This Week at the Cactus Cafe

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This Week at the Cactus Cafe

Posted by on Jul 17, 2017

Monday, July 17th – Open Mic (Hosted by Kacy Crowley) – 7:30pm Signup [FREE]

Free open mic!


Tuesday, July 18thViews & 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 w/ Alabama Deathwalk – 8:00pm [$5]

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

Joe Ely (Night One) – 8:00pm [$40]

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

Joe Ely (Night Two) – 8:00pm [$40]

Night two of Joe Ely’s intimate performance.

This Week at the Cactus Cafe

Cactus Cafe

This Week at the Cactus Cafe

Posted by on Jul 10, 2017

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.

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This Week at the Cactus Cafe

Posted by on Jun 26, 2017

Monday, July 10

Cactus Cafe Open Mic – 8pm

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

Wednesday, July 12th

Carrie Rodriguez Laboratario – 8pm

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.

Carrie Rodriguez is a classically trained violinist, singer and songwriter. Over the last decade, she has established an impressive roster of touring, recording and co-writing affiliations with noted musicians including John Prine, Chip Taylor, Lucinda Williams, Los Lobos, guitarist Bill Frisell and others. Her most recent release, Lola, was hailed by NPR’s Felix Contreras as “the perfect bicultural album”. It was chosen as one of NPR’s top 50 albums as well as one of Rolling Stone’s top 40 Country Albums of 2016.

Michael Ramos is a producer/composer/musician who has toured and recorded with a vast array of artists including John Mellencanp, The Rembrandts, Lila Downs, Paul Simon, Patty Grif?n, Los lonely Boys, The BoDeans, Pat Green, and many others, as well as his own project, Charanga Cakewalk. He is also the owner of Brown Recluse Studio where he produces projects for others as well as his own music and lm and TV scoring projects. He was awarded a Latin Grammy in 2016 for his work with Lila Downs. At this point in his career Michael says,“I am always looking for my next challenge. I look for the things that keep my passion for music fresh and exciting”.

Roscoe Beck is an Austin, Texas based musician, and record producer. He has recorded and performed with artists as diverse as Leonard Cohen, Joe Ely, Jimmy Witherspoon, Jennifer Warnes, and The Dixie Chicks (onstage during the infamous 2003 tour documented in the film Shut Up and Sing). After earning a reputation from Austin to L.A. as bassist with artists Eric Johnson, Robben Ford and others, Beck made his debut as a producer in 1986 on Jennifer Warnes’ highly acclaimed collection of Leonard Cohen songs, “Famous Blue Raincoat.” Soon after, he co-produced Leonard Cohen’s breakthrough album, “I’m Your Man,” and work with Cohen as his musical director would continue through Leonard’s final concert in December 2013. Most recently, Roscoe wrapped up production on Jennifer Warnes’ first new record in fifteen years, due for release in September 2017.

Friday, July 14

James the Bartender Birthday Show – 8pm

Come see three local artists come together to celebrate a birthday and raise money for the Cactus Cafe archiving project. Happy birthday, James!

Saturday, July 1st

Curtis McMurtry w/ Little Brave & Ali Holder – 8.30pm

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.

This Week at the Cactus Cafe

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This Week at the Cactus Cafe

Posted by on May 8, 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!


5/8 – Cactus Cafe Open Mic

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SIGN UP: 7:30pm Performances: 8pm

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

Come be apart of a great Cactus tradition!


5/10 – Scott Miller

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Doors: 8:00 p.m. / Show: 8:30 p.m. – General Admission: $15

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Feisty, funny singer/guitar-slinger Scott Miller is not a simple study.

Raised on a cattle farm in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, where he expects to return before too long, he writes songs full of rural imagery, and his trademark is the mule. But he also has a degree in Russian and Soviet Studies from William & Mary and can write a rock song with the best of them.


5/11 –

TEXAS GUITAR QUARTET

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GABRIEL SANTIAGO

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Doors: 7:30 p.m. Show: 8:00 p.m. / General Admission: $10.00

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Hang on to your hats. Some of the shiniest stars in our musical universe – Gabriel Santiago and the Texas Guitar Quartet – have released stunning new CDs, so we’re throwing an Austin CD release party and concert double header! Come out and celebrate these amazing artists with us – and bring some cash, because after this show you’ll want to take their music home with you.


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Doors: 8pm / Show: 8:30pm General Admission: $12 in advance and $15 at the door

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Outlaw is a southern Californian singer-songwriter steeped in the music and mythos of west coast country, absorbing the classic vibes of everything from ’60s Bakersfield honky-tonk to ’70s Laurel Canyon troubadour pop and refashioning them into a sound that’s pleasurably past, present and future tense.


5/14 – Bonnie Bishop

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Doors: 8pm Show: 8:30pm

General Admission: $15 in advance and $18 at the door

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It’s only a matter of time until Hollywood snaps up the story of how singer-songwriter Bonnie Bishop connected with Dave Cobb, one of the hottest producers in the business, to unlock her inner soul singer and record the best album of her career: “Ain’t Who I Was” out May 27.

Even though Bishop can barely believe it herself, it’s a story that will need no dramatic embellishment, because every twist of fate — and faith — is absolutely true.

This Week at the Cactus Cafe

Cactus Cafe

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