Interview/Entrevista: Chico Chavez of Guayaba

Chico Chavez is a master percussionist, drummer, music director, and visual artist born in the well-known artistic neighborhood of Monserrat “Cuartel Primero” in Lima, Peru. His innovative techniques and unique sound are the result of thirty years of study with master Afro-Peruvian musicians, fused with his dedication in learning and exploring music roots and world […]

Interview/Entrevista: Vhaltta

The band Vhaltta has become one of the pioneers of Rock Romantico (Romantic Rock) in the Twin Cities. The band began in Ecuador, when a group of teens decided they wanted to make music together. The band was named after Valtazara, a patron of the band who was generous enough to help the small group of teens […]

Interview/Entrevista: Rodolfo Nieto and Alejandro Magallon

This November 5th, tenor Alejandro Magallón and bass-baritone Rodolfo Nieto, both regular performers at the Minnesota Opera, will celebrate and share Mexican melodies at The Cedar Cultural Center. Combining their classical training with passionate energy, they’ve brought joy and excitement to audiences throughout Minnesota with their interpretations of Mexican rancheras and baladas. Together, they strive […]

Grace & Dalmar Show – Episode 4

Grace and Dalmar return for Episode 4! This time, we’re featuring Waayaha Cusub  (10/22-11/4) and Festival de las Calaveras (11/5). The Grace & Dalmar Show is a short web series that highlights upcoming artists at The Cedar, hosted by Grace Evenson (Cedar Booking Coordinator) and Dalmar Yare (Cedar Artist in Residence). For more information and tickets […]

Interview: Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson

Jóhann Jóhannsson, born in Iceland, is an award-winning composer, musician and producer. His work blends electronics with classical orchestrations and bears the diverse influences of the Baroque, Minimalism, and drone-based and electro-acoustic music. In 2015 Jóhannsson won the Golden Globe for his critically acclaimed score for The Theory of Everything, James Marsh’s biographical drama based on […]

Photos: Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino at The Cedar October 3rd

On October 3rd, Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino graced the Cedar stage, performing the lost art of the Pizzica. Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino demonstrated the mobility of culture with their many instruments, filling The Cedar with the sweet sound of Italian folk. During some songs, Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino brought dancer Silvia Perrone to the center of the stage, who captivated the audience […]

Photos: Bombino at The Cedar October 8th

On October 8th, Bombino brought the Tuareggae sound to The Cedar, performing after the lively Teenage Moods. Starting the show off with an acoustic set, Bombino and his band​ established an intimate atmosphere, with most of the audience tapping their feet and nodding to the beat of the talking drums. After a couple acoustic songs, the band […]

2016 Global Roots Festival Video

Thank you so much for joining us for The Cedar’s 8th annual Global Roots Festival September 19-21! Check out this video wrap-up featuring this year’s artists Fémina​, Maya Kamaty​, J.A.S.S. Quartet, Lautari​, SK Kakraba​, Palenke Soultrib​e and BATO BATO​. Join us next year for another three days of free, all ages global music.

Interview: Bombino, internationally acclaimed guitarist and singer-songwriter

With a deep-rooted love for his Tuareg roots, internationally acclaimed guitarist and singer-songwriter, Omara “Bombino” Moctar, brings a lively and unique set to each of his shows. During his previous tours, Bombino transformed the blues/rock Tuareg sound by incorporating reggae and later coining the term, “Tuareggae.” With his newest body of work, “Azel,” Bombino takes […]