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. Their fusion of indie folk, rock, and Americana influences appeals to a wide audience on both a nostalgic and contemporary level. Lula Wiles to open.
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.
There’s no one quite like Valerie June with her unmistakable, yet difficult to pin down vocals and her genre-smashing banjo playing. Blending folk and soul, country and R&B, and the blues, Valerie June returns to The Cedar for an intimate performance.
There’s no one quite like Valerie June with her unmistakable, yet difficult to pin down vocals and her genre-smashing banjo playing. Blending folk and soul, country and R&B, and the blues, Valerie June returns to The Cedar for an intimate performance.
Hailing from Vermont, signer-fiddler-banjoist-guitarist Sam Amidon returns to The Cedar. His music is folk inspired, but pushes beyond the conventions of bluegrass and Americana, drawing influence from jazz, experimental improvisation, and indie rock, to name a few. Though genre labels fail, there is one description of his music that seems to fit - inventive. Local folk singer songwriter, Humbird, will open the night.
Hailing from St. Louis, Pokey LaFarge has rambled his way around the world, picking up musical influences along the way. Though his music is difficult to pin down (and that’s the way he likes it), his music reveals roots in bluegrass, ragtime, and old-time country traditions while branching off into jazz, cumbia, soul, and swing, to name a few. Constantly reinventing himself, Pokey LaFarge’s deft way with words and music are a treat, no matter the genre.
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.”
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.
One of reggae’s most talented and versatile artists, Cocoa Tea has consistently produced top-rated, socially-conscious tracks throughout his 45 year career. Similar to his inimitable generosity and kindness, Cocoa Tea’s tenor voice is as smooth, sweet, and easy going as a cup of hot cocoa, his namesake.
Griffin House is known for his predominantly solo-acoustic tours, but the revered folky guitarist and vocalist’s most recent single dives headfirst back into a more rock-based sound. Returning to collaborate with a few folks who helped him make his very first record, Griffin is set to release a new album this year.
Missed Carnaval Brasileiro because of the snow or other reasons? You can still attend Another Night in Brazil! With this event, Brazilfest Minnesota aims to cover losses incurred from the inclement weather on March 9th's annual Carnaval Brasileiro and develop a secure fund for Brazilfest MN to continue creating more events. The concert will feature The Robert Everest Expedition, Choro Borealis, and headliner Beira Mar Brasil. Come dance, come celebrate Brazilian culture, and come support Brazilfest Minnesota!
Live! In Person! Moderately Exciting! Bobcat Goldthwait (Misfits and Monsters, World’s Greatest Dad) and Dana Gould (Stan Against Evil, The Simpsons) team up for a rare string of live comedy performances.
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.
Summoned from the 60s, crooner Ricky Lagoon and his band hit Minneapolis for a one night only comedy-concert spectacular. Join comedian Kate McCarthy (Ricky) and ten of the Twin Cities’ best young musicians as they perform both lampoon and love letter to a bygone era of lush big band music. A satirization of masculinity, and a spectacle of comedy, character and classic sounds that you won’t want to miss.
Are you a musician, sound artist, or composer looking to learn more about how grants can support your art, and trying to figure out how to get support on writing grants? Join The Cedar, American Composers Forum, Minnesota Music Coalition, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, Springboard for the Arts, and past grantees at a free mixer introducing you to some of the grant support available to Minnesota musicians!
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. My Brightest Diamond returns to The Cedar this time in support of her newest raw, edgy album, A Million and One, and Tunde Olaniran will open the night.
Jessica Pratt’s quiet stage presence commands rapt attention from her audiences in uncanny ways. After a four year recording break, Pratt releases her highly anticipated Quiet Signs this spring, continuing to spellbind listeners with her unique yet familiar, heavy-lidded and ethereal voice. Joseph Shabason to open.
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. Long time collaborator and friend Bo Ramsey will join him.
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.
Kevin Heffernan and Steve Lemme are two fifths of the Broken Lizard Comedy Group. Heffernan and Lemme co-starred and co-wrote the cult hits, Super Troopers, Puddle Cruiser, Club Dread, and The Slammin’ Salmon. They have a weekly podcast together called Chewin' it w/ Kevin & Steve.
What sets folk-pop, singer-songwriter Howie Day apart is his instrumental creativity. Known for his platinum single, “Collide”, Day pens emotionally resonant lyrics and inventively loops guitar melodies, chords, and percussive hits. Up and coming Berklee graduate, Emma Charles, will open with her blend of folk-pop and electronic soundscapes.
Chicago-based Andrew Belle has made a name for himself as a compelling songwriter whose sound blends organic acoustic sounds and electro synth, floating between soaring choruses and moody arrangements. Folk singer-songwriter William Wild will open the night with his soothing tenor voice.
Calling all Upholders, Questioners, Obligers, and Rebels! Gretchen and Elizabeth are taking their show on the road. Whether Gretchen and Elizabeth remind you of your sisters, make you wish you had sisters, or make you wish you had different sisters, you'll love this IRL evening packed with fun, laughter, and practical tips about how to be happier, healthier, and more creative.
Radio Heartland presents Rose Cousins, a critically acclaimed singer songwriter from Canada 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 heavier emotions, ultimately conveying that there is triumph for every challenge.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Formerly of four-time Grammy Award-winning Folk, Country and Americana duo The Civil Wars, singer-songwriter Joy Williams is set to release a new solo album, Front Porch.
