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Old 05-21-02, 05:37 PM
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Cactus Cafe - UT Austin - Info?

I'm thinking about seeing a band at the Cactus Cafe. It's located on the UT campus in Austin. Has anyone been there? I read that it is first come, first served--i.e. no advance ticket sales. Day of event only. Any input would be appreciated!
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It's a small and intimate venue. I like the place quite a bit. I haven't been there in a long time though.

Find out what time the doors open and get there then. Everytime I have been there I never had a problem getting in near show time.

Who's playing?
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They usually tour in the northeast. Last year we caught them at the House of Blues in New Orleans and got to meet them. Very casual and friendly. It was a great show considering they only played an hour and were opening. One of the few bands I recommend that my friends check out.

Thanks for you reply. I'm really curious how the club is set-up and whether or not we should get there early. I understand the sound is excellent, but is it SRO or seated or what? What was your experience like?
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I would get there early. You can sit around and have a couple of drinks. The stage is very small. There are several tables near the stage. If you don't get a table, you will have to stand towards the back.

The place is so small, you can see from anywhere.

Like I said, just get there early and get a table.
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Saw Kristin Hersh there and it is a very intimate setting. I was sitting so close to the stage that it felt like she was singing directly to me.
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The doors are supposed to open around 8:15 to 8:30. Any suggestions on how early to arrive to get the best seats?

And thanks for the info! Glad to hear you enjoyed yourselves!
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Wow, I wanted to go to that Kristin Hersh show. I saw Daniel Johnston there among many others.

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Oh yeah, get there about 8:00, have a few cool ones, you'll be fine. Now parking's a different story....leave at 5:00
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It's really small. I don't know it already happened, but get there early. It is inside the Student Union on the west mall, across the street from the Co-op.
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Going a week from today! Thanks for the "preview" of the facility. It sounds like it's very intimate. They haven't played here since SXSW in '95, so we're really excited to have them back. Since it's a new market for them ti will be interesting to see how many folks venture out. Thanks again!

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