This Week at the Cactus Cafe

Cactus Cafe

This Week at the Cactus Cafe

Posted by on Oct 16, 2017

Monday, October 16th Open Mic Night @ 7:30pm [FREE]

Open Mic is back with Hostess Kacy Crowley!! Sign up is promptly at 7:30pm and performances are from 8pm to 10pm.


Wednesday, October 18th Robbie Fulks @ 8:00pm [$20]

In 1993, a songwriter banging around the Chicago club scene with a twangy voice and dangerous sense of humor caught our attention. We started making records with him, and as part of the first-generation Bloodshot roster, Robbie Fulks helped us define “Alternative Country.” In 2013, after two decades of playing music everywhere from the taverns of southern Illinois to the honky-tonks of northern Norway, from Austin City Limits’s soundstage to the historic Grand Ole Opry, he reunited with us for the highly acclaimed Gone Away Backward.

Coming of age in the 1960s and 1970s in Virginia and North Carolina, at the edge of the broad “upland” region referenced in the record’s title, also provided depth and detail for Fulks’s songs about the mysteries of memory, the vanishing of cherished things, and the struggles of everyday life. Robbie tries to make songs that offer more than verse-chorus-hook: songs that have space, calmness, unresolved tensions, and the hallmarks of lived experience. This sort of complexity is displayed in “Fare Thee Well, Carolina Gals,” an intimate folk song from the perspective of a man who has let life’s possibilities pass him by, and in “Never Come Home,” in which a sick man returns to spend his last days among an unwelcoming clan of pious, hard-bitten East Tennesseans.


Friday, October 20th The Deer w/ Valley Queen @ 8:00pm [$15]

The Deer: The Deer moves fluidly between genres, eliciting emotion as varied and surprising as Tempest & Rapture implies. The Deer have played Austin’s historic Moody Theater and the Legendary Stubb’s, as well as festivals like Kerrville Folk Festival, Old Settler’s Music Festival, Utopiafest, and Oregon Country Fair. Members have shared the stage with Alejandro Escovedo, Peter Rowan, Tony Rice, Tim O’Brien, and Dana Falconberry. Their co-bill roster includes Elephant Revival, Trout Steak Revival, Hot Buttered Rum, Jeff Austin, and more.

Valley Queen: Valley Queen front woman Natalie Carol leads a band reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac and My Morning Jacket with vocals evocative of Florence Welch. Neil Wogensen (Bass & Vocals), Shawn Morones (Lead Guitar & Vocals) and Gerry Doot (drums), enrich the songs with energy, excitement and emotion.


Saturday, October 21st Maria Muldaur @ 8:00pm [$25 Advance – $30 Door]

Maria Muldaur is best known world-wide for her 1974 mega-hit “Midnight at the Oasis,” which received several Grammy nominations, and enshrined her forever in the hearts of Baby Boomers everywhere; but despite her considerable pop music success, her 52-year career could best be described a long and adventurous odyssey through the various forms of American Roots Music. During the folk revival of the early ’60s, she began exploring and singing early Blues, Bluegrass and Appalachian “Old Timey” Music, beginning her recording career in 1963 with the Even Dozen Jug Band and shortly thereafter, joining the very popular Jim Kweskin Jug Band, touring and recording with them throughout the ’60s. In the 42 years since “Midnight at the Oasis,” Maria has toured extensively worldwide and has recorded 40 solo albums covering all kinds of American Roots Music, including Gospel, R&B, Jazz and Big Band (not to mention several award-winning children’s albums), before settling comfortably into her favorite idiom, the Blues, in recent years. Often joining forces with some of the top names in the business, Maria has recorded and produced on- average an album per year, several of which have been nominated for Grammy and other awards. Her critically acclaimed 2001 Stony Plain Records release, Richland Woman Blues, was nominated for a Grammy and by the Blues Foundation as Best Traditional Blues Album of the Year, as was the follow up to that album, Sweet Lovin’ Ol’ Soul.

Concert Calendar

Austin Music Experience

Concert Calendar

Posted by on Oct 16, 2017

Each week, hundreds of musicians perform at the many venues in the Live Music Capital. To help you with your nightly plans, KUTX narrows down performances week by week. Discover new music with our Spotify playlist for this week’s KUTX-Recommended Music in Austin:
Monday – October 9th to Sunday – October 15th. 


MONDAY – 10/16

Recover from ACL weekend, ya heathens!


