Tony Hinchcliffe hosts his wildly popular podcast with his co- host Brian Redban and the Kill Tony Band (Jeremiah Watkins and Joel Jimenez). Local performers and YOU, THE LISTENER, have the chance to get 60 uninterrupted seconds live on stage to the Kill Tony listenership. Then hold on tight, as you seamlessly go from performing to being interviewed as a guest on the podcast. THESE SHOWS WILL SELL OUT.
Come celebrate Spider John Koerner's musical legacy on the evening of the 1000th full moon of his lifetime. This vaudeville-esque evening of entertainment will include short musical sets from Dan Newton / Daddy Squeeze Trio, Nirmala Rajasekar, Jack Klatt, Charlie Parr, Adam Kiesling, Mumblin' Drew, Dakota Dave Hull and more, tango dancers, a yo-yo trickster, and cosmic oddities displayed around The Cedar’s hall.
Organizer and activist DeRay Mckesson explores news, culture, social justice, and politics through deep conversations with influencers and experts and with fellow activists Brittany Packnett and Sam Sinyangwe, and writer Clint Smith.
Wand brings pure rock energy to the stage but that’s not all they do. At times, evoking heavy-hitting guitar riffs reminiscent of Led Zeppelin, their wide sound also calls to mind early Radiohead and newer Tame Impala. Wand’s new album is due this Spring, and Seattle rock darlings, Dreamdecay, will open the night.
Kick off summer with Minnesota Salsa Fiesta and Grammy award winner Mayito Rivera! Now in it's 6th year, the event features all the top Twin Cities salsa artists performing together for one night of sizzling music and dance! Hear the 18-piece salsa band live, see pro dance performances, and pick up some moves from free dance lesson. It’s the Latin music and dance party of the year!
Rio Mira is a marimba-centered supergroup that takes its name from the river that runs between Ecuador and Colombia. Their music highlights the Afro-Pacific culture established by rebel slaves known as cimarrones in the early 16th century, which continues to bind together a region divided by state borders. Rio Mira’s cyclical, rippling marimba rhythms flow like rivers traversing toward freedom, mixing with drums, shakers, and call-and-response vocals and harmonies.
California Guitar Trio has a singular sound that crisscrosses genres between rock, jazz, classical , folk, and world music, with the occasional dash of surf rock. Though they’re dazzling musicians, their personal audience connection through humor and stories invites audiences to be a part of the music, too.
Frankie Lee returns to The Cedar with his sophomore album, Stillwater. Based on the loss of youth, with a focus on the dissolution of love, as well as the real life of the working class, Stillwater is a scrapbook of short stories, reveries and musical growth by one of America’s greatest unknown songwriters.
Come celebrate with us the life of the legendary Tony “Little Sun” Glover. The program will include remembrances from family and friends, projections, and a photo board featuring pictures from Tony’s life. Ample space will be provided to share thoughts and stories about this beloved and one-of-a-kind icon.
What would happen if Harry Potter quit the quidditch team, stole a time turner, and started a punk rock band with himself from an earlier point in the spacetime continuum? The answer is Harry and the Potters. The founders of wizard rock, their high-energy live show has been legend for over a decade since Pitchfork placed the band in their Best Live Shows. If you’re a Potter fan (or if you aren’t), don’t miss this fantastic show!
Bill Callahan is a paradox. He’s vulnerable yet elusive and distant, all at the same time. His low voice, nylon guitar, and keyboard arrangements are nothing short of beautiful and evoke a meditative state, inviting his listeners to join in his journey towards understanding and truth.
Dave Alvin’s album King of California has stood the test of time. A quarter of a century later, each song still rings true to listeners today. Alvin returns to The Cedar to celebrate the 25th year anniversary of this album with his beloved sound fusing Americana, roots rock, and country rock sensibilities.
Sarah Shook makes country music, but to leave it at that is a disservice to her and The Disarmers’ innovation. Avoiding mainstream country, her brand is closer to outlaw country or honky-tonk punk. Named one of the most important new voices, hers is a show to not miss. The blues, punk artist Sunny War will open the night, her voice carrying the melancholy of Billie Holliday.
Join The Cedar and Minnesota Orchestra at this free, family-friendly event featuring musical performances inside Orchestra Hall and on the City of Minneapolis' newly reinvigorated Peavey Plaza. Outdoor food vendors, food trucks and local craft merchants make this 12-hour festival a perfect way to spend a summer Saturday!
Undeniably one of the world’s best blues guitarists, Walter Trout returns to The Cedar. Following a sold out show in January, he’ll be joined by blues guitarist, Nick Schnebelen, a force to be reckoned with in his own right. With both of these class artists, you won’t want to miss this night of shredding.
