FEATURED: The Cedar's 2018 Global Roots Festival!
The final night of the Global Roots Festival features free performances from Guadeloupean/French/New Orleans blues explorers Delgres and Toronto-based punk Balkan brass band Lemon Bucket Orkestra. Come early for the Wada Jir Riverside Band Album Release on The Cedar’s plaza.
Kari Arnett’s vocal style has often been compared to Patty Griffin and Lori McKenna with a vulnerable grit as honest as her songs and inhabits the folk-country borderlands.
Hailed by NPR for their “warm harmonies” and “pristine playing,” The Stray Birds are an Americana trio touring behind Let It Pass, their most powerful, personal, and cathartic record yet.
Very few musicians of any stripe so personify a musical genre as completely as Tony Furtado embodies Americana roots music. Tony is an evocative and soulful singer, a wide-ranging songwriter and a virtuoso multi-instrumentalist adept on banjo, cello-banjo, slide guitar and baritone ukulele who mixes and matches sounds and styles with the flair of a master chef.
Bands often claim to be unique, but Spiro really do defy easy categorisation. They are an acoustic instrumental quartet, playing violin, mandolin, accordion and guitar (which is occasionally replaced by cello), and though they do make use of traditional themes, they are most certainly not a folk band.
Jupiter and Okwess transcend the Congo’s unexplored musical heritage and dive into a pool of modernity. For their first show at The Cedar, they share a co-bill with Fendika, a troupe of the most accomplished azmari musicians and dancers from across Ethiopia.
Bruce Molsky, “one of America’s premier fiddling talents” (Mother Jones) and Grammy-nominated artist on fiddle, banjo, guitar, and song is delighted to present his brand new trio with Allison de Groot and Stash Wyslouch.
Delta Lady–Rita Coolidge is back with Safe in the Arms of Time, her 18th solo album and a reaffirmation of her indomitable spirit and unquenchable creative thirst.
Cleveland-born David Wilcox is a father, a husband, a citizen and a songwriter known for his smooth baritone voice, virtuosic guitar chops, and creative open tunings, giving him a range and tenderness rare in folk music.
OVRFWRD is a four piece all instrumental band from Minneapolis, MN whose diverse sound palette hints at rock, jazz, and classical. They’ll be releasing their third full length album at The Cedar.
Calvin Johnson established Olympia, Washington-based indie label K Records in 1982 and founded Dub Narcotic Studio in 1993. He has performed with groups such as Beat Happening, The Go Team, Halo Benders, Dub Narcotic Sounds System, and The Hive Dwellers. He tours as a solo artist, and also performs as Selector Dub Narcotic. He's touring behind his new solo album, A Wonderful Beast, which will be released on K Records this fall.
On her fourth solo album, Eleanor Friedberger (The Fiery Furnaces) embraces ’80s goth pop and explores a newly fragmented internal landscape as a post-election expat in Greece.
Jim Lauderdale is an American music-master, and the author of a soundtrack both glorious and expansive. Here are the first and last chapters of the newly revised edition: His initial recording, with bluegrass innovator Roland White, and his newest effort, the expansive, hyper-melodic Time Flies.
Murder By Death is a Louisville, KY quintet with a wry, ominous name. But behind the geography and moniker is a band of meticulous and literary songwriters matched by a specific brand of brooding, anthem-riding balladry and orchestral indie rock.
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.
Hailing from County Armagh, Ireland, Jarlath Henderson combines modern, rhythmically intense, percussive electronics to his traditional singing style to create signature sound that is all his own.
Amy Helm, daughter of The Band’s legendary drummer and singer Levon Helm and singer/songwriter Libby Titus, makes music marked by streaks of Americana, country, blues, and gospel, and the kinds of four-part harmonies that can burst open a melody and close the loop of an octave.
Choir! Choir! Choir! is a Toronto-based singing group led by creative directors Nobu Adilman and Daveed Goldman. The duo takes a non-traditional approach; there are no auditions, and the audience is the choir. Just show up and they'll teach you an original arrangement to a song you love.
Pairing electronic minimalism with elegant musical composition, local artist JØUR achieves what is both timeless and relevant.
Join Psalm One, Maria Isa, and The Happy Children for a SUSO! concert to promote youth engagement, empowerment and support for reproductive rights. SUSO! is an opportunity for young people to Stand Up and Speak Out.
Musician and activist Holly Near celebrates her first album in three years, Peace Becomes You, building on 40 creative years and 30 recordings.
