MU­SIC: KUT start­ing in­ter­views for Cac­tus Cafe man­ager po­si­tion

Austin American-Statesman - - LIFE & ARTS - — P.C. — P.C. — Michael Cor­co­ran

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.

Griff Luneb­urg

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