 TUESDAY – 10/17

Starting around 6pm

KUTX Presents: Alvvays w/ Nap Eyes – 6:30pm @ Mohawk


WEDNESDAY – 10/18

Starting around 7pm

Moses Sumney w/ Sam Gendel – 7:00pm @ Parish


THURSDAY – 10/19

Starting around 6pm

KUTX Presents: JD McPherson w/ Nikki Lane – 6:30pm @ Scoot Inn

Starting around 7pm

Blackalicious w/ Lyrics Born – 7:00pm @ Empire Control Room

Starting around 8pm

King Crimson – 8:00pm @ Bass Concert Hall


FRIDAY – 10/20

Starting around 8pm

Belcurve w/ Booher, Mean Jolene, XLX, Bond, Twins, Star Parks & Mimicking Parks – 8:00pm @ Sidewinder

The Deer w/ Valley Queens – 8:00pm @ Cactus Cafe

Del McCoury w/ Carson McHone – 8:00pm @ Paramount

Tricky w/ In the Valley Below – 8:00pm @ Mohawk

Wild Child w/ Matthew Logan Vasquez – 8:00pm @ Scoot Inn

Starting around 9pm

Peligrosa – 9:00pm @ Empire Control Room

Starting around 10pm

That Girl Dre – 10:30pm @ Gerladine’s


SATURDAY – 10/21

Starting around 6pm

Justin Timberlake – 6:00pm @ Circuit of the Americas

Dale Watson w/ Jane Ellen Bryant – 6:30pm @ Little Woodrow’s Southpark Meadows

Starting around 7pm

Thievery Corporation w/ Hard Proof – 7:00pm @ Stubb’s

Starting around 8pm

Maria Muldaur – 8:00pm @ Cactus Cafe

Miss Lavelle White – 8:00pm @ C-Boy’s Heart & Soul

Starting around 9pm

La Frenetika – 9:00pm @ Esquina Tango


SUNDAY – 10/22

Starting around 5pm

Miss Lavelle White – 5:00pm @ Antone’s

Starting around 6pm

Elvis Costello – 6:00pm @ Paramount

Primus – 6:30pm @ ACL Live at the Moody Theater

Stevie Wonder – 6:00pm @ Circuit of the Americas

Local Releases

Austin Music Experience

Local Releases

Posted by on Oct 16, 2017

Wednesday, October 18th

Polarizado [Polarizado] – 8:00pm @ Hard Luck Lounge

Producer and songwriter, Felix Bergman was born and raised in Oakland, CA and recently moved to Austin, TX to immerse himself in the wealth of the city’s diverse music styles and experimental elements that foster creativity. On his first night in Austin he caught a show at the Continental Club with Dale Watson & his Lonestars, learned the two-step, then caught an electronic post-rock show at the Mohawk. For Felix, these seemingly disparate styles of music share common traits of steady tempos, insistent up-beats, and rhythmic dialogue between instruments.

The band will celebrate the release of their self-titled debut EP Polarizado on October 18, 2017 at the Hard Luck Lounge. The name in Spanish means “polarized,” a visual reference to a mirrored surface; although to others, it can have political and social connotations. Accompanying Felix’s half-spoken, low-octave vocals, Polarizado’s sound is derived from the driving syncopations of drum kit and percussion, reverb-laden guitar rhythms with heavy tremolo, insistent basslines, gritty harmonica, droning vintage synthesizers, and a healthy dose of echo, feedback, and low-bit samplers. The music is inspired by the sounds of 50s Southern rockabilly/honky tonk, 70s German motorik/ krautrock and 90s Mexican Norteño.

Felix was not from a musical family, but his family was supportive of his musical career. His father, Ron Bergman, was a quick-witted, Bay area sports writer and former Associated Press sports writer and had a great way with words and people. Felix began playing the trumpet at age eight, it came fairly easily for him and he has continued playing for 20 years. He began singing in rock n’ roll bands at the age of 12 and as a teenager, played at well known San Francisco night clubs including Wolfgang’s, The Stone, the Mabuhay Gardens, Fillmore, and later on at Slim’s. He was a school teacher and taught at the Oakland Public Schools for 22 years for all age groups and taught English and Spanish.

Inspired by the compositional processes of David Bowie, David Byrne, and Brian Eno, Felix’s songs tell stories, and the lyrics are intentionally vague so the listener can evoke their own meanings and imagery. Felix is also a fan of Norteño musicians Tigres del Norte, Ramon Ayala and Lalo Mora. Felix says, “I’ve always admired the work ethic of Kraftwerk, working in their studio recording everyday during normal business hours… I’m always working on new ideas from Monday to Friday.”

Putting together the album Polarizado, was a natural process and the music was recorded at various stops between his move from Oakland to Austin. Felix recorded a few hours worth of material with different rhythm sections in Oakland, CA, Los Angeles, CA, Desert Hot Springs, CA, Austin and, most inspirational: Monterrey, Mexico. The bassist and drummer from Monterrey played in Norteño style, which is an aggressive style of hard driving danceable two-step polka music. Felix mixed the recordings and Polarizado was mastered by Louie Lino of Austin, Texas. The cultural spirit of Austin, and Monterrey helped create Polarizado and the influence extended into his personal life – Felix married Tereci, an Austin local originally from Monterrey, onstage at the Continental club in Austin by Dale Watson, an ordained Texas minister.

