Anna Larson

Admission is free!

Friday, June 3 @ 7:30pm; Doors @ 7:00pm

Emerging singer-songwriter Anna Larson fuses her diverse musical roots with piano-driven originality. Growing up on gospel, and through years spent as a classical pianist, Larson has followed her own path. Larson has appeared on NPR Music’s “All Songs Considered”, as well as placing in the 2019 Woody Guthrie Songwriting Competition. She made her solo album debut in February 2019 with “Shifting Sand”- a distinctive collection of songs rife with soul and Americana.

annalarsonmusic.com

Admission Is Free!

Friday, June 10 @ 7:30pm; Doors @ 7:00pm

Nossas Novas is a Brazilian Bossa Nova and Samba Jazz band based in Austin, Texas. They play classic bossa and samba music as well as Brazilian rock, funk and jazz.

nossasnovas.com 

Admission is free!

Doors open at 7pm, Show starts at 7:30pm.

Miranda Dawn and Chris Hawkes first met when he crossed an Austin barroom floor and asked her to dance. The first time they sang together they found a sound Texas Monthly calls “undeniably intimate.” 

Their initial duo effort, Golden Heart,  climbed to No. 25 in Billboard’s Folk chart and landed at No. 2 in iTunes singer-songwriter albums and kicked off a whirlwind of cross-country touring and co-writing.

Dawn and Hawkes recorded their second album, Yours and Mine, in between tour dates with influential artists Alison Krauss & Dan Tyminski, Patty Griffin, Old 97s, Robert Earl Keen, and showcasing at festivals like Austin City Limits, Folk Alliance, AmericanaFest, South By Southwest and TEDx on tours in the US and abroad in Denmark, Germany and Australia.

Upon returning to Austin, they finished self-producing their second full-length album, The Other Side. The Austin American Statesman calls it “10 new tracks of sweet folk-rock — instantly appealing tunes — rooted in the singer songwriter heyday of the early 1970’s, they also fit well into the modern-day indie-folk revival.”

https://www.dawnandhawkes.com/

Admission is free!

Friday, June 24 @ 7:30pm; Doors at 7:00pm

Come join host Jake Farr and the Cactus Café as we celebrate our favorite and most talented open mic performers of the spring. We’ve curated a lineup of our most accomplished regulars and offered them each a 20-minute set! Check back more details on the final line-up soon.

Admission Is Free!

Friday, June 17 @ 7:30pm; Doors @ 7:00pm

Sarah Russo embodies the musical soul and charm of South Louisiana. Sarah grew up like many greats before her, singing in church. She began performing with her family at the young age of 4 and has not stopped since. With a voice so powerful it can rock any crowd, Russo’s musical journey includes performances in an astonishing variety of genres including gospel, soul, country, pop, and rock. With range akin to Whitney Houston and the grit reminiscent of Janis Joplin, Sarah makes fans before the first chorus is sung.

toupstalent.com/sarah-russo

Killer Comedy at the Cactus Cafe is a night showcasing 5 up and coming local Austin comics. The Cactus Cafe is a perfect venue for standup. It is an intimate space that provides a room for laughter to grow. Austin’s local comedy scene is often overwhelming and people new to the area may not know where to begin—this is the perfect place! Right at home on UT’s campus, students and guests can experience a space for comedy that is free and accessible for all.

Free popcorn will be served to guests!

The event is free for UT Students/Faculty/Staff with valid ID.

Admission is free!

Friday, July 1 @ 7:30pm; Doors @ 7:00pm

From the Cactus Café to Carnegie Hall and back again, Nanci Griffith traveled the world, writing songs about the five & dime, the adventures just beyond these woods, and more. Join some of Austin’s finest musicians in paying tribute to her catalog at her old stomping grounds, the legendary Cactus Cafe. Hosted by Nichole Wagner, performers include Patterson Barrett, Steve Brooks, Creek Bed Carter, Brady Dietert, Melissa Engleman, Teri Joyce, Jana Pochop, Harper Rye, Kris Schultz, Stellar, Ceilidh Welch, and more.

 

Admission is free!

Open Mic is back at the Cactus Café!

Join us every Tuesday this spring to hear original music (no covers) from talented local artists on the famed Cactus stage.

