DAN ISRAEL Record Release with Rich Mattson and the Northstars

The Cedar Presents

DAN ISRAEL Record Release with Rich Mattson and the Northstars

Wed, May 9, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

Cedar Cultural Center

Minneapolis, MN

$12 Advance / $15 Day of show

This event is all ages

This is a seated show.

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

Dan Israel
Dan Israel
Local artist Dan Israel’s You’re Free is a response to personal, political, and cultural crises by a singer-songwriter who happens to be in midlife. As such, it sidesteps midlife-crisis clichés while searching earnestly for change, liberation, and the perfect guitar break. By turns anxious and joyful, sometimes even a bit reckless, it’s a cry of the heart delivered from the cab of a new-used convertible, or a jeremiad shouted from a seventies muscle car rejiggered to run on french-fry grease.

The album, Israel’s fourteenth studio creation, was produced during a transitional period for the Twin Cities native. After twenty-one years on the job, Israel left his editorial position at the nonpartisan Revisor’s Office of the Minnesota State Legislature. This leap of faith has let Israel—for the first time in his adult life—concentrate chiefly on his music, and in addition to writing and recording, he’s been pursuing an active performing schedule, playing his own material as a solo act and bandleader, and putting together sets in tribute to some of his formative influences, including Bob Dylan and Tom Petty. He’s also using this time to find new ways to treat and cope with lifelong struggles with depression and anxiety, as well as severe gastrointestinal ailments that often manifest, in a vicious cycle, with depression and anxiety.

Though Israel can put on a captivating show with just an acoustic guitar and his burry, expressive baritone, he’s more of a rocker than a folkie, and on You’re Free he draws on some of the FM staples of his youth, particularly in the guitar interplay and studio inventions he worked out with producers and longtime collaborators David J. Russ and Rich Mattson. “Someday You’ll Say,” on which Israel digs into his upper register, includes beautiful guitar harmonies reminiscent of Thin Lizzy, and the bluesy “Soul Will Be Found” and “Long Gone Dream” would sound excellent in a basement bedroom decorated with tapestries and can collections. The propulsive, addictively catchy title track and statement of intent might become his greatest alternate-reality smash. Other standout tracks include the cockeyed love songs "Back to You" and "If I Didn't Have You," and "Make This Life Mine," which movingly sets a course for long-in-coming self-realization. Few of the songs offer explicitly political messages, but many are colored by frustration, anger, and concern over the political situation, environmental degradation, and the alienation that often accompanies our reliance on social media.

A departure to some degree, You’re Free is also of a piece with Israel’s body of work, a further demonstration of his knack for tuneful, contemplative rock, a gift that’s earned him a loyal and steadily growing following over a quarter century. With his newly flexible schedule, he’ll likely be playing soon in your town. He hopes you’re free.
Rich Mattson and the Northstars
Rich Mattson is a musician/songwriter and producer/engineer living in Sparta, Minnesota. He began performing in 1980 at the age of 13, and took up songwriting shortly after that. Since then he has led and played with several bands, most notably the Glenrustles (1988-1999) and national touring act Ol’ Yeller (2000-2013). In 1991 he opened his own recording studio in Uptown Minneapolis, and over the years has worked with hundreds of artists. Currently he is leading a cosmic folk rock group called “Rich Mattson and the Northstars” and collaborating with his partner Germaine Gemberling. He also continues to record and produce music at his recording studio, Sparta Sound.
Venue Information:
Cedar Cultural Center
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).
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