Fahntoosh Enterprises is a small Austin-based, woman-owned event specialist company. We are live music enthusiasts who want to make the music scene accessible and enjoyable for everyone! We can provide a wide variety of event services, on both large and small scales. Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits Music Festival, Okeechobee, Welcome to Rockville, Aftershock, Bonnaroo, and Forecastle Festival are all clients of Fahntoosh Enterprises.
What’s in a name? Well, in the case of Fahntoosh Enterprises...not a lot. Long story short, a group of girl friends were out for a night of revelry and live music in Austin, Texas. In waltzes a gentleman ("gentleman" being a generous term) who the ladies knew of but had never actually met. And they would make sure that they did not really meet that night. Rather than providing real names as introductions, our creative friend Daniele introduced everyone with names from the strange inner-workings of her mind. Pointing to each friend respectively she said, “This is Roxie, this is Trixie, this is Fahntoosh”, and finally, “this is Francine Bonjourno.” Somehow Fahntoosh stuck as Cari’s nickname from that night forward. The others were spared….go figure.
Cari Wieland has been a part of the live music scene in one capacity or another….as a fan, a volunteer, a production professional, or event specialist… for almost 25 years. She has worked or attended countless festivals, including Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits Music Festival, Bonnaroo, the Kerrville Folk Festival, Old Settler’s Music Festival, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, SXSW, Forecastle Festival, Aftershock, the Gentlemen of the Road tour, and many, many more!
Cari’s professional life in the event management business began as a volunteer, but she is now proud to say it’s her full-time career. Before making the leap to event management, Cari was the Director of Special Education Assessments at the Texas Education Agency for 14 years. Before that, she was a high school principal and special education teacher. What a difference a few years makes!
Having attended more than 300 events and seeing nearly 900 bands, Steve Brockway became a self-professed live music geek after seeing his first show in 1980; and he has the ticket stubs to prove it. Steve has also been working with people with disabilities in various roles since the 1990s, including being a Handicapped SCUBA Association Dive Buddy, sports camp counselor for teens with spinal cord injuries, member of the Board of Directors of the Spinal Cord Injury Association of Illinois, and the Safety Coordinator, Opening Ceremonies Director and Operating Committee member for the National Junior Disability Championships. A few years ago Steve combined his two passions and is now working on making events more accessible for everyone so all can enjoy the festival experience.With all of the events he has attended, you may have seen Steve working or volunteering at Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, South By Southwest, Pitchfork Music Festival, the Tibetan Freedom Concerts, Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Gay Games VII, Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association Regional Championships, or the Chipotle Cultivate Festival. And when not working, as a fan he has attended the Voodoo Music Experience, Coachella, Riot Fest, Milwaukee Summerfest, Horde Festival, Rock The Garden, and the Hideout Block Party. When you see him at his next event make sure and say hello.
When Amy Patton was 8 years old, her uncle Bill gave her a guitar for Christmas, and ever since music has played a huge roll in her life. Although her skills on the guitar only progressed to “camp fire level,” her love and appreciation of music, as well as those who make it, has only strengthened throughout the years. Amy has been attending live music shows most of her life, but her first camping festival in 2003 (Willie Nelson’s Picnic) opened up a whole new world. Since then, she has attended countless shows and as many festivals as her schedule would allow.
Amy has been helping people for almost as long as she has loved music. She started off in the Peer Assistance Leadership program in high school and realized that she had a knack for working with all kinds of people. After serving as an RA in college and volunteering with adults with intellectual disabilities, she started a career working with children and adults with psychiatric and behavioral issues. She has also volunteered with Special Olympics for multiple years, and has several special needs folks in her life. Her work experience and her love of music combined when she started volunteering at Austin City Limits Music Festival in their “Access Program” for patrons with mobility disabilities. This first volunteering experience had Amy hooked, and she found her calling with Fahntoosh Enterprises. Since then, her festival experience also includes Bonnaroo, SXSW, and Forecastle. The list continues to grow and she can’t wait for her next adventure.
LaDon Matthys has been attending live music events since the mid 1980s and worked her first festival in 1995. She has enjoyed being behind the scenes even more than attending as a patron.
Having spent her career teaching and serving individuals with disabilities in many capacities, LaDon is extremely grateful to have found a way to combine two of her greatest passions working as a part of the Fahntoosh team.
Steve Markel ("Burrito") is an event professional who brings 17 years of events and marketing experience to Fahntoosh. From small 100 person events to large major festivals, Steve brings his unique perspective and warm heart to each production.
Like the rest of the Fahntoosh team, Steve's love for music and the world around it give him life. His dedication to supporting creative people, art, and serving as an advocate for our disabled brothers and sisters is a role he holds close to his heart. Our volunteers at the first annual Okeechobee festival in 2016 were responsible for his nickname and he whole-heartedly accepted the title. If you see Burrito at one of the festivals make sure to give him a high-five!