The Sometimes Island

Admission is free!

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

Tropical indie pop band, The Sometimes Island, sold out the Troubadour in LA on November 13. LA Weekly noted that “their single Phantom Limb cracked the Top 40 Radio charts according to New Music Weekly and by the looks of it – they aren’t anywhere near finished with the climb.” Buzznet called the Bad People EP “the future of synthpop”. Lead vocalist Matt Blankenship Jr has performed with Banks, YACHT, Fred Falke and more. The band returned to the stage in June, at the Viper Room’s first show since the pandemic. Their latest single, Beverly & Barbara Do LA, dropped on October 27, 2021, with an EP to follow on February 1.

https://www.thesometimesisland.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/

Show postponed due to weather, will be rescheduled

Admission is free!

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

 

In their early days, Damn Tall Buildings didn’t rehearse – they busked. Now, whether live or on record, the band still radiates the energy of a ragtag crew of music students playing bluegrass on the street. But anchoring that energy is their instrumental chops, their strong songwriting, and their varied influences that stretch beyond bluegrass, even beyond American roots music altogether.

 

Whether sharing lead vocals and instrumental solos or blending their voices into loose, joyous harmony, the three members of Damn Tall Buildings (guitarist/lead vocalist Max Capistran, bassist/lead vocalist Sasha Dubyk, and fiddler/vocalist Avery Ballotta) blend elements of bluegrass, blues, roots-rock and vintage swing to create a captivating, high-energy sound.

 

Since their busking days, they’ve made three albums: 2014’s Cure-All, 2015’s self-titled, and their forthcoming third album, Don’t Look Down.

 

http://www.damntallbuildings.com/

Admission is free!

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

Mandy Prater is an Austin, Texas-based musician, singer and songwriter. She would probably tell you that music has saved her life many times since she started her first garage band as a young teen in small-town Indiana.

She writes about love, vulnerability, and the courage to be authentic, with music and melodies that are accessible while still maintaining an edge that hearkens back to a DIY and alternative aesthetic.

Her newest single, “On The Outside” (Fall 2021) is a hopeful tune about escaping everyday life during pandemic-times. Its catchy melodies and relatable lyrics transport the listener to a more carefree era. In 2020, she released “Keep Calm”, which was added to Spotify playlists and received plays on independent radio stations across the U.S.

 

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.

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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!

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

Matt Walden is a “beach-pop” singer/songwriter from Bradenton, Florida. Writing mainly from his own experiences, he instills the idea of a conscious escape from reality through both his lyrics and music while hoping to inspire the listener to chase their passions/dreams.

His sound and dedicated community has landed him performance slots on radio, college festivals and other beloved venues around the country. With his start posting originals and covers on YouTube and Vine, Matt has gained over 10+ million streams on his original music across all streaming music platforms.

His new album, The Light Between The Trees, was released on November 12th to much fanfare. It has over two millions streams across all platforms.

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!

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

Growing up on a South Dakota farm, Tim Wolf’s aspirations in music have always outweighed the life he was accustomed to. Finding success as an entrepreneur in his adult life, his music career would not start until a friend demanded he pursue his true dream. Now located in Nashville, Tim Wolf looks to create music that ‘transcends physical geography’, citing inspirations such as Johnny Cash, John Mayer, Tom Waits, Eric Clapton, Elton John and The Revivalists.

https://thetimwolf.com/

Admission is free!

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

On his sprawling new record, Tompkins Park, Jack Symes makes his case as one of folk music’s most compelling new artists. Born during a road trip out to his new home in Brooklyn and his unmoored first months there, the 12-songs confront the question, “Are you on your own or are you all alone?” It’s less tethered to Earth than his previous excursions, instead drifting skyward, buoyed by wide-reaching arrangements and dense washes of reverb that curl off his voice like thick plumes of smoke. Inspired by uncertainty and crystallized in isolation, Jack Symes sophomore album is a testament to spending time with yourself and making peace with the parts of you that have been neglected. Written while uprooting his life, and recorded in the blurry ebb of life under a pandemic, the deeply personal songs are at once wholly universal.

https://www.endjacksymes.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!

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

Nate Porter is a songwriter from Illinois, who spent his formative years in west Oakland, California and has, for the last few years, been living somewhere amongst the trees of the Great Pacific Northwest.  Porter’s lyrical and melodic songs are reminiscent of a by-gone era, before the age of social media and digital streaming, and are often compared to those of Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Neil Young.  While influenced creatively by his musical heroes, Porter manages to inject his own whimsical style of songwriting and story-telling into his ballads.  He plays guitar and sings from the heart, and his raw, biographical and emotionally stirring songs and performances have touched many listeners.  Porter’s ability to capture the beauty and essence of a moment, simply and poetically, makes him a favorite on the live-music circuit around the many towns he frequents.  Porter is an especially prolific writer and has many album releases including, Ride On Marie, Edge Of Thee Alleyway, Estranged Angel Highway and Arrows in the Sky, and is an accomplished self-published writer of two books, all of which were released over the last several years. Porter will be on the road this spring supporting his latest album release, Deep Sea Fishing.  When asked about his philosophy on life and art and what drives him creatively Porter astutely concludes, “You can’t turn to the last page when the story never ends.”  If you are looking to experience something of substance and creative depth, check out Nate Porter the next time he’s passing through your town, you won’t regret it.

https://nateporter.bandcamp.com

Admission is free!

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

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/

The event is free to all.

This event is invitation-only. Click this link to request your invitation.

More than 6,000 unsigned bands and artists entered NPR Music’s 2016 Tiny Desk Contest, our search to find a great undiscovered talent to perform at the most famous desk in music. Our judges picked one winner — violinist Gaelynn Lea — but in the process, we found countless reasons to celebrate the creativity and musicianship embedded in every community across the country.

Now, NPR Music and Lagunitas Brewing Company, the sponsor of the Tiny Desk Contest since its launch in 2014, are teaming up with our friends at KUTX to bring tunes from the Tiny Desk Contest to Austin and cities around the U.S. Join KUTX and NPR Music staff for this private, invitation-only celebration of the Austin musical community, including live performances by some of our favorite local Tiny Desk Contest entrants.