Daniel Sloss is a Scottish comedian with a penchant for dark humor, to put it lightly. After the success of his 2 hour-long Netflix specials ‘DARK’ & ‘Jigsaw’, this is the stunning new live show from Scotland’s award-winning, comedy star.
The Lowest Pair is an Americana duo, with Kendl Winter hailing from the Pacific Northwest and Palmer T. Lee home grown in Minneapolis. At times folky and bluegrassy, they take turns playing guitar and banjo and trade vocals - hers a beautiful, careful tone tracing echoes of Valerie June that mixes sweetly with his husky voice. Singer songwriter Sam Rae will open the night drawing on her background as a cellist.
Oakland-based La Misa Negra and Chicago-based Dos Santos both create cutting edge music reflecting their Afro-Latinx roots and surrounding local communities. Fusing cumbia influences with psychedelic, Latin jazz, and punk threads, both bands’ hard rock stage energy will have you moving your feet and your body to the groove.
The musical project of Gabriel Rodreick after his spinal cord injury, Freaque is a story of triumph and defiance against a society that tells us we are not enough. It’s a Rodreick family takeover with Lena Elizabeth sharing her gritty blues voice and baritone ukulele and Charles Rodreick and Danny Akah opening with a few songs.
Daily Show Co-Creator Lizz Winstead and her reproductive rights juggernaut Abortion Access Front (formerly Lady Parts Justice League) return to The Cedar for fun and powerful evening featuring women and non-binary musicians like Jill Sobule, Lori Barbero Annie Mack, Meghan Kreidler, Katy Vernon, Triki Miki, Zuzu’s Petals and more covering the world’s most sexist songs with all the irony they so richly deserve.
Jake Shimabukuro is one of the best ukulele players alive today. He has a special way of fully embodying his instrument that evokes peace and happiness, inspires awe and joy, while remaining intimate. Shimabukuro has been quoted as saying “If everyone played the ukulele, the world would be a better place” - his live performance will likely leave you feeling the same.
Known for their explosive live shows, the Venezuelan band Los Amigos Invisibles plays a blend of disco, acid jazz, and synth funk mixed with Latin rhythms. Critically acclaimed with nominations for several Latin and American Grammys, their live set will get you dancing and grooving to the beat.
Founded by Chicagoan Aaron Feder, the Barcelona-based Alma Afrobeat Ensemble presents their fourth studio album Monkey See, Monkey Do. In this offering, they combine elements of classic afrobeat as created by Fela Kuti and Tony Allen, while incorporating polyrhythms for a sizzling, dance inducing live show.
The Liturgists are a global community working to subvert the barriers our society builds around religion, race, gender, ability, and sexuality. Their work is centered around compelling discussion, non-judgmental community, and thoughtful, evocative art for the spiritually estranged.
Saves the Day and Joyce Manor team up for an impassioned night of emo, alternative rock. After a hiatus, Saves the Day came back with their most recent offering 9, and Joyce Manor released Million Dollars to Kill Me late fall of last year. They will be joined by critically praised up and coming, San Jose, emo rockers, awakebutstillinbed.
Yamaneika Saunders is a stand-up comedian, writer, and actress known for her work as a panelist on The Meredith Vieira Show and lead roles on Oxygen’s Funny Girls and Comedy Central’s In Security. You can listen to her weekly on her hit podcast Rantin’ and Ravin’!
Singer songwriter Eric Hutchinson is well-known for his hit single, “Rock & Roll,” but he has also earned a name because of his incredible musicianship, humility, and humor. Eric’s live show is intimately captivating as he plays his unique songs and tells the funny, one-of-a-kind stories that made him who he is today.
Altan, the beloved world-class, Irish traditional band, returns to The Cedar. Known for heartwarming, dynamic live performances, they bring the beauty of Irish traditional music, particularly that of the Donegal fiddlers and singers, to contemporary audiences in a way that brings out all its qualities and destroys none.
Brewer & Shipley are best known for their hit “One Toke Over the Line,” and their sweet harmonies and relaxing blend of Americana and folk. Landing three singles on the Billboard charts during their career, Brewer & Shipley have kept up touring and recording regularly, and have been rewarded with renewed interest in their music.
Jen Kirkman is back in town with an hour that you haven’t already seen on Netflix! You know Jen from Chelsea Lately, @Midnight, Conan, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, her books, her critically acclaimed Netflix specials “I’m Gonna Die Alone” and “Just Keep Livin’?”. Jen is a writer on the Emmy and Golden Globe award winning Amazon show, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
Tuxedo’s music is a modern testament to unity and positivity in trying times. It is a reminder that the dance floor will always be there to welcome you, whoever you are. Bonding over a shared love of Chic & Parliament, Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One’s music has been dubbed “Straight-up funk magic.”
Following a decade long break after Silver Jews disbanded in 2009, David Berman returns to the music scene for the first tour with his new project, Purple Mountains. It’s Berman’s most to-the-bone album yet, full of double-jointed wit and wisdom, up to the neck in his special recipe of hand-crafted country-rock joys and sorrows.
