech rider.

Photo: Alexandre Gilbert.

Booking Guidelines

The 2020-2021 Mid Atlantic Tours Roster booking deadline was February 28, 2020 for engagements taking place between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021. Please check back with us in Fall of 2020 for the announcement of the 2021-2022 roster.

For your reference, you can download the 2020-2021 Booking Guidelines in both PDF and Word formats below.

Download 2020-2021 Mid Atlantic Tours Booking Guidelines as a PDF (link opens in a new window)
Download 2020-2021 Mid Atlantic Tours Booking Guidelines as an accessible Word document (click link to download)

Current Grantees & Tours

2019-2020 Mid Atlantic Tours Grantees

All schedules are subject to change. Please check with the performance venue to confirm dates and times, and for ticket information.

Chris Matthews wears a black shirt and colorful bow tie. She is standing on a outside stage in front of a microphone holding her guitar. Blurred trees are visible behind her.

Photo: Ursula Hoppe

Crys Matthews (VA)
Website: www.crysmatthews.com
Media: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhlmyZZ3DxI&feature=youtu.be&t=1s

A prolific lyricist and composer, Crys Matthews blends Americana, folk, jazz, blues, bluegrass, and funk into a bold, complex performance steeped in traditional melodies and punctuated by honest, original lyrics. In August 2017, Matthews simultaneously released both a new, full-length album, The Imagineers, and an EP, Battle Hymn For An Army Of Lovers. Songs from both projects have already won her recognition and awards. She was one of ten finalists (out of 5,000 entrants) in 2017’s NewSong Music and Performance Competition, and after performing at Lincoln Center, she was named grand-prize winner.

7/26/2019  Huntington Arts Council, Huntington, NY
10/17/2019 BlackRock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD
10/19/2019 6 On The Square, Oxford, NY
10/28/2019 Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD
1/17/2020 Carnegie Hall, Lewisburg, WV
2/17/2020 FSU Cultural Events Series, Frostburg, MD
2/22/2020 Ethical Brew, Teaneck, NJ
3/28/2020 The Grand Opera House, Wilmington, DE

Photo: Courtesy of the artist

Jane Bunnett and Maqueque (Ontario, Canada)
Website: www.janebunnett.com
Media: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yxU-_md2hE

Multi-Juno award winner and multi-Grammy nominee, jazz flautist/saxophonist Jane Bunnett is an internationally acclaimed musician who has built her reputation working with Cuban musicians for over 35 years. In 2014, she founded Jane Bunnett and Maqueque to promote and extend performance opportunities to talented, young, female musicians from Cuba. Since then, Jane Bunnett and Maqueque have broken new territory in Afro-Cuban music and toured Australia, Brazil, Canada, and the United States numerous times.

9/14/2019 The Freeman Stage at Bayside, Selbyville, DE
9/18-19/2019 Bucknell University – Weis Center for the Performing Arts, Lewisburg, PA
9/20/2019 Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY
9/21/2019 Contemporary Arts, Gwynn Oak, MD
9/25-27/2019 Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD
12/13/2019 Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, Pittsburgh, PA
1/31/2020 The Charlottesville Jazz Society, Charlottesville, VA
2/2/2020 Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington, DC
2/5-7/2020 St. John School of the Arts, St. John, VI
6/19/2020 Cityfest – Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, Wilmington, DE


Photo: Courtesy of the artist

Los Pleneros de la 21 (NY)

Website: www.losplenerosdela21.org
Media: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HANCoVDn7k

Founded in 1983 by NEA Heritage Fellow Juan Gutiérrez, Los Pleneros de la 21 (LP21) is an intergenerational ensemble of today’s venerated Latino musicians and top Bomba and Plena practitioners. The ensemble, based in the heart of El Barrio (Spanish Harlem), is known for creating infectious sounds which combine the folkloric and raw percussion elements of Puerto Rican Bomba and Plena genres with contemporary and urban styles, like Son, Salsa, Jazz, and Hip Hop.

9/20-21/2019 Smith Center for the Arts, Geneva, NY
9/27-28/2019 Arts at the Palace, Hamilton, NY
10/11-12/2019 BlackRock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD
7/11/2019 Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE


Photo: David Oldfield

Nordic Affect (Reykjavík, Iceland)

Website: www.nordicaffect.com
Media: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yl_gzcvjS1c

Icelandic ensemble Nordic Affect has been hailed as a “multi-disciplinary force of nature” (A Closer Listen), and for its “ineffable synergy between the performers” (San Francisco Classical Voice). Founded in 2005, Nordic Affect is four Icelandic women musicians, united in their passion for viewing familiar music from a different perspective and venturing into new musical terrain. The group’s highly unique voice has earned them international recognition. Nordic Affect was named Performer of the Year at the Iceland Music Awards in 2014 and was featured on the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Reykjavík Festival in 2017.