Doors open at 7pm, show begins at 7:30pm.

Interested in performing? Contact the Open Mic team at [email protected]

We hope you’ll join us for a drink and a show at the best listening room in Austin.

Admission is free!

Doors open at 7pm, Show begins at 7:30pm.

RSVP at EventBrite (https://bit.ly/33ax9Uv) to ensure your spot, as seating will be limited.

Check Dana’s website for updates and join Dana’s email list to ensure you stay informed. www.danacoopermusic.com

Join us for Dana Cooper’s return to the Cactus Café to celebrate the release of his new CD “I Can Face The Truth.” The acclaimed Singer/Songwriter will be performing many of his new songs as well as old favorites.

Cooper’s lifelong passion & devotion to music began at age 2 in Kansas City. His father, George, was a huge influence. One of Dana’s earliest memories is of his father taking him to the Calico Cat, popping a coin in the jukebox and listening to Dana sing along with Hank Williams & Ernest Tubb. At age 20, a move to LA resulted in a record deal with Elektra Records where he recorded his first album with members of “The Section” Russ Kunkel and Leleand Sklar, as well as other luminary players Jim Horn, Al Perkins, Jim Gordon, Joe Osborne, and Lee Holdridge. This album still wins accolades today and was recently reissued on the Warner/Japan label. After several years in California and a year recording in Seattle, Cooper moved to Texas where he wrote and performed with Shake Russell. They released several independent albums and one album for Southcoast/MCA. Dana formed his own experimental bands DC3, and Nuclear Family and released his first solo project “Complicated Stuff”. In 1988 he moved to Nashville, TN to pursue his songwriting career collaborating with other songwriters.

With his upcoming CD “I Can Face the Truth” Cooper faces hard truths head on with humor and heartfelt expression. Joining forces with Co-Producer and multi-instrumentalist Dave Coleman, the two enlisted some of the best songwriters, singers, and musicians from the US and Ireland. Collaborators in the studio include Tom Kimmel, Kim Richey, Jonell Mosser, Maura O’Connell, Brother Paul Brown, David Starr, and Gillian Tuite.

Admission is Free! Friday, August 5 @ 7:30pm; Doors at 7:00pm

Matthew and the Arrogant Sea (MATAS) is a North Texas-based indie rock collective. The band presents a rotating cast of collaborators, though the core unit of the group remains: Tony Whitlock (lead Guitar), Blake Vickrey (bass), Hagen Hauschild (drums), Juan Pablo Alzate (Rhythm Guitar), and Matthew Gray (Words/Vocals/Acoustic).

The band has been performing since the early 2000s and continues to prolifically release new collective works. Their latest effort is a succession of singles/EPs, entitled “A Series of Dreams”. Their latest addition, “DFK”, is much darker than what we’re accustomed to with MATAS, but it packs an emotional punch that will leave you begging for more.

 

makeamericaweirdagain.com/tour

Join us for an evening of folk music with the Beatnik Bandits. The group are veterans of the Austin and San Marcos songwriters’ scene. Their new single, Julie Wants, is out – check it out on Spotify.

The event is free to all.

This show has been canceled.

Admission is free!

Doors open at 7pm, Show starts at 7:30pm.

Quiet Light is the recording project of 21-year-old Austin-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Riya Mahesh. Mahesh has been writing songs since the fourth grade and later transitioned into folk songwriting following her deep dive into the discography of Joni Mitchell, Nick Drake, and Elliott Smith at the beginning of college. With producer Nico Fennell of Photokem, she has created a five track EP which will be out in March. In the meantime, she has been playing shows with her band at many venues in Austin. 

Mahesh hopes that people who listen to her music will feel some connection to the vivid stories that she paints in her songs of young love and gut-wrenching heartbreak. Like the name “Quiet Light” suggests, her music combines the feelings of airy folk music with more experimental elements in order to make the listener feel as though they are floating, gravitating towards some quiet light.

https://quietlight.bandcamp.com/

Admission is free!

Doors open at 7pm, Show begins at 7:30pm.

