Cedar Ave Fire Benefitpresented by The Cedar, Augsburg College, and KFAI
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 firstname.lastname@example.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