This Week at the Cactus Cafe

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This Week at the Cactus Cafe

Posted by on Mar 27, 2017

UT’s own Cactus Cafe brings world class music into your backyard on a weekly basis. Here’s what’s going on this week!


Wednesday 3/29 – EMILY ELBERT & ANTHONY DA COSTA

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Doors: 8pm Show: 8:30pm

General Admission: $12.00 in advance and $15.00 day of show

Emily Elbert: Emily Elbert weaves together a rhythmic funk-folk blend of introspection and celebration. With a global, D.I.Y. spirit, she has carried her music around the world, playing over a thousand independent shows from Peru to Palestine. Anchored by intricate guitar work and an old-soul voice, Emily’s songs offer progressive perspective while paying tribute to the timeless. She has independently released four albums, and two new singles, “Letting Go / Here & Now”, in November 2016.

Recently, Emily spent a year touring as a member of Esperanza Spalding’s experimental music and theater project, “Emily’s D+Evolution”. The group recorded an album to wide critical acclaim, and played shows ranging from the Late Show with Stephen Colbert to the Sydney Opera House.

Solo, Emily has had the honor of opening for acts including Leon Russell, Victor Wooten, G. Love & Special Sauce, Richie Havens, Emily King, Robben Ford, Raul Midon, Kaki King, Nneka, Jorge Drexler, and Tuck & Patti, and collaborated with artists ranging from Ben Taylor to Dweezil Zappa. Her music has garnered praise from publications like the Washington Post, Utne Reader, and Glamour Magazine, and won awards in the U.S. and U.K.. Through authentic song sharing, she strives for a deepening sense of human and spiritual connection that is accessible to all.

Anthony da Costa: Anthony da Costa is a 26-year-old singer/songwriter/guitarist living in Nashville, TN. Originally hailing from Pleasantville, NY, Anthony has been writing and performing his songs since he was 13 years old. At the age of 16, Anthony became the youngest winner ever of both the Falcon Ridge and Kerrville Folk Festival songwriting competitions. He has released 8 albums and 3 EP’s to date. His latest release is DA COSTA, which was recorded in Austin, TX and features his music in an electric format. Sing Out! Magazine once called him “an outstanding writer of plainspoken Americana.”

Anthony has opened for the likes of Loretta Lynn, Dan Bern, Judy Collins, Suzanne Vega, Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation), John Moreland, Kenny Loggins and other awesome folks like that. He played guitar in a band called Nancy and Beth, featuring actor/singers Megan Mullally (Will and Grace) and Stephanie Hunt. That band has played some amazing stages, including CONAN on TBS. Anthony has toured as a guitarist and harmony singer with Aoife O’Donovan (Crooked Still), Jimmy LaFave, and now the Grammy Award-winning songwriter Sarah Jarosz. He’s appeared at numerous festivals such as the Newport Folk Festival, Sasquatch, Tønder (Denmark) and Celtic Connections (Scotland).


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Doors: 7:30pm Show: 8pm

General Admission: $15.00

Graham Weber brings together an amazing lineup including: Akina Aderley, Ali Holder, Dawn & Hawkes, Cory Reinisch (Harvest Thieves), Aimee Bobruk, Gordy Quist (Band of Heathens), Mike Schoenfeld, Nicole Wagner, Graham Wilkinson, Bonnie Whitmore, Jonathan Terrell, Randy Reynolds, Taylor Williams & Matthew Gregg (Western Youth), Christina Cavazos, Suzanna Choffel, Daniel Thomas Phipps.

Proceeds to benefit Health Alliance for Austin Musicians http://myhaam.org


This Week at the Cactus Cafe

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This Week at the Cactus Cafe

Posted by on Feb 6, 2017

UT’s own Cactus Cafe brings world class music into your backyard on a weekly basis. Here’s what’s going on this week!


