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). […]

Interview: The Tillers

  The Tillers first came into being in 2007 while busking for free food and spare change around Cincinnati’s gaslight district. Since these humble beginnings, the band has gone on to record three full length albums and tour extensively with some of the biggest names in Americana and folk music. They were awarded CityBeat Magazine’s […]

Interview: The High 48s

  Since forming in 2006, The High 48s have been making waves in the Minnesota bluegrass scene with their unique riffs and modern spin on the timeless bluegrass genre. Their music is a combination of a lively, contemporary attitude with a soulful, classical twang that pays homage to the original roots of bluegrass. Their distinctive sound […]

Interview: Aavartan

  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. While Northern Indian […]

2017 Global Roots Festival Lineup

  The 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 Spanish/Galician folk musician Xabier Diaz and Haitian/Canadian hip-hop artist Vox […]

June Highlights at The Cedar

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 […]

Interview: Matra

  Matra is a percussion-based ensemble from the Twin Cities inspired by a a wide variety of global genres and classical influences, consisting of Andres Crovetti on Vibraphone, Jenny Klukken on Marimba, Ryan Hays on bass, Mathew Solace on drum set, and Krissy Bergmark on tabla. On its first full-length, self-titled album, Matra has created an […]

Students Speak about Midnimo in Mankato

What does it mean to bring a legend of Somali music to your college campus? Hear what three members of the Minnesota State University Somali Student Association have to say about Somali singer Nimco Yasin’s​ recent Mankato Midnimo residency and its impact on them and their campus. Midnimo, the Somali word for “unity,” is a […]

Interview: Moonrise Nation

Chicago-based trio Moonrise Nation, made up of sisters Eva and Arden Bee and long-time friend Emma McCall, have their roots firmly dug into Americana and indie-driven pop. Their music is both heartfelt and honest, full of orchestral elements and vocal hooks. In 2014, they released their first EP, recorded under The Revolution’s Bobby Z. Their forthcoming […]