Singer/songwriter Caleb Boles is based out of campsites across America. Although he is a native Texan, he spends a lot of his time in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Strongly influenced in Folk, Dirty Blues and Mountain Music, Caleb Boles has a very inimitable raw, down to earth, authentic sound. His music can best be described as true high-powered, raw, story-telling, feel good grooves. Boles’ is also affiliated with the band Red Feather Tribe. Caleb Boles has been nominated for solo artist of the year in 2017 in Austin, TX and received the solo artist of the year award in Denver, Colorado 2017.

Admission is free!

Doors open at 7pm, Show starts at 7:30pm.

Brandi L M is an Austin, Texas based soulful but rebellious singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer and internet personality. She began performing professionally in 2015. She is known for her punchy blend of alternative rock, dark pop, grunge, and even ethereal songwriting. For the past decade she’s performed all over the United States, with several international shows under her belt as well. She is both a solo artist and the frontwoman/overall director of her band Brandi L M & the Bottomshelf. She is now signed to the 1836 Entertainment label.

https://brandilm.com/

Admission is free!

 

Friday, July 15 @ 7:30pm; Doors @ 7:00pm

 

Maddie Poppe went through all kinds of emotions—from elation to self-doubt—after winning American Idol in 2018, releasing her debut album Whirlwind the following year, and then ultimately watching in amazement as many of the people in her creative orbit dropped away. The Iowa native, who captured the attention of fans with her folksy singer-song-writer style, did exactly that by giving herself the grace to evolve.

 

Hand-in-hand with her American Idol victory, she won a People’s Choice Award for her turn on the show, had Whirlwind hit Number 2 on the iTunes Pop Charts, and went on to become a hot guest on The Kelly Clarkson ShowJimmy Kimmel Live!Live With Kelly & Ryan, and Good Morning America. All of this in addition to touring the country opening for Ingrid Michaelson and headlining her own tours.

 

maddiepoppe.com

Admission is free!

Friday, July 29 @ 7:30pm; Doors at 7:00pm

Born and raised in the woods of southeast Texas, Nick Taylor’s songwriting bares the truth of his heart and his home. After years of playing music, he began writing his own song when he moved back to Texas following a short stint in Michigan. Fueled by a desire for alternate stories of the familiar, his songs capture the dark side of romanticized lives, and revel in the recesses of love.

“Family Tree” is Nick’s first recorded offering to his audience. He is currently based in Austin, Texas and has earned himself finalist positions in multiple songwriting competitions over the past few years.  

NickTaylorMusic.bandcamp.com/

Admission is free!

Doors open at 7pm, Show starts at 7:30pm

From a small town in Northwest Georgia, Channing learned about real life American good times and hardships. He’s not afraid to tell you about it either. Channing’s voice and songwriting is widely considered in the top echelon of the “who’s who” in the Nashville community.

Channing’s songs have been recorded by artists like Tyler Farr, Luke Combs, Jason Eady, and more. He has shared bills with so many of his heroes such as Billy Joe Shaver, Steve Earle, Robert Earl Keen, Tony Joe White, Chris Knight, Dale Watson, and many more including going out on the 2012 Country Throwdown Tour. He has just recently signed a artist/publishing agreement with Warner Chappell and Low Country Sound (Grammy award winning producer Dave Cobb).

https://channingwilson.com/

Admission is free!

Doors open at 7pm, Show starts at 7:30pm.

Rainy Eyes (Irena Eide) is a Norwegian-born Americana singer-songwriter. She has been living in the San Francisco Bay Area for over a decade and just recently relocated to Louisiana. Rainy Eyes has been writing music, performing and touring throughout the US for the past decade. Both solo and with a band, her performances have a spellbinding, inspiring effect and a soulful, heartfelt and timeless sound with tight-knit harmonies, melodious solos, and thoughtful songwriting.

Rainy Eyes has played with legendary artists such as Joan Baez, Willie Watson, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Peter Rowan, Dirk Powell, Laurie Lewis and many more.

https://rainyeyesmusic.com/

Admission is free!

Friday, August 12 @ 7:30pm; Doors @ 7:00pm

The blues, funk, soul and rock inspired SHADOW BAND hails from Austin, Texas with Robert Parker Jr. on guitar/vocals, Jennifer Foster on bass/vocals and Anthony Corsaro on drums.

