Hello Wheels headlines September artist-in-residence at the Cactus Cafe
AUSTIN, Texas—Sept. 1, 2011— Austin folk band Hello Wheels will be the featured artist-in-residence at Austin’s legendary listening room the Cactus Cafe Wednesdays in September.
The quartet will perform Sept. 7, 14, 21 and 28. All shows are free and begin at 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.). Musical acts Wild Child (9/7), Chase Weinacht (9/14), Beck & Cauthen (9/21) and Shaeky Graves (9/28) will open for the band.
Self-described as a “stomp-folk band,” Hello Wheels’ harmony-rich and driving songs boast dynamic arrangements, thoughtfully woven into the stories they tell. The result has been called “a new sound with an old soul.” In their second year together, the group’s debut EP, “Baby John the Fox,” was released to a sold-out crowd at the Cactus Cafe in June.
Hello Wheels is the second artist-in-residence at the Cactus Cafe in 2011. Singer-songwriter David Ramirez performed Wednesdays in April to a nearly full house every week. His subsequent paid performance in August sold out.
The Cactus Cafe residency program provides a platform for promising local talent, offering a variety of opportunities for their music to reach new audiences. In addition to a weekly spotlight at the Cactus Cafe, artists-in-residence receive on-air exposure on KUT 90.5, KUT.org, in the form of the KUT Song of the Day and the Austin Music Minute, and through KUT’s social media channels.
The Cactus Cafe is an intimate live music performance venue with a national reputation for showcasing top local, regional, national and international acoustic music acts. Billboard magazine listed the Cactus as one of 15 “solidly respected, savvy clubs” nationwide “from which careers can be cut, that work with proven names and new faces.” Lyle Lovett, Robert Earl Keen, Lucinda Williams, Shawn Colvin, Nanci Griffith and Ani DiFranco are among the singer-songwriters who frequently played the Cactus Cafe early in their careers. In May 2010, the Cactus Cafe and KUT 90.5 formed a partnership to continue and enhance the operation of the iconic venue.