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 […]

July Highlights Post

      Check out our playlist featuring all of our June 2017 artists on Spotify, and read about our top picks below.       Big Thief – Wednesday, July 5th The true power of Big Thief lies in the uniquely emotive and powerful voice of lead singer Adrianne Lenker– in their latest album, Capacity, devastatingly heartfelt […]

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 […]