This Week at the Cactus Cafe

Thursday September 7th – Little Jack Melody And His Young Turks w/ Shibboleth @ 7:30pm [$10]

Little Jack Melody formed his band of Young Turks in Denton, Texas in 1990 to take his iconoclastic brand of neo-cabaret to the world. They’ve been described as “Kurt Weill for the Tarantino age” (New York Magazine), “utterly charming, neo-Weimar cabaret (Village Voice), and ”deeply weird, utterly fab” (Rolling Stone).

Instrumental rock that will pin you to your chair and re-style your hair. “Shibboleth are smart, cosmopolitan and gloriously un-hip” – Spendidzine

Friday, September 8th – The Sanco Loop @ 8:00pm [$10]

The Sanco Loop is the latest musical incarnation of Austin native, Peter Wagner. The record (to be released at this show) is made up of fuzzed-out acoustic guitar, atmospheric pedal steel, Rhodes, synthesizers, looped drum beats, and Wagner’s surprisingly wide-ranging voice. If James Blake and Peter Gabriel tried to make a red dirt country record, this might be what they’d come up with.

Saturday September 9th – David Dondero w/ Real Live Tigers @ 8:00pm [$8-$10]

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. In October, Austin label Keeled Scales will reissue David’s second album Spider West Myshkin and a City Bus on double-vinyl for the first time ever.

Real Live Tigers has been the main music project of Tony Presley since 2004. Over 50 musicians have played in the band, which has logged over 1,000 shows in the US, Canada, and Europe. For a long time it was lonely Greyhound tours criss-crossing the US and Canada, but nowadays it’s Presley touring in whatever cheap car he owns, occasionally with a bassist and drummer in tow.

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