 

General Admission: $65.00 & $45.00 reserved

Doors: 6:30pm

Show: CBGBand- 7:30pm- 8:05pm The Flatlanders- 8:30pm to 10:15pm

THIS SHOW IS IN THE HOGG AUDITORIUM

This special show supports the continuing mission of the Cactus Cafe to bring you great live music in an intimate setting.

Special Guests: The CBGBand

The fact that Texas music titans Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock – on their first go-round as The Flatlanders in 1972 – were completely rejected by the country music establishment is surprising in retrospect but, ultimately, poetic. That each went on to have formidable solo careers is a testament to their talent and determination. Add to this their diverse yet complimentary styles – Joe the street-wise rocker, Jimmie Dale the mystic with the classic country voice and Butch the cerebral folk singer – and you’ve got a story of one of the most extraordinary kinships in American musical history.

It took these Flatlanders a mere three decades to release the sequel to their legendary debut. So the swift arrival of the group’s latest New West album Wheels of Fortune – which comes hard on the heels of 2002’s widely acclaimed Now Again – is a delightful and very welcome surprise. The fourteen songs that make up Wheels Of Fortune are absolute wonders of songcraft, sung by three of the most authentic voices in music today.

Joe, Jimmie and Butch initially reunited as The Flatlanders in 1998 to do a one-off recording, at the behest of Robert Redford’s people, for the soundtrack of The Horse Whisperer. It was so much fun, the trio regrouped and cut an entire album. The result, Now Again, was unanimously received as a triumph. Mojo magazine dubbed them a “country Beatles.” Rolling Stone gave it 3 and 1/2 stars. The Washington Post said, “Given the jaw-dropping quality of the disc, three decades almost seems a reasonable wait.” Billboard raved, “An event record that lives up to all expectations.” Now Again spent 17 weeks at #1 on the Americana charts and 21 weeks on the Billboard Country charts.

Event dates

Doors: 8pm Show: 8:30pm General Admission: $12.00

The South Austin Moonlighters (SAM) play an eclectic mix of songs, from heartfelt soul to “sh*t-kickin’ country,” from greasy New Orleans funk to raucous rock-n-roll. Remarkably it all comes together; creating a magical essence that has earned the band a loyal following, and it insures that no two Moonlighters’ shows are alike. SAM’s collective musical experience (with artists as diverse as Gatemouth Brown, Stephen Bruton, Bo Diddley, Jimmy LaFave, Fastball, Papa Mali, Mike Zito, Tracy Bonham, Joe Ely, John Popper, and Lisa Loeb) allows them to segue from genre, to genre, effortlessly…We guarantee SAM will be your new favorite band. The Band consist of Lonnie Trevino Jr – Bass & Vocals, Phil Hurley – Guitar & Vocals, Phil Bass – Drums & Vocals, and Chris Beall – Guitar & Vocals. The Band does a 80/20 mixture of Originals and Covers that fans and newbie fans absolutely love. SAM is what has been called “a true Americana Band” mixing Blues, Soul, Country, and Rock music that many compare to The Resentments, Band of Heathens and Los Lobos.

– See more at: http://www.thesouthaustinmoonlighters.com/band/#sthash.LxZGkyjm.dpuf

Event dates

Doors: 8pm Show: 8:30pm General Admission: $12.00

“Ray Bonneville is like gunpowder and opium.” – Ray Wylie Hubbard

Red House Records recording artist Ray Bonneville, has created and mastered a fusion of traditional American Roots and Blues music all his own and deeply influenced by his upbringing in French Canada and the years he spent writing and playing music in New Orleans. He is known as the master of the slow burn, the groove and one of the best harmonica players alive today by those who know his work. With a greasy guitar style, horn-like harmonica, smoky vocals and pulsing foot percussion he captivates audiences. In 1999 he won the Juno award (Canada’s Grammy) and has been nominated twice more. Ray’s song “I am the Big Easy” was the most played song by American folk DJs, and won “Song of the Year” in 2009. Ray won the International Blues Challenge in 2012 in Memphis.

Event dates

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

Special Guest: TBD Jessica Lea Mayfield has gained widespread acclaim for singing delicate confessions about love, heartbreak, and contradictory emotions in a way that captivates listeners and enchants critics. Whether she was heartbroken, or breaking hearts, Mayfield’s acoustic strumming and laid back demeanor have remained consistent since her earliest recordings.

However, on her third album, Make My Head Sing…, Jessica takes on distorted guitar tones, crashing drums, and heavy riffs that would more likely evoke a comparison to her idols of the early 90’s, than any modern day artist. The album was recorded at Club Roar in Nashville and was co-produced by Jessica, along with her husband Jesse Newport and features Matt Martin on drums. It finds Jessica in a place where she is ready to take control of her music, and elevate her reputation from folk songstress to rock star.

Event dates

Doors: 8pm Show: 8:30pm General Admission: $10.00

Lifelong couple, both romantic and musical, Alyssa and Doug Graham have been performing together since they were teenagers. 2014 saw them play over 100 shows including a three-week run in Australia.

Their sophomore album, Glory Bound, was produced by Wes Sharon (John Fullbright, Parker Millsap), features Fullbright and the Turnpike Troubadours, and has been praised as one of the best Americana albums of 2015 by numerous publications including No Depression.

A live album and film, Rattle the Hocks, both produced and directed by Cody Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars, chronicles their train-bound excursions and the influence of train travel on American roots music; both were released in conjunction with Glory Bound.

Event dates

Doors: 8pm Show: 8:30pm General Admission: $8.00

Special Guest: The Wheelwrights

Harvest Thieves is your free-wheelin’, roots-rocking, jagged-little-country friend. We all wear boots with knives in them and think you should, too.

Event dates

Doors: 8pm Show: 8:30pm General Admission: $10.00

Nathan will be joined by Mark Williams on cello, Kim Deschamps on pedal steel and Adam Tyner on drums.

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Doors: 8pm Show: 8:30pm General Admission: $8.00 Graham Weber returns to the Cactus Cafe for his first show of 2016. He will be joined by Crick Austin and The Risers, and other surprise special guest songwriters.

