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.
The SteelDrivers’ success lies in their consistent growth and ability to reinvent their sound, mixing in elements of Americana, country, blues, rock and soul.
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.
A rare live performance of the global smash-hit podcast The Bugle hosted by comedic, political commentator Andy Zaltzman. Andy will direct the night of wit and humor with live guests, people on screens, freshly-hewn satire, lies, puns, and high-grade B.S.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Black Uhuru is a world renowned reggae group that has been performing for over five decades. Though members have changed throughout the years, Black Uhuru’s classic sound persists and has rightfully earned them eight Grammy nominations and one Grammy award. They will be joined by Onesty, a reggae and R&B singer-songwriter for an evening of good vibes.