The trio met in the summer of 2021 at Mozart’s Coffee in Austin and the rest is history. With collective inspirations like The Meters, Bonnie Raitt, Jimi Hendrix, The Grateful Dead, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, this trio has played at hundreds of venues in and around Austin.

jenniferfostermusic.godaddysites.com/shadow-band-trio

Admission is free!

Friday, July 22 @ 7:30pm; Doors at 7:00pm

Join us for an evening of country and Tejano music with George Mercado, a self-described “Tex-Mex Cowboy” and his band, Vesta Realm. You can check out their music here: https://georgemercado.net/

 

Every Tuesday, June 7 – August 9 @ 7:30pm; Doors at 7:00pm

Admission is free!

Open Mic is back at the Cactus Café!

Join us every Tuesday this spring to hear original music (no covers) from talented local artists on the famed Cactus stage.

Interested in performing? Contact the Open Mic team at [email protected]

We hope you’ll join us for a drink and a show at the best listening room in Austin.

 

Admission is free!

Join us at the Cactus for the Thursday Night Stand Up. Throughout the spring, we’ll be showcasing live performances from local and touring comedians. Check out our spring calendar for a full list of series dates.

Admission is free!

Join us at the Cactus for the Thursday Night Stand Up. Throughout the spring, we’ll be showcasing live performances from local and touring comedians. Check out our spring calendar for a full list of series dates.

Admission is free!

Join us at the Cactus for the Thursday Night Stand Up. Throughout the spring, we’ll be showcasing live performances from local and touring comedians. Check out our spring calendar for a full list of series dates.

Admission is free!

Join us at the Cactus for the Thursday Night Stand Up. Throughout the spring, we’ll be showcasing live performances from local and touring comedians. Check out our spring calendar for a full list of series dates.

Admission is free!

Join us at the Cactus for the Thursday Night Stand Up. Throughout the spring, we’ll be showcasing live performances from local and touring comedians. Check out our spring calendar for a full list of series dates.

Admission is free!

Join us at the Cactus for the Thursday Night Stand Up. Throughout the spring, we’ll be showcasing live performances from local and touring comedians. Check out our spring calendar for a full list of series dates.

Doors open at 8pm, show starts at 8:30pm

Coldtowne at the Cactus: Standup, Improv, and Sketch – A Comedy Variety Show

Cover charge applies

Doors open at 8pm, show starts at 8:30pm

Coldtowne at the Cactus: Standup, Improv, and Sketch – A Comedy Variety Show

Cover charge applies

Doors open at 8pm, show starts at 8:30pm

Coldtowne at the Cactus: Standup, Improv, and Sketch – A Comedy Variety Show

Cover charge applies

Admission is free!

Wednesday, June 22 @ 7:30pm; Doors @ 7:00pm

In the intimate, inviting setting of the Cactus Cafe, engage with Austin’s leading jazz musicians in an evening of conversation and music. We will explore the lives and development of various jazz artists and through their music and address various important topics of our world. Produced by Rabbi Neil Blumofe, recognized jazz historian. 

Our theme for this evening will be Thelonious Monk and the Art of Dance. The evening will feature Dayne Reliford on piano, Michael Malone on saxophone, Andre Hayward on trombone, Roscoe Beck on bass, and Brannen Temple on drums.

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Admission is free!

Wednesday, July 20 @ 7:30pm; Doors @ 7:00pm

In the intimate, inviting setting of the Cactus Cafe, engage with Austin’s leading jazz musicians in an evening of conversation and music.  We will explore the lives and development of various jazz artists and through the music, address various important topics of our world. Produced by Rabbi Neil Blumofe, recognized jazz historian.

Our theme for this evening will be Charles Mingus and the Art of Time.

This show has been moved to KUTX Studio 1A due to construction in the Texas Union Building.

Doors 5:30

Show 6 pm

 

Coming up at our next Views and Brews at the Cactus Cafe this Tuesday at 6, it’s Texas Poet Laureate and host of KUT’s This is Just To Say, Carrie Fountain. In addition to being an award-winning poet, she is also a novelist, children’s book author, screenwriter, and professor, and in this very special Views and Brews she’ll read from her new book of poems and talk about life as a working writer, her writing process, and importance of sharing poems. Views and Brews is free and open to the public. We hope to see you this Tuesday at 6 at The Cactus. Find more details at cactuscafe.org

 

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400 years ago, a group of 20 enslaved Africans were brought to the shores of the Chesapeake Bay for the express purpose of working the land, thus beginning one of the most shameful periods in America’s history.

