INTERVIEW: Making Movies

  Combining Latin roots with contemporary psychedelia and pop, Making Movies channels a unique sound into intense, high-energy performances. The Kansas-City-based group is known for its onstage theatrics, playing contemporary and traditional instruments from electric guitars to the folkloric Panamanian mejorana. The group’s activist work is inseparable from their music, with lyrics that speak to […]

Visa delays force The Cedar to cancel Fall Midnimo residency with Aar Maanta

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 MINNEAPOLIS, MN:  A consortium of Minnesota-based performing arts presenters and universities led by The Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis announced today the cancellation of a month-long residency featuring a Somali musician and his band due to visa delays. London-based Somali artist Aar Maanta and his band The Urban Nomads were to be […]

INTERVIEW: Ten Strings and a Goat Skin

“A seamless, polished, barrel-drum-tight, rhythmically innovative and wildly entertaining traditional music powerhouse” (The Guardian)   Called ”infectious” and “the best of contemporary Celtic music,” Ten Strings And A Goat Skin are a bilingual fusion trio playing traditional Irish, Acadian, and French tunes mixed with modern, world rhythms. Their fiery, contagious and unique sound both respects and […]

INTERVIEW: Annie Humphrey

  Singer-songwriter and Native American Music Award winner Annie Humphrey celebrated the release of her first record (The Heron Smiled, Makoche’ Recording Company) at the Cedar Cultural Center in 2001. She is closing a circle by returning to The Cedar to release her newest album “The Beast in the Garden” this Sunday. In advance of […]

INTERVIEW: Väsen

The music of longtime Cedar favorites Väsen unites a sophisticated symphonic five-string viola, an adventurous 12-string guitar, and a nyckelharpa (a “keyed fiddle”) to create a sound that is both deeply rooted in the traditions of Swedish folk music and yet joyfully delights in the inspiration and improvisation of the moment.   We spoke with […]

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 […]

Interview: Anders Osborne

Get ready for an evocative, heart-wrenching performance from Anders Osborne. Osborne weaves his storied past into his songwriting, accenting descriptive geographic lyricism with tender vocals that run like a river. With the release of his newest studio album, Spacedust & Ocean Views, Osborne digs deep into the profound meaning of life with a signature blues-bathed […]