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Doors: 8pm Show: 8:30pm General Admission: $8.00 in advance and $10.00 day of show

An evening of music with three Austin songwriters: Jeff “Horti” Hortillosa, Scott Collins and Brady Beal. From bluegrass to folk to the delta blues, there is something here to be found for all musical tastes.

Event dates

Doors: 8pm Show: 8:30pm General Admission: $15.00 in advance & $20.00 day of show.

Join us for a special Valentine’s Day Show with Dawn & Hawkes!

The magic was all there right from the start; long before they started co-writing or even fell in love. Miranda Dawn and Chris Hawkes first met in 2010 when he crossed an Austin barroom floor and asked her to dance. A modest beginning became an undeniable attraction the first time they sang together.

Miranda Dawn admits “Our harmony just fell in and that was the moment we both felt that we should sing together. Something happened and it was as if there was suddenly this third voice.” She continues with more than a hint of genuine wonder “I’d sung harmony with other people before, but this was definitely its own beast.”

Their first duo effort, Golden Heart EP, climbed to No. 25 in Billboard’s Folk chart and landing at No. 2 in iTunes singer-songwriter albums and kicked off a whirlwind three years of constant cross-country touring and co-writing. Dawn and Hawkes recorded their second album, Yours and Mine, in between tour dates with the likes of Dawes, Patty Griffin, Chris Isaak, Jim Lauderdale, Robert Earl Keen, Valerie June, and showcasing at festivals like Austin City Limits, Folk Alliance, South By Southwest and TEDx. “We’d tour, come home inspired, record a song, tour, rinse and repeat” explains Dawn.

The majority of the songs are co-writes, conceived in real-time while the couple’s relationship bloomed from friendship to lovers and the record stands as an unfiltered chronicle tracing a pair of hearts stumbling, floating, and sometimes soaring through life together. Though not without moments of sobering reflection, Yours and Mine is foremost a celebration of life’s beautiful moments that make us want to take another breath and another step – despite uncertainty.

“We were cynical about love before each other,” concedes Dawn, “…but maybe that’s actually why we’re able to sing about love the way we do today. In the past, I’d sing a heartache song and see people who really needed some of that hope brought by the light at the end of a sad song. I’d never thought the same relief could come out of a love song, but the response to us sharing our lives has been overwhelming. Maybe people need to hear about a little hope and love out there.”

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This special solo show celebrates Ray’s book “Comin’ Right at Ya How a Jewish Yankee Hippie Went Country, or, the Often Outrageous History of Asleep at the Wheel”

Music & Book Signing!!

A six-foot-seven-inch Jewish hippie from Philadelphia starts a Western swing band in 1970, when country fans hate hippies and Western swing. It sounds like a joke but—more than forty years, twenty-five albums, and nine Grammy Awards later—Asleep at the Wheel is still drawing crowds around the world. The roster of musicians who’ve shared a stage with the Wheel is a who’s who of American popular music—Van Morrison, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, George Strait, Vince Gill, Lyle Lovett, and so many more. And the bandleader who’s brought them all together is the hippie that claimed Bob Wills’s boots: Ray Benson.

In this hugely entertaining memoir, Benson looks back over his life and wild ride with Asleep at the Wheel from the band’s beginning in Paw Paw, West Virginia, through its many years as a Texas institution. He vividly recalls spending decades in a touring band, with all the inevitable ups and downs and changes in personnel, and describes the making of classic albums such as Willie and the Wheel and Tribute to the Music of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys. The ultimate music industry insider, Benson explains better than anyone else how the Wheel got rock hipsters and die-hard country fans to love groovy new-old Western swing. Decades later, they still do.

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THIS SHOW IS IN THE CACTUS CAFE

Doors: 8pm Show: 8:30pm General Admission: $20 in advance and $22 at the door

Special Guest: William Harries Graham of the Painted Redstarts

Ellis Paul’s songwriting credentials are unassailable. They are as genuine as the fifteen Boston Music Awards he has earned, as indelible as the tattoo of Woody Guthrie that adorns his arm, and as authentic as the musical roots he draws upon with every note he plays. He emerged out of the Boston music scene during a time when contemporary folk was beginning to come into the mainstream. Now, with 20+ years of playing 150 to 200 shows annually, 19 record releases, a documentary film, a book of poems/short stories, an award winning children’s book project, as well as songs featured on Hollywood soundtracks, he makes Boston’s music scene proud.

Event dates

Doors: 7pm Show: 8pm General Admission: $25 in advance $30 day of show

LOLA Release show in the Texas Union Theater

Special Guest: Leticia Rodriguez

“I still remember the first moment I listened to a 1940s-era Spanish language recording of my great aunt, Eva Garza, a San Antonio–born international singing sensation. As the strings and trumpets soared behind her gutsy alto voice, I was immediately moved to tears, awestruck by the connection I felt to her and to my family history. Ever since that first listen it has been a dream of mine to create my own blend of Tex-Mex music. In June, a successful crowd-funding campaign enabled me to record this music with an all-star band, The Sacred Hearts, with legendary producer Lee Townsend at the helm. The band features acclaimed composer/guitarist Bill Frisell, long-time member of Lyle Lovett’s Large Band Viktor Krauss on bass, my duo partner in crime Luke Jacobs on pedal steel, guitars, and vocals, Austin’s immensely talented David Pulkingham on nylon string and electric guitars, powerhouse drummer Brannen Temple, special guest vocalists Raul Malo and Gina Chavez, and Grammy Award winning bajo sexto player Max Baca. I took a handful of original songs in English and “Spanglish,” and mixed them with modern interpretations of songs in Spanish written by my favorite Mexican composers. The result is the album I dreamed of, inspired by the rich landscape of blended cultures that I call home: Texas.”

 

 

Saturday February 6th, 2016-  Hogg Auditorium on the campus of the University of Texas

Doors: 7pm Show: 8pm  General Admission: $35.00

Stuff Like That There may well be a 25th anniversary sequel to the idea of Fakebook but to my ears it makes a case for simply returning to what moved Yo La Tengo to make things in the first place: embracing the people who they still hold close and making a spirited noise about it.

