Join The Cedar Cultural Center for a full three days of all-ages music and programming at the 8th Annual Global Roots Festival, presented with Minnesota United FC on September 19th-21st, 2016. With the completion of The Cedar’s outdoor Community Plaza, this year’s Festival has expanded outside The Cedar’s walls to incorporate new community partners and sponsors, incredible musicians from around the world, and expanded educational day programs and workshops. The Global Roots Festival remains completely free for audiences, though reservations are encouraged for the evening performances.
“As the only world music festival of its kind in the state, The Global Roots Festival is a unique opportunity for all Minnesotans to broaden their cultural and musical horizons,” says Adrienne Dorn, Executive Director of The Cedar. “The Festival is a direct example of our mission in action, to promote intercultural appreciation through live music. I’m thrilled to kick off our 28th season with such a great, free, all-ages, community-centered event.”
The Festival begins Monday, September 19th at 2:00pm with a kickoff gathering on The Cedar’s Community Plaza featuring a short, stripped-down set by Fémina (Argentina), a group known for their trio harmonies, Latin grooves, and smooth hip-hop flow. Come take a mid-day break and enjoy music, light refreshments, and drinks from the Cedar Coffeescape, served by Brian Coyle Center’s Triple C youth crew. Fémina will perform a full set on Monday night at 7:30pm alongside Maya Kamaty (Réunion Island), who plays intimate folk mixed with French, Indian and African influences.
On Tuesday, September 20th, the Festival continues with a private daytime workshop for youth by J.A.S.S. Quartet (India/LA), a group that mixes classical Indian rhythms with jazz and hip-hop. Later that night, audiences will have the chance to see the grooves of the quartet alongside Lautari (Poland), a group that creates contemporary avant-garde interpretations of Polish folk tunes, at a 7:30pm evening performance.
The last day of the Festival, Wednesday, September 21st, features the Minnesota United FC Closing Night Pre-Performance Party, taking place on The Cedar’s Community Plaza from 6-7:30pm. The event will include a meet-and-greet with players from Minnesota’s Major League soccer team, Minnesota United, a Minnesota United photobooth, appearances by the West Bank Athletic Club, free snacks and appetizers, and a 7:00pm set by Breck Academy’s marimba band, BATO BATO. The night culminates with performances beginning at 7:30pm by SK Kakraba (Ghana/LA), virtuosic xylophone master player and crafter, and Palenke Soultribe (Colombia/LA), a live trio fusing electronic sounds with Afro-Colombian rhythms.
Throughout the Festival, patrons will be able to peruse the Moon Palace mobile bookstore out on The Cedar’s Community Plaza and take photos with the Minnesota United Photobooth in The Cedar’s Lobby. Dalmar Yare, Cedar Somali Artist-in-Residence will be MC’ing the Festival, and new Cedar Program and Artistic Director Jessica Rau will be speaking at each performance.
The Cedar’s mission is to promote intercultural appreciation and understanding through the presentation of global music and dance. The Cedar is committed to artistic excellence and integrity, diversity of programming, support for emerging artists, and community outreach.