The Cedar and Tlalnepantla Arts/The Zenteotl Project Present


Maria Isa, Alejandro Magallon and Rodolfo Nieto, Guayaba, Chico Chavez, Bomba Umoya, Vhaltta, DJ Don Cuco, Palabristas Latin@ Wordslingers, Mexica Yolotl Aztec Dance

Sat, November 5, 2016

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

Cedar Cultural Center - Global Roots

Minneapolis, MN

$12 adult advance / $15 adult day of show/ $8 child age 3 to 12

This event is all ages

This is a standing show with an open floor.

Tickets are available online, by phone, ​and at Depth of Field, Electric Fetus, and The Cedar during shows.

Festival de las Calaveras
Festival de las Calaveras
Tlalnepantla Arts/Zenteotl Project proudly joins with The Cedar Cultural Center to co-present Festival de las Calaveras multimedia Concert for a third year.

Due to an issue obtaining visas, the band Maria Moctezuma from Mexico will not be part of the Festival concert lineup as announced. Instead, local phenomenon Maria Isa, recognized by CNN as one of the best independent Latinx artists of the nation, will headline the show. Lady Midnight, Javier Trejo, See More Perspective, and Twin Cities newcomer Ahmed Anzaldua with Cardenche Community Sing join the Festival concert line-up for the first year.

The concert will begin at the Cedar's Plaza at 6:30 pm with an offering of danza mexica by Mexica Yolotl Aztec Dance. Life-sized calavera puppets on stilts La Calaca Catrina and Panchito Gonzalez Calacas will be performed by Little Coyote Puppet Theater. Food trucks El Burrito and Del Sur Empanadas will offer Mexican and Argentinian favorites during the concert.
Maria Isa
Maria Isa
Born and raised in the Twin Cities to NuyoRican parents, emcee, singer, and songwriter Maria Isa is recognized for her dedication towards celebrating her cultural diversity through music and political activism. Following her nomination in 2006 for the Minnesota Music Award's "Best Hip-Hop Artist" category, Isa released her first independent album M.I. Split Personalities in May of 2007 and has been promoting her music in the Twin Cities, Puerto Rico and nationally.
Alejandro Magallon and Rodolfo Nieto
Alejandro Magallon and Rodolfo Nieto
Tenor Alejandro Magallón and Bass-baritone Rodolfo Nieto, both classically trained singers and regular performers with Minnesota Opera, have come together to celebrate their heritage and sing the beautiful melodies of México. Alejandro, from Acapulco and La Paz, and Rodolfo, from Chicago, have made Minnesota their home, and they are engaging and thrilling the local community with their performances. Together they strive to connect communities from around the world and encourage the understanding, respect, and appreciation of all people.
Guayaba, founded in 2013 by master percussionist Chico Chavez from Lima, Peru, is the first local band to perform psychedelic Peruvian cumbia—also known distinctively as chicha. Guayaba pays tribute to this musical style that has been discriminated against for many years until today, and that was created by the children of the indigenous people that migrated from the Peruvian highlands and jungle to the coastal capital of Lima.

Guayaba has performed at venues that include: Dakota Jazz Club; Amsterdam Bar & Hall; Hell’s Kitchen; The Grand Kabaret, New Ulm; West Side St. Paul’s 5o de Mayo; Monarch Festival; Avenida Cocina & Bar; El Grito—University of Minnesota; and others.

“Chicha, or Peruvian cumbia, is a subgenre of cumbia that became popular in the coastal cities of Peru, mainly in Lima in the 1960s through the fusion of local versions of the original Colombian genre, traditional highland huayno, and rock music, particularly surf rock and psychedelic rock. The term chicha is more frequently used for the pre-1990s variations of the subgenre.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peruvian_cumbia
Chico Chavez
Chico Chavez is a master percussionist, drummer, music director, and visual artist born in the well-known artistic neighborhood of Monserrat "Cuartel Primero" in Lima, Peru. His innovative techniques and unique sound are the result of thirty years of study with master Afro-Peruvian musicians, fused with his dedication in learning and exploring music roots and world rhythms. Since 2003, Chavez has performed with multiple local artists and bands; has formed several ensembles and music groups that include: Salsabrosa (2005); Batak Tribe (2008); Manguito (2010); Jazz de la Luna (2011); Guayaba (2013); Duende (2016); and has mentored many emerging artists in the Twin Cities.
Bomba Umoya
Preserves and celebrates traditional Puerto Rican Bomba through drumming, singing, and dance.