Grammy award-winning group Black Uhuru, one of the most recognized and prolific reggae bands of the last 50 years, returns to The Cedar at this rescheduled show date. Tickets from their March 31st show will be honored at the door.
Russian Circles are a Chicago-based instrumental rock trio that explore a wide swath of sounds and textures. They craft existentially searching, instrumental narratives with hints of alternative, metal, and prog rock. Almost trance inspiring, audiences will feel both mammoth and delicate sound waves washing over them.
Väsen, a Swedish acoustic trio consists of a five-string viola of sophisticated symphonic taste, an adventurous 12-string guitar, and a nyckelharpa (a “keyed fiddle”) deeply rooted in the traditions of Swedish folk music. Väsen’s live show is a chance to witness virtuosic ensemble playing at its finest.
Using instruments constructed from typewriters, glass bottles, and engine parts, this explosive Congolese music collective makes irresistibly danceable music. Inspired by electronica, hip-hop, and African roots and jazz, KOKOKO!’s organic, exuberant sound merges political messaging with hypnotic dance rhythms.
Lucy Kaplansky is a rare vocal talent who blends country, folk and pop music in performances of her own sweet originals or her inventive covers of country and pop classics. After releasing her most recent album Everyday Street late last year, Lucy returns to The Cedar with her iconic voice.
At 24, Ziggy Alberts has already accomplished more than most of his peers. He’s released five records, started his own record label, and sold out tours worldwide. His honest and personal music and his soothing tenor voice, reminiscent of early Ben Howard and Jack Johnson, keep fans excited for what’s to come.
Singer songwriter Greg Laswell returns. A versatile artist, he sounds at home both with a guitar in simple folk pop arrangements while reveling in cinematic Americana, as well. Laswell is known for his single “Comes and Goes (In Waves)” and for numerous other singles featured on shows like Grey's Anatomy and True Blood.
Hawktail craft a beautiful and evocative blend of roots music. Combining fiddle, guitar, string bass, and mandolin, they unearth deep emotions from the wood of each. With individual members performing with Crooked Still, Live from Here, and the Punch Brothers, Hawktail is a rare gathering of talent and a joy to hear.
Grammy-nominated, Brent Cobb dwells in the funkier side of country and the funkier side of rock. Audiences can look forward to his southern storytelling and swampy, country-soul swagger.
A creative and prolific songwriter, guitarist, and vocalist from Canada, Bruce Cockburn has been making and performing music for close to half a century. Though his music often circles back to blues and folk roots, it also incorporates gospel, reggae, and classic rock. He has a knack for distilling big picture spiritual revelations and personal experiences into memorable songs, earning him a spot among the best singer-songwriters of his generation.
Lucy Dacus is a singer-songwriter in command of her full artistic palette. Handling complex lessons about loss with grace and gravity, she pens precise and memorable lyrics set to lilting and nicely arcing melodies, her sweet alto sounding like the breeze of a summer day.
Bedouine has a sound. Sixties folk meets seventies country-funk with a glimmer of bossa nova cool. Lithe guitar picking and precise lyrical excursions, with a mesmerizing voice and phrasing. Originally hailing from Aleppo, Syria, Bedouine calls on her homeland in the only way she currently can - in her music.
Tyrone Wells is a singer-songwriter who sings songs that you can’t help smiling to, crying to, and personally connecting to. Writing and touring for over a decade, Wells has earned his fans by pouring his heart out onstage. He takes audiences through joy and sadness but leaves them feeling like everything will be alright.
The Daily Show Writers Stand-Up Show features the comics behind the jokes that make you laugh every night on Comedy Central's premiere late night show. These comedians tour the country performing their own material that you won't see on The Daily Show. From making fun of their failed dating lives, being a cat owner, or talking Trump, this show has something for everyone!
The California Honeydrops are special and they make audiences feel that way, too, with concerts that feel like parties. Drawing from musical influences like Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, and Louis Armstrong, they fuse Bay Area R&B, funk, Southern soul, Delta Blues, and New Orleans second line together into a joyful sound.
Presenting the 25th Anniversary concerts of the now classic album, On A Winter’s Night from veteran singer-songwriters Christine Lavin, John Gorka, Patty Larkin, and Cliff Eberhardt. These are among the brightest stars of the singer/songwriter movement for the past three decades, and they’ll each take the stage, presenting their own offerings from the collection of Winter songs, as well as other favorites.
Having royally shaken up South African music with their powerful blend of “Africangungungu”—BCUC’s Afro-psychedelic mix of a cappella street music, funk, soul, hip-hop, and rock-and-roll—the seven-piece Soweto band is ready to rock Minneapolis audiences for the first time with their inimitable live energy.