CHRIS FLEMING
Jan
27
7:30 PM19:30

CHRIS FLEMING

Chris Fleming returns to The Cedar for a night of wildly inventive comedy. Best known for his portrayal of suburban alpha mom Gayle Waters-Waters in his hit web series GAYLE, he has also appeared on National Geographic, Tosh.0, the Doctors, and will star in the upcoming Netflix film The Last Laugh.

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FUTURE INTERSTATES
Jan
29
7:30 PM19:30

FUTURE INTERSTATES

Future Interstates is a regularly-occurring series focused on dancemakers investigating the edges of performance and improvisation curated and hosted by HIJACK, the choreographic collaboration of Kristin Van Loon & Arwen Wilder. January’s Future Interstates features Megan Mayer + Matt Regan, Patrick Scully, Chris Schlichting, Levi Oftelie + Linden Emily Duchateau, and Painting The Room featuring Nora Anderson, Isabel Dammann, Tera Kilbride, Thomas C. Lang, and Crissy Tolson.

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WALTER TROUT and ERIC GALES
Jan
31
7:30 PM19:30

WALTER TROUT and ERIC GALES

Two of the world’s best blues guitarists, label mates Walter Trout and Eric Gales, team up for a high-octane, high-emotion co-bill at The Cedar. A unique opportunity to hear music from artists sharing their stories of survival, they’ll each appear with their own bands, then close out the evening with an ear-melting jam finale together.

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THE CEDAR COMMISSIONS Night One: Brianna Lane, Antoine Martinneau, and Tarek Abdelqader
Feb
1
7:30 PM19:30

THE CEDAR COMMISSIONS Night One: Brianna Lane, Antoine Martinneau, and Tarek Abdelqader

The Cedar Cultural Center presents the eighth annual Cedar Commissions on February 1st & 2nd, 2019, featuring bold new works by Antoine Martinneau, Brianna Lane, Jo Kellen, Kashimana, Yigitcan Eryaman and Tarek Abdelqader. Experience the next big thing in Minnesota music!

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THE CEDAR COMMISSIONS Night Two: Jo Kellen, Kashimana, and Yigitcan Eryaman
Feb
2
7:30 PM19:30

THE CEDAR COMMISSIONS Night Two: Jo Kellen, Kashimana, and Yigitcan Eryaman

The Cedar Cultural Center presents the eighth annual Cedar Commissions on February 1st & 2nd, 2019, featuring bold new works by Antoine Martinneau, Brianna Lane, Jo Kellen, Kashimana, Yigitcan Eryaman and Tarek Abdelqader. Experience the next big thing in Minnesota music!

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ANGÉLIQUE KIDJO'S Remain in Light
Feb
19
7:30 PM19:30

ANGÉLIQUE KIDJO'S Remain in Light

Angélique Kidjo set the music world on fire with her track-by-track reimagination of the Talking Heads’ 1980 landmark album ‘Remain in Light.’ In this rare, unforgettable concert offering, Kidjo and her full band will perform her ecstatic version of this album produced by Jeff Bhasker, circling back to the sounds of West Africa that inspired the original.

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WHO? WEEKLY
Feb
28
7:30 PM19:30

WHO? WEEKLY

Everything you need to know about the celebrities you don't, Who? Weekly is the podcast that delves into the 'Whos' and 'Thems' of the pop culture landscape. Join hosts Lindsey Weber and Bobby Finger as they wade through Daily Mail headlines and dive deep into celebrity conspiracy theories galore.

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SCYTHIAN with special guest
Mar
1
8:00 PM20:00

SCYTHIAN with special guest

Beginning as street performers just out of school and accidentally forming a band, Scythian plays roots music from Celtic, Eastern European and Appalachian traditions with thunderous energy, technical prowess, and songwriting that weaves stories. With their genuine enthusiasm, you’ll want to join them and move your feet at this barn-dance, rock concert experience. 

