The Cedar and Tlalnepantla Arts/The Zenteotl Project Present


Maria Isa, Lady Midnight, Javier Trejo, SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE, Cardenche Community Sing, Palabristas Latin@ Wordslingers, Mexica Yolotl Aztec Dance, Little Coyote Puppet Theater

Sat, November 4, 2017

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 6:30 pm

Cedar Cultural Center - Global Roots

Minneapolis, MN

$12 Advance / $15 Day of show / $8 children ages 3-12

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.

$8 children ages 3-12

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.
Lady Midnight
An alluring vocalist who has already been recognized as a talented force in VANDAAM and the Afro-Cuban band Malamanya, Lady Midnight has been stepping out as a solo artist with a series of increasingly daring new R&B and pop singles.
Javier Trejo
What does Javier Trejo’s music sound like? It depends on the audience. Whether playing ska and reggae for thousands of festival-goers or crooning country & western ballads to an after-work blue-collar crowd, Trejo’s sound is distinctive and original. He is a singers’ singer, and a songwriters’ songwriter. Javier Trejo embodies what it is to be a Mexican growing up in the Midwest. Javier Trejo’s music is Mexican/Americana.

Singer/songwriter Javier Trejo was born in Monclova, Coahuila, Mexico and raised on St. Paul, Minnesota’s west side. Trejo’s musical influences range from old-school country and Tejano music to R&B and Rock ‘n’ Roll. His self-titled album presents Bossa Pop original songs inspired by the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim, Jerry Garcia, Manu Chao, Arto Lindsay, Flaming Lips, David Gray, and RL Burnside. His songs transcend genres to create an intimate sound that seduces the listener.
SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE has been described as a “Chicago Institution”, “Walking creativity” and “The hardest working, most unjustly slept on artist in the Twin Cities”. This award winning hip hopper is a Twin Cities Native, Chicago transplant, MC, Poet, Producer, Engineer, Educator, Visual Artist, Actor, Thinker, Lover and one heck of a cook. He received a 2013 VERVE Grant from Intermedia Arts, a 2017 Cedar Commission from The Cedar Cultural Center, and was a semi-finalist of the Saint Paul Challenge for the Million dollar idea to make Saint Paul Great. SEE MORE is currently on the TruArtSpeaks and COMPAS Arts MN artist rosters teaching rap, spoken word, hip hop music production, and social justice. He serves on the board of the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, where he is excited to continue to find new ways to connect with and contribute to Minnesota’s art and music scenes.
Cardenche Community Sing
Ahmed Fernando Anzaldúa El Samkary is a Mexican-Egyptian conductor and pianist. He is founder and artistic director of Border CrosSing, a new professional choral ensemble based in the Twin Cities. Border CrosSing's mission is to integrate historically-segregated audiences and musicians through the performance of choral music, and envision a landscape where singers and audiences more closely reflect the racial and cultural composition of the Twin Cities. Border CrosSing will present a community sing featuring canto cardenche, a traditional Mexican musical style based on songs sung acapella by country people from Sapioriz, Durango and La Flor de Jimulco, Coahuila. The term cardenche is inspired by a cactus that has spines that break through skin and hurt a lot more when trying to extract them due to small filaments that open when removing the spines: a metaphor referring to the intense drama and melancholy that permeates from the composition and interpretation of canto cardenche.
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.
Little Coyote Puppet Theater
Little Coyote Puppet Theater is founded by Gustavo and Julie Boada. Each with over 30 years of puppet theater experience and 9 years of collaborations they strive to bring to life the wisdom stories of the original people of the Americas. Little Coyote is the spirit that willfully and joyfully follows in the tracks of our ancestors, honoring their wisdom. Little Coyote is also know for its giant puppet performers on stilts: La Calaca Catrina and Panchito González Calacas will dance amongst us at the concert.
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)
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  • 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).
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