This Week at the Cactus Cafe

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This Week at the Cactus Cafe

Posted by on Feb 14, 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!


Tuesday 2/14 – John Doe (SOLD OUT!)

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Doors: 8pm, Show: 8:30pm

General Admission: $20.00

Tickets Here

John Doe has worked as a roofer, an aluminum siding mechanic, a manager of poetry readings, a musician, and an actor. With Exene Cervenka, Billy Zoom, and DJ Bonebrake, he continues to tour with X, one of the last original punk rock bands standing, and as a solo artist. He has recorded ten solo records with numerous renowned singers and musicians and as an actor has appeared in over fifty films and television productions. On this tour he will perform solo renditions of songs from his latest album, The Westerner, along with selections from his entire career.


Wednesday 2/15 – Lex Land with Scott Collins

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Doors: 7:30pm, Show: 8:00pm

General Admission: $10.00 advance and $15.00 at the door

Tickets Here

Lex Land isn’t originally from Austin, but she got here as fast as she could. After making a splash in Los Angeles in the Hotel Cafe scene and on tastemaking KCRW program “Morning Becomes Eclectic,” the California native relocated to Texas in 2009 to find the “home” she never really considered SoCal to be. Her two full-length albums, “Orange Days on Lemon Street” (2008) and “Were My Sweetheart to Go…” (2011) showcase the classically trained singer’s somehow delicate-and-subtle yet impressively-strong vocal ability over musically complex and lyrically heartwrenching songs of unrequited love.

Land represented Austin, TX on Season 2 of NBC’s The Voice – she chose Blake Shelton as her coach after Adam, Ceelo, and Shelton all gave their approval. She has appeared on “Last Call with Carson Daly” twice, once in 2009 and again in 2012. Her songs have been featured on several TV shows, such as “Private Practice,” “One Tree Hill,” “Damages,” and “Bones.” Her songs have also landed “today’s top tune” spots on both KCRW and KUTX.

Over the last few years, she has been readying her forthcoming and third record, created almost exclusively in Austin with some of Austin’s greatest musicians. With the record due for release this Spring, Lex returns to the Cactus Cafe with her full band to preview tracks from “It Will Reveal Itself.” Sure to entrance and electrify this intimate room, this special event is one for the books.

Scott Collins 2014-ASG-Award-winning and 2015-SXSW-showcasing singer/songwriter Scott Collins is already making his mark on the Austin music scene. With a sound described as “authentic yet very modern”, Collins blends a variety of influences from the live music capital. Before pursuing his solo career, Collins headed two other musical groups; Suicide Pistols and then later Southbound Drive. Southbound Drive’s 2012 album, Agnes, produced a single called “Marigold” that was used for NASCAR’S RaceDay show and aired before each of the ten races leading up to the cup series finals. It was also during this time that Scott expanded into the world of music publishing by founding the label Side Show Paradise Records/Chicken Run Studios. In 2014, Scott released his sophomore EP, Sleeper, and now he continues to work on bringing his music and his vision to loyal fans around the country.

 


Thursday 2/19 – Sitar Ji & Nagavalli

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Doors: 8pm, Show: 8:30pm

General Admission: $20.00

Tickets Here

A night of great World Music featuring two amazing acts!!

Sitar Ji 

Raga Fusion featuring Jason McKenzie, Brad Houser, Laura Scarborough and Indrajit Banerjee.

Award winning sitarist Indrajit Banerjee from Kolkata ( India) joins some of the best musicians of Austin to create a unique tapestry Sitar Ji a trip to the unknown.

