Check out our playlist featuring all of our June 2017 artists on Spotify, and read about our top picks below.
Northern Spark Iftar on The Cedar’s Community Plaza – June 10th
The Twin Cities’ only free, all-night arts festival is coming right to the doorstep of The Cedar Cultural Center this year. As a part of their climate-focused festival, Northern Spark will span the length of the Green Line, starting outside the East Bank stadium and ending at Union Depot. The Cedar Riverside neighborhood will be home to a portion of the festival, transforming into an artistic playground where guests are invited to think, wander, and explore their relationship with the environment. Because the festival falls during the holy month of Ramadan, The Cedar will be hosting an Iftar meal on The Cedar Community Plaza to kick off both the breaking of the daily fast and the beginning of Northern Spark. If you are interesting in volunteering for Northern Spark, or if you are looking for brief information about the festival, take a look at the video below.
Aavartan – Sunday, June 11th
The idea of the ever-recurring cycle of life comes alive through the work of Minnesota’s first tabla ensemble, Aavartan. Led by Dr. A Pavan, a staple figure in the local classical Indian music scene, Aavartan is the culmination of years of experience and collaboration among multiple Twin Cities Indian music artists. Aavartan’s first ever performance, called The Cycle of Rhythm, takes place Sunday, June 11th. Check out a clip from Dr. A Pavan’s 50-part video series on playing the tabla below, and get ready for entire ensemble of drummers merging these unique and poetic sounds together. You can pick up tickets to this unique performance here ($15 Advance/$18 Day of Show)
Seu Jorge – Saturday, June 17th (At Pantages Theatre)
The late legend David Bowie once said, “Had Seu Jorge not recorded my songs in Portuguese, I would never have heard this new level of beauty which he has imbued them with.” Seu Jorge garnered international fame after playing Pelé dos Santos, a singing sailor in Wes Anderson’s film The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. In this special tribute show at Pantages Theatre on June 17th, Seu Jorge will cover many of Bowie’s greatest hits against a backdrop emulating the set of The Life Aquatic. Purchase tickets here ($42, $52, $62) and listen to Seu Jorge singing a Bowie classic, “Changes,” from The Life Aquatic below.
Land Of Talk – Monday, June 19th
After a series of demoralizing losses both personally and professionally, Elizabeth Powell of the buzzy indie band Land Of Talk wondered whether 2010 album Cloak and Cipher would be her last. After her father fell victim to a stroke and she lost two years of musical output in a hard drive failure, Powell turned to the guitar as a coping mechanism, and in the process, rediscovered her musical muse. Touring behind their latest album Life After Youth, Land Of Talk has returned to the stage with more sincerity and urgency than ever. Purchase tickets ($15 Advance/$18 Day of show) to Land Of Talk’s performance with Strange Relations at The Cedar on Monday, June 19th here, and check out their new single “Inner Lover” below.
The Wailing Souls – Wednesday, June 28th
Originally hailing from Jamaica, The Wailing Souls are a part of a small group of reggae and roots originators that are still active to this day. The Wailing Souls have enjoyed a fruitful career since their formation in the late 1960s, with their unique blend of traditional reggae around a backbone of Motown and dancehall music earning them three Grammy nominations and the honor of collaborating with reggae giants like Ernest Ranglin and Bob Marley. The group saw massive success in the 1990s after several of their songs were featured on the Disney film Cool Runnings. As true pioneers of the reggae genre, their show featuring Dred I Dread at The Cedar will be one you certainly do not want to miss. Purchase your tickets ($18 Advance/$20 Day of show) here, and check out a video from their 1992 classic “Shark Attack”.
Alma Afrobeat Ensemble – Friday, June 30th
In their latest studio album It’s Time, Barcelona based Alma Afrobeat Ensemble presents listeners with a one-of-a-kind sound, mixing together politically charged lyrics with transient beats and elegant modern arrangements that are sure to get anyone dancing. Employing acoustic guitar, trombone, and the powerful vocals of singer Joe Psalmist, It’s Time reconfirms Alma Afrobeat Ensemble as an international catalyst for afrobeat music. Check out Alma Afrobeat Ensemble co-presented by The Cedar, KFAI, and Mshale on Friday, June 30th. Purchase tickets here ($15 Advance / $20 Day of show) and take a look at the video below of an animation of Alma Afrobeat Ensemble’s song “Majority Whip”.
– Michael Karadsheh
Summer 2017 Marketing Intern