2/5-6/2020 UAlbany Performing Arts Center, Albany, NY


Photo: Courtesy of the artist

Paige Hernandez (DC)

Website: bflyentertainment.com
Media: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ukFbV2gSqOg

Paige Hernandez is a multifaceted theater artist who is known for her innovative fusion of hip hop, arts integration and cultural inclusion. With her company B-FLY ENTERTAINMENT, Paige has written and performed several original works that focus on multicultural hip hop experiences for all ages. As a master teaching artist, Paige has taught throughout the country, to all ages, in all art disciplines. Paige has been named a “classroom hero” by The Huffington Post, a “Citizen Artist Fellow” with the Kennedy Center, “40 under 40” by Washingtonian Magazine and one of “Six Theatre Workers You Should Know” by American Theatre Magazine.

7/13/2019 Gretna Music, Mount Gretna, PA
7/17/2019 The Freeman Stage at Bayside, Selbyville, DE
10/26-27/2019 Baltimore Center Stage, Baltimore, MD
12/8-9/2019 Smith Center for the Arts, Geneva, NY
1/16-17/2020 Emory & Henry College – Woodrow W. McGlothlin Center for the Arts, Emory, VA
3/6-7/2020 Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY
3/13-14/2020 The Grand Opera House, Wilmington, DE


Photo: Lois Greenfield

Philadanco! (PA)

Website: www.philadanco.org
Media: https://tinyurl.com/PhiladancoSuccessStories

Celebrated for its innovation, creativity, and preservation of predominantly African-American traditions in dance, Philadanco! will kick off the celebration of its 50th anniversary in the 2019-2020 season. Founded in 1970 by Joan Myers Brown, Philadanco! will celebrate its achievements in contemporary dance by touring repertory that features recently commissioned works such as Iquail Shaheed’s The Order, Anthony Burrell’s Endangered Species , alongside important legacy works of Sagan (Suite En Bleu), Huggins  (Enemy Behind the Gates), and Mercer (Super 8!).

8/9-10/2019 PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century, Chatham, NY
10/24-25/2019 The Egg, Albany, NY
11/14-17/2019 The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission – Publick Playhouse, Greenbelt, MD
1/21-25/2020 Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York, NY
2/14/2020 Stockton University Performing Arts Center, Absecon, NJ
2/24-25/2020 Rutgers University – The Price Institute, Newark, NJ
6/20-21/2020 Clay Center, Charleston, WV

Manage Your Grant

COVID-19 Coronavirus: As you know, this is a rapidly evolving situation, and we recognize the need to be flexible.  We recognize that out of an abundance of caution, grantees may need to cancel grant-supported engagements or activities. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our Director of Operations, Phillip Harmon, or the MAAF program officer handling your specific grant program or activity to discuss your concerns or options. You can find staff contact information here.  Please be assured we will not penalize grantees for canceling grants due to COVID-19 coronavirus considerations and will be as flexible as we can within the limits of our own funder limitations.

Changes in Project Proposal

Any changes in the content, schedule, or budget of your project as proposed must be submitted in writing for approval prior to being implemented. Requested changes must be submitted to Phillip Harmon, Grants and Operations Officer, at phillip@midatlanticarts.org.

Funding Acknowledgement and Crediting

Acknowledgement and Crediting requirements were included as Exhibit A of the Grant Award Agreement.

Grantees must clearly acknowledge support from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through use of both the credit language and logo as outlined below.  Use of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation logo does not replace the credit language. Copies of the required crediting materials must be submitted as part of the final report.

Credit and Logo Usage Details

The following statement and the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation logo MUST appear in all programs, websites and press releases produced by the funded organization or its agents in relation to the funded project. In addition, the following statement and the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation logo should be included whenever possible, either jointly or separately as necessary, in all flyers and postcards, email communications, season brochures, social media posts and calendars, and any other print or electronic promotional and publicity materials produced by the funded organization or its agents in relation to the funded project.

  • This statement must be used in its entirety and cannot be altered in any way.

This engagement of [ARTIST] is funded through the Mid Atlantic Tours program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.*

Website Link

Grantees are required to include a link to the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation website at www.midatlanticarts.org when crediting Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation on their website. This link MUST remain active during the entire length of your grant period with MAAF. You are requested, but not required, to embed the link in MAAF’s logo.

*Some projects are also supported by our State partners. Please refer to the specific crediting requirements and language in your Grant Award Agreement to ensure you provide proper crediting for your project.

Final Reports

Final report requirements and instructions were included as Exhibit B of the Grant Award Agreement.

Grantees are required to submit a final report which is due thirty (30) days after the end of the grant period on record as listed in the Grant Award Agreement.

Final reports are to be completed online using the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s eGRANT system at http://midatlanticarts.egrant.net.  Please read the instructions in the eGRANT system carefully.

The account used to submit the Common Information Form for the grant must be used to complete the final report. If you do not remember your login and/or password, please use the link on the eGRANT login page to retrieve the information.

For questions about your grant and the crediting or final reporting requirements, contact Phillip Harmon, Grants and Operations Officer, at phillip@midatlanticarts.org or 410.539.6656 x109.