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JIGJAM with Barbaro
Mar
3
7:30 PM19:30

JIGJAM with Barbaro

JigJam is a multi-award winning quartet from the heart of the midlands in Ireland. They blend traditional Irish music with bluegrass and Americana, group members interchanging between banjos, guitars, fiddles, mandolins and double bass. Barbaro, the 2018 Minnesota State Fair Americana-Roots Band champions, will open with their own progressive blend of bluegrass, jazz, folk, hip-hop, and pop for a night of pushing the boundaries of genre.

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An Evening with ALASDAIR AND NATALIE
Mar
7
7:30 PM19:30

An Evening with ALASDAIR AND NATALIE

Consummate fiddler Alasdair Fraser and brilliant Californian cellist Natalie Haas will share the stage at The Cedar for a night of intimate chamber music and ecstatic dance energy. Known to thrill audiences internationally with their virtuosic playing, their near-telepathic understanding and the joyful spontaneity and sheer physical presence of their music make for an unforgettable combination.

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CARNAVAL BRASILEIRO Evening Show
Mar
9
8:00 PM20:00

CARNAVAL BRASILEIRO Evening Show

The most attended and longest-running annual Brazilian event in the Twin Cities celebrates its 17th annual Carnaval Brasileiro. Over 50 singers, drummers, samba dancers, capoeiristas (Brazilian martial artists) and artisans will transform The Cedar into an authentically festive Brazilian cultural experience!

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An Evening with WE BANJO 3
Mar
10
7:30 PM19:30

An Evening with WE BANJO 3

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.”

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ÁSGEIR
Mar
19
7:30 PM19:30

ÁSGEIR

At only 26, Ásgeir has made a name for himself as an internationally acclaimed young inventive folk and electronic artist from Iceland. His most recent album, Afterglow, is his most confident project yet, the product of an artist comfortable in his own sonic skin.

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VIVE LE REMIX! featuring HAT with special guest
Mar
21
7:30 PM19:30

VIVE LE REMIX! featuring HAT with special guest

HAT is the stage moniker of Moroccan visual and sonic remix artist Hatim Belyamani. His live set weaves rich instrumental samples from around the world into gorgeous beats accompanied by the samples’ videos taken by artists in the remix ←→ culture collective. Truly unforgettable, HAT’s performance will show you that there is but one step from the rhythms of our ancestors to tomorrow’s electro.

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An Anniversary Evening with BOILED IN LEAD
Mar
23
8:00 PM20:00

An Anniversary Evening with BOILED IN LEAD

One of the longest-running and most beloved rock bands in the Twin Cities, Boiled in Lead, return for their anniversary performance at The Cedar! As a special part of this performance, BiL will open with a short acoustic set and then close the night with a full length amplified, electric performance. Although known as a rock band, Boiled in Lead’s versatile sound draws from Celtic influences, ranging from quiet to loud, from folk to punk, for a night that hopefully has something for everyone!

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LOWLAND HUM with special guest (at Moon Palace Books)
Mar
25
7:30 PM19:30

LOWLAND HUM with special guest (at Moon Palace Books)

Lowland Hum's body of folk music has been described as poetic and evocative with their minimal arrangements of guitar, piano, and vocal harmonies. Known for their vulnerability and intimacy, they’re likely to pass out handmade lyric books for audience members to dig into a deeper experience with their well-crafted turns of phrase.

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NEWPOLI with Mila Vocal Ensemble
Mar
28
7:30 PM19:30

NEWPOLI with Mila Vocal Ensemble

Newpoli stirs up a mesmerizing sound that melds traditional Italian folk music, Greek and Turkish Grooves, Mediterranean and Spanish colors. With the pulsing of the tamburello and the wild, frenetic dancing of the two female lead singers, their performance at The Cedar is sure to make audience members eager to get on their feet.

