"Bringing world class Jazz performance to our classrooms
and the historic Cactus Hotel for over two decades"
Sponsorship Opportunities Available
(reserved seating ONLY available to sponsors or SACAC Members)
(individuals and businesses)
Call 325-653-6793 for details or CLICK HERE for form
CLICK HERE to purchase season or individual show tickets
Click Here to view all of our 2014 Sponsors
With the Cactus Music Series, San Angeloans and local students can enjoy the sophisticated sounds of the big city without ever leaving the heart of West Texas. Surrounded by the historic grandeur of the Cactus Hotel, music lovers will savor a concert experience unlike any other. The setting is intimate and the energy is palpable (concerts are usually produced on 2nd Fridays of the autumn months). CLICK HERE to see a list of the twenty years of performances!
A local, school-based Jazz band opens each show (if available) and our Elementary Guest Artist Program brings musicians directly to our elementary schools each spring semester!
September 11, 2015 - Bria Skonberg click to listen
Hailing from Chilliwack, BC, and now living in New York City, award winning trumpeter/vocalist/composer Bria Skonberg is “poised to be one of the most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation,” according to the Wall Street Journal. Best known for her knowledge of classical jazz and instigative nature, she is now creating an adventurous style rooted in New Orleans Jazz and blues, world percussion, soul, and cabaret. She was nominated for the 2013 “Up and Coming Jazz Artist of the Year” and has been named the New York Bistro “Outstanding Jazz Artist” and swept the 2014 Hot House Jazz Magazine Awards. BRIASKONBERG.COM
She “looks like a Scandinavian angel, plays trumpet like a red hot devil, and sings like a dream” –Wall Street Journal
October 23, 2015 - Diego Figueiredo click here to listen
Diego Figueiredo (pronounced fig-a-reed-o) is considered one of the most talented guitar players in the world today. He is the winner of several important competitions including the Montreux Jazz Competition and the VISA Prize. Diego has released over nineteen albums to date, three DVD’s, and several instructional books. His music is a fusion between Jazz, Bossa Nova and Classical. Diego’s unique interpretations, along with his phenomenal technique and emotion, has created an explosion of adoring fans and concert goers. Diego has performed in over forty countries around the world. DIEGOFIGUEIREDO.NET
“One of the greatest guitarists I’ve seen in my whole life” - George Benson
THURSDAY-November 12, 2015 -Ted Rosenthal Trio with Ann Hampton Callaway click here to listen
Pianist, Ted Rosenthal, first achieved heightened recognition by winning first prize in the 2nd annual Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition. Since that time he has performed with many jazz greats, including Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Phil Woods, Bob Brookmeyer and James Moody. He has released thirteen albums as a band leader, featuring new treatments and "derangements" of jazz standards as well as his original compositions. On the faculty of Manhattan School of Music and the Juilliard School, Mr. Rosenthal is active in jazz education and preservation.
“Rosenthal is a pianist of rarest skill” –The Los Angeles Times
“A new jazz leader” -The New York Times
ANN HAMPTON CALLAWAY is one of the finest singer/songwriters of our generation. The statuesque performer dazzles music lovers as a singer, pianist, composer, lyricist, arranger, actress, and educator. Her talents have made her equally at home in jazz and pop as well as on stage, in the recording studio, on TV and in film. Ann is a devoted keeper-of-the-flame of the great American songbook. She brings fresh and original interpretations to these timeless classics and works to uphold the canon by writing songs with Cole Porter, Carole King, Barbara Carroll and others.
"Ann Hampton Callaway makes the Ellington tune-'In A Mellow Tone'- a showcase for her own sultry, witty alto " - USA TODAY
OTHER THINGS TO KNOW about Fall Concerts:
Venue: Cactus Hotel (36 East Twohig)
Seating: General Admission
Time: Doors/Bar/Opening Act (local school-based jazz bands) at 7:00 PM
Ticket Prices: $20/person general admission ($10/person military and student. Please provide i.d.)
Season Tickets: $50/person general admission ($25/person military and students with valid i.d.) Season tickets include one non-reserved seat to each of the concerts at the Cactus Hotel.
Ticket Outlets: Blair's Western Wear (4230 Sherwood Way), Pinkie's on Bryant, and In Vino Veritas (2007 Knickerbocker)
Tickets by Phone: (325) 653-6793
Tickets at Will Call: Unpaid Will Call tickets will be released to the public if not picked up by 8:30pm the night of the concert.
Tickets at the Door: If available
Payment Options: cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express
Refreshments: Beer, wine and cocktails are available. Food is not available.
Smoking: The Cactus Hotel is a non-smoking facility.
CD Sales: The artists are allowed to sell their CDs.
The Cactus Music Series is funded in part by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts.