Shane Koyczan is an internationally recognized author and spoken word artist, well-known for his anti-bullying piece titled “To This Day.” With his poignant way of transforming personal pain into a collective call to action, you can’t leave a Shane Koyczan show the way you came; you will leave changed.
John McCutcheon is one of America’s most respected and loved folk singers and a master of many traditional instruments. As a special way to celebrate Pete Seeger’s would be 100th birthday, John McCutcheon is touring in support of a new album, To Everyone In All The World: A Celebration of Pete Seeger.
At only 22 years old, Atlanta native Sequoyah Murray has already developed a unique and sophisticated sound. His music is expansive, loosely described as modern soul but criss-crossing genres even within songs. With his beautiful vocal acrobatics from floating falsetto melodies to rich baritone notes, his carefully curated orchestrations are a joy to listen to. If his inventive debut is anything to judge his future by, his future looks intensely bright.
Samite is one of East Africa’s most acclaimed flutists, but he’s also known for his smooth vocals accompanied by kalimba, marimba, and litungu. World renowned for his work to spread peace throughout the world, Samite’s mesmerizing looping and cyclical music brings people into a haven of calm.
Singer, composer, and acoustic guitarist Joanne Shenandoah is one of the most celebrated Native American musicians. She is a humanitarian, working as a peace and earth justice advocate, that has captured the hearts of audiences all over the world.
Lucy Dacus is a singer-songwriter in command of her full artistic palette. Handling complex lessons about loss with grace and gravity, she pens precise and memorable lyrics set to lilting and nicely arcing melodies, her sweet alto sounding like the breeze of a summer day.
The Wailers, led by renowned bassist Aston “Familyman” Barrett, perform the 40th anniversary of "Survival," plus a second set of classics. From 1972 to 1980, Bob Marley & The Wailers recorded, toured, and performed before countless millions worldwide. Since 1981, Familyman has carried on the mission to “keep The Wailers together,” just as Bob requested.
Bedouine has a sound. Sixties folk meets seventies country-funk with a glimmer of bossa nova cool. Lithe guitar picking and precise lyrical excursions, with a mesmerizing voice and phrasing. Originally hailing from Aleppo, Syria, Bedouine calls on her homeland in the only way she currently can - in her music.
Tyrone Wells is a singer-songwriter who sings songs that you can’t help smiling to, crying to, and personally connecting to. Writing and touring for over a decade, Wells has earned his fans by pouring his heart out onstage. He takes audiences through joy and sadness but leaves them feeling like everything will be alright.
Robbie Fulks is a singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist, known for his unique alt-country style while holding a strong disdain for contemporary country as a genre. With two Grammy nominations, Robbie’s talent has been recognized by a wider audience, but his playful stage banter makes his live show worth it on its own.
Hailed as one of the great songwriters of her generation, Rickie Lee Jones will be bringing her brand new covers album Kicks to The Cedar. With a heavy presence of Americana and blues, Rickie reimagines each track, inventively making them her own.
Part poetry, part lamentation, part book reading, part ribaldry, part concert, part lifting the mortal veil and learning the mysteries there. What would you call such a thing? Nights of Grief & Mystery.
English guitarist Adrian Legg is globally acclaimed for his unique blend of acoustic and electric fingerstyle playing. His creativity and virtuosity on the guitar combined with his witty English humor create an incredibly special, magical evening for new and old fans alike.
The Daily Show Writers Stand-Up Show features the comics behind the jokes that make you laugh every night on Comedy Central's premiere late night show. These comedians tour the country performing their own material that you won't see on The Daily Show. From making fun of their failed dating lives, being a cat owner, or talking Trump, this show has something for everyone!
Grammy-winning guitarist Pat Donohue and his Prairie Home All-Stars team up with eclectic Twin Cities guitarist Jerry Kosak to present a concert of contemporary Americana at The Cedar.
Nirmala Rajasekar, Carnatic virtuoso and master of the Saraswathi veena, releases her new collaborative album, Maithree the Music of Friendship, along with Thanjavur Murgaboopathi (Mridangam, Ghatam, Khanjira), Michelle Kinney (Cello), Pat O’ Keefe (Clarinet, Saxophone), and Tim O’ Keefe (Harmonica, Bongos, various Middle eastern Drums).
Inside The Staircase: Lies, Fake Science, and the Owl Theory An Evening with David Rudolf from Netflix’s The Staircase
Join David Rudolf, the defense attorney for Michael Peterson in the hit Netflix documentary series The Staircase, for an evening of discussion into the intimate details of case and the series.
Aparna Nancherla is an American comedian and actress. She has appeared on Inside Amy Schumer and has written for Late Night with Seth Meyers and Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell.
The guitar has been very good to Eric Johnson, earning him international renown as a player, composer, recording artist and live entertainer as well as an ever-growing audience of admirers. And Eric Johnson has been very good to the guitar, spotlighting its myriad melodic, sonic and lyrical splendors, paying homage to its heroes and innovators, collaborating and playing with many of its finest contemporary talents, and fostering its continuing vibrancy as a primarily instrumental genre in popular music.
Known as “The American Songster,” Dom Flemons’ musical repertoire covers nearly 100 years of American folklore, ballads, and tunes, introducing audiences around the world to the diverse origins of American roots music. He will be joined by Nickel & Rose, a duo from Milwaukee that have created a sound that embodies Americana’s past and future.
Based out of Torrance, California, Joyce Manor got its start in late 2008, conceived as the acoustic pop-punk duo of Barry Johnson and Chase Knobbe. That idea didn't last long, however, and the band ultimately expanded and grew to earn critical acclaim from the likes of Pitchfork and NME.
Join us at The Cedar for a workshop presented by Springboard for the Arts in partnership with the City of Minneapolis Business Technical Assistance Program (B-TAP). This free workshop gives artists practical tips and skills for pricing their work, improving sales techniques and interacting with the public.
Two local groups unite for an incredible double album release. Orchestral rock and electronic production come to a head in the work of Elle PF, led by songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, & producer Ranelle LaBiche. They’ll be joined by City Counselor, an electronic pop band making music about the sorry state of the world, drawing on orchestral, funk, and dance-pop traditions along the way.
Join Psalm One, Maria Isa, and The Happy Children for a SUSO! concert to promote youth engagement, empowerment and support for reproductive rights. SUSO! is an opportunity for young people to Stand Up and Speak Out.
Pairing electronic minimalism with elegant musical composition, local artist JØUR achieves what is both timeless and relevant.
Amy Helm, daughter of The Band’s legendary drummer and singer Levon Helm and singer/songwriter Libby Titus, makes music marked by streaks of Americana, country, blues, and gospel, and the kinds of four-part harmonies that can burst open a melody and close the loop of an octave.
Lucy Kaplansky is a rare vocal talent who blends country, folk and pop music in performances of her own sweet originals or her inventive covers of country and pop classics.
Murder By Death is a Louisville, KY quintet with a wry, ominous name. But behind the geography and moniker is a band of meticulous and literary songwriters matched by a specific brand of brooding, anthem-riding balladry and orchestral indie rock.
Jim Lauderdale is an American music-master, and the author of a soundtrack both glorious and expansive. Here are the first and last chapters of the newly revised edition: His initial recording, with bluegrass innovator Roland White, and his newest effort, the expansive, hyper-melodic Time Flies.