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 music. Dave Bakey and Mactír Academy of Irish Dance will open the night
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.
The new feature film by Eric Tretbar, First Person Plural is the story of two Twin Cities film makers—the son of a Somali imam and daughter of a white Baptist minister—who fall in love on Thanksgiving Day and bring together their estranged families. A Q&A with director and actors will follow the screening.
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.
Oftentimes dreamy and peaceful, instrumental guitarist Bill Frisell has a penchant for blending Americana and Jazz influences into a beautiful soothing tapestry. For this evening at The Cedar, Frisell will perform with his project Harmony which consists of the sonic mingling of Petra Haden on Vocals, Hank Roberts on cello and voice, and Luke Bergman on baritone guitar and voice.
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.
Mdou Moctar is a Tuareg guitarist from Abalak, Niger. While bearing resemblance to other prominent Tuareg artists like Tinariwen and Bombino, Moctar has set himself apart with his unique style. He returns to The Cedar for an evening of rhythmic, meditative melodic riffs, powerful vocals, and virtuosic guitar solos. Invisible Boy (Chris Bierden from Poliça) will open, with Douala Soul Collective spinning vinyl during breaks.
Midnimo, a Cedar program that features the world's leading Somali musical artists in the form of month-long residencies, presents FAARROW, the project of sisters Iman and Siham Hashi. FAARROW’s sound fuses African rhythms with modern production resulting in a drum-heavy fusion of hip-hop and pop music. For their show in Minneapolis, FAARROW will be joined by live backing band Astralblak for an incredible night of contemporary Somali music.
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. Local folk duo, Fellow Pynins, will open.
FAARROW invite you to a live recording of their podcast POWHER – a portal dedicated to the rise, awakening, and balance of the Diving Feminine Energy. POWHER discusses spirituality, mental health, soul health, mysticism, healing, culture, identity, and beauty through their eyes as recording artists, former Somali refugees, Black, Muslim women living in a patriarchal world. Let the talking and healing begin!
Due to illness, Black Uhuru has been forced to reschedule their upcoming show at The Cedar on March 31. Duckie and the band are battling a persistent respiratory infection, making singing and performing impossible for the next few weeks. Black Uhuru apologizes to fans for any inconvenience this has caused, and is looking forward to a rescheduled show on Wednesday, September 11, 2019.
Emilia Amper is a virtuosic Swedish nyckelharpa player, vocalist, and composer whose beautiful music has earned her Grammy nominations in multiple countries. Though she has a deep knowledge and love for folk traditions, Amper is also known for her innovative nyckelharpa playing. She will be joined by Erika Risinger on the fiddle, Anders Löfberg on cello, and Fredrik Gille on percussion for a night of harmony and electric energy. Local violin, guitar, and tabla trio, Sprig of That, will open.
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.
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.
Neyla Pekarek is a singer songwriter, known widely as the cellist for the Grammy-nominated group The Lumineers, but now pushing forward as a solo artist. Her pop, folk, and blues-influenced songs showcase her beautiful high vocal notes, driving piano, and love of key changes and altered chords. She will be touring in support of her debut solo album, Rattlesnake. Corey Medina will open the night.
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. March’s Future Interstates features Lily Conforti, Maureen Koelsch + Tim Dennis + David Means, Amanda Maraist + Kara Brody (Chicago), Galen Treuer + Caroline Mcauliffe, and Just Rapport.
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. Local singwriter, Anna Stine will open the night.
Red Baraat is, quite simply, a party. But it’s a unique and diversely influenced one, merging New Orleans street band jazz with North Indian Bhangra, blending hip-hop, jazz, raw punk energy, and funk into an ebullient celebration of unity. With Red Baraat’s infectious energy, audiences may find themselves irresistibly dancing to the groove of the dhol and the high octane horns.
Eilen Jewell’s signature smoky vocals evoke a hazy, dimly lit room with every added note. Residing somewhere between, country, blues, folk, and jazz, Jewell blends all of those influences together to produce her unique yet familiar sound. Jewell will be joined by local singer songwriter, Lena Elizabeth and bassist, Taylor Donskey.
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!
Join Aar Maanta & Friends at this free album release show for Ubadkaa Mudnaanta Leh (“Children Have Priority”), a new bilingual Somali-English children’s album created by London-based Somali artist Aar Maanta and youth from Minneapolis’s Cedar Riverside neighborhood. The album flows between generations and genres, mixing traditional Somali music with hip-hop influenced beats, spoken word and poetry, Islamic greetings, educational children’s songs, and much more.
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. Syrian, Arabic EDM pioneer, Hello Psychaleppo will open the night.
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.
MarchFourth is a joy-inducing force of entertainment. The colorful explosion of brassy funk, rock, and jazz is all about the groove. This larger-than-life group of musicians and acrobats tours the country year-round, bringing a spirit of celebration wherever they go. Local lively Balkan group, Orkestar Bez Ime, will open the night.
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.”
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!
After two years without our family matinee, Brazilfest MN is bringing back its matinee performance! For the first time, children will be performing on stage with the band, after two months of training in several Brazilian musical styles and Portuguese language classes.
Ever whimsical, Christine Lavin has a knack for infusing her folk music with sharp wit and social critique. Famous for her ode to Pluto during the planetary debate, her show at The Cedar is sure to be equal parts humorous and emotionally evocative. Local favorite, Lonesome Dan Kase will open the night.
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.