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 […]

Cedar Commissions Guest Blog: Ashantiva

  Vocalist and musician Ashantiva is one of six 2017-18 Cedar Commissions artists. In her project “Book of L” debuting on February 10th (get tickets here) indie-pop and experimental electronic soundscapes open a door into the inner life of L, a young woman writer created by collaging pieces of Ashantiva’s journals with those of Sylvia […]

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 Cedar: 29 Years of Opening Doors

  For 29 years, The Cedar has been opening doors to….   MUSIC From world legends to up-and-coming new bands, The Cedar presents unique voices from around the globe in 250 shows and artist-led activities a year. With artists and audiences representing a range of genres, ages, and backgrounds, music is the common heartbeat of […]

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 […]

The Cedar Announces Interim Co-Executive Directors Lisa Marie Brimmer and Neal Cuthbert

  On behalf of The Cedar’s Board of Directors, we’re pleased to announce the appointment of Lisa Marie Brimmer and Neal Cuthbert as The Cedar’s new Interim Co-Executive Directors, following former Executive Director Adrienne Dorn’s departure to pursue new career opportunities in October (read full statement here).   Lisa and Neal bring expansive, creative, forward-thinking […]