Classical Cactus

Classical Cactus is our series at The University of Texas’s historic Cactus Cafe. Featuring a full bar with artists announcing their programs from the stage, this is our most relaxed series! Each evening features two artists, ticket giveaways, and fantastic music. Sip, relax, enjoy!

Our 2016-17 Classical Cactus series is generously sponsored by

Global Cactus:
Ibison & Grohovac, Oliver Rajamani

Thursday, February 23rd at 8pm (Doors 7:30)
Cactus Cafe, UT Campus
Tickets $10

The superb and sublime duo of Chad Ibison & Janet Grohovac return to the Cactus stage with a brand new program before Oliver Rajamani expands our minds with his unique blend of Indian, Romani, flamenco, and Texas music. Don’t miss Oliver’s Classical Cactus debut!

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Music, Recording, Dream:
Eric Slavin, Mark Cruz

Wednesday, March 22nd at 8pm (Doors 7:30)
Cactus Cafe, UT Campus
Tickets $10

San Marcos-based composer and guitarist Mark Cruz is one of our favorite local artists. Among his many distinctions, Mark is a multi-year winner of ACG’s annual Composition Competition, including the most recent contest! The show opens with the Classical Cactus debut of Eric Slavin, who will share selections from his new CD Dreamscapes.

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Classical Guitar Alive – and Well:
Tony Morris, Celil Refik Kaya

Thursday, April 20th at 8pm (Doors 7:30)
Cactus Cafe, UT Campus
Tickets $10

Tony Morris, an accomplished guitarist and host of the internationally syndicated radio show Classical Guitar Alive! starts things off with a performance that will include – are you ready? – readings from his new screenplay about Agustin Barrios (!). Afterwards, rising superstar Celil Refik Kaya will take the stage and blow everyone’s mind.

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CD Release x 2:
Texas Guitar Quartet and Gabriel Santiago

Thursday, May 11th at 8pm (Doors 7:30)
Cactus Cafe, UT Campus
Tickets $10

Hang on to your hats. Some of the shiniest stars in our musical universe – Gabriel Santiago and the Texas Guitar Quartet – have released stunning new CDs, so we’re throwing an Austin CD release party and concert double header! Come out and celebrate these amazing artists with us – and bring some cash, because after this show you’ll want to take their music home with you.

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