INTERVIEW: Erin McKeown

  A multi-faceted musician, guitarist, writer, and producer, Erin McKeown is known for her prolific disregard of stylistic boundaries. Her brash and clever electric guitar playing pairs with a clear, cool, and collected singing voice to create smart, distinctive pop. She’ll be at The Cedar on Saturday, September 16th supported by a full band, her first […]

Nordic September at The Cedar

  Celebrate September and the kickoff of The Cedar’s 29th Season with some incredible traditional and contemporary music from Sweden and Finland: Väsen, Apocalyptica, Kardemimmit, Jaerv, and Tuomo & Markus.     Acoustic Swedish folk quintet Jaerv takes the elements of traditional rural Scandinavian music and reflects them through a modern prism, twisting harmony and rhythm […]

VIDEO: Heartfelt Swedish Folk Quintet Jaerv

“Swedish folk group Jaerv takes the elements of traditional Scandinavian music and reflects them through a modern prism, with an all-acoustic sound [mixed with] twisting rhythm and harmony that makes the pleasant rural melodies ring with a contemporary complexity.” – Rick Massimo Check out this video of Jaerv and a massive choir with 230 high […]

2016-17 Annual Report

I am pleased to share with you The Cedar’s 2016-17 Annual Report. This year, we’ve chosen to highlight the voices of some of the artists and community members that have been involved in our past season. I hope you’ll find inspiration in their words, just as we have.

2017-18 Cedar Commissions Artists Announced

The Cedar Cultural Center is pleased to announce the seventh round of the Cedar Commissions, The Cedar’s flagship commissioning program for emerging artists made possible by a grant from the Jerome Foundation. To date, the series has supported the creation of new music by more than 36 artists across genres.   The 2017-18 round of […]

Photos: Big Thief with Twain at The Cedar 7/5

“Big Thief’s quiet power propels songs of the flesh and soul. These are timeless songs, memorable and momentous.” – Bob Boilen, NPR Music   Brooklyn-based band Big Thief crafts a complex folk-indie musical soundscape anchored by the uniquely emotive and powerful voice of lead singer Adrianne Lenker, a Minnesotan native. On July 5th, Big Thief returned […]

The Grace & Dalmar Show – Episode 9

Grace and Dalmar are grooving into a very dance-filled July at The Cedar, giving you the inside scoop on the circus spectacular of Portland’s MarchFourth (7/12); a “Basement Bhangra” dance party not to be missed featuring NYC based DJ Rekha (7/22); and the return of beloved Malian musicians Amadou & Mariam after five years (7/27). […]

2017 Global Roots Festival Lineup

Our free, all ages 2017 Global Roots Festival, taking place September 18-20 2017, will feature six artists from around the globe who are fixtures in their home countries but just starting to make waves internationally. The artists, who are all making their Minnesota debut at The Cedar, include Latin American quartet Ladama and Haitian/Canadian hip-hop artist Vox Sambou, with fresh new multi-national […]