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.
A five time Grammy nominee, Robben Ford is one of the premier electric guitarists of today. Though he plays a variety of genres, he’s well-known for his skills in slinging the blues. Despite his fame, Robben ford brings an intimacy to his live set, responding to audience energy, making it an unforgettable experience for all.
This August 30th and 31st, join Mother Goose’s Bedtime Stories as we mark 2 years of creating a space of artistic abundance and meaningful connection and collaboration. This fantastical cabaret is part showcase, variety show and part theatrical production, blending established acts with brand new, and newer acts.
THE GREAT BLACK MUSIC ENSEMBLE: An Ensemble of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians™
The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians™ (AACM)’s Great Black Music Ensemble features some of Chicago’s most visionary artists of improvisation and creative music, carrying on the legacy of Chicago’s South Side creative music by expressing the excitement of new sounds and rhythms while invigorating Black musical traditions including funk, reggae, bebop, swing and African and Caribbean styles.
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.
Hailing from Scotland, The Tannahill Weavers combine traditional melodies on pipes, flute and fiddle, driving rhythms on guitar, and powerful three and four part vocal harmonies. From reflective ballads to footstomping reels and jigs, the material they perform is matched only by their lively Celtic spirits.
For the last 30 years, songwriter and instrumentalist Kristin Hersh has explored everything from noise rock and American folk rock to indie rock somewhere in between. However, her emotional, gritty, and heartfelt live presence has always been there. She’ll be joined by Fred Abong and Rob Ahlers for this gripping evening.
Kardemimmit is a group of four awesome Finnish women who draw on a variety of Nordic musical traditions to create and perform music for the Finnish national instrument, the kantele, and their voices. With their beautiful, layered vocal harmonies and elegant, floating Kantele arrangements, they are not to be missed.
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.
Grammy winning dub & reggae pioneer Lee “Scratch” Perry celebrates the 45th anniversary of his landmark album “Blackboard Jungle Dub,” the world’s first dub album, by performing it live for the first time on tour with NYC's Subatomic Sound System, his hybrid band of new school electronics and veteran Jamaican musicians from the Black Ark era recordings.
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.
Catch the hypnotic women-led Tuareg blues of Les Filles De Illighadad and Afro-Argentine reggae icon Fidel Nadal with Mr. Pauer at night one of The Cedar's 2019 Global Roots Festival! Each night of free concerts illuminates and celebrates traditions from around the globe while boldly exploring the edge of emerging art and culture.
Catch masterful Korean percussion from Kim So Ra and Dublin folk miscreants Lankum at night two of The Cedar's 2019 Global Roots Festival! Each night of free concerts illuminates and celebrates traditions from around the globe while boldly exploring the edge of emerging art and culture.
Catch Afrofuturist electro-fusion DJ AfrotroniX and Jordanian-Palestinian shamstep pioneers 47SOUL at night three of The Cedar's 2019 Global Roots Festival! Each night of free concerts illuminates and celebrates traditions from around the globe while boldly exploring the edge of emerging art and culture.
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.
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.
Shane Koyczan is an internationally recognized author and spoken word artist, well-known for his anti-bullying piece titled “To This Day.” With his poignant way of transforming personal pain into a collective call to action, you can’t leave a Shane Koyczan show the way you came; you will leave changed.
John McCutcheon is one of America’s most respected and loved folk singers and a master of many traditional instruments. As a special way to celebrate Pete Seeger’s would be 100th birthday, John McCutcheon is touring in support of a new album, To Everyone In All The World: A Celebration of Pete Seeger.
At only 22 years old, Atlanta native Sequoyah Murray has already developed a unique and sophisticated sound. His music is expansive, loosely described as modern soul but criss-crossing genres even within songs. With his beautiful vocal acrobatics from floating falsetto melodies to rich baritone notes, his carefully curated orchestrations are a joy to listen to. If his inventive debut is anything to judge his future by, his future looks intensely bright.
Samite is one of East Africa’s most acclaimed flutists, but he’s also known for his smooth vocals accompanied by kalimba, marimba, and litungu. World renowned for his work to spread peace throughout the world, Samite’s mesmerizing looping and cyclical music brings people into a haven of calm.
Singer, composer, and acoustic guitarist Joanne Shenandoah is one of the most celebrated Native American musicians. She is a humanitarian, working as a peace and earth justice advocate, that has captured the hearts of audiences all over the world.
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.
The Wailers, led by renowned bassist Aston “Familyman” Barrett, perform the 40th anniversary of "Survival," plus a second set of classics. From 1972 to 1980, Bob Marley & The Wailers recorded, toured, and performed before countless millions worldwide. Since 1981, Familyman has carried on the mission to “keep The Wailers together,” just as Bob requested.
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.
Robbie Fulks is a singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist, known for his unique alt-country style while holding a strong disdain for contemporary country as a genre. With two Grammy nominations, Robbie’s talent has been recognized by a wider audience, but his playful stage banter makes his live show worth it on its own.
Hailed as one of the great songwriters of her generation, Rickie Lee Jones will be bringing her brand new covers album Kicks to The Cedar. With a heavy presence of Americana and blues, Rickie reimagines each track, inventively making them her own.