Although Diversity and Inclusion have become a mission of so many academic and corporate entities, the vestiges of that tragic day still haunt us, and in our current political climate forces us to grapple with the question: how far have we actually progressed when it comes to race in this country?

Join guest host Ya’Ke Smith in a candid conversation with  Virginia Cumberbatch, Kathleen McElroy, and Roger Reeves as they discuss this pivotal event and how it still affects the way African-Americans are viewed today.

Diversity is not just about buzz words, but it’s about America grappling with her history, facing it head-on, and making earnest efforts to repair the insurmountable damage that her original sin still causes today.

Views and brews is free and open to the public. We hope to see you this Tuesday at 6, find more details at cactuscafe.org.

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Coming up at our next Views its Two Guys on Your Head Live! Join KUT’s Rebecca McInroy along with Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke to ask: “What characterizes well-being?” The right college? The dream job? The big house? What do you really need to be happy? To have a sense of fulfillment and joy? And why is it so important? Views and Brews are free and open to the public but get there early its first come, first served.

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Doors: 8pm Show: 8:30pm General Admission: $40.00 in advance and $45.00 at the door

Patterson Hood is a prolific writer and performer whose character-driven stories are packed with political subtext. He is best known as front-man, singer, songwriter and guitar player for the critically acclaimed rock and roll band Drive-By Truckers, but is also a writer of essays, columns and short stories.

In the past few years he has written an op-ed on the on-going controversies surrounding the confederate flag for The New York Times Magazine, a piece on Vic Chesnutt for The Oxford American’s annual music issue, and retrospectives on David Bowie for American Songwriter and Merle Haggard for NPR. Most recently in October of 2016, Patterson published his first short story featured in “The Highway Kind,” a car-themed crime fiction anthology.

Drive-By Truckers have released 13 albums and played over 2,000 shows in the past nineteen years. They also released a 35-song, career-spanning box set in 2015 that was recorded live at The Fillmore in San Francisco. American Band, their most recent album released in the height of election season on September 30th 2016, takes their political undertones much closer to the surface than ever before. The album delves into matters that resonate deeply in divided America, including last year’s massacres in Charleston, SC and Roseburg, OR; the death of Michael Brown; the continued controversy over the Confederate flag; and the roots of the National Rifle Association. According to Patterson, the track “What It Means” is the most blatant protest song on the record. “I look at that song as the beginning of a conversation that, perhaps, we all need to have. I think white people are afraid to talk about race. Maybe it’s time for us to get past that, too,” he explained in an interview with CNN.

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Coming up with our next Views and Brews it’s “The Green New Deal, Explained.” Join us for a taping of KUT podcast The Secret Ingredient with KUT’s Rebecca McInroy, Raj Patel, author of, “A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things,” and food and agriculture correspondent for Mother Jones Magazine, Tom Philpott, to talk about what the green new deal is, what it could mean for the future of agriculture, and what it will take to revive this plan in an effort to save the planet. Views and Brews is free and open to the public, we hope to see you this Tuesday!

 

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Doors 6:30 pm

Trivia 7 pm

Test your current-events knowledge at KUT’s trivia night, hosted by KUT reporter Jimmy Maas. The theme is “Austin, Texas, Y’all” featuring questions ranging from history to current events, politics to sport and entertainment that have made the city and state what it is.

Not versed on Austin stuff? Never fear. You can help your team with the Y’all category. What is y’all? Y’all’ll see.

So, bone up on the ATXplained podcast, pay some passing attention to some headlines and come out to the Cactus August 29th.

Teams can range from two to a maximum of six.

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Jazz and the Art of Borders, details coming soon.

 

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Doors: 8pm Show: 8:30pm General Admission: $15.00 in advance and $20.00 at the door

Matt the Electrician & Southpaw Jones played together every week in Austin for almost a decade. Now they reunite to remind their hometown crowd that they still exist!

