Artist FAQ

What time is load in and sound check? Load in and sound check for our normal 8:30pm shows is 6pm with a 6:30pm sound check. Opening acts loading in at 6:15pm and sound check at 7pm. Please allow time for traffic and the difficulty in getting to the Cactus. Check with Cactus staff for earlier show details or any special needs.

Where do I load in? Please us the the food services driveway just past the Cactus. Stay as far right so as to not block their entrance and allow delivery vehicles access. Once you unload you will need to move your vehicle. You will then load in through the back doors of the venue shown here. There are steps you will need to navigate. Please arrange with Cactus staff for any special needs or load in help.

Where can I park? Parking is restricted to staff, employees and students at the University of Texas. We suggest using the UT Co-op garage at 2214 San Antonio street. Please see the garage for rates. We do not validate parking. Please contact the Cactus for any special parking needs (Tour Bus, sprinters or other large vehicles).

What kind of sound system do you have? Please see the list below!


  • 1 AVID Venue Sc48 48 Ch Mixing Console
  • 1 Venue SC48 Plug in Pack
  • 1 Cyperpower 1350AVR UPS
  • 1 Acer 223W 22″ Monitor
  • 1 Noah Company Backlit Keyboard
  • 1 Kensington Orbit Left & Right Hand trackball
  • 1 Whirlwind 24 ch Snake with 8 XLR Returns
  • 4 Meyer Mina Compact Loudspeaker
  • 1 Meyer UpJunior Ultra Compact fill
  • 1 Meyer 500-HP Compact Subwoofer
  • 1 Meyer Gaileo 408 Processor
  • 4 Meyer UPM-2P Stage Monitors


  • 8 Elation Opti-Tri-Par LED Par 64 18×3 Watt
  • 1 LED ADJ Touch Controller


  • 2 Blue en-Core Condensor Performance Mics
  • 2 Shure Beta SM58 mics
  • 3 Shure Beta SM57 mics
  • 4 Rode NT5 matched pair pencil condensers
  • 2 SM57 instrument mics
  • 2 Sennheiser MD-421s
  • 3 Shure PG56 tom/snare mics
  • 1 Shure PG52 kick mic
  • 1 Beta 87 condensor (cardioid)
  • 1 AKG c535
  • 3 Countryman Type 85 DI units
  • 2 ProCo Passive DI Units
  • 1 Radial Stereo DI unit


  • Power Mac G5 320 GB with ProTools 9.


The Cactus Cafe does not carry a backline. Please call for any special arrangements or needs. Fees may apply.

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