Does it not sound like fun to work with old friends like guitarist Dave Schramm and engineer Gene Holder? It also seems like a good way to try something “McNew,” like James McNew on upright bass, an elemental contribution whose significance cannot be overstated. With Fakebook as template, Stuff Like That There is a record with ties to the past which contribute to the sound they make furthered by an affinity for the sounds they love. Somehow they compose the already composed by return. It’s clear-eyed. It’s clever and concealed.

 

Hey everyone, Thanks so much for attending the upcoming Yo La Tengo show on Saturday February 6th at Hogg Auditorium. Here’s some important information to help enjoy the show.

Hogg Auditorium is located on the University of Texas campus at 2300 Whitis Ave (just east of Guadalupe on 24th street)

How to get here: Hogg is easily accessible using Capital Metro north & south bound routes including the 1, 801, 803 and various others. Please consult their website for times, fares and stops. If you are taking cab, Uber or Lyft the closest intersection to be dropped off is the east side of 24th & Guadalupe.

Special seating needs: If you require special seating (wheel chair access) please reach out to Amy Chambless at 512-475-6515 by Friday February 2nd at 5pm. Accessible seating for people with disabilities along with companion seats are available.

Parking: Parking on campus is by permit only. If you do not have a UT Austin permit you can not park on campus. We do suggest using the closest parking garages including San Antonio Garage and the UT Coop Parking garage There is a FEE for both of these lots so please read all signs regarding parking prices.

BATHROOMS: Hogg is an older building and does not have up to date restrooms. Think the small restrooms at the Paramount Theater if you have attended a show there.

Because of this we will allow you to leave and use the restrooms in the nearby Texas Union. We will have ushers to guide you and you will be allowed re-entry via wristband or hand stamp. Please keep this in mind it is not ideal but it’s where we are at the moment.

BAR: The Cactus Bar staff will have a full bar. BUT just like our ballroom and theater shows the bar will be CASH ONLY. ATMS are located nearby in the Union and on Guadalupe. We will have a great selection of local brews including Austin Beer Works, Marco IPA, Zilker Brewing and Austin Eastciders along with hard liquor selections and some wine.

NO ALCOHOL CAN BE TAKEN OUTSIDE THE VENUE. Got that?

The University of Texas at Austin is a Tobacco Free Campus. Please refer to the University policy here http://sites.utexas.edu/tobaccofree/faq-2/ for any questions.

SEATING: This is a general admission show. The earlier you are in line the better chance you have at the seats you want. We will come out to the line and check your ticket as well as your ID. Please be prepared to have both out.

You should have received your ticket via the confirmation email. If you need it resent please contact Amy Chambless at 512-475-6515. We will also have a master list of all tickets purchased and can check you off of that as wel Please have your ID out and ready for that when we come byl.

If you sit in the balcony (and believe it or not these are some of the best sounding and sight seats) please do not place items on the balcony railings! We do not want to have items like cell phones, drinks or purses falling and hitting patrons below. THE SHOW AND SET TIMES: Doors: 7pm (although we may open at touch earlier if things are looking good)

Show: Please keep in mind there is no opener so we hope to keep to these times to as close as possible. First Set: 8pm to 8:50pm Intermission: 8:50pm to 9:04pm Second Set: 9:05pm to 10:10pm

NO FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY and no professional photography equipment allowed.

No filming is permitted on campus so please enjoy the show and keep your phones on silent or vibrate during the show as much as possible. If you need to take a call please do so in the lobby.

If you have any other questions please give us a ring at 512-475-6515

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Doors: 8pm Show: 8:30pm General Admission: $20 in advance $22.00 at the door

Special Guest: Anthony D’Amato

Stephen Kellogg was born on November 28, 1976. He grew up in Southern Connecticut and in 1997 began his musical career in Northampton, MA while interning for a local club. A few years later, he married his high school sweet heart and began a well-publicized affection for his role as husband and later, father to their four daughters. Over the last decade he has performed more than 1500 concerts in more than a dozen countries, both solo and with a band. In 2013 Kellogg gave a TEDx Talk about job satisfaction. Recently on a tour of Europe, SK (as fans often refer to him) made a detour to play the Middle East, Africa and an aircraft carrier for the Armed Forces. Upon returning to the USA, he started his annual lyric writing campaign to raise money and awareness in the fight against pediatric cancer. At first glance none of this has anything to do with his music, but Stephen Kellogg would argue, “it is the whole story. The music I make is a reflection of how I spend my time and what I care deeply about.”

When it comes to performing, CBS Radio has called Stephen, “the best live act you’ve never seen.” Another writer at No Depression magazine gives him the oddly flattering title of “the best songwriter you’re not listening to.” Interestingly though while Kellogg may not be a household name at present, he has persisted in building a substantial career, which has landed him on stage with some of the biggest touring acts in the country (Train, Sugarland, OAR, Josh Ritter to name a few), in the billboard charts, and with his songs as the backdrop of numerous films and TV shows (One Tree Hill, Men of a Certain Age, Mercy). Perhaps most importantly to Kellogg, he’s ingratiated himself into the lives of his listeners. That sort of mentality has garnered him descriptions like this one from Macaroni Kid, “an unassuming manner, self-deprecating humor, a heart for those around him…100% genuine and utterly moving.” His Americana-tinged, sometimes folk, often rock, occasionally pop stylings can make Kellogg hard to define, and his most recent four part album “South, West, North, East” embraces the notion of genre splitting to the fullest.

Recorded literally “all over the map”, the premise of “South, West, North, East” was to record each section of the album in a different region of the USA, with different co-producers and different groups of musicians. “I’ve never felt that the genre was as important as the message and making the record this way was a chance to really explore that idea.” The end result is a collection of 20 songs that defy categorization. The Southern rock flavor of “South” (recorded in Nashville and Atlanta) slides into the cowboy motif of “West” (recorded on a farm in Boulder, CO); and the more indie rock feel of “North” (recorded in a cabin in Woodstock, NY) gives way to the songwriter pop of “East” (recorded in Washington DC). “You often hear about the importance of ‘picking a lane’ and while I completely understand the marketing savvy and focus of that concept, I picked my lane a long time ago; it’s called the ‘words that describe what I believe to be true’ lane.”

