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.
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.
Cherished rock and soul singer and guitarist Terry Reid returns to The Cedar with a solo performance. Oft known as the legend who turned down offers to front Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple, Reid is without a doubt one of the greats of British music.
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.
Future Interstates is a regularly-occurring series focused on dancemakers investigating the edges of performance and improvisation curated and hosted by HIJACK, the choreographic collaboration of Kristin Van Loon & Arwen Wilder.
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.
Detroit-born, Berlin-based singer/songwriter, polyglot poet, translator and activist Daniel Kahn concocts furious, tender, electrifying and revolutionary alienation Klezmer. With The Painted Bird, he presents a variety of passionate songs inspired in part by the struggles of Jewish revolutionaries at the turn of the century, and in part by his own intense desire for a better world. You won’t want to miss their riotous live energy!
Kith + Kin Chorus celebrate their Season 3 finale with Cameron Kinghorn and raising funds for Spare Key, a non-profit supporting families in medical crises. Led by Rachel Ries (of Her Crooked Heart), Kith + Kin focuses on singing for community good, musical inclusivity and making new arrangements of beloved secular songs.
The Skatalites are Jamaica’s premier ska band since 1964, backing artists like Bob Marley, Toots and The Maytals, Alton Ellis, Ken Boothe and most of the singers of the day. These twice Grammy-nominated, living legends return to The Cedar with their infectious brand of bluesy, jazzy ska.
Bombino, the Grammy-nominated Tuareg guitarist, has a sound that resonates with fans across a wide spectrum, whether rock fans, blues enthusiasts, or world music devotees. With his hypnotic riffs and virtuosic soloing, you won’t want to miss this explosive night of Tuareg music and electric guitar. Bemidji based, blues rockers, Corey Medina & Brothers will open the night.
Watch What Crappens is a podcast that revels in all things Bravo. Hosts Ben Mandelker and Ronnie Karam aim to capture the feeling of cracking jokes while you’re watching shows with friends. Their humor and wit have earned them a loving following over the air - this evening is a chance to revel in their chemistry live.
With Finnish and Finnish-American members, Aallotar is an equal parts soothing and energetic accordion, violin, and vocal chamber folk duo, and Teho. is a power fiddle duo. Both groups will bring music speaking to Finnish folk tradition while pushing limits, innovating and improvising to create something beautifully new.
After the worldwide success of his song Calma ft Farruko, positioning himself in the Hot Latin Billboard world charts, Pedro arrives at his old home Minneapolis, to delight his audience with all his hits, charisma and great energy.
For close to four decades, Howe Gelb has had a way of sweet talking, or rather sweet singing, with his raspy, smoky voice. Though known for his guitar and piano playing, songwriting, and his love of piano standards, ultimately, it’s his singular, charming personality and endearing honesty that have won him the closest fans.
San Cisco are a four-piece indie pop group hailing from Fremantle, Western Australia. Initially known for their breakout single, “Awkward,” San Cisco has continued to gain popularity, with 2018 seeing their biggest tour to date. Following time in the studio, San Cisco looks forward to releasing a new album later this year.
Tony Hinchcliffe hosts his wildly popular podcast with his co- host Brian Redban and the Kill Tony Band (Jeremiah Watkins and Joel Jimenez). Local performers and YOU, THE LISTENER, have the chance to get 60 uninterrupted seconds live on stage to the Kill Tony listenership. Then hold on tight, as you seamlessly go from performing to being interviewed as a guest on the podcast. THESE SHOWS WILL SELL OUT.
Organizer and activist DeRay Mckesson explores news, culture, social justice, and politics through deep conversations with influencers and experts and with fellow activists Brittany Packnett and Sam Sinyangwe, and writer Clint Smith.
Wand brings pure rock energy to the stage but that’s not all they do. At times, evoking heavy-hitting guitar riffs reminiscent of Led Zeppelin, their wide sound also calls to mind early Radiohead and newer Tame Impala. Wand’s new album is due this Spring, and Seattle rock darlings, Dreamdecay, will open the night.
Kick off summer with Minnesota Salsa Fiesta! Now in it's 6th year, the event features all the top Twin Cities salsa artists performing together for one night of sizzling music and dance! Hear the 18-piece salsa band live, see pro dance performances, and pick up some moves from free dance lesson. It’s the Latin music and dance party of the year! Special guests to be announced at a later time.
Rio Mira is a marimba-centered supergroup that takes its name from the river that runs between Ecuador and Colombia. Their music highlights the Afro-Pacific culture established by rebel slaves known as cimarrones in the early 16th century, which continues to bind together a region divided by state borders. Rio Mira’s cyclical, rippling marimba rhythms flow like rivers traversing toward freedom, mixing with drums, shakers, and call-and-response vocals and harmonies.
