Interview: Malamanya

Minneapolis-based group Malamanya draws on Cuban, Latin and Central American influences as well as their own original compositions to craft their vintage, Afro-Cuban sound.  The eight-piece band performs at The Cedar Friday, August 26th in celebration of their first full-length album, with TUFAWON and DJ Espada opening for the group; tickets are still available online. I had the opportunity to […]

Photo Essay: The Cedar’s West Bank Partners

The Cedar Cultural Center exists within a diverse ecosystem of arts organizations, performance spaces, restaurants, and cultural landmarks on the West Bank.  Home to the largest Somali community in the United States as well as a substantial student population due to the University of Minnesota and the nearby Augsburg College, the Cedar Riverside neighborhood is fertile ground for creativity and […]

Double Interview: The Brass Messengers & Tree Party

Co-headliners The Brass Messengers and Tree Party celebrate not one, not two, but THREE new album releases at The Cedar this Thursday, August 25th. Tree Party will be releasing their new album Shelterbelt along with a 7″ titled Weight Off//Drones, while The Brass Messengers will release their newest record, Thigmonasty. These two Minnesotan groups pull inspiration […]

Photos: The Local Show’s Artists to Watch at The Cedar August 20th

August 20th The Local Show’s Artists to Watch filled The Cedar with Minnesota’s best, hand-selected by The Local Show’s host Andrea Swensson.  The showcase featured Ana Tuiran, Good Night Gold Dust, Tony Peachka, TABAH, Lexii Alijai, Lady Midnight, Holidae, Nazeem & Spencer Joles, Porno Wolves, and FRAEA. The night also included a visit by The Wurst’s food truck, a $5 special on all Indeed brews, […]

Photos: Lee Scratch Perry at The Cedar August 10th

Eighty-year-old Lee Scratch Perry is a pioneer of dub music, with an impressive history of using innovative techniques in his music. In fact, his first well-known song included the creative use of a sample of a baby crying paired with a reggae track. Widely known for his production history, Perry has produced both his own music and that […]

Photos: The Kominas at The Cedar August 8th

To kick off what they plan to be a year filled with shows, Pakistani-American band The Kominas stopped at The Cedar August 8th as part of their Rock Therapy Tour.  Performing following Syrian Electro-Tarab musician Hello Psychaleppo, the band made sure to pull the crowd closer to the stage before their performance in an act of community. […]

Photos: Hackensaw Boys at The Cedar August 6th

August 6th, the Hackensaw Boys brought their rowdy sound to The Cedar, performing after the similarly folksy Tin Can Gin.  Despite this being a seated show, there were plenty of folks up on their feet, stomping along to the group’s energetic performance. The band played a good number of songs from their new album, Charismo, […]

Interview: The Hackensaw Boys

With their feet firmly planted in old-time song traditions, rock and roll, and country, the Hackensaw Boys deliver bluegrass with an abundance of upbeat energy. The group has gone through an immense number of lineup changes since their conception in 1999. Their only remaining original member, guitarist David Sickmen, is joined by percussionist Brian Gorby, banjo […]

Interview: The Kominas

Describing themselves as “four weird brown dudes in a band,” Desi-punk band The Kominas is made up of bassist/vocalist Basim Usmani, guitarist/vocalist Sunny Ali Malik, guitarist Shahjehan Khan, and drummer Karna Ray. The group is about to embark on a their month-long “Rock Therapy” tour, aiming to not only make room for themselves outside of the white-washed world of […]

Photos: Krar Collective at The Cedar July 22nd

The 3-member Krar Collective has a sound that is anything but small, which quickly became evident when they filled The Cedar’s dance floor Friday, July 22. There was not a dull moment during this show, and vocalist Genet Assefa’s impressive runs left the crowd screaming their praise.  It’s easy to see the truth in the band’s comparison to […]