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Doors: 8pm Show: 8:30pm General Admission: $25.00

Guest: Amilia K. Spicer

The folk legend returns for his yearly show at the Cactus!

In addition to his 11 critically acclaimed albums, John released a collector’s edition box featuring a hi-definition DVD and companion CD called The Gypsy Life. Windham Hill also released a collection of John’s greatest hits from the label called Pure John Gorka. In 2010, he also released an album with his friends and Red House label-mates Lucy Kaplansky and Eliza Gilkyson under the name Red Horse. Getting high praise from critics and fans alike, it landed on the Billboard Folk Charts and was one of the most played albums on folk radio.

Many well known artists have recorded and/or performed John Gorka songs, including Mary Chapin Carpenter, Nanci Griffith, Mary Black and Maura O’Connell. John has graced the stage of Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage, etown and has appeared on CNN. His new song “Where No Monuments Stand” is featured in the upcoming documentary Every War Has Two Losers, about activist and Oregon Poet Laureate William Stafford (1914-1993).

John Gorka lives in Minnesota and when not on the road, he enjoys spending time with his wife and children. He continues to tour, playing festivals, theaters and clubs all over North America and Europe.

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

PENNY LOAFER PR PRESENTS: POSSESSED BY PAUL JAMES with SCOTT COLLINS

Possessed by Paul James is originally from Florida, and was born into a Mennonite family. He gives credit to his parents for instilling the value of service to others that is evidenced in his teaching of students with special needs and when Konrad Wert morphs into the performer Possessed by Paul James, the medium may change, but the desire to make a difference in people’s lives doesn’t. When Possessed by Paul James performs, his passion equals the passion he brings to his class Monday through Friday, with many witnesses to the Possessed By Paul James show referring to it as more of a life-altering experience than a simple one-man music show.

“If I were to make a list of the 20 most important singer/songwriters of our time, Konrad Wert/Possessed by Paul James, would undoubtedly be among those at the very top.” – No Depression

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Doors: 7:30pm Show: 8pm General Admission: $10.00

Back by popular demand, join the entire staff of Austin Classical Guitar for a night of laughs and music by the whole team. See you there!

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Doors: 8pm Show: 8:30pm General Admission: $25.00

Shawn Phillips is one of most fascinating and enigmatic musicians to come out of the early-’70s singer/songwriter boom. The mere fact that he was a musician as much as a singer and songwriter made him stand out, and helped him attract a dedicated following. His refusal to shape his music to anyone else’s expectations allowed him to hold onto a large and dedicated cult following, without ever achieving the stardom that his talent seemed to merit.

Phillips was born in 1943 in Fort Worth, TX, the son of best-selling spy novelist Philip Atlee, who moved the family around the world at various times, including the South Pacific. After hearing “Malaguena” at the piano, he took up the guitar at age seven, and by the time he was 12, he was playing the chords to Carl Perkins songs. Phillips’ musical experience transcended rock & roll, however. In the course of his family’s travels, he got to live in almost every corner of the globe, including Tahiti, and absorbed the music that surrounded him wherever he was living. He returned to Texas in his teens, with some training in classical music but a love for performers like Jimmy Reed and Ike & Tina Turner, among other blues and R&B performers. He did a hitch in the Navy, and then went back to Texas before retreating to California, where he played around the early-’60s folk circuit.

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Doors: 8pm Show: 8:30pm General Admission: $20.00

Chuck grew up in the South Carolina low country. He’s a Southern boy whose music echoes the R&B, Rock & Roll and Gospel music he heard from the cradle. Chuck’s songs have been recorded by an incredibly diverse array of mega-stars from around the world logging over 25 million airplays(Toby Keith, John Michael Montgomery, Lari White, Wynonna Judd, George Strait, Shawn Mullins,and so many more). His critically acclaimed solo projects, GOD SHAPED HOLE and LOVE & MONEY deliver songs that are quite simply stunning. His live performance is funny, thought provoking, riveting… He is touring now with his new solo project, SYMPHONY OF SCARS… And every scar has a story …

Watching Chuck Cannon for the first time, I decided he is as gifted a scribe as many of the folks on our list of the “100 Best Living Songwriters” … and funnier than most” Josh Jackson, Paste Magazine

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Doors: 7pm

Show: 7:30pm General

Admission: $10.00

Songwriters in the round from ASG’s finest!

 

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The South Austin Moonlighters (SAM) play an eclectic mix of songs, from heartfelt soul to “sh*t-kickin’ country,” from greasy New Orleans funk to raucous rock-n-roll. Remarkably it all comes together; creating a magical essence that has earned the band a loyal following, and it insures that no two Moonlighters’ shows are alike. SAM’s collective musical experience (with artists as diverse as Gatemouth Brown, Stephen Bruton, Bo Diddley, Jimmy LaFave, Fastball, Papa Mali, Mike Zito, Tracy Bonham, Joe Ely, John Popper, and Lisa Loeb) allows them to segue from genre, to genre, effortlessly…We guarantee SAM will be your new favorite band. The Band consist of Lonnie Trevino Jr – Bass & Vocals, Phil Hurley – Guitar & Vocals, Phil Bass – Drums & Vocals, and Chris Beall – Guitar & Vocals. The Band does a 80/20 mixture of Originals and Covers that fans and newbie fans absolutely love. SAM is what has been called “a true Americana Band” mixing Blues, Soul, Country, and Rock music that many compare to The Resentments, Band of Heathens and Los Lobos.

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Casie Luong is a Vietnamese American singer-songwriter and pianist born and raised in North Texas. Coming from a classical background coupled with a love for contemporary genres, she blends her foundational techniques with R&B pop styles to make music from the soul. She is thrilled to be celebrating the release of her EP album, Grow, at the historic Cactus Cafe.

