Volunteer opportunities Sept--early October; Street Team

Greetings Cedar Volunteers!
The first of the new season’s show are nearly upon us, and it is time for the first of the detailed listings of shifts that are available. You are encouraged to email me back with as many of the shifts as you would like to work for (give preferences 1, 2, 3, in case your first choice is taken). Phone also works, but is usually slower for me to respond. I will also post a listing of available shifts on the new Cedar web site in the Volunteer Group section, and will update as frequently as I am able. Initially I will just post a copy of this email there. Long term we may get more sophisticated (ie online signups), but this is where we are at right now.

Cedar Street Team
OK, here’s my new initiative for the new season: organize! Organize volunteers that is (my desk will come later), into crack street teams that can help get the word about Cedar shows to all the right places in the Twin Cities (and beyond, as appropriate).

This is what I have in mind:
1. Check out the list of zip codes below (or add in your own).
2. Choose a zip code (where you live, where you work, or where you play or for other reason frequent and/or know well).
3. Let me know your choice so I take it out of the pool of available zip codes, leaving the remainder there for other volunteers to choose.
4. You get added to a special email list which gets notified whenever I have a bunch of promo materials ready to get distributed. Ideally you will be available once a month to stop by the Cedar (it can work in with other shifts you are working here, or you can schedule a time with me when I will be here) to pick up materials. An alternative for those who prefer it: some materials will be available as pdf files that you can email me for (once I figure out how to do this, I will also post pdfs on the Cedar web site in the volunteer group), and then you print out on your own printer as your material in preparation for posting.
5. You go out, on your own schedule, and to whatever capacity you are able, and distribute materials—Cedar newsletters, posters, postcards, 1/4 page handbills, whatever publicity materials I can muster. The ideal situation is you build a relationship with the various places in your zip code that are receptive to receiving our materials, and it becomes a monthly habit to pop by and leave our materials there. Occasionally there will be materials that will benefit from being left at places that with your local knowledge you can identify as being especially appropriate (e.g. posters for Indian slide guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya (of which we have many at present) might well be left preferentially at Indian restaurants or grocery stores in your zip).
6. It is important to make sure we preserve the good name of the Cedar, and you agree not to post in places where we don’t have permission (no telephone poles etc)--always ask first before leaving materials. Some places (eg libraries) may require an official request from the Cedar—I am happy to help with these situations, but always try to resolve it yourself, since you are acting as agents of the Cedar.
7. Tell me how much time you spend on the task (including time it takes you to stop by the Cedar to pick up materials, or to print pdfs—each pdf you print yourself and post is worth 5 minutes credit), and you will gain double credit. So, 1 hour spent distributing posters etc in your neighborhood, plus printing 12 pdf’s would equate to two hours times two, or half a volunteer pass. I will keep records of your passes earned here in the office—simply contact me if you wish to use a pass; periodically I will mail out passes you have earned from being part of the street team—or you can pick up passes/get passes signed when you stop by to pick up materials. I am expecting on average it will take a volunteer about 2 hours/month to perform typical street team duties, but recognize that some zip codes will take longer and some less. This is an experiment with no preconceived “right” answers.
8. We understand that your coverage will be incomplete, and may well vary from month to month, according to how much time you have available. This is fine—my goal is simply to improve our coverage in areas that currently receive little or no information on our shows, and the best way to do this seems to be to focus the resources we have (that is you!) in a more structured fashion that we have done in the past.
9. If you can’t do your zip for a month (or more), let me know and I’ll see if anyone on a backup list can take over for the period you are busy. For this reason, backups will be very welcome! Also, some zip codes may be too large for one person to cover adequately.
10. At some point, it would be great to gather the information on where you are posting. I am expecting that the way this will work, after a month or so, I will send out to you an Excel spreadsheet with spaces for name of organization, street address etc, and you will fill in and email back to me as part of our effort to strengthen our informational resources.

Available zip codes:
Let’s just start mostly with Minneapolis and St Paul;, since I have reasonably complete listings here. If you are from outlying suburbs/towns, please send me the zip code you want to adopt, and next email I will compile listings of taken zips.
Minneapolis (for boundaries, see map at: http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/about/maps/ --also a cool walking/biking map!))
55401
55402
55403
55404
55405
55406
55407
55408
55409
55410
55411
55412
55413
55414
55415
55416
55417
55418
55419
55421
55423
55454
55455
55487

St Paul (I don’t have a good zip code map here yet—anyone? You can check individual codes here:
http://www.zip-codes.com/ )

55101
55102
55103
55104
55105
55106
55107
55108
55109
55110
55111
55112
55113
55114
55115
55116
55117
55118
55119
55120

Let’s see how this goes; any progress is better than no progress (i.e I am not expecting every zip code will suddenly get inundated with Cedar materials, but hopefully a few will be...). It is my conviction that the single best thing we can do to ensure the long-term vitality of the Cedar is to increase our attendance at every show, and I can think of no better way than by getting the word out. Advertising is one way, but very expensive (beyond the current resources of the Cedar). The street team plan is another way that more accurately recognizes the true wealth of the Cedar—the goodwill of numerous volunteers and supporters. I’m also hoping this will be quite a fun addition to the Cedar volunteer opportunities, one that gets you out and about and exploring nooks and crannies in your own neighborhood, and strengthening your own connections to local community. For some people it might be easier to contribute in this way than by coming out in the evenings to volunteer at shows. Thanks!

