The Grace & Dalmar Show – Episode 7

It’s time for Grace & Dalmar episode 7! This episode, we’re featuring Ballake Sissoko and Vincent Segal (3/9), Kneedelus (3/24), and Tinariwen with Dengue Fever (4/10). The Grace & Dalmar Show is a short web series that highlights upcoming artists at The Cedar, hosted by Grace Evenson (Cedar Booking Coordinator) and Dalmar Yare (Cedar Artist […]

March Highlights at The Cedar

Check out our playlist featuring all of our March 2017 artists on Spotify, and read about our tip picks below. Salif Keita – Wednesday, March 1st Hailing from Djoliba, Mali, Salif Keita was ostracized from his community at a young age. He was born albino (considered to be a sign of bad luck) and was […]

Interview: Luke Heiken of Drone Not Drones

Early 2013 found Luke Heiken, Twin Cities music fixture, messing around with an industrial sticker maker his friend had gifted to him. Inspired by an anti-drone tweet from Low’s Alan Sparhawk, Heiken came up with the now ubiquitous phrase “Drone Not Drones,” and put it on a sticker. He shared his work with Sparhawk, who liked the […]

Interview: Pert Near Sandstone

Since recording their first album nearly ten years ago in a Minneapolis basement, Pert’ Near Sandstone have gone on to record seven full length albums and tour extensively, earning prestigious spots at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and on A Prairie Home Companion. Their most recent work, Discovery of Honey was released in 2016, and has been lauded for its […]

February Highlights at The Cedar

We’ve got a lot packed into the shortest month of the year. Our February calendar includes many wonderfully talented musicians, a live podcast taping, a stand-up act and a benefit for Doctors Without Borders. Check out our Spotify playlist featuring February artists, and read about our top picks below. February 9th: Anda Union Self described […]

Don’t miss The Cedar Commissions this Friday & Saturday

Our  2016-17 Cedar Commissions artists Dameun Strange, Zack Baltich, Krissy Bergmark, Bethany Battafarano, Ritika Ganguly and SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE debut their commissions this Friday, February 3rd, and Saturday, February 4th. Read excerpts of artist guest blogs and watch short video spotlights about each of their pieces below. The Cedar Commissions (formerly the 416 Commissions) is a flagship program […]

Cedar Commissions Guest Blog: Bethany Battafarano

Choral composer and soprano vocalist Bethany Battafarano is one of six 2017 Cedar Commissions artists. Her project “Oda a la paz”, debuting on February 3rd (get tickets here), is a collaboration with Peruvian poet Helmut Jerí Pabón and Chilean musicians Vladimir Garrido and Nicolas Muñoz, exploring Western classical and Latin American sounds with a focus on […]