Brian Pounds has spent the last 5 years as Austin’s best kept secret. Touring now in support of his recent release, Strikes and Gutters, he brings his knack for storytelling and singing to the historic Cactus Cafe stage. With comparisons to James Taylor and Amos Lee alike the show is perfect for a night of well crafted music with the intimate stories behind them.

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Doors: 8pm Show: 8:30pm General Admission: $12.00

Daisy Austin singer-songwriter DAISY returns to the Cactus Cafe after a summer on the road, bringing troubadour John Craigie for an evening of modern folk songs and storytelling.

Craigie has toured relentlessly the past 6 years, taking his unique musical style across the United States and the world. A singer, songwriter and storyteller, he stays true to the essence of folk music, and the traditions of the seminal writers of our past century. With timeless melodies and insightful lyrics—interspersed with witty storytelling—his songs take many poetic turns before bringing his listeners back home. His themes range from social commentary to personal empowerment, political satire, and modern love.

DAISY is preparing to record her first full-length album. While on tour, Daisy continues to write a song a week- inspired by the landscapes and stories she finds. “My goal is to uplift the beauty of the feminine spirit and mother nature, in a world where both spirits face oppressed.” Daisy has a songwriting residency at the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center, where she draws inspiration from native landscapes and the adventurous spirit of our former first lady. Daisy is excited to unveil new songs and her new band “Daisy & The Late Bloomers” at the Cactus Cafe.

 

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Doors: 8pm Show: 8:30pm General Admission: $8.00 GA & $5.00 students

If you ask him where is from, Austin Burns won’t have a straight answer for you. He’ll laugh and say, “I’m from around.” And that’s about as accurate as it gets. The 20-year-old musician has moved around his whole life, and has variously hung his hat in Texas, Kentucky, and even Costa Rica for a few years. Having returned to the state of his birth, he now resides in the Live Music Capital of America: Austin, TX. Burns learned to play guitar at age 10 and had already started writing songs by age 11. Despite starting at such a young age, he has musically maintained an old soul. Not one to be boxed in, he has developed an intimate style that blends elements of many genres, including folk and alternative rock, into something truly unique.

His style has been influenced by the singer-songwriter folk revival of the last ten years, and artists like Damien Rice, Tracy Chapman, Tom Waits, Fink, and Nick Cave. Burns is currently working on his first full-lenght album, soon to be released. In the meantime, you can listen to his EP, “Do you Love Me?”, check out his website at www.austinburnsofficial.com, like his Facebook page at Facebook.com/AustinBurnsMusic, and look for him on the Austin stages.

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Doors: 8pm Show: 8:30pm General Admission: $10.00 in advance $12.00 at the door

On their third album, Sisters and Brothers, the Vespers combine Americana roots with pop melody and rock & roll muscle. It’s an album about growth and discovery, about finding your place in the world — and your sound — by leaning on the support of those around you. For the Vespers, those supporters include one another.

Comprised of two pairs of siblings — the Cryar sisters and Jones brothers, all natives of Nashville, Tennessee — the Vespers began making their own kind of rootsy, southern stomp in 2009, throwing themselves into a music scene that was rich in history and high in competition. Playing as many as 115 shows a year and selling more than 10,000 copies of their second album, The Fourth Wall (2012), The Vespers found themselves at a crossroads. They could make another album of bluegrass-influenced folk music — a genre that had grown quite popular since the group’s early days — or they could throw some newer influences into the mix.

“We wanted to make a new sound, something people hadn’t heard from us before, and Sisters and Brothers came out of that desire,” says Phoebe Cryar. Over five years, the Cryars’ and Jones’ had laughed, fought, cried, smiled, learned about life and played their hearts out. Without the influence of a label or an A&R team, they’d learned to rely on each other, trusting few outside influences apart from the support of their own fans. Those fans had helped The Vespers through the hardest of times, becoming not only the band’s supporters, but their family, as well. The time had come for the Vespers to make an album birthed from the ups and downs of traveling in a band, an album that focused on the great things that can happen with the support of your literal and figurative sisters and brothers.

The Vespers didn’t abandon their old sound for Sisters and Brothers; they just expanded it. “Phoebe and I were fresh out of high school when we started the band,” Callie Cryar adds, thinking back to the days when they were teenagers working the 5 a.m. shift at a Nashville donut shop. “You’re never more vulnerable or unconfident than you are at that time. But in the years leading up this album, we all became more comfortable with each other, with our emotions, with ourselves. We became adults, and we stared delving into some of the emotions that we wanted to make people feel. People want to feel when they listen. They want to feel something intense, and that’s the kind of album we hoped to record.”

Looking for the right collaborator to help them evolve, The Vespers turned to Paul Moak, a Grammy-nominated producer and accomplished songwriter who operates his own recording studio, Smoakstack, in south Nashville. Moak pushed the musicians to create music that was raw and real instead of polished and perfect. The goal wasn’t to sound flawless. It was to find imperfect performances that captured a genuine moment, performances that raised the hair on everybody’s arms. If a take didn’t evoke that sort of response, it was scrapped.

“We used to record our vocals over and over, separately, until every single note was perfectly correct,” Callie remembers. “But Sisters and Brothers was completely different. We wanted it to be raw. We realized there was more attitude and more emotion whenever Phoebe and I sang together, even with that slight element of imperfection.”

 

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

Darlingside (Don Mitchell, Auyon Mukharji, Harris Paseltiner, and David Senft) are a Massachusetts-based ensemble whose sound is an eclectic blend of 60s folk, clever wry wit, classical arrangements, soaring harmonies, and a modern indie-rock sensibility. The four vocalists and multi-instrumentalists construct every piece collaboratively, pooling ideas so that each song bears the imprint of four different writing voices. Playful vocal permutations swing from four-part unison to CSNY-inspired group harmonies, underpinned by rich, carefully crafted soundscapes. The final product threads the collective memory of the four songwriters, nodding to the music of their parents’ generation while establishing a sound that is all their own.

The band will release their second studio album, Birds Say, on September 18th.

 

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Doors: 8:00pm Show: 8:30pmpm General Admission: $30.00

One of the last true links to the great folk traditions of this country, with over 40 albums under his belt, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott is considered one of the country’s legendary foundations of folk music.