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HAYES CARLL with Ben Dickey
Mar
29
8:00 PM20:00

HAYES CARLL with Ben Dickey

Hayes Carll’s signature cleverness and aptitude for so-personal-you-might-miss-it political commentary is as strong as ever on his upcoming album, What It Is. With his equal potential to draw you in with his strong storytelling and his ability to get everyone dancing, Carll’s brand of Americana, blues, and folk has something for everyone. He will be joined by Ben Dickey, singer-songwriter and actor known for his moving performance in Blaze.

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THE RAGBIRDS with special guest
Apr
4
7:30 PM19:30

THE RAGBIRDS with special guest

The Ragbirds have a well-deserved reputation as one of the most dynamic, high-spirited live bands in roots music, though to classify them as a roots band feels limiting. A genre-bending group creating hybrids of indie-pop melodies, global rhythms and songwriting styles influenced from all over the world, The Ragbirds return to The Cedar for an eclectic and lively night of pop music.

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MDOU MOCTAR with special guest
Apr
6
8:00 PM20:00

MDOU MOCTAR with special guest

Mdou Moctar is a Tuareg guitarist from Abalak, Niger. While bearing resemblance to other prominent Tuareg artists like Tinariwen and Bombino, Moctar pushes the boundaries of genre and has earned a name for himself with his wild and unrelenting guitar playing. Moctar returns to The Cedar for an evening of rhythmic, meditative melodic riffs, powerful vocals, and virtuosic guitar solos.

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PETER BRADLEY ADAMS with special guest
Apr
7
7:30 PM19:30

PETER BRADLEY ADAMS with special guest

Singer-songwriter Peter Bradley Adams' brand of Americana nestles his heartfelt voice in the warm embrace of simple arrangements of guitar, banjo, bass, and unhurried percussion. After several successful sold out, multi-night performances at The Warming House, Adams will bring his delicate voice, earnest lyrics, and peaceful guitar playing to The Cedar for a pensive and poignant evening.

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PORTLAND CELLO PROJECT performs Radiohead, Coltrane, and Bach
Apr
11
7:30 PM19:30

PORTLAND CELLO PROJECT performs Radiohead, Coltrane, and Bach

Portland’s premiere alt-classical group brings a tight, improvisatory cello ensemble with Tyrone Hendrix on drums and Farnell Newton on trumpet to The Cedar for a show of genre-crossing exploration. Expect an evening of unique arrangements of Radiohead favorites that wander from truly epic to breathtakingly intimate, contrasted with the classical music of Bach and improvised forms of Coltrane.

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CHERYL WHEELER with Peter Mulvey
Apr
13
8:00 PM20:00

CHERYL WHEELER with Peter Mulvey

In a way that’s impossible to pin down unless you’ve seen her live, Cheryl Wheeler brings cleverness, humor, and social commentary to her audiences. With a voice evoking echoes of other folk greats like Joni Mitchell, Wheeler’s night of American folk music is sure to be full of laughter while hitting deeply poignant moments, too. Veteran singer songwriter Peter Mulvey will open the night in support of his new record.

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DAMIAN MCGINTY - Young Forever Tour
Apr
14
7:30 PM19:30

DAMIAN MCGINTY - Young Forever Tour

Irish singer-songwriter-actor Damien McGinty is only 26 years old, but he’s already gained prominence as a member of popular vocal group Celtic Thunder, as an actor on Glee after winning The Glee Project, and now, as a solo singer-songwriter. Damian will be performing selections from his brand new full-length album, Young Forever, featuring vibrant, joyful, pop-infused music.

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DARLINGSIDE with special guest
Apr
18
7:30 PM19:30

DARLINGSIDE with special guest

Darlingside is a Boston-based, four-piece, chamber rock group who always perform around a single vocal microphone. Their superpower harmonies have drawn frequent comparisons to late-60s era groups like Crosby, Stills, & Nash; Simon & Garfunkel; and The Byrds. Known for their fusion of indie folk, rock, and Americana influences, their music appeals to a wide audience on both a nostalgic and contemporary level.

