Thursday, August 24th – Christina Cavazos @ 8:00pm [$8]
Austin singer-songwriter Christina Cavazos just turned 17, but she’s been dedicated to making music for as long as she can remember. Her musical maturity is fully evident on her second EP, Cold, released in Feb., 2017. Showcasing her clear soprano and accomplished songwriting, producer Louie Lino (Nada Surf, Ume, Matt Pond PA) layers Cavazos’ vocals over lush sonic collages, creating an elegant dream-pop mix full of allure.
Friday, August 25th – American Dreamer w/ Misimplicity @ 7:00pm [$15]
Comprised of three classical musicians and two former rockers, Austin orchestral folk ensemble American Dreamer has over 30 years of collective music school experience. Members can be found performing with the Austin Symphony Orchestra and teaching at the University of Texas at Austin. Not surprisingly, the band’s sound mirrors the generosity apropos of educators. In performance they selflessly let each other share the spotlight as much as they commingle in it, obviously in appreciation for what they do as individuals and as a group. From the rocker “Start-Stopping” to the more introspective “Apollo,” American Dreamer’s songs flow easily with intricate, lush harmonies and expressive instrumentation reminiscent of October Project. With one foot in classical music and the other comfortably in folk, the common thread that runs through every song and each member of the group is the natural urge to share sounds, emotions and stories through music.
Misimplicity is a collaboration between singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Grace London and bassist Zoe Cz, two 16 year old musicians hailing from Austin, Texas. Elements of alternative-folk, indie-rock, and 90’s emo fuse together on the duos first self-titled EP, a six song reflection on the difficulty of existing comfortably as expressed through Grace London’s uniquely poetic stream of consciousness writing style. The album is a testament to the enormity of introspective thought in all its strange loops, a dissection of the wishes and regrets we hold on to; feverishly communicated and beautifully performed.
Saturday, August 26th – Dawn & Hawkes @ 8:00pm [$10 Advance – $15 Door]
Miranda Dawn and Chris Hawkes met when he crossed an Austin barroom floor and asked her to dance. The first time they sang together their voices and guitars combined into a sound Texas Monthly calls “undeniably intimate”. Dawn and Hawkes return from a Southwest Tour to the Cactus Cafe and will showcase material from previous albums and newest songs that are being recorded for their next album The Other Side. “The audience caved for their interplay, romance, and music. They won everyone over by being raw, real, and original.
Monday, August 7th – Open Mic (Hosted by Kacy Crowley) – 7:30pm Signup [FREE]
Free open mic!
Tuesday, August 8th – Views & Brews: “Being Trans in Texas: Education, Advocacy & Support” [Free – Suggested Donation]
Join KUT’s Rebecca McInroy along with Chuck Smith from Equality Texas, Carmarion Anderson of The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries, Attorney Claire Bow, and Professor Shane Whalley from the UT School of Social Work, to talk about what it means to be transgender in the current social and political moment and how allies can provide effective and helpful support to the trans community. Views and Brews is free and open to the public.
Friday, August 10th – Shane Bartell w/ Mono in Stereo [$7 Advance – $8 Door]
Following the release of 2006’s “Too Soon to Say” and the subsequent tour, Shane Bartell decided to take a few years away from performing and concentrate on song writing and just living life. “Too Soon to Say” was included on a bevy of local and national top 10 lists, but after 2 solid years promoting the album, Bartell was burned out. Now back with a new batch of songs and a new album “The Art Of Departure”, he brings his long time band back to the Cactus Cafe for a night of soaring melodies and rousing choruses.
Mono in Stereo: Mono is Stereo is the new psychedelic art-pop project led by longtime Austin-based drummer and multi-instrumentalist Stephen Bres. After spending a decade+ playing drums with many great Austin artists, like Shane Bartell, Chris Brecht, The Jellydots, Honeybrowne, and The Plastic Habit, Bres took some time away from music to start a legal career and a family. Now, with Mono in Stereo, he is reemerging onto the scene as a frontman with a new band.
Monday, July 24th – Open Mic (Hosted by Kacy Crowley) – 7:30pm Signup [FREE]
Free open mic!
