This Week at the Cactus Cafe

Thursday, August 24th Christina Cavazos @ 8:00pm  [$8]

Austin singer-songwriter Christina Cavazos just turned 17, but she’s been dedicated to making music for as long as she can remember. Her musical maturity is fully evident on her second EP, Cold, released in Feb., 2017. Showcasing her clear soprano and accomplished songwriting, producer Louie Lino (Nada Surf, Ume, Matt Pond PA) layers Cavazos’ vocals over lush sonic collages, creating an elegant dream-pop mix full of allure.

Friday, August 25th – American Dreamer w/ Misimplicity @ 7:00pm [$15]

Comprised of three classical musicians and two former rockers, Austin orchestral folk ensemble American Dreamer has over 30 years of collective music school experience. Members can be found performing with the Austin Symphony Orchestra and teaching at the University of Texas at Austin. Not surprisingly, the band’s sound mirrors the generosity apropos of educators. In performance they selflessly let each other share the spotlight as much as they commingle in it, obviously in appreciation for what they do as individuals and as a group. From the rocker “Start-Stopping” to the more introspective “Apollo,” American Dreamer’s songs flow easily with intricate, lush harmonies and expressive instrumentation reminiscent of October Project. With one foot in classical music and the other comfortably in folk, the common thread that runs through every song and each member of the group is the natural urge to share sounds, emotions and stories through music.

Misimplicity is a collaboration between singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Grace London and bassist Zoe Cz, two 16 year old musicians hailing from Austin, Texas. Elements of alternative-folk, indie-rock, and 90’s emo fuse together on the duos first self-titled EP, a six song reflection on the difficulty of existing comfortably as expressed through Grace London’s uniquely poetic stream of consciousness writing style. The album is a testament to the enormity of introspective thought in all its strange loops, a dissection of the wishes and regrets we hold on to; feverishly communicated and beautifully performed.

Saturday, August 26th – Dawn & Hawkes @ 8:00pm [$10 Advance – $15 Door]

Miranda Dawn and Chris Hawkes met when he crossed an Austin barroom floor and asked her to dance. The first time they sang together their voices and guitars combined into a sound Texas Monthly calls “undeniably intimate”. Dawn and Hawkes return from a Southwest Tour to the Cactus Cafe and will showcase material from previous albums and newest songs that are being recorded for their next album The Other Side. “The audience caved for their interplay, romance, and music. They won everyone over by being raw, real, and original.

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