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DAVID HUCKFELT & THE UNARMED FORCES and MICHAEL ROSSETTO Dual Record Release with Dave Simonett
Apr
19
8:00 PM20:00

DAVID HUCKFELT & THE UNARMED FORCES and MICHAEL ROSSETTO Dual Record Release with Dave Simonett

David Huckfelt (The Pines) steps out as a solo artist at this album release show for his eagerly awaited debut, Stranger Angels. He’s joined by Michael Rossetto (Spaghetti Western String Company), who will be releasing his new instrumental record Intermodal Blues, and Dave Simonett (Trampled by Turtles, Dead Man Winter) who will open with a short solo set.

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ELIZA GILKYSON with special guest
Apr
27
8:00 PM20:00

ELIZA GILKYSON with special guest

Eliza Gilkyson is a twice Grammy-nominated, singer songwriter and activist who is one of the most respected musicians in Folk, Roots, and Americana circles. On stage, Eliza presents a vibrant spontaneous mix of storytelling with humor and tenderness within a wide spectrum of human experience, from intimate love songs to political diatribe. With her music, she aims to offer audiences a reflection on the turbulent world she feels is “poised on the edge of moral, economic and environmental bankruptcy.”

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SUSAN WERNER and ELLIS PAUL
Apr
28
7:30 PM19:30

SUSAN WERNER and ELLIS PAUL

After touring the US for twenty years, Susan Werner still lives into her creative restlessness with forays into folk/rock, tin pan alley, gospel, country, chamber music, and jazz. A charismatic performer, Werner’s vulnerability and wit make for an endearing and intimate performance.  Werner will share the stage at The Cedar with Ellis Paul, one of the best singer/songwriters of his generation, described as a singular storyteller to the greater community. With vocals and guitar playing reminiscent of folk greats like Cat Stevens, Paul’s performance is likely to be equal parts wise, tender, brilliant, and biting.

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DOM LA NENA with special guest
May
5
7:30 PM19:30
May

DOM LA NENA with special guest

Hailed by NPR as one of the rising major female voices in Latin music, Dom La Nena is a Brazilian singer, cellist songwriter, and producer based in Paris. In her live performances, Dom expertly loops Portuguese, Spanish, French, and English vocals on top of cello, ukulele, percussion, and keyboards. The result? An impeccable full band atmosphere.

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MY BRIGHTEST DIAMOND with special guest
May
8
7:30 PM19:30
May

MY BRIGHTEST DIAMOND with special guest

My Brightest Diamond creates pop music on the edge of innovation. Influenced by her background in Classical composition and opera, she weaves electronic, orchestral, and operatic threads together for a rich tapestry of experimental pop. In a departure from her earlier lush albums, My Brightest Diamond returns to The Cedar this time in support of her newest raw, edgy album, A Million and One.

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GREG BROWN
May
10
7:30 PM19:30
May

GREG BROWN

A true master of American folk music, Greg Brown returns to perform at The Cedar. With songwriting that ranges from sentimental to edgy, he masterfully communicates the nuances of small-town life in his music.

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Kings Kaleidoscope - ZEAL TOUR with special guests
May
11
8:00 PM20:00
May

Kings Kaleidoscope - ZEAL TOUR with special guests

Kings Kaleidoscope has a history of breaking convention. The band first met at church, reimagining hymns and ecclesial melodies. Genre-bending rhythms, bold horn arrangements, and soaring melodies underscore the diverse influences within the band. Their latest project, “The Beauty Between,” is another transformation, but what remains true—and what resonates with fans—is the creative core: an honest expression of the ache, love, and color of a life redeemed.

