Saturday, April 24, 2010

Monday's local music pick: David Garza at Cactus Cafe

Look, I'm not going to tell you where to stand on the issue of UT's Cactus Cafe being shut down by the university after 30-plus years in existence. University officials say the Cactus is a money-loser. Fine. But what microscopic percentage of the mammoth UT budget actually goes to Cactus operations? Hint: It's almost negligible.

But, to play devil's advocate, UT officials are right when they say students don't use the Cactus anymore. In my four years as an undergrad, I never once felt compelled to pay $40 to see performances by singer-songwriters who hit their prime in the '80s. And I'm a local music fanatic. I've been to as many shows in the last few years as anyone. Down the street is one of my favorite venues in town: Hole in the Wall. You can catch some of the best young artists at the Hole on any given night, and the shows are often free of charge.

But that's all beside the point. The point is, there might not be a Cactus Cafe this time next year. So enjoy it while you can. Respected Austin music veteran David Garza is playing free shows for the next three Mondays at the Cactus. He goes on at 8:30. Take advantage, since "free" is not a word you often associate with Cactus shows.

Here's a video of Garza performing on ACL Stage Left....