Long before every kid in America wanted to play guitar — before Elvis, Dylan, the Beatles or Led Zeppelin — Ramblin’ Jack had picked it up and was passing it along. From Johnny Cash to Tom Waits, Beck to Bonnie Raitt, Ry Cooder to Bruce Springsteen, the Grateful Dead to The Rolling Stones, they all pay homage to Ramblin’ Jack Elliott.

In the tradition of roving troubadours Jack has carried the seeds and pollens of story and song for decades from one place to another, from one generation to the next. They are timeless songs that outlast whatever current musical fashion strikes today’s fancy.

 

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Doors: 8pm Show: 8:30pm General Admission: $20.00 in advance and $22 at the door

Peter Case returns to the Cactus with special guest Jaimee Harris!

He was in the Nerves, Plimsouls and has made a mark on his own for over 30 years! Come join us for an amazing night of songs and stories with this legend!

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Doors: 7:30pm Show: 8pm General Admission: $30.00

With Carter Girl, Carlene Carter once and for all proclaims who she is. Her first album for Rounder, it features songs spanning the Carter Family generations, including celebrated Carter Family songs like “Gold Watch And Chain,” and others written and performed by the descendants of the original Carter trio—including Carlene herself. Not that she’s ever shied away from being the heiress to the legacy of country music’s foremost family. “I always include at least one Carter Family song, or one written in the Carter Family spirit,” says Carlene, citing as a pertinent example “Spider Lace,” which appeared on her deeply personal last album, Stronger (2008). “I wrote it thinking of the Carter Family’s flowery lyrics and romantic themes,” she says, noting, too, that the Carter Family catalog is heavy both on songs of faith and far darker fare. Turning to Carter Girl, she notes that all these facets of the Carter Family’s pioneering work which are reflected in a stunning album achievement that honors her ancestors while confirming her proud place among them. She is, of course, the daughter of 1950s country superstar Carl Smith, and June Carter Cash, who was herself the daughter of Maybelle Carter—“Mother” Maybelle Carter of the original Carter Family trio that formed in 1927 in the tiny Southwest Virginia hamlet of Maces Springs. Along with Mother Maybelle’s brother-in-law, A. P. Carter, and his wife and her cousin Sara, the Carter Family recorded such seminal country music songs as “Can The Circle Be Unbroken (By And By),” “Wildwood Flower” and “Keep On The Sunny Side,” and forever influenced the development of bluegrass, folk, pop, gospel and rock music genres, as well as country music. Mother Maybelle Carter and her daughters June, Helen and Anita, later performed as Mother Maybelle & the Carter Sisters, and after Maybelle’s passing, as The Carter Family, of which Carlene was a part for a time in the late ‘80s. But with the 1978 release of her self-titled debut album, Carlene Carter established herself on the edgier end of the country music spectrum, having recorded it in England with Graham Parker’s band The Rumour.

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Doors: 7pm Show: 8pm SOLD OUT!

8pm- Andrew Duplantis 9pm- Jay Farrar

This fall, Jay Farrar will celebrate the 20th anniversary of Son Volt’s acclaimed debut album, Trace, with tour dates featuring original pedal steel player, Eric Heywood, along with multi-instrumentalist, Gary Hunt. The tour is billed as “Jay Farrar Performs Songs Of Trace,” and the dates will begin with a special AmericanaFest performance at 3rd & Lindsley on September 20.

Farrar will also bring the tour to Austin, Texas On Friday November 13th at the Texas Union Theater.

On October 30, Rhino will release a two-disc version of Trace that features newly remastered sound and more than two dozen unreleased bonus tracks. TRACE: 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION will be available for a suggested retail price of $24.98. The original album will also be re-issued on 180-gram vinyl for $24.98.

TRACE: 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION includes audio that has been digitally remastered from the original analog masters. Farrar was heavily involved in the remastering process and contributes highlighted track commentary to the liner notes, which also feature a contribution from No Depression magazine founder Peter Blackstock.

In addition to every song from the 1995 original album, the first disc also features previously unreleased demos for eight album tracks, including “Drown,” “Live Free,” “Windfall,” and an acoustic version of the rocker “Route.”

The second disc contains an unreleased live performance recorded at The Bottom Line in New York’s Greenwich Village on February 12, 1996. At the show, the band played nearly every song from Trace, covered Del Reeves’ “Looking At The World Through A Windshield,” and performed “Cemetery Savior,” a tune that wouldn’t surface until the following year on Son Volt’s sophomore release, Straightaways.

The show also features songs originally recorded by Uncle Tupelo, the vastly influential alt-country band that Farrar started with Jeff Tweedy in the Eighties. Among the standouts are: “Slate,” “True to Life” and the title track from the band’s final album Anodyne (1993).

 

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Doors: 7:30pm Show: 8pm General Admission: $18.00 in advance & $20.00 at the door

Liz Longley: Liz Longley confides with you as though you’re sitting on the sofa with her in a talk that’s intimate and vulnerable. And now, the Berklee College of Music graduate and award-winning songwriter is set to share her confessional songs with listeners on her self-titled album—her first after signing with Sugar Hill Records in December 2014.

While Longley’s songs and vocals invite complimentary comparisons to Shawn Colvin, Paula Cole and Nanci Griffith—all artists she’s supported live—her latest effort spotlights a style all her own. Her voice and tone, touched with the slightest of country inflections, pours out like clean, crystalline water.

Longley first felt the magic while growing up outside of Philadelphia. A song she wrote in ninth grade—her first ever—earned a standing ovation when she performed it for the student body: “I was unprepared for that sort of reaction and it was life-changing moment,” she says. “That’s when I knew it was what I wanted to do with my life.”

The track record she’s assembled since shows just how much Longley grew into her dream. She’s taken home top prizes at some of the most prestigious songwriting competitions in the country, including the BMI John Lennon Songwriting Scholarship Competition, the International Acoustic Music Awards and the Rocky Mountain Folk Fest Songwriting Competition.

