December 2013 at the Cedar: from Anonymous Choir, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Cherish the Ladies right through to New Year's Eve with Lizz Winstead--you'll find it all listed here! Download and print a copy and stick it on your fridge, and/or share with friends.
Two shows with Lizz Winstead in LIZZ 2013: The Windbag Beneath My Wings with musical guest Sam Breckenridge
The Cedar is proud to welcome The Daily Show co-creator, comedian and Twin Cities native Lizz Winstead for two nights to perform her annual hilarious and blistering review of the year's events.
The Cedar's 25th Anniversary Season is full of shows you won’t want to miss. Join us for our FREE Season Opener on Sept 1 with legendary Zimbabwean musician Oliver Mtukudzi & The Black Spirits and come back almost every night in September and October for one great show after another. Donors, look for a copy of The Cedar’s 25th Anniversary Season Fall Highlights brochure in your mailbox soon, or download a digital copy now, and read about our fall program, and some of the things we are doing to celebrate the 25th season!
Did you know you can help promote intercultural understanding by donating your car, truck, boat, motorcycle, Jet Ski, airplane, or motor home? Our vehicle donation program follows a simple process that will save you precious time (because you won't have to sell your vehicle yourself), and the proceeds from the sale will directly benefit The Cedar's work bringing acclaimed musicians from all over the world to Minneapolis.
Start the process now by clicking on "Click to Donate" below. If you are not ready to donate, find out more about donating your vehicle by browsing all the valuable information and links on this site.
We are seeking to commission a local designer/artist to conceive and build a donation vessel to live on-site in The Cedar’s hall.
Project Budget: $3,000 to cover all expenses including materials and the commission fee.
Deadline for Submissions: 9-Sept 2013. Download and read the RFP for full project details and application procedure.
The Cedar is thrilled to announce that we have received a third grant from The Jerome Foundation to commission seven local, emerging artists to compose and perform new music. This is the third 416 club commission in the last four years and represents a great opportunity for musicians to showcase their skills and abilities through a unique, commissioned project. Each participating composer/artist 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
The Cedar Cultural Center is pleased to announce longtime Cedar employee Sage Dahlen as the arts non-profit’s first Artistic Director since 2008.
For the past five years, Executive Director, Rob Simonds has handled the programming of The Cedar and with the organization’s 25th Anniversary season beginning in September of 2013, it’s an appropriate time to focus on the next 25 years.
Dahlen will begin as Artistic Director on September 1st 2013 at the start of the anniversary season. Her involvement with The Cedar began in 2005 when she joined the organization’s massive volunteer program. In 2006 she was added to staff as a House Manager while attending the University of Minnesota where she worked at Radio K as an on-air DJ (assisting Radio K International’s Paul Harding).
"As far as concert venues go, it's hard to find one that encapsulates so much of what's great about the Twin Cities better than the Cedar does. First off, it's always all-ages—an everybody's-welcome sort of policy that tends to be in short supply these days. Second, it's a true melting pot, the standard-bearer for a neighborhood that's evolved into one of our richest cultural microcosms, a venue that pays homage as equally to folk ensembles from West Africa as it does to indie rockers from the West Coast. But even beyond its second-to-none cultural breadth, the Cedar does its part to help nurture creativity, often finding ways to encourage its artists to present their work in new and unusual ways—be it with film scores, pajama parties, or, hell, just a good old-fashioned dance party. With the Cedar, the further outside the box, the better—and we wouldn't have it any other way."
With fleet-fingered prowess that would make Swedish Metal virtuosos run in terror, the two men that make up the touring arm of Terakaft are very modestly some of the best guitarists I have ever seen. Aging lion Liya Ag Ablil, who performs under the name Diara, is the group’s rhythm guitarist and founder, and is joined by his nephew Sanou Ag Ahmed, who acts as the group’s utility man and alternated between guitar, percussion and vocals. Diara is well known internationally as a founding member of legendary African Rock pioneers Tinariwen, and while the years have weathered his skin like well-worn leather, he is still every bit a rock star. Like a Tuareg Keith Richards, the journeyman musician had an arsenal of effortless guitar licks at his disposal and, even more like Keith, a toothy pirate’s grin for women of the crowd.