Welsh musician, composer, producer, filmmaker and author, Gruff Rhys (Super Furry Animals, Neon Neon) tours behind his new solo album, Babelsberg, released on June 8.
New Media Touring presents Chapo Trap House, one of the fastest growing political humor podcast in the country, boasting the all time largest Patreon with over 20,000 paid subscribers
Two local groups unite for an incredible double album release. Orchestral rock and electronic production come to a head in the work of Elle PF, led by songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, & producer Ranelle LaBiche. They’ll be joined by City Counselor, an electronic pop band making music about the sorry state of the world, drawing on orchestral, funk, and dance-pop traditions along the way.
Join us at The Cedar for a workshop presented by Springboard for the Arts in partnership with the City of Minneapolis Business Technical Assistance Program (B-TAP). This free workshop gives artists practical tips and skills for pricing their work, improving sales techniques and interacting with the public.
Yep Roc Records labelmates Josh Rouse and Grant-Lee Phillips are touring together for the first time in support of their newest albums, Rouse’s Love in the Modern Age and Phillips’ Widdershins.
Based out of Torrance, California, Joyce Manor got its start in late 2008, conceived as the acoustic pop-punk duo of Barry Johnson and Chase Knobbe. That idea didn't last long, however, and the band ultimately expanded and grew to earn critical acclaim from the likes of Pitchfork and NME.
Known as “The American Songster,” Dom Flemons’ musical repertoire covers nearly 100 years of American folklore, ballads, and tunes, introducing audiences around the world to the diverse origins of American roots music. He will be joined by Nickel & Rose, a duo from Milwaukee that have created a sound that embodies Americana’s past and future.
The guitar has been very good to Eric Johnson, earning him international renown as a player, composer, recording artist and live entertainer as well as an ever-growing audience of admirers. And Eric Johnson has been very good to the guitar, spotlighting its myriad melodic, sonic and lyrical splendors, paying homage to its heroes and innovators, collaborating and playing with many of its finest contemporary talents, and fostering its continuing vibrancy as a primarily instrumental genre in popular music.
Hailu Mergia and his band dominated Ethiopia’s nightclub scene in the 1970s, blending earthy funk with intoxicating Ethio-jazz. Mergia returns in a late-life encore for a series of performances spotlighting his unique musical fusion.
Aparna Nancherla is an American comedian and actress. She has appeared on Inside Amy Schumer and has written for Late Night with Seth Meyers and Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell.
Join David Rudolf, the defense attorney for Michael Peterson in the hit Netflix documentary series The Staircase, for an evening of discussion into the intimate details of case and the series.
Nirmala Rajasekar, Carnatic virtuoso and master of the Saraswathi veena, releases her new collaborative album, Maithree the Music of Friendship, along with Thanjavur Murgaboopathi (Mridangam, Ghatam, Khanjira), Michelle Kinney (Cello), Pat O’ Keefe (Clarinet, Saxophone), and Tim O’ Keefe (Harmonica, Bongos, various Middle eastern Drums).
Dutch pianist Joep Beving’s music is the antidote to that hectic world of uncertainty and fear – a soundtrack for a kinder more hopeful future, a score for the unmade film of lives yet to come.
As Jethro Tull are taking a long break from touring, Martin Barre Jethro Tull’s guitarist for 43 years, has put together a band to play the "classic" music from the Tull catalogue.
Mountain Man, the folk trio of Amelia Meath (of Sylvan Esso), Alexandra Sauser-Monnig, and Molly Sarlé, return to The Cedar for the first time since 2012 touring behind their new album Magic Ship, a magnetic fourteen-song reflection on the joys, follies, and oddities of existence.
The Greatest Generation is a comedy podcast about Star Trek, beloved by everyone from people who’ve never seen an episode, to complete dorkazoids who are fluent in Klingon.
American alternative hip hop and indie rock band WHY?'s classic album Alopecia is receiving a deluxe reissue! 2018 marks the 10-year anniversary of this groundbreaking record.
Cole Escola brings his collection of femme personae to The Cedar for a night of comedy and wit. With work oft described as having an “impish” feeling or the markings of an “old-fashioned variety show”, his sketches have marked him as a positively, pervasive presence in the Manhattan alt-cabaret scene.
Despite being a duo, Patrick and I have never played a show together as a two piece. For our Solo In Stereo Tour, we've decided to amend that. We have reimagined our songs for a more intimate setting, closer to the way they are written and demoed. The shows won't be acoustic, but they will be paired down. Join us, won't you?
