Tom Banjo Performs Tonight at The Cactus Cafe
Ladies and gents, live and in person: A Cranky Show just for you made by a glorious “hand-cranked anti-TV machine.”
That would be the great Tom Banjo. He originally hails from Massachusetts, but is a true master of the art of Southern music, blending traditional folk with storytelling to make a “Cranky Show.” It’s a sort of parody of TV, with a lightbulb inside a box illuminating a screen made out of a wax paper roll that’s covered in images depicting the lyrics of folk songs. The crank on the side of the box is turned to rotate the roll of images, and the stories unfold before the audience as Banjo sings.
Tonight, Banjo will be joined by his son, local artist and songwriter Ethan Azarian, for what promises to be an awesome double bill at the Cactus Cafe, located at 23rd and Guadalupe, inside the UT Texas Union. The show starts around 8:30 p.m., and admission is free. Yes, free, friends. Get thee to the Cafe.