The Cedar Presents


Sat, January 14, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Cedar Cultural Center

Minneapolis, MN

$18 Advance / $20 Day of Show

This event is all ages

This is a seated show.

Tickets are available online, by phone, ​and at Depth of Field, Electric Fetus, and The Cedar during shows.

Dan Newton's Cafe Accordion Orchestra
Dan Newton's Cafe Accordion Orchestra
Dan Newton's Cafe Accordion Orchestra (CAO) has been delighting concert audiences and dancers alike since 1995. They have appeared in New York at the Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing series, the International Akkordeon Festival in Vienna, Austria, the Minnesota State Fair, as well as festivals, theaters and dance halls across the United States. CAO has just released their tenth full-length album, CAO 10, a display of the diverse musical influences that have shaped the band’s repertoire over the past 22 years.

CAO 10 is a heady mix of waltzes, swing and Latin selections from France, Brazil, Colombia and the United States. It also features five original compositions by band leader and accordionist Dan (Daddy Squeeze) Newton: three evocative waltzes – the musette-influenced November Moon, Manouche Café, and Nostalgique, plus the gypsy-jazz styled Mancouche Swing and a perky little shot of tequila called Game Show. Violinist and Mandolinist Eric Mohring offers outstanding vocal performances in French on Je cherche apres Titine and Spanish La Zenaida. He also leads the band through a punchy rendition of the Jacob do Bandolim classic Benzinho. Guitarist Robert Bell shines throughout, whether playing it bluesy Low Blues, Gypsy-style Titine, or folky Nostalgique. Bassist Erik Lillestol lays down a metronome-like low end and creative voicing on both electric and upright basses. Percussionist Joe Steinger is sometimes subtle, sometimes brash but always deft on drums, bongos and pandera. Together, Erik and Joe form a strong rhythm section that can adapt to any dance style. Their tightness and drive are especially evident on the album’s three Cumbia selections: the Vallenato classic La Gota Fria and the Colombian hits La Zenaida and La Cumbia Cienaguera which also feature Elizabeth Rowan on the guiro. CAO 10 was recorded, engineered, mixed, mastered and produced by Scott Malchow at Creation Audio in Minneapolis.

CAO performs an eclectic mix full of French flare, Latin heat and Bohemian attitude. The heart of the CAO repertoire is the romantic, gypsy-influenced valse-musette. The group complements the musettes with swing, ballads, tangos, cha chas, rumbas, and cumbias to create a wonderfully varied show. They inject their music with good humor and expressive abandon. Their high level of musicianship and passion for performance makes them an entertaining concert act as well as a great dance band.
Venue Information:
Cedar Cultural Center
416 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, MN, 55454


Ticket options and info

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets are not always available at Depth of Field, Electric Fetus & The Cedar.

Check the top of this page under the “Buy Tickets” button for up-to-date ticket information.

  • Phone: 612-338-2674 ext 0 between 12 noon and 4pm M-F ($2 fee per ticket)
  • In person: Tickets can be purchased at The Cedar when we are open for shows. Check our calendar for show dates and door times  (no fee; cash, check, credit card). Our other ticket outlets are Depth of Field (no fee; cash or check only), and Electric Fetus (approximately $2 fee).
  • Online: (On Ticketfly, typically $2–$3 fee/ticket + $1 restoration fee) until 2 hours before door time on day of show
  • The Cedar is an all ages venue
  • Discounts: Students with ID, seniors over 65, and children under 12 may purchase tickets at a discount at the door (subject to ticket availability).
  • Access: The Cedar strives to make our facilities and programming available to as many community members as possible and will accommodate special requests to the best of our ability. To request special accommodations or seating at an upcoming Cedar show, please contact our box office at 612-338-2674 or info@thecedar.org.