July 2014 at The Cedar: summer is in full swing, and we know it is going to have to be good to get you indoors. But let us tempt you with the A/C, and some unmissable acts including afrobeat royalty Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, indie powerhouses Liam Finn and Alpha Consumer, Cambodian psychedelic rockers Dengue Fever, the smart as a whip songwriting of Sharon Van Etten and Jolie Holland, and the Swedish sass of Baskery. Download and print a copy and stick it on your fridge, and/or share with friends. Online listings here.
The Cedar’s Global Roots Festival brings three nights of FREE concerts September 15th-17th featuring performances by LA YEGROS (Argentina) (see photo), BANDA MAGDA (U.S.), CONJUNTO ANGOLA 70 (Angola), DEREK GRIPPER (South Africa), EMEL MATHLOUTHI (Tunisia), and ALAEV FAMILY (Tajikistan, Israel).
More information in the press release (attached below), or online at the Global Roots Festival.
The Cedar is thrilled to announce a fourth round of the 416 Club Commissions Program. With funding from The Jerome Foundation, The Cedar will commission six local, emerging artists to compose and perform new music. Each of the first three rounds has proven to be a great opportunity for musicians to showcase their skills and abilities through a unique, commissioned project. We expect the fourth round to be nothing less.
Each composer/artist participating in the 416 Club Commissions will:
• Create, at minimum, a half hour of new music (new is defined as music that has not been previously recorded or performed)
• Debut the commission in a public concert performance at The Cedar
• Participate in a commission showcase event that will include on-stage interviews, a Q&A session, and a brief performance with the other 416 artists
• Participate in a final evaluation
May 2014 at the Cedar: a particularly strong month for singers and songwriters, including iconic Eighties folksinger Suzanne Vega, the always luminous Mirah with a new album Changing Light, the atmospheric William Fitzsimmons, as well as the unbridled piano genius of Lubomyr Melnyk and Butch Thompson--you'll find all of our May shows listed here! Download and print a copy and stick it on your fridge, and/or share with friends. Online listings here.
April 2014 at the Cedar: from the unbridled joy of Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars to the biting commentary of activist Hari Kondabolu, from the Parisian electro-swing of Caravan Palace to the swirling desert sands of TInariwen, the incomparable voices of a capella legends The Persuasions to the unearthly wailing of Colin Stetson's baritone sax--you'll find all 16 of our April shows listed here! Download and print a copy and stick it on your fridge, and/or share with friends. Online listings here.
March 2014 at the Cedar: from EMOT to The Big Wu; Celtic mainstays Dervish and Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas; songstresses of all stripes, including Lucy Kaplansky, Johnette Napolitano and Meklit, and our annual St Patrick's Day celebration with Boiled in Lead--you'll find all 15 of our March shows listed here! Download and print a copy and stick it on your fridge, and/or share with friends. Online listings here.
A grant awarded to The Cedar Cultural Center and Augsburg College will support a program to build cross-cultural awareness, knowledge, and understanding of Somali culture through music. One of only six grants of its type awarded in the nation, the $200,000 award was made as part of the highly competitive Building Bridges: Campus Community Engagement grant by the Association of Performing Arts Presenters funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.
The grant will be used to launch a two-year project titled MIDNIMO: MUSIC FOR UNITY, CAMPUS, AND COMMUNITY. Through Midnimo, the Somali word for “unity,” Augsburg students, Cedar Riverside residents, and the general public will engage in a series of educational and experiential events focused on Somali music.
It is time to celebrate!
We've almost made it to the end of January!
We've survived the winter (so far)!
Harriet Brewing has been with us 3 years!
And The Cedar is in its 25th anniversary season!
We put our heads together with the brewing geniuses at Harriet, and here's what we came up with: