A small, dark cavern with great acoustics and a fully stocked bar, UT’s Cactus Cafe is home-away-from-home for a lot of singer-songwriters. Robert Earl Keen, Lucinda Williams, and Lyle Lovett were frequent performers early on in their careers; countless others, including Alison Krauss, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and Suzanne Vega, have taken the stage here too. The associated Shirley Bird Perry Ballroom and Texas Union Theater are used when already famous acts like the Dixie Chicks draw overflow crowds.