KUTX, The Breaks, and LÜM present The 2nd Annual Summer Jam Showcase, which will be held on Friday, 8/30 at Barracuda. The showcase will premiere rising RnB and hip-hop artists, bringing them to the forefront of the Austin music scene. Summer Jam will be hosted by Austin’s #1 hip-hop radio show, The Breaks. Hosts, Confucius and Fresh, not only want to highlight the hottest artists in the city, but also to bring various pieces of our community together, uniting in appreciation of Austin’s vibrant music community.
Austin Revitalization Authority
Treaty Oak Distilling
Rambler Sparkling Water
25% of ticket sales will benefit local non-profit, Kids in a New Groove, which is an Austin-based non-profit that provides over 150 Central Texas youth in foster care with free, weekly music lessons and mentorship – http://kidsinanewgroove.org/. Additionally, 2 Mangrove trees will be planted in Madagascar through The Eden Reforestation Project –https://edenprojects.org/.
Think you can’t sing beyond your shower? Always sitting out karaoke nights? KUTX & Rock It Choir‘s Choir at the Cactus is a new monthly event designed to prove you wrong!
Spend an afternoon at the Cactus finding your voice (and some bonus confidence) with a rock sing-along and fun group voice lesson from Rock It Choir’s Julie Blake (who trained with Seth Riggs, vocal coach to Stevie Wonder, the late Prince, Madonna, and more.) Each month, you’ll learn a song in 3-part harmony, from an artist pulled right from KUTX’s playlist. Even cooler – your ticket will help raise some extra funds for an Austin music non-profit.
No rehearsals! No auditions! No singing experience necessary! Just a sense of adventure and a little courage. (And if you’re over 21, the Cactus’ bar will be open to assist with the courage part.)
(Check out footage of August’s event here.)
Choir at the Cactus: Where the audience is the choir!
Tickets are $10, and can be purchased in advance here the 1st each month.
50% of each ticket sold benefits a different Austin music non-profit each month.
|Sat., Aug 17; 3-5 P.M.||The Beach Boys||Health Alliance for Austin Musicians|
|Sat., Sept 14; 3-5 p.m.||Elton John||Beyond the Grade|
|Sat., Oct 26; 3-5 p.m.||TBA 10/1||The Austin Music Foundation|
|Sat., Nov 16||TBA 11/1||Swan Songs|
|Sat., Dec 7||TBA 12/1||SIMS Foundation|
Choir at the Cactus FAQ:
Will I know ahead of time which song we’ll be singing?
Nope! It’s a secret (and part of the fun!) Each month, we’ll reveal here and on the air the artist whose song will be sung, but you won’t find out which song until you arrive at the event.
What if I don’t know the song? Will lyrics be available?
Yes! Song lyrics will be displayed on a screen, and we’ll run through the melody at least once before learning harmonies.
Is Choir at the Cactus a family-friendly event?
Choir at the Cactus is an all-ages event. However, it’s probably more appropriate for people 12 and up, due to the attention required during vocal instruction, as well as the line-of-sight (though we try our best to make sure everyone can see the lyrics.)
Where can I park?
Metered parking is available around campus, and we recommend using the City of Austin’s Park ATX App. If you don’t want to worry about meters, paid parking is also available in the San Antonio Garage, located at 2420 San Antonio Street. Parking in the garage for the duration of Choir at the Cactus will run you $9 (remember that carpooling makes it feel cheaper!) To reach the Cactus from the garage, head east to Guadalupe, cross to the other side, then head south on Guadalupe to 22nd St. The Cactus is at 22nd and Guadalupe on the first floor of the Texan Union building on campus.
We also recommend taking a taxi or using a rideshare service like Lyft or Uber, particularly if you plan to drink at this event (because, let’s face it – some of us need a few drinks before we can sing in public.)
Why does only half of my ticket benefit that month’s chosen non-profit?
Here at KUTX, it’s important to us that artists are paid for their time and work. Choir at the Cactus involves not only day-of work, but time spent arranging the songs we’ll sing. 50% of ticket sales go to the working artists from Rock It Choir that produce this event, and the remaining 50% go to that month’s selected Austin music non-profit. (Our hope is that by hosting this event monthly, it will grow into something that can benefit our non-profit partners in an even bigger way.)
Will tickets be available at the door?
If any tickets are left by the event date, they’ll be available for purchase at the door. However, we recommend purchasing them ahead of time. The Cactus is a relatively intimate room with a capacity of 140.
Have a question not answered here? Holler.
Each year, Black Fret‘s members assemble a “class” from the best and brightest emerging voices in Austin’s music scene. Throughout the year, Black Fret supports these artists with financial grants, mentorship, and professional development.
Join KUTX and Black Fret on the lawn of the Long Center for live music from current and past Black Fret nominees. Summer Sessions brings these artists together for you for three Friday evenings this summer. Enjoy the music, plus food and drink, right in the heart of Austin.
Doors open at 5:00 P.M., music starts at 6:00 P.M.
Friday, Sept 6
Tomar and the FCs
Riders Against The Storm
Friday, June 7 Akina Adderly
Swimming with Bears
Bright Light Social Hour Friday, July 19 Jaimee Harris
Sydney Wright, Graham Wilkinson & Kalu trio
Trouble In The Streets
KUTX’s Sunday-evening Latin Music show, Horizontes, is excited to team up with Radio Coffee and Beer to bring you Radio X. Happening Thursday evenings in June at Radio Coffee and Beer, Radio X is a free, live Latin-music series. Join Horizontes host Michael Crockett for an evening of live music and drinks on Radio’s charming, Texas-style patio (with an indoor option, as well.) Need dinner? Food trucks from Veracruz All-Natural Tacos and Dee Dee Thai will be onsite.
Thursdays in June, starting at 8 P.M.
Radio Coffee & Beer, 4204 Manchaca Rd.
* Supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department
Think you know more than KUTX about music? The Austin Chronicle did – on February 5th, they ended KUTX’s winning streak by taking first place in KUTX’s Austin Music Trivia. Will they win again, will KUTX wrest back the title, or will YOUR TEAM take it from us both?
Save the date for the next round of KUTX Music Trivia, where the theme will be [drumroll, please]: THE ROOTS OF INDIE ROCK! Your team can compete against Team KUTX and others in an epic battle of music knowledge. It all goes down Tuesday, April 16 at the Cactus Cafe – led once again by KUTX evening host and trivia master Taylor Wallace. There will be awesome prizes for the winning team, plus drink specials and a night of supreme music nerdiness for all.
This is a fundraiser for KUTX, with proceeds benefitting this non-profit music service. Tickets are $5 per person in advance and $10 per person at the door. (Team maximum is 6 people.)
Round up your team of musicheads, come up with an awesome team name, and start studying! Get your tickets here.
KUTX Music Trivia: The Roots of Indie Rock
Tuesday, April 16 @ Cactus Cafe
Doors at 6 P.M., Trivia at 7 P.M.
Hosted by KUTX’s Taylor Wallace
$5 advance / $10 at the door – proceeds benefit KUTX