EMEL with Bae Tigre

The Cedar Presents

EMEL with Bae Tigre

Wed, May 10, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

Cedar Cultural Center

Minneapolis, MN

$15 Advance / $18 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.


Emel Mathlouthi, who played The Cedar’s 2014 Global Roots Festival, returns to Minneapolis with her new album Ensen on May 10th.

Emel fled her home of Tunisia, where her music was banned from radio and TV, in 2008. During the height of the political unrest in 2011, her song “Kelmti Horra” reached millions of views on Youtube and became an anthem for the Arab Spring.

Emel’s first album, Kelmti Horra (My Word is Free), introduced the world to her groundbreaking marriage of sounds steeped in Tunisian rhythms and electronic beats. Now based in New York, she’s developed a style that’s even more uniquely her own, combining organic and electronic sounds to produce a record that will appeal to any lover of innovative and heartfelt music.

On Ensen, North African percussion and instruments like the guimbri lute, zukra flute and kick drum run through homemade electronic effects and setups, “frame(ing) the undeniable sweetness and pure potency of Mathlouthi's voice, which she wields with the precision of a knife” (NPR).
Bae Tigre
Bae Tigre is the newest musical project of Minneapolis-based musician, Ranelle Johnson (previously Tiger VS). Her 10-track debut album Memoir of a Happy Drifting Chemical was released online in mid-November 2014. The album written, recorded, and produced by Johnson; reflects the artist's inner-dialogue and conflict within a dynamic soundscape that combines electronic and classical influences.

In June 2015, Bae Tigre released her second EP. This time around, the album showcases layers of live strings by Alex Galle-From (viola) and Addison Wasson (cello), along with Johnson's playful vocals and symphonic production. Bae Tigre is currently writing and recording a new full-length album which will be released in Summer/Fall 2016. This album will feature a combination of live and electronic drums, guitar, and lush 3- part harmonies... keeping some mellow vibes... but shit's about to get a bit heavier.

Bae Tigre's Memoir of a Happy Drifting Chemical and Perennial Bygones are available for sale on Bandcamp. Bae Tigre performs with a full live band, showcasing a unique set-up that includes live drums, electric cello, and viola
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) 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.