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Coming up at our next KUT Views & Brews, Tony Hoagland and The Art of Voice. Join KUT’s Rebecca McInroy along with Texas Poet Laureate Carrie Fountain novelist and playwright Kirk Lynn, actor Richard Robichaux, Dr. Carra Martinez, and poet August Huerta to celebrate the life and work of the late poet Texas Tony Hoagland.

 

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SIGN UP: 7:30pm Performances: 8pm

Cactus Cafe is an ALL ages venue!

Open Mic is back with our Hostess Kacy Crowley!! Sign up is promptly at 7:30pm and performances are 8pm to 10pm. THIS EDITION will feature student & faculty performers from UT’s International  Education Week!

A special, international edition of Open Mic Night at the historic Cactus Cafe, we are partnering with Texas Global at The University of Texas at Austin to kick off International Education Week 2019! We hope to showcase your talent and create closer ties between the robust music community of Austin and our global population on campus.

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SIGN UP: 7:30pm Performances: 8pm

Cactus Cafe is an ALL ages venue!

Open Mic is back with our Hostess Kacy Crowley!!

Sign up is promptly at 7:30pm and performances are 8pm to 10pm.

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SIGN UP: 7:30pm Performances: 8pm

Cactus Cafe is an ALL ages venue!

Open Mic is back with our Hostess Kacy Crowley!!

Sign up is promptly at 7:30pm and performances are 8pm to 10pm.

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Doors: 7:30pm Show: 8:00pm General Admission: $15.00

Steel Betty is fresh off their summer tour in Colorado and ready to share some new music! Join them September 14th at the Cactus Cafe for the release of their debut album, So Darn Lonesome. The band will wrap you in to their performance with a mixture of traditional bluegrass tunes and original folk compositions. Expect a night of guest performers, foot tapping grooves and fun-loving vibes.

Distinctively Austin. Steel Betty lives at the crossroads of what makes Austin Texas the engine driving traditional music scene in America. Flavors of bluegrass, folk, blues, Old Time music, and classic country, are reflected in their performance. David McD (guitar, vocals), Maddy Froncek (banjo, upright bass, vocals), and Micah Motenko (mandolin, piano, vocals) are multi-instrumentalists capturing the sounds and harmonies of the music that has shaped their lives. The group formed in 2017, brought together by a mutual love of “mid-tempo” bluegrass and three-part, old-time harmonies. Over the past two years they have performed alongside artist such as Yonder Mountain String Band, Donna The Buffalo and Possessed by Paul James and have collaborated with members of Whiskey Shivers, Wood & Wire and Della Mae. The group is currently touring the United States with Baylin Artist Management, bringing their music to University concert halls, listening rooms and bars.

New Age Old Time, Steel Betty’s E.P released in August 2018, showcased the band’s diversity of original compositions. In an exclusive review from Popdust, the 4-track album was described as “a balm for the soul.” New Age Old Time showcases “a touch of traditional music plump with down-to-earth infectious energy.” All that and more are to be expected with their upcoming release, So Darn Lonesome. Their full length album is a mixture of tradition tunes and original compositions. From soulful ballads, blues to old-time storytelling, this album is packed with all-star players, tender lyrics and high energy bluegrass.

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Coming up at our next Views and Brews, “Supporting Mommas and Babies.” Join KUT’s Rebecca McInroy along with KUT’s Ashely Lopez, Lanall Coultas from Conscious Birthing Austin, Trachell Trice from Mama Sana Vibrant Woman, and Nichole Mills from Deep Root Doula Service to talk about what true support looks like, and what things we should rethink, legislate for, and talk about, to ensure that ALL mommas and babies are held and supported in all aspects of their lives during this significant, transitional, and critical time. Views and Brews are free and open to the public, babies are welcome. We hope to see you this Tuesday at 6 pm!

 

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Doors: 8pm Show: 8:30pm

General Admission: $22.00 in advance and $30.00 at the door. Students: $12.00 at the door with student ID

Oliver Rajamani, Indian/Romani Folk artist and Cindy Cashdollar one of America’s most noted dobro and slide steel player and a five time Grammy winner, knit a colorful blanket of rhythms and melodies.