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.
English guitarist Adrian Legg is globally acclaimed for his unique blend of acoustic and electric fingerstyle playing. His creativity and virtuosity on the guitar combined with his witty English humor create an incredibly special, magical evening for new and old fans alike.
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!
Grammy-winning guitarist Pat Donohue and his Prairie Home All-Stars team up with eclectic Twin Cities guitarist Jerry Kosak to present a concert of contemporary Americana at The Cedar.
Che Apalache is a string band based in Buenos Aires with members from Argentina, Mexico and the United States. Their style, called “Latingrass,” is a mix of South American music and Bluegrass that ranges from vivid Latin rhythms to a cappella mountain gospel songs sung in four-part harmony.
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.
Cristela Alonzo has made history with several firsts for Latinas in comedy. Her first stand-up special, Lower Classy, is currently streaming on Netflix, and Cristela’s memoir, Music to My Years, will be released October 8th.
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.
David Archuleta returns to The Cedar for a special Christmas performance. Catapulting to fame at the age of 16 as the runner up on American Idol, David is well-known for his single, “Crush,” and has followed that success up with multiple albums, including two Christmas recordings.
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.
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.
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!
Free Minds, Free People and Midwest Mixed present “Let’s Get Free” a fundraiser show featuring all local artists. Tall Paul is an Anishinaabe and Oneida Hip-Hop artist enrolled on the Leech Lake reservation in Minnesota, Izell Pyramid is a sibling, RnB electronic duo, and sunSETS will provide a DJ set.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
San Cisco are a four-piece indie pop group hailing from Fremantle, Western Australia. Initially known for their breakout single, “Awkward,” San Cisco has continued to gain popularity, with 2018 seeing their biggest tour to date. Following time in the studio, San Cisco looks forward to releasing a new album later this year.
For close to four decades, Howe Gelb has had a way of sweet talking, or rather sweet singing, with his raspy, smoky voice. Though known for his guitar and piano playing, songwriting, and his love of piano standards, ultimately, it’s his singular, charming personality and endearing honesty that have won him the closest fans.
With Finnish and Finnish-American members, Aallotar is an equal parts soothing and energetic accordion, violin, and vocal chamber folk duo, and Teho. is a power fiddle duo. Both groups will bring music speaking to Finnish folk tradition while pushing limits, innovating and improvising to create something beautifully new.
Watch What Crappens is a podcast that revels in all things Bravo. Hosts Ben Mandelker and Ronnie Karam aim to capture the feeling of cracking jokes while you’re watching shows with friends. Their humor and wit have earned them a loving following over the air - this evening is a chance to revel in their chemistry live.
Bombino, the Grammy-nominated Tuareg guitarist, has a sound that resonates with fans across a wide spectrum, whether rock fans, blues enthusiasts, or world music devotees. With his hypnotic riffs and virtuosic soloing, you won’t want to miss this explosive night of Tuareg music and electric guitar. Bemidji based, blues rockers, Corey Medina & Brothers will open the night.
The Skatalites are Jamaica’s premier ska band since 1964, backing artists like Bob Marley, Toots and The Maytals, Alton Ellis, Ken Boothe and most of the singers of the day. These twice Grammy-nominated, living legends return to The Cedar with their infectious brand of bluesy, jazzy ska.
Kith + Kin Chorus celebrate their Season 3 finale with Cameron Kinghorn and raising funds for Spare Key, a non-profit supporting families in medical crises. Led by Rachel Ries (of Her Crooked Heart), Kith + Kin focuses on singing for community good, musical inclusivity and making new arrangements of beloved secular songs.
Detroit-born, Berlin-based singer/songwriter, polyglot poet, translator and activist Daniel Kahn concocts furious, tender, electrifying and revolutionary alienation Klezmer. With The Painted Bird, he presents a variety of passionate songs inspired in part by the struggles of Jewish revolutionaries at the turn of the century, and in part by his own intense desire for a better world. You won’t want to miss their riotous live energy!
A triple threat on vocals, fiddle, and composition, Jillian Rae travels from bluegrass to electronica, from pop to classical. Jillian will be releasing her new album I Can’t Be the One You Want Me to Be and will be joined by local folk and Americana group Humbird and spooky synth band Graveyard Club for a night of local talent.
KFAI and The Cedar call to order a meeting of the celestial minds to celebrate Sun Ra. May 22nd marks the 105th anniversary of his arrival on Planet Earth. This will be a mix of solo and ensemble performances from local, national, and international improvisers inspired by Sun Ra’s musical, poetic, and philosophical body of work. Cosmic attire and an open mind are encouraged for this trip on Outer Spaceways Incorporated.
Radio Heartland presents Rose Cousins, a critically acclaimed, Canadian singer songwriter who embraces the more difficult feelings of humanity. With her honesty and vulnerability, she invites audiences on a journey with her in raw emotion. Though the evening will touch on sadness, pain, and longing, her wit and insightful observations balance out those emotions, ultimately conveying that there is triumph for every challenge. Duluth based, Rachael Kilgour will open the night.