Nagavalli

Ranked among the Top 10 Female Vocals and World Music artists at the 2015-16 Austin Music Awards, Nagavalli’s music is described as “East-Indian Soul with delicate touches of Pop, Rock, Trance and pure Eastern tradition”. The power and emotion in Valli’s voice, her lyrics that speak of inner struggles and inspiration, combined with the effortlessness with which she blends Eastern overtones with Western melodies make Valli’s music refreshingly unique and yet, familiar at the same time. Nagavalli grew up in Mumbai, India. She moved to Austin, Texas after finishing graduate school in Florida. Through her journey, Valli realized that it is in music that she experiences moments of pure joy. Valli is fascinated with how one can connect deeply even with strangers through music and voice. Writing and performing no longer remained a choice and the very first song she wrote, “If I Don’t Sing”, beautifully expresses this sentiment. Nagavalli’s music has brought together artists from a multitude of genres ranging from Latin and American rock and jazz musicians to East-Indian and Middle-Eastern classical and folk musicians to play on her songs in the studio and in live performances. Her debut album titled “Eastern Soul” (produced by Austin’s local, award-winning producer, AJ Vallejo) was released at the historic Cactus Cafe (Austin, TX) in April, 2012. The album features several Austin greats such as Mitch Watkins, Pat Mastelotto, Oliver Rajamani, Roberto Riggio, Richard Bowden, AJ and Omar Vallejo amongst others. Nagavalli is also well-known for her rendition of Indian devotional & spiritual music. She has recorded with several well-known artists and bands in Austin including Oliver Rajamani, Govinda, A Is Red and has performed at prestigious venues such as the Cactus Cafe and One World theatre. Valli has also lent her voice to guided visualization CDs created by well-known psychologist/hypnotherapist, Anita Jung and collaborated with dancer, Anu Naimpally. Nagavalli continues her Eastern Soul journey with the release of her new singles, “Reach Out” and “How I Love You” in 2016. In addition, Valli is gearing up to release an album of spiritual/devotional music in the East-Indian tradition under “The Bhakti Project” series” in 2017.


Friday 2/17 – That Girl Dre with Drew Davis

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Doors: 8pm, Show: 8:30pm

General Admission: $10.00

Tickets Here

Drew Davis has been performing live since she was 11-years-old and began writing music when she was 6-years-old. Now, at just 24, Drew has developed her talents to become an incredible singer and songwriter. Throughout her career, fans have compared her talent to that of a young Grace Potter, Patty Griffin, Fiona Apple and Brandi Carlile. The combination of her heartfelt original compositions and soulful power vocals has the ability to make any room instantly silent. An Austin venue owner says, “I see so many musicians walk through my door and perform. Few have that undefinable quality that makes people stop and stare. Drew has it. She has that ‘it’ that so many people strive for.”

That Girl Dre is an Indie Pop-Rock band based in Austin, Texas. Frontwoman Dre Mazzenga crafts infectious pop melodies over soulful rock, bringing to mind influences Heart and Grace Potter. That Girl Dre’s dynamic live shows have generated press buzz:

“Smoky vocals” (Deborah Stith, www.austin360.com) “Fiery and energetic…top 3 musicians to see” (Emma Adams, OnVinylMusic.com) “Top Unsigned Artist 2015” (The Recording Conservatory of Austin) “Soulful pop powerhouse” (Donny Rodriguez, www.tourworthy.com)


Saturday 2/18 – Sharon Bourbonnais “A Gir’s Gotta Play” CD release show

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Doors: 8pm, Show: 8:30pm

General Admission: $10.00 in advance and $15.00 at the door

Tickets Here

Somewhere in between jazz and blues you’ll find the music through the heart of Sharon Bourbonnais. When you see her fingers glide effortlessly across 88 keys and hear her sultry voice inviting you to share in clever, insightful stories, you immediately sense this is not your typical singer/songwriter fare. Sharon describes her brand as Texas Jazz fused with New Orleans Blues. Featured at SXSW 2016, Cutting Edge Music Conference New Orleans 2015 & 2016 and Celebrate the Arts in Hawaii 6 years running Sharon’s unique brand of music is reaching a nationwide audience at a fevered pitch!

In November 2015 she entered the studio with new producer Josiah Hoskins, who has been crafting a refined and definitive sound, centered around Sharon’s piano and voice, surrounded by a “who’s who” of world-class Austin musicians. If a girl’s gotta play, this one is ready to do so in big leagues. -“Think Marcia Ball meets Diana Krall while tripping over Bonnie Raitt”

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.