INTERVIEW: Väsen

The music of longtime Cedar favorites Väsen unites a sophisticated symphonic five-string viola, an adventurous 12-string guitar, and a nyckelharpa (a “keyed fiddle”) to create a sound that is both deeply rooted in the traditions of Swedish folk music and yet joyfully delights in the inspiration and improvisation of the moment.   We spoke with […]

INTERVIEW: Erin McKeown

  A multi-faceted musician, guitarist, writer, and producer, Erin McKeown is known for her prolific disregard of stylistic boundaries. Her brash and clever electric guitar playing pairs with a clear, cool, and collected singing voice to create smart, distinctive pop. She’ll be at The Cedar on Saturday, September 16th supported by a full band, her first […]

Nordic September at The Cedar

  Celebrate September and the kickoff of The Cedar’s 29th Season with some incredible traditional and contemporary music from Sweden and Finland: Väsen, Apocalyptica, Kardemimmit, Jaerv, and Tuomo & Markus.     Acoustic Swedish folk quintet Jaerv takes the elements of traditional rural Scandinavian music and reflects them through a modern prism, twisting harmony and rhythm […]

VIDEO: Heartfelt Swedish Folk Quintet Jaerv

“Swedish folk group Jaerv takes the elements of traditional Scandinavian music and reflects them through a modern prism, with an all-acoustic sound [mixed with] twisting rhythm and harmony that makes the pleasant rural melodies ring with a contemporary complexity.” – Rick Massimo Check out this video of Jaerv and a massive choir with 230 high […]

Interview: Anders Osborne

Get ready for an evocative, heart-wrenching performance from Anders Osborne. Osborne weaves his storied past into his songwriting, accenting descriptive geographic lyricism with tender vocals that run like a river. With the release of his newest studio album, Spacedust & Ocean Views, Osborne digs deep into the profound meaning of life with a signature blues-bathed […]

Feature: Carrie Rodriguez

  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 […]

Interview: The Barefoot Movement

  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.