California Guitar Trio has a singular sound that crisscrosses genres between rock, jazz, classical , folk, and world music, with the occasional dash of surf rock. Though they’re dazzling musicians, their personal audience connection through humor and stories invites audiences to be a part of the music, too.
Frankie Lee returns to The Cedar with his sophomore album, Stillwater. Based on the loss of youth, with a focus on the dissolution of love, as well as the real life of the working class, Stillwater is a scrapbook of short stories, reveries and musical growth by one of America’s greatest unknown songwriters.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Daniel Sloss is a Scottish comedian with a penchant for dark humor, to put it lightly. After the success of his 2 hour-long Netflix specials ‘DARK’ & ‘Jigsaw’, this is the stunning new live show from Scotland’s award-winning, comedy star.
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.
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.
Saves the Day and Joyce Manor team up for an impassioned night of emo, alternative rock. After a hiatus, Saves the Day came back with their most recent offering 9, and Joyce Manor released Million Dollars to Kill Me late fall of last year. They will be joined by critically praised up and coming, San Jose, emo rockers, awakebutstillinbed.
Altan, the beloved world-class, Irish traditional band, returns to The Cedar. Known for heartwarming, dynamic live performances, they bring the beauty of Irish traditional music, particularly that of the Donegal fiddlers and singers, to contemporary audiences in a way that brings out all its qualities and destroys none.
Brewer & Shipley are best known for their hit “One Toke Over the Line,” and their sweet harmonies and relaxing blend of Americana and folk. Landing three singles on the Billboard charts during their career, Brewer & Shipley have kept up touring and recording regularly, and have been rewarded with renewed interest in their music.
Jen Kirkman is back in town with an hour that you haven’t already seen on Netflix! You know Jen from Chelsea Lately, @Midnight, Conan, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, her books, her critically acclaimed Netflix specials “I’m Gonna Die Alone” and “Just Keep Livin’?”. Jen is a writer on the Emmy and Golden Globe award winning Amazon show, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
Tuxedo’s music is a modern testament to unity and positivity in trying times. It is a reminder that the dance floor will always be there to welcome you, whoever you are. Bonding over a shared love of Chic & Parliament, Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One’s music has been dubbed “Straight-up funk magic.”
Following a decade long break after Silver Jews disbanded in 2009, David Berman returns to the music scene for the first tour with his new project, Purple Mountains. It’s Berman’s most to-the-bone album yet, full of double-jointed wit and wisdom, up to the neck in his special recipe of hand-crafted country-rock joys and sorrows.
Grammy award-winning group Black Uhuru, one of the most recognized and prolific reggae bands of the last 50 years, returns to The Cedar at this rescheduled show date. Tickets from their March 31st show will be honored at the door.
At 24, Ziggy Alberts has already accomplished more than most of his peers. He’s released five records, started his own record label, and sold out tours worldwide. His honest and personal music and his soothing tenor voice, reminiscent of early Ben Howard and Jack Johnson, keep fans excited for what’s to come.
Singer songwriter Greg Laswell returns. A versatile artist, he sounds at home both with a guitar in simple folk pop arrangements while reveling in cinematic Americana, as well. Laswell is known for his single “Comes and Goes (In Waves)” and for numerous other singles featured on shows like Grey's Anatomy and True Blood.
Hawktail craft a beautiful and evocative blend of roots music. Combining fiddle, guitar, string bass, and mandolin, they unearth deep emotions from the wood of each. With individual members performing with Crooked Still, Live from Here, and the Punch Brothers, Hawktail is a rare gathering of talent and a joy to hear.
Grammy-nominated, Brent Cobb dwells in the funkier side of country and the funkier side of rock. Audiences can look forward to his southern storytelling and swampy, country-soul swagger.
A creative and prolific songwriter, guitarist, and vocalist from Canada, Bruce Cockburn has been making and performing music for close to half a century. Though his music often circles back to blues and folk roots, it also incorporates gospel, reggae, and classic rock. He has a knack for distilling big picture spiritual revelations and personal experiences into memorable songs, earning him a spot among the best singer-songwriters of his generation.
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.
Presenting the 25th Anniversary concerts of the now classic album, On A Winter’s Night from veteran singer-songwriters Christine Lavin, John Gorka, Patty Larkin, and Cliff Eberhardt. These are among the brightest stars of the singer/songwriter movement for the past three decades, and they’ll each take the stage, presenting their own offerings from the collection of Winter songs, as well as other favorites.