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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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!