Promo materials available now:

Nordic Roots Festival postcards—1000’s ready to be distributed, some more need to be stickered—see me if you need an easy office task!
Nordic Roots Festival posters
Debashish Bhattacharya posters (or pdf 9/9)
Slavic Soul Party pdf or print (9/9)
Tannahill Weavers pdf or print (9/9)
Yat-Kha posters
Wilders/Waybacks pdf or print
DEMO—something avail soon!
Lots of Cedar September newsletters.
Spotlight on the Cedar—September pdf or print available soon!

Volunteer shift openings Sept 06

Fri 9/8 Balkan Beat Box
Should be a great party! Balkan flavored music, danceable and energetic.
All shifts full, but a few vol passes available, and plenty of tickets for sale.

Sat 9/9 Storyhill CD release, with special guest Kid Dakota
Storyhill is a popular acoustic folk duo, has sold out the Cedar in the past and heading for similar numbers this time around.
Tickets 6.30pm (0 openings)

Concessions 6.30pm (1 opening)
2nd concessions after break (2 openings)
Cleanup after show (1 opening)
Vol passes available and also tickets for purchase.

Sun 9/10 Sakhar Hattar with Crossing Borders
This is a CD release for Sakher, who is from Jordan and is a master oud player (a beautiful sounding stringed instrument somewhat akin to a lute). It is also a Lebanon Relief Concert, with proceeds from CD sales and donations going direct to the Mercy Corps fund for Lebanon. Crossing Borders features many local luminaries of the world music scene.
Tickets 6.30pm (0 openings)
Concessions 6.30pm (2 openings)
2nd concessions after break (1 opening)
Vol passes available and also tickets for purchase.

7pm Tues 9/12 Volunteer Orientation
Tell your friends—ask them to sign up with me!

Wed 9/13 Eric Bachmann and Richard Buckner, double CD release!
Two fiercely indie/alt-countryish singer-songwriters, Eric known best for his work with Crooked Fingers and previously Archers of Loaf.
Set-up 5.15pm (0 opening)
Tickets 6.30pm (2 openings)
Concessions 6.30pm (3 openings)
2nd concessions after break (2 openings)
CD sales 6.30pm (1 opening)
Cleanup after show (4 openings)
Vol passes available and also tickets for purchase.

Thurs 9/14 Slavic Soul Party
“...some of the most danceable Balkan-flavored pop this side of the Adriatic!” Global Rhythms
Should be a blast—the sleeper show of the season, 10 piece brass/accordion/vocal band, big hit in NY--BC.
Set-up 5.15pm (0 opening)
Tickets 6.30pm (0 openings)
Concessions 6.30pm (3 openings)
Vol passes available and also tickets for purchase.

Fri 9/15 Tannahill Weavers
Trad Scottish music from veterans of the genre.
2nd concessions after break (1 openings)
Vol passes available and also tickets for purchase.

Sat 9/16 DEMO does the Cedar
An all-day (11.30am to 11pm) show featuring some of the best acts to have performed under the DEMO umbrella.
Lots of help needed here in what should be a really fun day hearing the up-and-coming artists of the Twin Cities. This is also the 17th anniversary of the very first concert/dance at the Cedar!
Setup 10am (1 opening)
Concessions 11am—1.30pm (1—2 openings)
Concessions 1.30pm—4pm (1—2 openings)
Concessions 4pm—6.30pm (1—2 openings)
Concessions 6.30pm—9pm (1—2 openings)
Concessions 9pm—11pm (1—2 openings)
Cleanup after show (4 openings)

Sun 9/17 Yat-Kha
Tuvan throat-singers (lead singer Albert Kuvezin used to be in Huun-Huur-Tu, a sold-out Cedar show in Feb) do classic rock!
Tickets 6.30pm (1 opening)
Concessions 6.30pm (1 opening)
2nd concessions after break (2 openings)
Cleanup after show (2 openings)
Vol passes available and also tickets for purchase.

Thur 9/21 The Wilders and The Waybacks
A great double bill—country-flavored, but tremendous musicality/energy, and diversity in styles. Highly recommended.
Tickets 6.30pm (3 openings)
Concessions 6.30pm (0 openings)
2nd concessions after break (2 openings)
CD sales 6.30pm (1 opening)
Cleanup after show (4 openings)
Vol passes available and also tickets for purchase.