Thursday 2/9 – David Dondero

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Doors: 8pm, Show: 8:30pm

General Admission: $10.00 in advance and $12.00 at the door

Tickets Here

Special Guest: Lomelda

David Dondero has done all kinds of work in his life. He’s been a carpenter, a cook, a trucker, a bartender in Alaska, a drummer in This Bike is a Pipe Bomb, a solar panel installer, a day laborer, a record store clerk, and a gas pumping attendant in New Jersey, but at the end of the day he’s a songwriter. He’s been releasing solo albums and touring since 1998 and almost immediately was being compared to Townes Van Zandt and Woody Guthrie. These days people are comparing younger songwriters to him and other musicians are inviting him into their studio to record and releasing the results on their label. NPR named him one of the “10 Best Living Songwriters.” “Inside the Cat’s Eye” is Dondero’s 9th studio album and it adds even more nuance and heart to an already impressive body of work. It will be released January 23 on Koschke Records. What others have said: “This is the sound of a man on fire. Smart, funny and honestly out of his mind; but he comes back long enough to sing about it. One of the best singer/songwriters I’ve ever heard.”– Bob Boilen, NPR “Dondero is this generation’s Townes Van Zandt, a peripatetic tumbleweed casting across the country’s highways and dirt roads searching for truth and love. His reedy tenor shuffles through clever verbal forays, over raga-muffin folk, brightened by Dondero’s road-wizened stoicism”– Houston Chronicle

“He has a terrific ear and eye for simple detail, for spinning songs out of the mundane just as deftly as standards like love and loss.”– David Bevan, Pitchfork


Friday 2/10 – Ali Holder with Grace Park- [Huntress Moon EP Release]ali_brooklyn_0071

Doors: 8pm, Show: 8:30pm

General Admission: $10.00

Tickets Here

Ali Holder: With influences ranging from Outlaw Country to Lilith Fair, KUTX, Austin’s NPR station calls Holder an “an individual with a love for words and storytelling.” Based in Austin, Texas Holder plays regularly in town and spends a fews of months of the year touring regionally and nationally. Texas Monthly refers to her music as “whiskey-soaked pieces of sad country-influenced songwriting that recalls Lucinda Williams and Ryan Adams.” No Depression says, “Holder shows a solid grasp of what makes a good song… her songs are personal and intimate but feel like experiences we can all share.”

Grace Park: Grace Rowland Park is founder and frontwoman of Austin alt-folk band The Deer, who won runner-up Austin Music Awards for Best Performing Folk Band the last two years in a row. Grace has performed with Alejandro Escovedo, Abram Shook, Elephant Revival, and more. She is a visual artist as well, and was finalist for the Austin Music Industry Award for Best Album Art for The Deer’s first album, An Argument for Observation. She was born in Lubbock, Texas, and spent her childhood in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She’s lived in Central Texas most of her life, and resides now in San Marcos.


  Saturday 2/11 – Josh Halverson – [CD Release Show]Halverson

Doors: 8pm, Show: 8:30pm

General Admission: $10.00 in advance and $12.00 at the door

Tickets Here

When singing, the human voice carries much more than just the words it speaks. It carries the land it grew up on, the people it grew up with, and the accent it was born into. A voice can speak to the sound of the land. On his Americana album, One Shot, Texas songwriter Josh Halverson beautifully channels the wide-open vistas of his home roots in the Texas panhandle. His luminous voice rings clear over these audio landscapes, resonating with unusual clarity and honesty. It’s a voice you’ll remember, from a young songwriter poised to move into the national spotlight. “Just give me one shot/to show you who I am” he sings on the title track, and after listening to Josh Halverson’s new album, you will feel like you know him.

Growing up the son of a cattle rancher and a Sioux Indian, Halverson’s a true native son of Texas. Although he had played piano since the age of five, he had no plans to pursue a career in music until he was captivated by a Al Green performance while attending college. Years later, Halverson still clearly remembers the epiphany he experienced that night: “Green was so transparent onstage, as if he put his heart and soul on the table for the audience to see. I thought to myself, ‘This is what I’m supposed to do with my life.’” The day after the concert, Halverson began teaching himself the guitar and started writing his own songs. Now living in the woods outside of Denton, Texas, Halverson’s proved himself to be an uncommonly adept songwriter. Charting the bounds of the human heart, he approaches time-honored topics like heartbreak and devotion with a sense of hard-won innocence. And that’s the seeming paradox at the core of his music: the tension between bitter wisdom and the need to preserve a sense of wonder at the world.

