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 […]

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: COLD SPECKS

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 […]

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 […]

INTERVIEW: Palabristas Latin@ Wordslingers

  Using the ‘power of the word’ to reach out into the community, los Palabristas are an award winning Minnesota-based collective of poets, spoken word artists, and writers of Chican@/Latin@ heritage. With members located throughout the country, they use their creative minds and fierce words to speak out about the experiences and challenges of underrepresented […]