VIDEO: Heartfelt Swedish Folk Quintet Jaerv

“Swedish folk group Jaerv takes the elements of traditional Scandinavian music and reflects them through a modern prism, with an all-acoustic sound [mixed with] twisting rhythm and harmony that makes the pleasant rural melodies ring with a contemporary complexity.” – Rick Massimo Check out this video of Jaerv and a massive choir with 230 high […]

2016-17 Annual Report

I am pleased to share with you The Cedar’s 2016-17 Annual Report. This year, we’ve chosen to highlight the voices of some of the artists and community members that have been involved in our past season. I hope you’ll find inspiration in their words, just as we have.

August Highlights Post

Check out a playlist of all our August 2017 artists on Spotify, and read up on our top picks below.   Songs of Kabir – Sunday, August 6th “Music doesn’t have any religion. Music itself is a religion.” These are the words of singer, songwriter and classical Indian composer Dr. Pooja Goswami Pavan. With her almost hypnotizing vocals underscored […]

The Grace & Dalmar Show – Episode 9

Grace and Dalmar are grooving into a very dance-filled July at The Cedar, giving you the inside scoop on the circus spectacular of Portland’s MarchFourth (7/12); a “Basement Bhangra” dance party not to be missed featuring NYC based DJ Rekha (7/22); and the return of beloved Malian musicians Amadou & Mariam after five years (7/27). […]

Interview: Aavartan

  The idea of the ever-recurring cycle of life comes alive through the work of Minnesota’s first tabla ensemble, Aavartan. Led by Dr. A Pavan, a staple figure in the local classical Indian music scene, Aavartan is the culmination of years of experience and collaboration among multiple Twin Cities Indian music artists. While Northern Indian […]

2017 Global Roots Festival Lineup

Our free, all ages 2017 Global Roots Festival, taking place September 18-20 2017, will feature six artists from around the globe who are fixtures in their home countries but just starting to make waves internationally. The artists, who are all making their Minnesota debut at The Cedar, include Latin American quartet Ladama and Haitian/Canadian hip-hop artist Vox Sambou, with fresh new multi-national […]

June Highlights at The Cedar

Check out our playlist featuring all of our June 2017 artists on Spotify, and read about our top picks below.     Northern Spark Iftar on The Cedar’s Community Plaza – June 10th  The Twin Cities’ only free, all-night arts festival is coming right to the doorstep of The Cedar Cultural Center this year. As a […]

May Highlights at The Cedar

Check out our playlist featuring all of our May 2017 artists on Spotify, and read about our top picks below.     Laura Marling – Friday May 5th British folk singer-songwriter Laura Marling recently celebrated the release of her 6th album Semper Femina. This album, recorded in LA and produced with Blake Mills, is an unparalleled […]