The “Romani” commonly known as “Gypsy” are a colorful people who migrated out of ancient India arriving in Europe in the late 14th century. They have seduced the world over with their infective songs and dances. Austin, Texas is home to the largest historical Romani Archives and a substantial Romani population.

Oliver Rajamani Rajamani is an Austin World Music award winner, a nominee of the 2008 US Artist Award and the 2014 nominee of the prestigious German world music award in the European Charts, Rajamani has toured internationally and has recorded and performed with artists wide-ranging in style including Gypsy Kings, Willie Nelson, Edie Brickell, L. Shanker, Ustad Aashish Khan, Ustad Shujat Khan, Eric Johnson, Paravai Munniamma, Jeronimo Maya, Tomasa La Macanita amongst others. He has been a featured artist on the NPR BBC radio amongst numerous other radio, TV stations and magazines. Rajamani’s unique musical sound and original compositions are drawn from the historic ‘Romani trail’ and the lonestar state of Texas. Www..oliverrajamani.com

Cindy Cashdollar Dobro, steel guitar and lap steel player Cindy Cashdollar is a five time Grammy winner having been inducted into the Texas Steel Guitar Hall Of Fame in 2011 and the Texas Music Hall Of Fame in 2012. The Americana Music Association nominated her in the category of “Instrumentalist Of The Year” in 2016. She has worked with musicians of the caliber of Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, Ryan Adams, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Dave Alvin, Rod Stewart, Albert Lee, Asleep At The Wheel. Cindy’s unerring ability to perfectly complement a song or step out with a tasteful, imaginative, and exciting solo – and to do it in so many musical genres – has made her one of the most in-demand musicians on the American roots music scene. Www.cindycashdollar

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Doors: 7:30pm Show: 8pm General Admission: $12.00 in advance and $15.00 at the door

NOW FOR SOMETHING ENTIRELY DIFFERENT… The TEXAS LOVEBIRDS, servin’ up fun, frivolity and kick-ass music!

Old ‘Austinites’ might remember Donna Stevens (the creator of the Texas Lovebirds) from the hilarious 90’s touring show, ‘The Cow Patty’s’ (If ya ain’t herd us, ya ain’t herd shee-ut!). Newer ‘Austinites’ might know her as DonnaLou Stevens, a ‘YouTube Sensation’ with her viral music video, ‘OLDER LADIES’, which to date has racked up close to 17 MILLION views!

Her sangin’ partner, Donna Louise Lipman (yes, they have the same name) has sung with Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary, the late John Denver and has performed cabaret in Austin for many years. Unbeknownst to them for most of their 25 year friendship, the voices of the two DonnaLous’ blend like golden, whipped honey butter! These two lovely ladies are musically supported by a talented and quirky group of musicians. Put ‘em all together and you’re guaranteed to have their songs stuck in your head for a good, long while!

No matter if you know them or not, the two DonnaLou’s and the Texas Lovebirds create some of the most fun, funny and often uplifting music one could ever hear. The Lovebirds invite you to be a part of this wacky and wonderful ‘theatrical band’ experience. You’ll drive away with grins on your faces and smiles in your hearts.

Learn about the Lovebirds at www.texaslovebirds.com

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Coming up at our next Views and Brews at The Cactus Cafe this Tuesday at 6, it’s “Austin High” a variety show hosted by Austin’s own Ray Benson. Join us for readings from Lawrence Wright and Anne Rapp, jokes from Willie, live music and so much more. Views and Brews are free and open to the public, but seats are limited so get there early. We hope to see you this Tuesday at 6 at The Cactus.

 

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THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED AND WILL BE RESCHEDULED.

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Doors 5:30

Show 6 pm

RSVP does not guarantee admission, get there early to get in!

Coming up at our next Views and Brews, it’s “ ringing Your Brain To Work” with Two Guys on Your Head! Join KUT’s Rebecca McInroy along with Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke to talk about the psychology behind how to interview for a job, manage tensions with peers, lead companies, and much more. Views and Brews are free and open to the public. We hope to see you this Tuesday at 6!

 

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Doors 6:30, Show 7 pm

RSVP does not guarantee admission.