On One Shot, Halverson collaborates with album producer and recording engineer (and fellow Texan) Brian Douglas Phillips. Recorded at his own Rattletrap Studios, Phillips is a multi-instrumentalist who brings a strong Americana touch to the album. There’s a full band sound behind the songs, but it’s still Halverson’s voice that rings out over the band. At times his voice soars above a bed of roots instruments, as in “Comfort Me,” and at times he sings in a hushed croon, as in “Miss Ruth,” a song written for his beloved great aunt. It’s the kind of voice that cuts through the usual noise that surrounds us. Like the open vistas of West Texas, Josh Halverson’s voice invites quiet contemplation. That’s the sound of his Texas roots.

Over the past couple months you have probably seen him on the hit show THE VOICE! He has also had 4 songs on the TOP 10 iTunes Charts, videos with more than a million views, been on multiple nation wide tours, and is The 2013 Songwriter of the Year for the Native American Music Awards. Josh has shared the stage with many great artists such as, Alicia Keys, Miley Cyrus, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Shooter Jennings, Uncle Lucius, and many more. His album “One Shot” was on the Top 20 Songwriter Charts, and has received great reviews from fans and media. His goal with music is to inspire the listener to choose Love as the priority and conscious decision in Life. “May my music forever be the positive counterbalance to all the negativity in the World.” -Josh Halverson

 

Jeff Tweedy Sold Out for the Texas Union Ballroom

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Jeff Tweedy Sold Out for the Texas Union Ballroom

Posted by on May 23, 2014

Tickets to the June 21, 2014 performance are all SOLD OUT!

KUTX presents this special concert benefiting Cactus Cafe’s mission to bring you unique intimate listening experiences. The show is part of a year long 35 Anniversary celebration of the Cactus Cafe.

With Special Guests: The Handsome Family

As the founding member and leader of the American rock band Wilco and before that the co-founder of alt-country band Uncle Tupelo, Jeff Tweedy is one of contemporary American music’s most accomplished songwriters, musicians and performers.

Our apologies to all the people who tried unsuccessfully in getting tickets. The demand was extremely high to say the least. The few hundred tickets that were available sold out in seconds, literally, because there were well more than 5,000 people trying to get them. We appreciate the interest and support, of course, but know that we’re also going to make some changes to try and alleviate site issues in the future.

Sound Opinions Member Meetup

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Sound Opinions Member Meetup

Posted by on Oct 30, 2013

On Friday November 1st at 6 pm, join your fellow music fans and KUTX listeners at the Cactus Cafe for a Desert Island Jukebox Happy Hour. It’s FREE! KUTX’s own Matt Reilly will host, Goose Island Beer will provide the drinks, and Sound Opinions will provide the soundtrack – with a little help from our listeners in Austin and beyond!

What is your favorite Texas-themed track? What are the best songs about Texas? Or the best songs by Texas artists? Register for this free event HERE. Then share your pick at [email protected].

Jim and Greg will handpick the best to play on November 1st. And you’ll be eligible to win Sound Opinions prizes.

Stage to Studio – September 2013

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Stage to Studio – September 2013

Posted by on Sep 24, 2013

Stage to Studio is an exciting series where a few exceptional artists from the monthly Cactus Cafe Open Mic are chosen to come by the KUTX studio and record one of their original songs. Once those songs are recorded, we post them here for YOU to hear and vote on! Whoever racks up the most votes will then have their song played right here on KUTX!

Check out this month’s artists below, take a listen, and cast your vote!

Matt Amos is a Cactus Cafe Open Mic enthusiast, making it to nearly every performance and of course playing his own!

Eric Beverly has played Open Mic at the Cactus Cafe since the 90s and is preparing to release his next album, The Joy Armada.

The Wasted Hearts is part-time musician, part-time recruitment representative for Texas Tech, and full-time guitar and banjo lover Eric Hartsfield and musical compatriot Chris Baldridge with guitar and vocals.