Born in a small Ghanaian village, Paa Kow got the name “Small Drummer-Boy” because of his virtuosic talent and uncanny ability to make a drum out of whatever he could find– wires, old cans, and even a worn-out pair of sandals. His musical ingenuity continues to this day with his second studio album, Ask, presenting […]
Up near the panhandle of Texas on a lonesome, deserted plain sits a stretch of land and ghost towns called The Llano Estacado. The dry, cracked terrain, the sweltering heat, and the occasional dance of a tumbleweed across the lonely prairie make The Llano Estacado, or “The Stacked Plains,” the kind of frontier scene […]
You’ll to want to strap on your dancing shoes for The Barefoot Movement’s upcoming energetic performance at The Cedar. Whether you are seeking an emotional ballad, some bangin’ acoustic barn-burners, or maybe even a nostalgic tune, this acoustic-pop quartet delivers a little bit of something for everyone. So come on down, lace up your […]
Photos: Amadou and Mariam at The Cedar 7/27
“It was a simple guitar and vocal affair, but from those humble beginnings, Amadou and Mariam now have one of the biggest-selling African pop records ever.”
– Melissa Block, NPR Music, All Songs Considered
Amadou and Mariam enchant audiences with not only their one-of-a-kind Afropop style, but also the undeniable gravitational pull of their love. On July 27th, with the release of their new single, Bofou Safou, these lovebirds returned to The Cedar after 5 years. Amadou and Mariam shook the house down with their charismatic instrumentation and warm, intoxicating vocals. Check of photos of the night, taken by Pat O’Loughlin, below.
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.
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 Cedar Cultural Center is pleased to announce the seventh round of the Cedar Commissions, The Cedar’s flagship commissioning program for emerging artists made possible by a grant from the Jerome Foundation. To date, the series has supported the creation of new music by more than 36 artists across genres. The 2017-18 round of […]
DJ Rekha Malhotra is a true trailblazer in her industry. Known affectionately as the “ambassador of bhangra music,” Rekha Malhotra— more commonly known by her performance alias, DJ Rekha— was one of the first DJs to mix samples from a Punjabi folk genre known as Bhangra with the synth-driven, four-on-the-floor beats of electronic […]
A California Honeydrops concert is a fully immersive, dance-crazy musical experience. “We want to play with you, not at you”, explains California Honeydrops drummer Ben Malament. Combining the contagious rhythms of Bay Area R&B in communion with the vibrant energy of Southern soul and Delta blues, The California Honeydrops have captivated audiences across the […]
“Big Thief’s quiet power propels songs of the flesh and soul. These are timeless songs, memorable and momentous.” – Bob Boilen, NPR Music Brooklyn-based band Big Thief crafts a complex folk-indie musical soundscape anchored by the uniquely emotive and powerful voice of lead singer Adrianne Lenker, a Minnesotan native. On July 5th, Big Thief returned […]