Jeff Tweedy show celebrates Cactus Cafe 35th anniversary
AUSTIN, Texas — May 19, 2014 — The Cactus Cafe, one of Austin's iconic acoustic music traditions, is proud to announce that Jeff Tweedy will perform in the Texas Union Ballroom on Saturday, June 21, as part of the Cactus' yearlong 35th anniversary celebration.
Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. CDT on Friday, May 23, at CactusCafe.org. Tickets for this fund raising event are $85 and general admission. The 700-seat Texas Union Ballroom is the smallest venue on Tweedy's summer tour.
Tweedy, a founding member of American rock band Wilco and alt-country band Uncle Tupelo, is one of contemporary American music’s most accomplished songwriters, musicians and performers. Since starting Wilco in 1994 Tweedy has written original songs for eight Wilco albums and collaborated with folk singer Billy Bragg to bring musical life to three albums-full of Woody Guthrie-penned lyrics in the Mermaid Avenue series.
"I can't think of a better artist to help celebrate 35 years of producing unique, intimate music listening experience," said Cactus Cafe Manager Matt Munoz. "The ballroom is a great match for Jeff's music, which has an especially strong fan base here in Austin."
Tweedy tours frequently as a solo artist, playing intimate unscripted acoustic sets that draw from his 400-plus song repertoire. A departure from Wilco’s carefully orchestrated, sonically complex performances, Tweedy’s solo concerts showcase his prolific output as a songwriter, his proficiency as a guitarist, his charismatic and compelling stage presence, and his wry sense of humor.
An accomplished and in-demand producer, Tweedy has collaborated with gospel and soul legend Mavis Staples, Minneapolis trio Low, folk-rock duo Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion and Austin psychedelic rockers White Denim.
Concert and ticket details
Saturday, June 21, 8 p.m. (doors 7 p.m.). The Texas Union Ballroom on The University of Texas at Austin campus (2247 Guadalupe St.). It's an all-ages, non-smoking venue. Tickets are $85, general admission, and on sale to the general public beginning at 10 a.m. CDT, Friday, May 23 at www.cactuscafe.org. Limit two tickets person. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express are accepted.
About the Cactus Cafe
Since opening on Feb. 14, 1979, the Cactus Cafe, one of Austin’s great acoustic music traditions, has earned a national reputation by showcasing top local, regional, national and international acoustic music acts, while identifying and nurturing new talent. Legendary artists Ani Difranco, Dixie Chicks, Patty Griffin, Butch Hancock, Sarah Jarosz, Robert Earl Keen, Lyle Lovett, Old Crow Medicine Show and Lucinda Williams performed at the Cactus early in their careers. Operated at a non-profit organization, the Cactus Cafe is programmed by KUT 90.5 and KUTX 98.9, and has been recognized as "Best Acoustic Venue” in the Austin Chronicle's annual "Best of" music awards.