The Cedar Presents
FREAQUE with Lena Elizabeth, Charles Rodreick, and Danny Akah
Saturday July 20th, 2019 / Doors: 7:00 PM / Show: 8:00 PM
$12 Advance / $15 Day of Show
This is a seated show. General Admission tickets are available online, by phone, Electric Fetus, and The Cedar during shows.
Freaque is for the derelicts, the heretics, the tree stumps, and those who live on the fringes of society. A tattered voice, made of strung out words, hung to dry over broken chords on his mother’s piano. This new venture from Gabriel Rodreick was created in his childhood dining room, on the piano he played for 11 years before a spinal cord injury took away his hands. In a wooden womb of darkness, he took what he had and rose above a society that constantly tells us we are not enough, that we’re only worth the possessions we own, the money in our bank accounts, and our body's abilities. We do not have to conform to societal standards to be valued as human beings. That is why he creates music and art.
Lena Elizabeth is a singer/songwriter based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, writing songs influenced by folk storytelling with a voice rooted in the blues. The youngest in a household full of musicians, she succeeds in blending old and new influences to create a Pop/Roots sound that is approachable across generations.
Lena Elizabeth released her first full length album, “Get It Right”, on November 29th, 2018. After the successful release of her debut EP, “The Line”, Lena has taken her music to the next level with this new record. “Get It Right” is a story of self acceptance, anxiety, anger, relationships (good and bad) and through it all, finding home. Through this journey you will hear the same strong voice of Lena Elizabeth with even more confidence and attitude.
Aspiring singer/songwriter, Charles Rodreick evokes a soft soulful sound with a jazzy undertone pulling Influence from Mel Torme and Sarah Vaughn to Erykah Badu and Lalah Hathaway.
Danny Akah is a local singer-songwriter and musician based in Minneapolis. A full time student at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, Akah typically enjoys writing and arranging music influenced by R&B, soul, pop, and rock in his free time. His music can be found on Soundcloud and soon on all streaming platforms.