Cedar Ave Fire Benefit

presented by The Cedar, Augsburg College, and KFAI
Friday, January 24, 2014 - 7:00pm

Limited seating

Otanga Grocery Store and apartments before the fire

TONIGHT, Fri Jan 24. Doors open 6pm, show starts 7pm.

The Cedar Cultural Center, Augsburg College and KFAI radio are hosting a benefit concert on Friday, January 24th to raise funds for the victims and their families of the New Year’s Day fire on Cedar Avenue in Minneapolis. The fire took the lives of three residents of the apartments above 516 Cedar Ave S, destroyed the Otanga Grocery Store on the ground level of the building and displaced tenants in the ten residential units.

Cedar-Riverside celebrates enormous diversity and its residents are proud of the Minneapolis neighborhood they call home. Cedar Executive Director Rob Simonds connected with Mary Laurel True of Augsburg’s Sabo Center for Citizenship and agreed this tragedy was a chance to unite the neighborhood. “This event is about the joining together of some of the community groups which call Cedar-Riverside (or "The West Bank") home to help our neighbors who have suffered such great and tragic loss. Our neighborhood is known best for both its immigrant history and history of arts and culture, so we feel it's only appropriate to assemble a wide diversity of musical artists for this benefit concert.” (Simonds) 

The benefit concert will feature musicians who represent the cultural past of the West Bank neighborhood as well as its present. Here's the list of confirmed artists, with estimated set times: 

7pm Martin Devaney - 20 minutes
7:25pm Spider John Koerner - 20 minutes
7:50pm Phil Heywood - 20 minutes
8:15pm Cactus Blossoms (duo) - 20 minutes
8:40pm DJ Go Getta, SYAV dancers - 20 minutes
9:05pm Jon Rodine - 20 minutes
9:30pm Southside Desire - 30 minutes
10:00pm ***15 minute intermission***
10:15pm Augsburg JIVE - 30-45 minutes
11pm Brass Messengers (on the floor) - 30-45 minutes

All proceeds from sales during the event of Harriet tap beer and Summit bottled beer will go to the benefit fund. 

Funds raised will go to the "Cedar-Riverside Fire Disaster Relief Fund" established by Pillsbury United Communities and the Brian Coyle Center.  Community members who wish to provide assistance to the victims of the Cedar-Riverside fire may make contributions through the Pillsbury United Communities and the Brian Coyle Center by calling 612-787-3730. The Brian Coyle Center, 420 15th Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN 55454, is open from 8:30 am to 8 pm, Monday through Friday; 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday. Checks should be made out to “Pillsbury United Communities” or financial contributions can be made online at http://www.puc-mn.org/donate. Note “Cedar-Riverside Fire Disaster Relief” on all donations.

For additional questions about ways to help, Brian Coyle Center Director Amano Dube also encourages community members to email questions directly to dubea@puc-mn.org

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
There are two Spider John Koerner legends.  The first is the constantly evolving, rambling account of a young musical genius who influenced a generation of musicians.  The second is the story of the contemporary artist who moves folk, blues, and...
Martin Devaney back to the wall
Martin Devaney has always embraced his local identity, and has certainly earned the right to be dubbed the Mayor of St. Paul by friends and compatriots in the music scene. A classically trained musician with a jazz sax background, the accomplished singer-...
Brass Messengers group photo
A Minneapolis/St. Paul sprawling fun factory of eleven musicians. Music of choice is anything that fits into the twisted brass tubing, from inspired originals, to "sing-a-longs" and “covers” from around the globe. Truly, a joyful noise.
Southside Desire
Sprung from the littered alleyways of South Minneapolis, Southside Desire is femme-fronted Northern soul, homegrown and destined to serenade the city with the next wave of rhythm & blues. Angelic harmonies ride under heated croons, summoning soul and...
Phil Heywood is a fingerstyle guitarist with a bluesy swing and a bucketful of whatever it is that helps a performer turn an instrumental piece into an arresting lyrical narrative. His lucid playing encompasses the down-home rhythmic groove of a Mississippi...
Jon Rodine
Jon Rodine is a singer-songwriter based in the Twin Cities, known for his soulful voice and generous contributions to local Americana music. Jon's previous solo album garnered an "Acoustic Performer of the Year" award from City Pages.His long-overdue second...
The Cactus Blossoms duo photo
Brothers Jack Torrey and Page Burkum grew up in northeast Minneapolis and have been blending their voices as The Cactus Blossoms since 2010. Their hypnotic harmonies and unforgettable songs have made them favorites in the Minneapolis–Saint Paul music scene....

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

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