Acoustic Magic

Yes, this is the kind of magic your humble Austin Music Minute host thrives on, with all Austin-based talent in one evening of outstanding musical discovery. If you don’t know these names, get to know them when you catch their performances tonight at the Cactus Cafe, 2247 Guadalupe, in the Texas Union Building. This evening’s artists:

-Every great songwriter is often a damn good storyteller. Curtis McMurtry lives up to that standard and beyond. Following his solo debut with Respectable Enemy (2014), McMurtry crafted tales of everyday existence into exceptional, imaginative mind journeys on The Hornet’s Nest (2017). Extraordinary blends of folk and chamber orchestration bring it all to life.

Anna Roenigk is the mastermind behind the moniker Born Again Virgin. Though BAV’s music has been labeled alt.-rock, there’s far more brewing beneath the surface that completely steps outside of such a limited description. BAV’s self-titled debut EP (2017) is an excellent mix of dissonant and harmonic artistry ranging from lo-fi sounds to more complex arrangements. Expect more new tracks this year.

-Cellist and composer Diana Burgess, who frequently performs alongside McMurtry as well as Mother Falcon, is also co-founder, outreach director and cello teacher for Mother Falcon’s Music Lab. Burgess continues to collaborate with several artists in multiple music genres, but she’s currently working on her solo debut.

Doors open at 8 p.m., and the music starts at 8:30 p.m. Recommended.

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