Interview: The California Honeydrops

  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 […]

Photos: Big Thief with Twain at The Cedar 7/5

“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 […]

Interview: Sidewalk Chalk

An Orchid is Born is the album that Chicago-based sextet Sidewalk Chalk has been waiting to produce since their inception– a musical episode that not only symbolizes a new chapter in the band’s development, but also effectively embodies the emotional turbulence of this moment in American history. Their music is described as “the evolution of […]

July Highlights Post

      Check out our playlist featuring all of our June 2017 artists on Spotify, and read about our top picks below.       Big Thief – Wednesday, July 5th The true power of Big Thief lies in the uniquely emotive and powerful voice of lead singer Adrianne Lenker– in their latest album, Capacity, devastatingly heartfelt […]

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: The Tillers

  The Tillers first came into being in 2007 while busking for free food and spare change around Cincinnati’s gaslight district. Since these humble beginnings, the band has gone on to record three full length albums and tour extensively with some of the biggest names in Americana and folk music. They were awarded CityBeat Magazine’s […]

Interview: The High 48s

  Since forming in 2006, The High 48s have been making waves in the Minnesota bluegrass scene with their unique riffs and modern spin on the timeless bluegrass genre. Their music is a combination of a lively, contemporary attitude with a soulful, classical twang that pays homage to the original roots of bluegrass. Their distinctive sound […]

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 […]