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TUOMO & MARKUS with Andy Cook
Jan
18
8:00 PM20:00

TUOMO & MARKUS with Andy Cook

Hailed by KEXP and Rolling Stone, Tuomo & Markus’ group is hard to describe in words, swinging from Americana to soul, from Nordic jazz to a bit of prog rock. At times evoking Simon & Garfunkel with their harmonies, Tuomo & Markus have most recently called back to an older era of politically outspoken folk in their EP America/Get Together. They’ll bring their six piece group to The Cedar, including famed trumpeter Verneri Pohjola.

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LONESOME DAN KASE ALBUM RELEASE with Corpse Reviver and Doug Otto & Hurricane Harold
Jan
17
7:30 PM19:30

LONESOME DAN KASE ALBUM RELEASE with Corpse Reviver and Doug Otto & Hurricane Harold

Lonesome Dan Kase has a sophisticated command of the acoustic guitar, weaving intricate finger picking patterns and licks into a beautiful fabric of blues and ragtime. He’ll be joined in this album release by local trio Corpse Reviver as well as guitarist Doug Otto and harmonica player Hurricane Harold opening the night.

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WILLIAM FITZSIMMONS with Jim and Sam
Jan
15
7:30 PM19:30

WILLIAM FITZSIMMONS with Jim and Sam

Following a tumultuous last year, William Fitzsimmons’ new album, Mission Bell, is his effort to put into music the crushing nature of the separation of he and his second wife following a decade of marriage. Carefully crafted with empathy, his folk offering communicates betrayal, but also reconciliation and forgiveness, a sincere reflection on the difficult grey areas of love lost.

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WATER: Movement Against Line 3
Dec
21
8:00 PM20:00

WATER: Movement Against Line 3

Rapper/revolutionary Immortal Technique headlines Stop Line 3’s third Water showcase with supporting acts Maria Isa, Muja Messiah, Nataanii Means, Tufawon and DJ Michel Be. Join these artists for a night of resistance raising funds to support the movement to Stop Line 3, a proposed Enbridge tar sands pipeline that threatens the lakes, rivers, and wild life of Northern Minnesota in Ojibwe/Dakota territory.

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DOSH & FRIENDS with Serengeti, StoLyette and the Guitarkestra of MN
Dec
15
8:00 PM20:00

DOSH & FRIENDS with Serengeti, StoLyette and the Guitarkestra of MN

Dosh returns to The Cedar for his annual concert filled with highly intricate drum grooves, poignant keys, and complex loops. He will be joined by heady Chicago rapper and label-mate Serengeti, as well as local drum, bass, and Russian vocals trio StoLyette, with an intro by the ever-unique drone of the Guitarkestra of Minnesota.

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KRIS DELMHORST with Sam Moss
Dec
13
7:30 PM19:30

KRIS DELMHORST with Sam Moss

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. 

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THE WEEPIES - Holiday Acoustic Duo Tour with Jessica Manning
Dec
7
8:00 PM20:00

THE WEEPIES - Holiday Acoustic Duo Tour with Jessica Manning

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.

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An Evening with KELLER WILLIAMS
Dec
1
8:00 PM20:00

An Evening with KELLER WILLIAMS

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.”

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AFRICAN DIASPORA MUSIC SHOWCASE featuring Carolyne Naomi, Temezgen, and Amjet Kemet, curated by Lula Saleh
Nov
25
7:30 PM19:30

AFRICAN DIASPORA MUSIC SHOWCASE featuring Carolyne Naomi, Temezgen, and Amjet Kemet, curated by Lula Saleh

Rescheduled from the Global Roots Festival, East African Diaspora Artists Initiative founder Lula Saleh has curated a special night of free music from three local artists spanning various genres. Nigerian singer-songwriter, Carolyne Naomi, Eritrean American R&B artist and producer, Temezgen, and Sudanese American poet and hip-hop artist Amjet Kemet will share the stage for a noteworthy night of songs, beats, and spoken word.

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THE WAR AND TREATY with Courtney Marie Andrews
Nov
13
8:00 PM20:00

THE WAR AND TREATY with Courtney Marie Andrews

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.

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