Check out a playlist of all our November 2017 artists on Spotify, and read up on our top picks below.
Yael Deckelbaum – Friday, November 3
Equal parts singer-songwriter and political activist, Yael Deckelbaum unites her passion for generating social change with her roots in country music and traditional Irish tunes to create a soulful folk experience. Deckelbaum began performing at the age of three, eventually founding legendary Israeli folk trio Habanot Nechama. Later in her career, she shifted her focus to the “Women Wage Peace” movement, which arose in 2014 in response to the escalation of violence between Israel and Palestine. The “March of Hope,” for which Deckelbaum penned the anthem “Prayer of Mothers,” drew thousands of Israeli and Palestinian women to march for peace between the nations. The “Women of the World Unite” world tour, featuring Yael Deckelbaum and Israeli rock musician Tamar Eisenman is coming to The Cedar on November 3. Watch her video for “Women Wage Peace” below; tickets can be purchased here.
Festival De Las Calaveras – Saturday, November 4
Returning to The Cedar for its third year, the Festival De Las Calaveras will feature an incredible lineup of local talent, including headliner Maria Isa, one of the nation’s greatest independent Latinx artists (CNN). She will be joined by Lady Midnight, Javier Trejo, See More Perspective, and Twin Cities newcomer Ahmed Anzaldua with Cardenche Community Sing. This unique lineup gives you an opportunity to catch rising local musicians, life-sized calavera puppets, danza mexica by Mexica Yolotl Aztec Dance, and some of the best Mexican and Argentinian food in the Twin Cities. Read our interview with composer Ahmed Anzaldua here and see a local performance from our headliner Maria Isa below. Buy tickets for Festival De Las Calaveras on November 4th here.
Mashrou’ Leila – Saturday, November 11
Making headlines for their powerful songs and sharp analysis of Lebanese and American societies, Mashrou’ Leila’s admiration for dance and pop music is becoming more apparent with each album. Mashrou’ Leila, translating roughly to “An overnight project,” was founded on all-night jam sessions and a love for nightlife in Beirut. The Lebanese 5-piece has since grown into an international powerhouse in the pop music world, drawing attention from millions of fans, Rolling Stone magazine, and even dissenting foreign governments. Their unrelenting rhythm and unwavering support of marginalized communities merge to create an inspiring musical experience, coming to the Cedar November 11. Watch the groundbreaking video for “Roman” below; tickets are still available here.
Gaelynn Lea’s Holiday Show – Sunday, November 12
Duluth-based folk songwriter Gaelynn Lea brings traditional fiddle music into the future with her experimental and modern take on the instrument. Lea uses fiddle loops and her unique voice to create an innovative contemporary pop sound while remaining rooted in classical and Celtic folk traditions. Her emotional hit song “Someday We’ll Linger in the Sun” drew acclaim from a rising fan base as well as pillars of folk music Joanna Newsom and Charlie Parr. Gaelynn Lea is coming to The Cedar on November 12 with Rachael Kilgour and batteryboy. See her contest-winning performance for Tiny Desk Concert 2016 below and buy tickets for her show here.
Elage Diouf – Monday, November 20
Master percussionist and singer-songwriter Elage Diouf blends pop, world, blues, folk and asiko music into a one-of-a-kind sound. Beginning as a percussionist in the streets of Senegal with his brother Karim, Elage Diouf eventually relocated to Quebec and found success in Canada. Diouf radiates warmth in his uplifting performances and is sometimes known to crescendo his shows with the audience dancing along with him on stage. Elage Diouf brings his eclectic sound and exciting live performance to the Cedar on Monday, November 20. You can see the video for his soulful single “Dekoulo Fi” below and purchase tickets for the show here.
Cold Specks – Monday, November 27
Singer-songwriter Ladan Hussein, also known as Cold Specks, has returned with her most personal and captivating work yet. On her third full-length album, Fool’s Gold, the Somali-Canadian, known for her soulful voice and empowering lyrics, tackles her life at home and existence itself on a dark, yet hopeful follow up to 2014’s Neuroplasticity. The “Fool’s Paradise” world tour brings her intimate performance to The Cedar on November 27. As one of Canada’s greatest soul singers, Cold Specks creates both somber and spiritually uplifting moments in her mesmerizing live performances. See her new video for the single “Wild Card” below and purchase tickets for the show here.