Cactus Cafe


A legendary Austin music venue, the Cactus Café, celebrated its 35th anniversary this year. For the past few years, the Cactus has been operated by KUT. But the famous listening room at the University of Texas at Austin got its start in February 1979.

In the beginning, the venue mostly hosted student bands playing a lot of cover songs. But over the years, the Cactus Café became known as a place where you could hear some of the biggest names in Texas music such as Townes van Zandt, Guy Clark and Jimmie Dale Gilmore.

"It became sort of the premier place for the singer-songwriter," Gilmore says. 

But everyone I spoke to for this story says the Cactus was only able to gain its status because of the die-hard Texas music fan who started booking bands there in the 1980s: Griff Luneburg.

Listen to the full story here:

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 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.