Fri 9/22 Debashish Bhattacharya
An amazing Indian slide guitarist, performing on his own custom-modified guitars and ukelele, and with the accompaniment of his brother and sister. Beautiful Indian music, very accessible to Western ears, and those who like blues/Hawaiian music.
Tickets 6.30pm (3 openings)
Concessions 6.30pm (1 openings)
2nd concessions after break (2 openings)
Cleanup after show (3 openings)
Vol passes available and also tickets for purchase.

Sat 9/23 New Riverside Ramblers Cajun dance
Set-up 6pm (1 opening)
Tickets 6.45pm—8.45pm (1 opening)
Tickets 8.45pm—10.45pm (2 opening)
Concessions 6.45pm—8.45pm (1 opening)
Concessions 8.45pm—10.45pm (2 opening)
Cleanup after show (2 openings)
Vol passes available and also tickets for purchase (at the door).

Sun 9/24 Geoff Muldaur with Spider John Koerner and Tony Glover
East Coast folk-blues legend meets MN same!
Set-up 5.15pm (1 opening)
Tickets 6.30pm (1 opening)
Concessions 6.30pm (2 openings)
2nd concessions after break (2 openings)
CD sales 6.30pm (1 opening)
Cleanup after show (0 openings)
Vol passes available and also tickets for purchase.

Nordic Roots Festival!!!!

Thurs 9/28 Vasen with guest Darol Anger
Swedish chamber folk trio with guest American newgrass/peripatetic fiddler Anger (seen here in May with his Republic of Strings).
Concessions 6.30pm (2 openings)
2nd concessions after break (1 openings)
Vol passes available and also tickets for purchase.

Fri 9/29 Gjallarhorn and Vajas
Gjallarhorn are back with a brand new release, Rimfaxe—drawing on ancient pagan and folk motifs, along with yoiking electronica hybrid Vajas—first time at the festival!
Concessions 6.30pm (1 opening)
2nd concessions after break (2 openings)
Cleanup after show (0 opening)
Vol passes available and also tickets for purchase.

Sat 9/30 afternoon Maria Kalaniemi Trio: A focus on Finnish tango
Accordion star with her trio, exploring tango music as filtered through the Finnish soul. Room for dancing, and a free lesson to get you started!
Set-up 12.15pm (0 opening)
Tickets 1pm (2 openings)
Concessions 1pm (2 openings)
2nd concessions after break (2 openings)
Cleanup after show (1 opening)
Vol passes available and also tickets for purchase.

Sat 9/30 evening Loituma and Maria Kalaniemi solo.
Finnish kanteles (harps), and impeccable singing. Loituma is also a cult internet video hit:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loituma_Girl
And some variations:
http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Loituma&search=Search
Warning: overexposure to Ievan’s Polka videos on the internet may lead to persistent earworms, the only known cure to which is seeing Loituma live in concert!
Tickets 6.30pm (1 opening)
Concessions 6.30pm (2 openings)
2nd concessions after break (2 openings)
Cleanup after show (3 openings)

Sun 10/1 afternoon Timo Alokotila and friends
Noted Finnish composer and pianist with star accomplices.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timo_Alakotila
Set-up 12.15pm (1 opening)
Tickets 1pm (3 openings)
Concessions 1pm (2 openings)
2nd concessions after break (2 openings)
Cleanup after show (1 opening)
Vol passes available and also tickets for purchase.

Sun 10/1 evening Hoven Droven and Swap
Jumping at the Cedar CD release for HD, featuring live recording of last year’s wild show! And Swap always popular for their Nordic-Celtic blend.
Cleanup after show (1 opening)
All other shifts full, all vol passes taken. Tickets still available for purchase.

Fri 10/6 Peter Ostroushko and the Heartland Band, featuring Ruth MacKenzie

Set-up 12.15pm (1 opening)
Tickets 1pm (2 openings)
Concessions 1pm (2 openings)
2nd concessions after break (1 opening)

Cleanup after show (4 opening)

Vol passes available and also tickets for purchase.

 

Other October shows also available, but not my immediate priority. Feel free to send requests, and I will sign you up as my time permits.

Time I got this moving. Hope you all have navigated the back-to-school/end-of-summer transition, and are excited and ready for a bumper seventeenth season for the Cedar. Thanks for your help that makes these shows possible! And don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have questions, forget how to volunteer etc, or if you would like to change your subscription details.
Brian

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Brian Corner
Volunteer/Outreach/Publicity Coordinator
Cedar Cultural Center
416 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55454 USA
612-338-2674, ext 102
612-338-1687 (fax)
brian.corner@thecedar.org
<http://www.thecedar.org/>