Interview: Hanneke Cassel

  Effervescent and engaging, Boston-based fiddler Hanneke Cassel is a performer, teacher and composer whose career spans over two decades. Her style fuses influences from the Isle of Skye and Cape Breton Island with Americana grooves and musical innovations, creating a cutting-edge acoustic sound that retains the integrity and spirit of the Scottish tradition. Hanneke’s […]

Interview: Sarah Larsson of The Nightingale Trio

  On February 18th, The Nightingale Trio returns to Minnesota for their first performance after a year of travel and study of the rich women’s folk traditions of Eastern Europe. The group’s devotion to Balkan women’s vocal traditions is evident in their tight harmonies, dizzying rhythms, and raw power. We talked with member Sarah Larsson about re-energizing […]

Cedar Commissions Guest Blog: Leah Lemm

  Leah Lemm is a singer/songwriter and member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, and one of six 2017-18 Cedar Commissions artists. Lemm’s RUINS, debuting February 10th (get tickets here), travels through the course of moments, the times between waking and dreaming, and across a land that has intelligence and emotion – at the […]

Cedar Commissions Guest Blog: City Counselor

  Vocalist and musician City Counselor is one of six 2017-18 Cedar Commissions artists. Their project “Questions & Lies” debuting on February 9th (get tickets here), is a collection of avant-pop songs on political themes. Performed live by an 8-piece orchestra pulled from the corners of the Minneapolis DIY scene, the songs prominently feature Nicky’s soaring mezzo-soprano voice. The body of […]

INTERVIEWS: Stolyette and Har-di-Har

  On January 12, The Cedar presents a one of a kind all-local bill featuring Stolyette and Har-di-Har, who will be joined by Under Violet, aerialist Lynn Sabin Lunny and Tekk Nikk. We had conversations with headliners Stolyette and Har-di-Har ahead of the show. You can read the full interviews below and buy tickets to […]

The Best of 2017

    2017 brought a particularly vibrant collection of artists to Twin Cities venues. From the Roma di Luna reunion to Seu Jorge’s tribute to David Bowie, so many magic musical moments happened on The Cedar’s stage and beyond. Read what concerts made a mark on Cedar staff and board members in 2017, then listen to “Cedar 2017 Highlights,” a […]

December Highlights at The Cedar

Check out a playlist of all our November 2017 artists on Spotify, and read up on our top picks below.     The Lowest Pair – Saturday, December 2 Blending indie, folk, and bluegrass sounds, The Lowest Pair bring a rustic, yet playful spin on traditional genres. Palmer T. Lee and Kendl Winter, two singer-banjoists, first met at […]


Somali-Canadian neo-soul singer and producer Cold Specks has earned a reputation for her stunning voice and goth-tinged R&B style. Sometimes referred to as “doom soul,” her contemplative sound has grown from roots in southern soul and gospel tradition. On her September release, Fool’s Paradise, she explores a more minimalist electronic approach while maintaining her gospel influence. Addressing her identity as a […]

INTERVIEW: Hello Psychaleppo

  Minneapolis-based, Syrian-born producer Hello Psychaleppo integrates traditional Arabic music and contemporary electronic dance music to create an intricate house and dub sound. Emerging from a rapidly growing Middle East music scene, the young artist and refugee Samer El-Dahr moved to Minnesota in 2015. Now an established member of Minneapolis’ electronic music scene, El-Dahr recently […]