Feature: Carrie Rodriguez

  Up near the panhandle of Texas on a lonesome, deserted plain sits a stretch of land and ghost towns called The Llano Estacado. The dry, cracked terrain, the sweltering heat, and the occasional dance of a tumbleweed across the lonely prairie make The Llano Estacado, or “The Stacked Plains,” the kind of frontier scene […]

Interview: The Barefoot Movement

  You’ll to want to strap on your dancing shoes for The Barefoot Movement’s upcoming energetic performance at The Cedar. Whether you are seeking an emotional ballad, some bangin’ acoustic barn-burners, or maybe even a nostalgic tune, this acoustic-pop quartet delivers a little bit of something for everyone. So come on down, lace up your […]

Photos: Amadou and Mariam at The Cedar 7/27

“It was a simple guitar and vocal affair, but from those humble beginnings, Amadou and Mariam now have one of the biggest-selling African pop records ever.”

– Melissa Block, NPR Music, All Songs Considered

 

Amadou and Mariam enchant audiences with not only their one-of-a-kind Afropop style, but also the undeniable gravitational pull of their love. On July 27th, with the release of their new single, Bofou Safou, these lovebirds returned to The Cedar after 5 years. Amadou and Mariam shook the house down with their charismatic instrumentation and warm, intoxicating vocals. Check of photos of the night, taken by Pat O’Loughlin, below.

 

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.

August Highlights Post

Check out a playlist of all our August 2017 artists on Spotify, and read up on our top picks below.   Songs of Kabir – Sunday, August 6th “Music doesn’t have any religion. Music itself is a religion.” These are the words of singer, songwriter and classical Indian composer Dr. Pooja Goswami Pavan. With her almost hypnotizing vocals underscored […]

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 […]

Interview: The California Honeydrops

  A California Honeydrops concert is a fully immersive, dance-crazy musical experience. “We want to play with you, not at you”, explains California Honeydrops drummer Ben Malament. Combining the contagious rhythms of Bay Area R&B in communion with the vibrant energy of Southern soul and Delta blues, The California Honeydrops have captivated audiences across the […]

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 […]

Interview: Sidewalk Chalk

An Orchid is Born is the album that Chicago-based sextet Sidewalk Chalk has been waiting to produce since their inception– a musical episode that not only symbolizes a new chapter in the band’s development, but also effectively embodies the emotional turbulence of this moment in American history. Their music is described as “the evolution of […]