Friday, July 29th – Adam Levy & Anthony da Costa w/ Jaimee Harris [$12 Advance – $15 Door]
Friends who have admired each other’s work for many years, Adam and Anthony had never played a note of music together before the session for this album. Recorded over the course of two days in Austin, Texas, “Neighbors” features songs written by both Levy and da Costa, two men nearly 25 years apart in age. The resulting collection represents a wide range of life experience, while finding common ground in life’s classic themes of love, loss, and retrospection.
Monday, July 17th – Open Mic (Hosted by Kacy Crowley) – 7:30pm Signup [FREE]
Free open mic!
Tuesday, July 18th – Views & Brews: Hollow [Suggested Donation – All Proceeds Benefit Views & Brews]
Join KUT’s Rebecca McInroy along with Rabbi Neil Blumofe, and the host of KUT’s podcast The Write Up, Owen Egerton for a conversation about love, tragedy, hollow earth theory, and the power of humor.
Owen’s new book Hollow explores how we make sense of devastating loss, and nurture compassion in a fragmented world. Rabbi Blumofe will discuss what mystical interpretations of life and death can teach us about this present moment.
Wednesday, July 19th
Tyler Jordan is a crafter of feeling, awordsmith piecing together the most uncomfortable truths into bold declarations of triumph. Hailing from Austin, Texas, Tyler is a former founding member of the locally-loved band, The Gents, and now fronts his current project, Tyler Jordan and the Negative Space. 2016 marked the release of his inaugural album, Everything You Have and Are, giving way to a West Coast tour and the continued expansion of Tyler’s musical catalog.
Friday, July 21st
Panhandle Rambler is Joe Ely back home, returned to the always dusty, perpetually windy, generally arid, frequently smoldering, and seemingly barren landscape around Lubbock where he grew up and first began playing music. A place that has hosted generations of dry land farmers and wildcatters. It’s where Joe found his calling as a writer and performer. First located that unmistakable voice. Learned to carry himself upright and open, to move with determination.
In the rock’n’roll era, the vast spaces of west Texas have been filled with great music. Joe Ely stands in a tradition born out on these gritty plains. It includes Roy Orbison, Buddy Holly, Waylon Jennings, Tanya Tucker, Guy Clark, Delbert McClinton, Don Walser, Terry Allen, Lloyd Maines, his daughter Natalie Maines, and Joe’s enduring musical partners, Butch Hancock and Jimmie Dale Gilmore.
Saturday, July 22nd
Night two of Joe Ely’s intimate performance.
Monday, July 10th – Open Mic (Hosted by Kacy Crowley) – 7:30pm Signup [FREE]
Free open mic! ‘Nuff said!
Wednesday, July 12th – Laboratorio (Carrie Rodriguez, Michael Ramos & Roscoe Beck with Adrian Quesada) – 8:00pm [$20]
One Wednesday a month, singer-songwriter/violinist Carrie Rodriguez and Grammy award winning multi-instrumentalist/producer Michael Ramos are inviting you into their own musical laboratorio. With the help of Grammy Award winning bassist/producer Roscoe Beck they’ll be pushing the boundaries of Latin music, creating culturally blended music for a culturally blended world, and asking a different special guest each month to add to the experiment. Adrian Quesada joins Laboratorio this Wednesday.
Thursday, July 13th – James Morgan’s 31st Birthday Show Benefiting the Cactus Cafe Archive Project – 8:00pm [$5 Suggested Donation]
Celebrate longtime Cactus Cafe bartender James Morgan’s 31st birthday with a night of eclectic local music! Your $5 suggested donation goes directly to the growing Cactus Cafe Archive Project. Russian House manager and traditional acoustic Eastern European songwriter Roman Butvin opens, followed by garage rockers Adventurer Like You and closing with trip hop producer Back Handerson.
Saturday, July 15th – Curtis McMurtry, Little Brave & Ali Holder – 8:00pm [$10]
Curtis McMurtry, Little Brave and Ali Holder are three unique songwriters that showcase all sides of the craft. Life as a musician doesn’t always allow you to hear the songs and people you love the most. To remedy this, these Austin musicians decided to come together for a night of their own design.