2018 Global Summer Series

It’s a summer to remember at The Cedar! Experience a breathtaking spread of genres, styles and sounds from Africa, Latin America, Europe and beyond in the heart of Cedar Riverside. Classic Cedar artists such as Amadou & Mariam, Tinariwen, Bombino, and Femi Kuti return to our stage alongside new acts like Mokoomba, Los Cojolites, Guilhem […]

Read The Cedar’s 2017-18 Annual Report

From Local… to National… to Global…. The Cedar’s work amplifies artistic voices and brings communities together through music.    Welcome to The Cedar Cultural Center’s 2017-18 Annual Report. In the pages to follow, we’re focusing on the ripple effect of music in our community, celebrating the incredible artists who graced our stage in the last year, […]

Interview: Omar Sosa

  Transparent Water Trio is the new collaboration between prestigious Cuban jazz pianist and composer Omar Sosa and U.K.-based Senegalese kora master and singer Seckou Keita, featuring folkloric Venezuelan percussionist Gustavo Ovalles. The project is the latest example of Omar’s determination to seek new combinations of instruments and cultures. Transparent Water reaches across three continents, gathering artists engaged […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

INTERVIEW: SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE

  Described as a ‘walking creativity’, Twin Cities based See More Perspective is many things; he is an MC, poet, producer, engineer, educator, actor, and so much more. But above it all, he is an artists that strives to ‘inspire, uplift and open doors to possibility and imagination’. See More Perspective will be joining us […]