MUSIC: KUT starting interviews for Cactus Cafe manager position
tion on Thursday, during the second of five meetings with students, musicians and other members of the community intended to gather input on the legendary listening room. But those expecting much indication as to whether the Cactus Café will change direction will have to wait — KUT spokeswoman Erin Geisler confirmed that the initial round o f shows were booked by longtime manager Griff Luneburg.
Jimmy LaFave will return to the venue from its traditional end-of-summer hiatus on Aug. 27, followed by Vanessa Lively on Sept. 8, Chris Knight on Sept. 17, the Czech Republic bluegrass band Druhá Tráva on Sept. 22, an accordion festival on Sept. 23, the Austin Lounge Lizards on Oct. 9, the Asylum Street Spankers on Oct. 16 and Zoe Lewis on Nov. 3.
KUT will take over man- Cactus Cafe veteran still booking acts. agement of the Cactus Café in August, following several months of debate and controversy after the University of Texas originally announced plans to close the venue in January. Applications for the position of Cactus Cafe manager remained open as of press time. Geisler said that KUT has received more than 100 applications so far, with interviews planned to begin this week.
Austin’s masters of toe-tapping country rock the Band of Heathens are on the road all summer, still touring behind last year’s “One Foot in the Ether.” They took off a two-day session to record three new songs — and released one, “Free Again” online last week.
The relaxed, rambling charmer takes aim at the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, lead-laced Chinese toys and general American apathy, and contains the immortal line “How can you drill to the bottom of the ocean and still call the fishies your friend?” How indeed?
You can download the song at the embedded link @austin360.com/musicsource.
The backyard stage of Kelli Archer’s Roadhouse Rags will transform into a North Mississippi juke joint July 30, when Junior’s oldest son, David Kimbrough Jr., heads a triple bill that includes front porch instrumental duo Old Gray Mule and the C.W. Ayon one-man boogie blues band from New Mexico.
David’s pop David “Junior” Kimbrough, who was key in the Fat Possum blues revival of years ago, would’ve turned 80 years old on July 28, so this is a tribute show as well. Hypnotic bluesman Junior Kimbrough died in 1998.
The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Cover is $10. It’s BYOB.