Max Gomez: The most northern of the New Mexico pueblos, the hamlet of Taos, sits approximately 7,000 feet above sea level. It is an hour and half drive north of Santa Fe, or rather, just remote enough to stave off the casually curious person. Fiercely independent, the town, steeped in natural beauty, has long attracted artists and freethinkers of every stripe. It is within this bouillabaisse of nature, art and spirituality that we encounter Max Gomez. A young singer-songwriter in the seasoned vein of Jackson Browne and John Prine, Gomez grew up splitting his time between the sloping mountains of Taos and, for a period, the rolling plains of Kansas. On his family’s ranch in Kansas, Gomez still lends a hand with chores but relishes the time he can spend out on the lake practicing the art of fly-fishing. But it is in Taos, where he was ultimately inspired to explore his art and the ethos behind it.

The son of an artisanal furniture craftsman, Gomez grew up watching his father, learning the tools of the trade while simultaneously learning his way around the frets of his guitar. The workmanlike quality of his songwriting carries over from his days spent in the woodshed through an economy of words, phrase and narrative. A blues enthusiast from an early age, the young Gomez immersed himself in the primordial Delta and traditional folk blues of Lead Belly, Big Bill Broonzy and, of course, Robert Johnson. Though 1,200 miles and decades removed from his Mississippi heroes, Gomez had his imagination to fill in the gaps. Having honed his chops on the blues, Max turned his interest to traditional American folk music; “I’m influenced by the old stuff,” Max admits. “To me, that’s the best music.” As the Harry Smith anthology gave way to contemporary masters Townes Van Zandt, Kris Kristofferson, Guy Clark and John Hiatt, so did Gomez’s songwriting. “The songs I write are not real straightforward. You have to decode them. I like when the listener has to create their own story, rather than be told what’s happening.” In short, storytelling that oscillates between everyman poetics and enigma.

 

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Doors: 7:30pm Show: 8pm General Admission: $22 in advance and $24 at the door

The 5th studio album of Chilean Folk Virtuoso, Nano Stern, “Mil 500 Vueltas”, released in July 2015, entered the iTunes Chile Album Chart at #1.

On July 31, he simultaneously releases the album in the US and dives into full-fledged U.S. touring from coast to coast

With “Mil 500 Vueltas”, Nano has decided to feature Uruguayan legend Jorge Drexler and international folk music icon and social activist Joan Baez (USA). The album also features guest vocalist performances by Marta Gomez (Colombia), Susana Baca (Peru) & Pedro Aznar (Argentina).

Nano Stern’s path as an artist follows richly crafted song lines laid by his family and his Chilean musical ancestry, and unites those with a sound utterly fresh and relevant. Nano has found something within that has positioned him as the voice of a generation. Chilean Nueva Canción legends like Inti-Illimani and Victor Jara- who suffered exile and even death during troubling times in Chile continue to inspire Nano’s breadth of sound and emotion.

When only fifteen, Nano joined popular Chilean underground band, Mattoral, and thus was initiated into the fresh, new sounds and socio-political pulse of the South American rock/punk scene. The thick rock- energy of Matorral, his classical and jazz training, and the powerful influence of traditional, Chilean revolutionary music make for something purely Nano.

What has emerged is a powerhouse artist, brilliantly layering indigenous, African, and European elements into a sound all his own, and humbly bringing audiences to tears, to their feet, and to reverie with a singular kind of emotion and soulfulness unlike any other South American artist performing today. “I’m generally working to create a language of my own,” he says. The world emphatically agrees.

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

Darden Smith is an Austin-based singer-songwriter who redefines what it means to be a musician. With fourteen critically acclaimed albums in a career that spans almost three decades, Smith continues to write and tour across the US and Europe along with exploring new and innovative ways to use the craft of songwriting in education, entrepreneurship studies, and service.

Recording since 1986 from Austin, to New York and Nashville, from London to Los Angeles, his albums weave together rock, pop, country, folk and Americana influences with the musical roots of his home state of Texas. He has long transcended traditional singer-songwriter boundaries, and the evolving nature of his work since 2000 reflects his consistent creative excellence.

Smith founded The Be An Artist Program nearly a decade ago, and his seminars to encourage students to explore their own creativity and interests have reached more than 15,000 students across the United States and Western Europe. His SongwritingWith collaborations find him teaming with, among others, U.S. soldiers transitioning to civilian life after combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, homeless youth in New Jersey and HIV-affected villagers in Africa. Darden also adapts his programs for corporate retreats and conflict-resolution workshops.

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Doors: 8pm Show: 8:30pm General Admission: $15.00 in advance & $18.00 at the door

The show is a release show for a collaboration between Dana Falconberry and Some Say Leland. We will be releasing a booklet published by Punctum Records which includes two original songs, one written by Dana and one written by Dan. Both bands play as a big superband on each song.

 

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Doors 8pm, Show 8:30pm

General AdmissionL $12.00

CD RELEASE SHOW!

Danny Schmidt has put Shawnee in his “very highest category of songwriter: Those whose next song I can’t wait for them to write.” She sings to you about all the things you know—love, life, laughter and loss—but does so with such fiercely personal and poetic truth that you can’t help finding, and understanding, your own world through hers. The palette of A Long and Precious Road, her fourth studio album, officially released on August 18th, is simple but lush – percussion and bass with accents of cello, violin, accordion, vibes, electric guitars and some of Austin’s finest singing harmonies, all with Shawnee’s skillful finger picking and break-your-heart-open lyrics kept front and center.

“One of the year’s finest albums,” wrote Tom Buckley, editor of Texas Music Magazine. “With a compelling voice at once uplifting and heartbreaking, delicate and wounded, and with melodies dexterous and irresistible, Kilgore has, in one bold move, established herself as an important presence in folk music. This is a gorgeously crafted work.”

A Long and Precious Road, produced and engineered by Andre Moran at Congress House Studio, was funded by a Kickstarter campaign that caught the attention of Hollywood director Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron), who loved her music and her voice and backed the project. The two are now writing songs together for their own album to be released in early 2016. You can hear the project’s first single, Big Giant Me, on iTunes.

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