INTERVIEW: Mashrou’ Leila

  Making headlines for their undeniable melodies and sharp analysis of Lebanese and American societies, Mashrou’ Leila’s admiration for dance and pop music is becoming more apparent with each of their four albums. Mashrou’ Leila, which translates roughly to “An Overnight Project,” was founded on all-night jam sessions and a love for their hometown, Beirut. […]

November Highlights at The Cedar

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 […]

INTERVIEW: Ahmed Anzaldua

  Mexican pianist and conductor Ahmed Anzaldua has performed and studied in various countries across the world; as an active musician, he frequently performs both as a soloist and a conductor for orchestras and choirs. Currently based in the Twin Cities, this November 4th he will be participating in the closing concert of the Festival […]

INTERVIEW: Making Movies

  Combining Latin roots with contemporary psychedelia and pop, Making Movies channels a unique sound into intense, high-energy performances. The Kansas-City-based group is known for its onstage theatrics, playing contemporary and traditional instruments from electric guitars to the folkloric Panamanian mejorana. The group’s activist work is inseparable from their music, with lyrics that speak to […]

Interview: Anders Osborne

Get ready for an evocative, heart-wrenching performance from Anders Osborne. Osborne weaves his storied past into his songwriting, accenting descriptive geographic lyricism with tender vocals that run like a river. With the release of his newest studio album, Spacedust & Ocean Views, Osborne digs deep into the profound meaning of life with a signature blues-bathed […]

The Grace & Dalmar Show – Episode 10

It’s the tenth episode of the Grace and Dalmar Show! To kick off this milestone, The Cedar is giving you the inside scoop on some of the best acts coming up on our stage including the virtuosic percussion-soaked stylings of Afro-fusion artist Paa Kow (8/28); a one-of-a-kind blend of classical Indian instrumentation and hip-hop from […]

Feature: Carrie Rodriguez

  Up near the panhandle of Texas on a lonesome, deserted plain sits a stretch of land and ghost towns called The Llano Estacado. The dry, cracked terrain, the sweltering heat, and the occasional dance of a tumbleweed across the lonely prairie make The Llano Estacado, or “The Stacked Plains,” the kind of frontier scene […]

Interview: The Barefoot Movement

  You’ll to want to strap on your dancing shoes for The Barefoot Movement’s upcoming energetic performance at The Cedar. Whether you are seeking an emotional ballad, some bangin’ acoustic barn-burners, or maybe even a nostalgic tune, this acoustic-pop quartet delivers a little bit of something for everyone. So come on down, lace up your […]

Photos: Amadou and Mariam at The Cedar 7/27

“It was a simple guitar and vocal affair, but from those humble beginnings, Amadou and Mariam now have one of the biggest-selling African pop records ever.”

– Melissa Block, NPR Music, All Songs Considered

 

Amadou and Mariam enchant audiences with not only their one-of-a-kind Afropop style, but also the undeniable gravitational pull of their love. On July 27th, with the release of their new single, Bofou Safou, these lovebirds returned to The Cedar after 5 years. Amadou and Mariam shook the house down with their charismatic instrumentation and warm, intoxicating vocals. Check of photos of the night, taken by Pat O’Loughlin, below.