Join KUT’s Rebecca McInroy along with Rabbi and jazz historian Neil Blumofe and a live sextet, for Jazz and the Art of Mental Health. Through the artistry of Buddy Bolden, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, and others, we will explore the intersection of mental balance, suffering, wellness, and virtuosity. Views and Brews are free and open to the public. We hope to see you this Tuesday at 7 pm.

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Coming up at our next Views and Brews  it’s “Walt Whitman at 200.” Join KUT’s Rebecca McInroy and Texas Poet Laurent Carrie Fountain as they host poets and scholars to look at the life and legacy of one of America’s most influential poets. As we celebrate the centenary of Whitman’s birth we ask, who was Walt Whitman, and how can his complexity inform our lives today? Views and Brews are free and open to the public.

 

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Doors: 8pm Show: 8:30pm General Admission: $25.00 in advance and at the door.

Danny Barnes is already known as an iconic American musician, a banjo playing innovator who’s earned high praise from everybody from Bill Frisell and Dave Matthews to Steve Martin, who presented Danny with the Prize for Excellence in Banjo in 2015. From the days with his groundbreaking Austin band, the Bad Livers, to his two decade solo career experimenting with electronic music, jazz, old time string band music and more, he’s a genre bending, rule breaking original who prefers to color outside the lines.

As if dedicating your life to an instrument like the banjo wasn’t sufficiently avant-garde, the winner of this year’s Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass is a musician recognized for his experimental approach to that seemingly quaint stringed instrument Dave Itzkoff, The New York Times

Not since John Hartford has someone allowed the banjo to become such a natural expression of their personality. While many players use the banjo to show what they can do, Danny Barnes uses it to show who he is—something so rare that we have to look back decades for comparisons- Brian Swenk, Bluegrass Today

The music is smart and soulful, and the lyrics are profound. It is heaven and earth. It is Americana, from the back porch to the pulpit, shattered dreams on angels wings. I can’t stop listening.-Dave Matthews

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Doors: 6:30pm Trivia: 7pm General Admission: $5.00

KUT’s “Spectacle of Knowledge,” June 20

Test your current events knowledge at KUT’s inaugural trivia night (aka Spectacle of Knowledge), hosted by KUT reporter Jimmy Maas. Topics will fall into four categories: News, Money/Business, Life and Sports.

You don’t need to be a news nerd to compete; if you listen to KUT 90.5 on the regular, we declare you fit to compete.

Teams can range from two to a maximum of six.

 When: 7 p.m.

Where: The Cactus Cafe

 Cost: $5/person

Proceeds support the Cactus Cafe.

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SIGN UP: 7:30pm Performances: 8pm

Cactus Cafe is an ALL ages venue!

Open Mic is back with our Hostess Kacy Crowley!!

Sign up is promptly at 7:30pm and performances are 8pm to 10pm.

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SIGN UP: 7:30pm Performances: 8pm

Cactus Cafe is an ALL ages venue!

Open Mic is back with our Hostess Kacy Crowley!! Sign up is promptly at 7:30pm and performances are 8pm to 10pm.

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Doors: 8pm Show: 8:30pm General Admission: $7.00 inn advance and $8.00 at the door

A diverse and talented bill of five of the newest and coolest voices writing songs in Austin.

Hosted and presented by our Open Mic’s Kacy Crowley!

Five fresh voices each doing 20 minute sets of original music.

Kris Schultz Jake Farr Lefty Parker Christian Glakas Will Neer

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Doors: 7:30pm Show: 8pm General Admission: $12.00 in advance and $15.00 at the door.

We’re excited to introduce the debut of an exciting new KUTX Podcast, ENOUGH ABOUT MUSIC, hosted by Savannah Welch. Join us for an interactive live interview taping with Shinyrib’s Kevin Russell, where the only rule is to talk about anything at all…except music.

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We’re kicking off a brand new season of Views and Brews with “The Past, Present, and Future of the Humanities.” Join KUT’s Rebecca McInroy along with guest host Dr. David Kornhaber, and an expert panel to explore the roots of how this field of study ended up in higher-ed, and why it’s important to ensure it’s robust health today. Views and Brews is free and open to the public, we hope to see you this Tuesday at 6pm!

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