From both sides of the Twin Cities, Bomba Umoya has been practicing traditional Puerto Rican music in the form of Bomba, a music genre that was first developed on the sugar cane and rum plantations of Puerto Rico approximately 500 years ago. Through performances, workshops, and presentations, Bomba Umoya continues to celebrate and preserve their ancestral tradition.
Vhaltta es mas que una banda, es un sueño hecho realidad. En la Estancia del Canton Paute, Ecuador, un grupo de adolescentes compartieron ideas y metas para formar un grupo musical. Hubieron dificultades para adquirir sus instrumentos, sin embargo tuvieron el apoyo de una persona llamada Valtazara. De aqui nace el nombre de la banda Vhaltta.

A pesar del éxito en Ecuador, la banda se desintegró cuando el líder Cristian Perez emigró a los Estados Unidos. En Febrero del 2012, Cristian conoce a Marco Panora en Minneapolis y decide reiniciar la banda. Después de un año, conocieron a Oscar Cisneros y Karol Cisneros, los cuales se integraron a Vhaltta.

Vhaltta interpreta el género de Rock Romantico a un estilo contemporaneo. Actualmente han logrado una gran respuesta del publico, y lanzaran su primer disco que estará disponible en el otoño del 2016.
DJ Don Cuco
Rico Simon Mendez aka Dj Don Cuco has been known to have the natural touch at blending the harmony of sound and spirit, and materializing it into a musical movement. A soul revolution. A constant evolving process, Rico has studied percussion, flute, bass and keys, and various electronic devices, focusing on indigenous sounds, Latin and African rhythms, world beats and healing frequencies. Humbly sharing stages and performing along side of artists such as Ozomatli, Natasha Beddingfield, ?uestlove, K-OS, Ursula Rucker, Bobbito Garcia, Atmosphere and many more, Rico has played both nationally and internationally with many bands and artists. Proudly still spinning an eclectic collection of vinyl, Dj Don Cuco has wowed dance floors, lounges, radio, corporate events, fashion shows and retail stores with his fusion of rare selections from scenes across the globe. As a composer, Rico works with various artists, dancers and has written for commercials, web, TV & film, and is currently working on his own production company and record label, Cultura Love. Cultura Love's aim is to work in communities with youth who don't have an outlet to express themselves creatively, and also to raise funds through art based events and music for educational programming and communities of disaster and economic crisis.
Palabristas Latin@ Wordslingers
Palabristas Latin@ Wordslingers
Founded in 2003, the Palabristas includes some of the fiercest Latin@ poets writing and performing in Minnesota and across the country. We use the power of the word to engage, agitate, and build community. We tell our stories to whomever wants to listen. Members of Palabristas who will be performing at Festival de Calaveras are: David Mendez, Magdalena Kaluza, Marion Gomez, Neri Diaz, and Teresa Ortiz.
Mexica Yolotl Aztec Dance
Mexica Yolotl Aztec Dance
Mexica Yolotl Danza Mexica (“Aztec”) dance group was founded in 2010 in South Minneapolis. Mexica Yolotl was started by local community members and has continued to grow over the years. The main objective of the group is to preserve Mexican traditions and culture for the Latino Community in the Twin Cities. The dance instructor and all of the dancers are volunteers, and together participate in many different community events throughout year in the Metro area.
Venue Information:
Cedar Cultural Center - Global Roots
416 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, MN, 55454


Ticket options and info

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets are not always available at Depth of Field, Electric Fetus & The Cedar.

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  • Phone: 612-338-2674 ext 0 between 12 noon and 4pm M-F ($2 fee per ticket)
  • In person: Tickets can be purchased at The Cedar when we are open for shows. Check our calendar for show dates and door times  (no fee; cash, check, credit card). Our other ticket outlets are Depth of Field (no fee; cash or check only), and Electric Fetus (approximately $2 fee).
  • Online: (On Ticketfly, typically $2–$3 fee/ticket + $1 restoration fee) until 2 hours before door time on day of show
  • The Cedar is an all ages venue
  • Discounts: Students with ID, seniors over 65, and children under 12 may purchase tickets at a discount at the door (subject to ticket availability).
  • Access: The Cedar strives to make our facilities and programming available to as many community members as possible and will accommodate special requests to the best of our ability. To request special accommodations or seating at an upcoming Cedar show, please contact our box office at 612-338-2674 or info@thecedar.org.