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.

Stage to Studio – June 2013

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Stage to Studio – June 2013

Posted by on Jun 18, 2013

Last month we introduced you to our new series, Stage to Studio, where a few select artists who have played the monthly Open Mic at the Cactus Cafe are chosen to come by the KUTX studio and record some of their original songs.

Now here’s where YOU come in: Check out the songs below and let us know what you think by voting for which artist you like best. Then, once all the votes are in, the winner will have their song played right here on KUTX!

This month we were thrilled to record five more exceptional artists:

Shane Cooley serves up his songs as slices of life, inspired by his own experiences but immediately relevant for his listeners. Shane pioneers the road as much as he does the modern folk scene, booking his own tours throughout the United States and Europe, and that wanderlust is neatly reflected in his songs.

Blues man Ben Stevens is the winner of the 2011-2012 Heart Of The Blues Challenge and has proudly represented Austin in the 2012 International Blues Competition. Ben’s music echoes with decades of blues inspiration while still approaching the genre with fresh, groovy ideas. Keep an eye out for his new CD due out 2014, consisting of all original material!

Justin Soileau is a Texas native and currently resides right here in Austin. His approach to songwriting and life has been called “earnest, kind, and deeply personal”. Although his music centers itself on stripped-down folk, his studio recordings reveal lush full-band arrangements that highlight his individual style.

Tricia Mitchell writes country-folk that echoes with rock and “Texas-flavored twang” influence. Her piercing lyrics can’t be summarized into any individual genre, but all tend to touch a unique spot in the emotional spectrum. Tricia may be kept busy as a wife and mother, but her songs don’t lack in attention for detail in their exemplary storytelling.

The music of Austinite Gary Graves has been called “a slow burning love letter to the human condition”. Having performed in Austin for more than ten years, Gary has opened for artists such as Alejandro Escovedo, Ruthie Foster, and Eliza Gilkyson. His music is deeply searching and introspective, as reflected in his new album Till the End of Time.

Listen to the product of their studio sessions and then vote below!


Cactus Cafe’s Summer Set @ the Texas Union Ballroom June 29

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Cactus Cafe’s Summer Set @ the Texas Union Ballroom June 29

Posted by on Jun 1, 2013

Event: Patty Griffin, Eliza Gilkyson, Dana Falconberry and Charlie Mars are among the artists performing in the “Cactus Summer Set,” a celebration of Austin’s legendary acoustic music venue — the Cactus Cafe.

The Cactus Cafe has nurtured the talents of the local music scene for decades, while providing an intimate showcase for nationally-known acoustic artists. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 1, at www.cactuscafe.org. Tickets are $65 for general admission or $80 for the first six rows (limited availability).

When: 7 p.m., Saturday, June 29, 2013 (doors at 6 p.m.)

Where: The Texas Union Ballroom 2247 Guadalupe St. on The University of Texas at Austin campus

Click here for $65 for general admission tickets.

Click here for tickets in the first six rows which are $80 (limited availability).

Background: All proceeds for the “Cactus Summer Set” support the ongoing mission of the Cactus. The Cactus Cafe hosts more than 50 free events each year, including open mic nights, student talent competitions, “Views & Brews” and “Agenda Texas,” among other events.

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