Saturday, October 21st

Porter & The Bluebonnet Rattlesnakes [Don’t Go Baby It’s Gonna Get Weird Without You] – 10:00pm @ Stay Gold

You’re cordially invited to join Porter’s Austin family to celebrate the release o f Chris Porter’s emotive, posthumous final effort, “Don’t Go Baby It’s Gonna Get Weird Without You”, which drops October 20th via Cornelius Chapel Records. Inline with the spirit of Porter, we’ll be throwing a rowdy and rambunctious release party on October 21st from 7pm-2am at Stay Gold ($10 at the door).

We’ll be enjoying a full-album play-through, Porter-inspired drinks, food truck specials by Hannah Love of Toaster, and have a full stock of vinyls, CDs, and a variety of merchandise.

R.LUM.R: “Frustrated” (Live at ACL Fest)

ACL Festival

R.LUM.R: “Frustrated” (Live at ACL Fest)

Posted by on Oct 10, 2017

This week, the Song of the Day features ACL Fest 2017 artists.

Nashville’s Reggie Williams, AKA R.LUM.R, possesses an infectious sense of warmth and soul in his songwriting. Inspired by an array of artists ranging from Anita Baker to Pink Floyd to Sneaker Pimps, R.LUM.R roughly describes his own sound as R&B/Singer-Songwriter/Soul/Electronic but a quick listen tells you that these labels only scratch the surface of R.LUM.R’s compositions.

R.LUM.R played during the first weekend of ACL Fest 2017 and was kind enough to perform a live rendition of the final track “Frustrated” from his debut Afterimage EP – a single that’s quickly accrued millions of plays on Spotify and is complemented not only by an official music video but also the VuHaus video captured by the KUTX Multimedia Team backstage at Austin City Limits Festival 2017.

Jack Anderson (Host Monday-Wednesday 8-11pm, Saturday 6-10am)

This Week at the Cactus Cafe

Cactus Cafe

This Week at the Cactus Cafe

Posted by on Oct 9, 2017

Monday, October 9th Open Mic Night @ 7:30pm [FREE]

Open Mic is back with Hostess Kacy Crowley!! Sign up is promptly at 7:30pm and performances are from 8pm to 10pm.


Tuesday, October 10th Views & Brews: The Psychology of Uncertainty @ 5:30pm [FREE – Suggested Donation]

Coming up at our Views and Brews this Tuesday at 6pm it’s “The Psychology of Uncertainty.”  Join KUT’s Rebecca McInroy along with Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke, to ask: how can we make sense of tragedy, and how can we prepare ourselves emotionally and psychologically for the unpredictable? Views and Brews is free and open to the public.


Wednesday, October 11th Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge @ 8:00pm [$12 Advance – $15 Door]

Mount Royal On Mount Royal, their second album together, Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge craft songs that sound familiar but are never easily classified. Percolating with tinges of bluegrass and folk, insinuations of jazz and pop, hints of classical and avant garde composition, the album rarely settles into any one particular category; rather, it dances around the territory between genres, never announcing its innovations and prizing soulfulness above chops at every turn. From first note to last, the duo push themselves to findnew ways to play their flat-top steel-string acoustic Martins together.


Thursday, October 12th Sam Evian w/ Buck Meek @ 8:00pm [$8 Advance – $10 Door]

Sam Evian: (born Sam Griffin Owens) is a New York-based songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist.

Premium, Sam’s debut on Saddle Creek records, won audience and critical notice for songs that included the first single and video “Sleep Easy” (https://youtu.be/tqjVCNMTd_k). Premium’s release saw Sam Evian (Brian Betancourt on bass, Austin Vaughn on drums, and Adam Brisbin on guitar – often joined by Hannah Cohen for additional vocals) touring throughout the year with Whitney, Big Thief, Teenage Fanclub, Lucius, Rubblebucket and Luna, as well as headlining around the east coast.

Special Guest: Buck Meek (Big Thief)

Buck Meek’s songs are for the lost dogs of honest mechanics, good guys born into a life of crime, runaways, snow spirits, the ghosts of Central Park, line cooks, unsung diving board stars, the affection shared through gambling, ancient love, etc. Bred in Texas, more bread in New York City, he spins outlaw ballads and grunge into a yarn, with Adam Brisbin on guitar (Jolie Holland, Sam Evian), Mat Davidson on bass (Twain, The Low Anthem, Spirit Family Reunion), and Austin Vaughn on drums (Here We Go Magic, Luke Temple, Sam Evian).