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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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. Nick Naney of New York to open the night!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.