The Handsome Family with AZITA

Friday, July 19, 2013 - 8:00pm

Seated show

The Handsome Family against a fence, with deer antlers

Words that in their everyday surrealism have no parallel in contemporary writing… Music that mines the deep veins of fatalism in the Appalachian voice. (Greil Marcus)

As songwriters it’s the eerie, ancestral voice of ‘Anonymous’ they ultimately resemble the most. (The Chicago Reader).

This is music that moves forward by turning the clock back—haunting, primal and strangely heroic. (The Times (UK))

Alt country duo The Handsome Family (Brett and Rennie Sparks) return to The Cedar with brand new album Wilderness, featuring a menagerie of animals (frogs, flies, wildebeest, octopuses, lizards) that in lyricist Rennie Sparks’ hands become intertwined with true stories of Stephen Foster’s death in a Bowery flophouse, General Custer’s shiny boots as he lay dead on a Montana prairie and the capture of Mary Sweeney, the Wisconsin Window Smasher of 1896. Darkly beautiful, and a unique vision from modern-day American Gothics.

Avant songstress AZITA opens.

Ticket options and info

  • On sale date: now
  • Phone: 612-338-2674 ext 0 between 12 noon and 4pm ($2 fee per ticket)
  • In person: From a Cedar volunteer in the front lobby during events (no fee; cash, check, credit card), Depth of Field (no fee; cash or check only), or Electric Fetus (approximately $2 fee)
  • Online: Ticketweb (typically $2--$3 fee/ticket) (click on red Buy Tickets button at top of this page)
  • The Cedar is an all ages venue
  • Students with ID, seniors over 65, and children under 12 may purchase tickets at a discount at the door.
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Major Funders

The McKnight FoundationTarget

Minnesota State Arts BoardThis activity is funded, in part, by the Minnesota State Arts Board through the arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund, and a grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation Minnesota