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Category: Free

Tony Kamel & Shawn Pander

Admission is free! Doors 15 mins before shows. 3:00 p.m. Tony Kamel Houston-born songwriter and front man for the Grammy-nominated string band Wood & Wire. 7:15 p.m. Shawn Pander A Folk, R&B/Soul, singer-songwriter, his songs and stories sound so immediate it seems he’s living every line for the first time as you...  Read More »

Category: Open Mic

Songwriters’ Open Mic

  Admission is free! Doors open at 7 p.m., show begins at 7:30 p.m. Join us every Tuesday to hear all original music (no covers allowed!) from talented local artists on the famed Cactus stage. We hope you’ll join us for a drink and show at the best listening room in Austin! Interested in performing? Contact Jake Farr at...  Read More »

Category: Live Music

Fall Songwriters Showcase

A free Friday night show in Austin's premiere listening room featuring 5 up-and-coming songwriters. These local artists were selected out of a list hundreds because of their raw talent, songwriting ability and overall artistry. With dedicated sound engineers, a full selection of craft beverages and a spotlit stage, there will be no better...  Read More »

Category: Free

Wednesday Kid

Admission is Free! Doors @ 7:00 p.m. Show @ 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Kid is the indie solo project of Austin-based, Houston-raised artist Will Derden. Will began making music at the dawn of the pandemic during his senior year in high school and has since matured his sound in the Austin live music scene. Combining folk rock and indie pop...  Read More »

Category: Live Music

Philip Gibbs

Admission is free! Doors open at 7 p.m., show begins at 7:30 p.m. Philip Gibbs is a singer/songwriter born and raised in Austin, but over the past 25 years has played over 3,500 shows in 35 states. Having been complimented by other artists who have recorded his songs, Philip has released three albums of his own which have charted on the...  Read More »

Category: Live Music

Patrick Sampson

Admission is free! Doors open at 7 p.m., show begins at 7:30 p.m. Singer-songwriter-guitarist Patrick Sampson is familiar with the meaning of polar opposites. That’s because Patrick is barely in his 20s, but he’s been channeling the maturity of an older, seasoned songwriter ever since he wrote his first song at the age of 15. The depth...  Read More »

Category: Free

The Latin Dukes

Admission is free! Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 7:30pm The Latin Dukes, based in Austin, TX, play an eclectic mix of Latin music, drawing influences from Madrid to Havana and...  Read More »

Category: Concert

NPR Tiny Desk Concert On The Road

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...  Read More »

Category: Concert

The Flatlanders

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...  Read More »

Category: Concert

The South Austin Moonlighters

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...  Read More »

Category: Concert

Ray Bonneville

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...  Read More »

Category: Concert

Jessica Lea Mayfield

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...  Read More »

Category: Concert

The Grahams

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...  Read More »

Category: Concert

Harvest Thieves

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...  Read More »

Category: Concert

Nathan Hamilton

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. Event dates

Category: Concert

Graham Weber and Friends (Featuring Crick Austin & The Risers)

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. Event...  Read More »

Category: Concert

Brady Beal, Scott Collins & Horti

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...  Read More »

Category: Concert

Dawn and Hawkes Valentine’s Day Show

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...  Read More »

Category: Concert

Ray Benson

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...  Read More »

Category: Concert

Ellis Paul

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...  Read More »

Category: Concert

Carrie Rodriguez

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...  Read More »

Category: Concert

An Acoustic Evening with Yo La Tengo

  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...  Read More »

Category: Concert

Stephen Kellogg

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...  Read More »

Category: Concert

John Gorka

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...  Read More »

Category: Concert

Possessed By Paul James

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...  Read More »

Category: Concert

Austin Classical Guitar Society-ACG Staff

  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! Event...  Read More »

Category: Concert

Shawn Phillips

  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...  Read More »

Category: Concert

Chuck Cannon

  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...  Read More »

Category: Concert

Austin Songwriters Group

  Doors: 7pm Show: 7:30pm General Admission: $10.00 Songwriters in the round from ASG’s finest!   Event dates

Category: Concert

South Austin Moonlighters

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...  Read More »

Category: EP Release

Casie Luong CD Release with Brian Pounds

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...  Read More »

Category: Concert

Daisy+John Craige

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...  Read More »

Category: Concert

Austin Burns

  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...  Read More »

Songwriters' Open Mic Square
Category: Concert

Songwriters’ Open Mic

Admission is free! Doors open at 7 p.m., show begins at 7:30 p.m. Join us every Tuesday to hear all original music (no covers allowed!) from talented local artists on the famed Cactus stage. We hope you’ll join us for a drink and show at the best listening room in Austin! Interested in performing? Contact Jake Farr at...  Read More »

Category: Concert

Darlingside

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....  Read More »

Category: Concert

Ramblin’ Jack Elliot

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,...  Read More »

Category: Concert

Peter Case

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! Event...  Read More »

Category: Concert

Carlene Carter

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...  Read More »

Category: Concert

Jake Farr’s Parlor Show with Rulitos

Free Admission! Doors at 7 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m. Picture yourself in Austin's best listening room with a full selection of craft drinks, incredible sound, and folk music from amazing songwriters. Jake Farr and Rulitos are taking over the Cactus Cafe  to have another legendary Parlor Show!!! See you at the...  Read More »

Category: Concert

Liz Longley & Max Gomez

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...  Read More »

Category: Concert

Nano Stern

    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....  Read More »

Category: Concert

Darden Smith

  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...  Read More »

Category: Live Music

Malone, Temple and Young

Admission is free! Doors open at 7 p.m., show begins at 7:30 p.m. Join us for an evening of jazz with world-renowned saxophonist and composer Michael Malone. Michael's résumé includes a five-year stint touring with legendary jazz organist Jimmy Smith, as well as dates with Cindy Blackmon, guitarist Mark Whitfield and steel drummer Othello...  Read More »

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