Indigo finds Wild Nothing’s Jack Tatum at his most efficient, calculated, and confident—resulting in an artful blend of hi-fi humanity and technology that fires on all circuits and synapses.
Lee Ann Womack’s newest album The Lonely, The Lonesome, and The Gone is a breathtaking hybrid of country, soul, gospel and blues that seems to come directly from Womack’s core, transcending genres while embracing their roots.
Part poetry, part lamentation, part book reading, part ribaldry, part concert, part lifting the mortal veil and learning the mysteries there. What would you call such a thing? Nights of Grief & Mystery.
Stelios Petrakis, Efren Lopez, and Bijan Chemirani bring to The Cedar a night of Cretan music that blends cultural influences from Iran, Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Spain, and France.
As The War and Treaty, Michael and Tanya Trotter serve up healing and pain robbing with freewheeling joy on their new full-length album, Healing Tide. Funky bass lines, keys, lap steel, acoustic strings, and stripped-down percussion create a swampy Southern soul bed for the couple’s transcendent vocals.
Originally from Boston, Gary Gulman has been a scholarship college football player, an accountant, and a high school teacher. Now he is one of the most popular touring comics and one of only a handful of comedians to perform on every single late-night talk show
Folk singer/songwriter John Gorka continues to find new insights in the commonplace, beauty in the ordinary, the twist of bitter in the sweet, all delivered with one of the most distinctive voices of our time.
Rising London-based songwriter Nick Mulvey joins forces with feel-good Calfornia folk/pop singer and songwriter Brett Dennen.
Recorded under the name Novo Amor, Ali Lacey's music weaves together many exquisite strands, from gently picked acoustic guitars to subtle but moving strings. Still, no facet of Lacey's sound is more delicate than his soft, airy, fragile falsetto.
A thoughtful lyricist taking his poetic inspiration, songcraft ideas, and even a few fashion cues from Bob Dylan, Ezra Furman makes unpretentious indie folk/indie pop that's raw, deep, and achingly sentimental.
A night of new music with local orchestral pop group Sister Species and local folk and blues singer-songwriter Lena Elizabeth!
Since he first appeared on the scene in the early ’90s, Williams has defined the term independent artist. Keller built his reputation initially on his engaging live performances, no two of which are ever alike. Through Keller’s acoustic guitar and sample-based approach, the music often leans toward a hybrid of alternative folk and groovy electronica, a genre Keller jokingly calls “acoustic dance music.”
Singer-songwriters Deb Talan & Steve Tannen began writing together the night they met, and soon formed indie band The Weepies. On the strength of their simple yet insightful songwriting and distinctive harmonies, they’ve released five records over seven years, while getting married and having three children along the way. Join them for a special holiday acoustic show at The Cedar.
HALEY’s work gains its power from a combination of the personal and universal, using an impressive range of sounds and storytelling to take a melancholy look at the past's inescapability.
The product of a musical family, American singer/songwriter Kris Delmhorst has recorded and released multiple albums and EPs since her debut album Appetite in 1998. Her work spans a range of musical genres and has led her to collaborate with artists like Peter Wolf, Mary Gauthier, Chris Smither, Lori McKenna, as well as playing with Jeffrey Foucault and Peter Mulvey as Redbird.
Amber Run are British indie three-piece who deliver cinematic pop with a moody and introspective tone.
This groundbreaking music and dance performance by Gabriel Rodreick (Freaque, Undoers, Treading North) grapples with living with a C5 Spinal Cord Injury, which 10 years ago left Gabriel paralyzed from the armpits down.
With vibrant harmonies set to Brazilian rhythms and a joyous stage show, vocal sextet Ordinarius has breathed new life into Brazil's most beloved songs, from traditional choros to the music of Carmen Miranda.
The SteelDrivers’ success lies in their consistent growth and ability to reinvent their sound, mixing in elements of Americana, country, blues, rock and soul.
An energetic acoustic band with a mix of folk, hip-hop, and son jaracho influences, Las Cafeteras perform in such a way that audiences can’t help but join in the singing and dancing.
For all the innovation and invention that goes into modern music these days, it’s the inspiration derived from one’s roots that proves the most enduring. So credit Galway, Ireland’s We Banjo 3 for finding common ground between old world tradition and authentic Americana by plying their banjo, fiddle, guitar and mandolin in an innovation fusion of styles that they dub “Celtgrass.”