Virtuoso of the hurdy gurdy, Guilhem Desq breathes new life and innovation into this old-world instrument. His sound is unmistakable as he electrifies this originally acoustic instrument, playing everything from traditional European folk music to contemporary rock, hip-hop, and electro.
It’s the Latin music and dance highlight of the year, the 5th Annual MN Salsa Fiesta! Close out summer with an all-star collection of performers from all the area salsa bands including Charanga Tropical, Salsa del Soul, Salsabrosa, Seven Steps To Havana, Q-Band, Havana Gypsies, and more.
Now on her seventh album, Juana Molina is pursuing the experimental path she began years ago, marking a new milestone in the evolution of her own, unmistakable voice. The twelve tracks in Halo abound with hypnotic rhythms which seem to draw their energy from immemorial rituals; with timbral explorations and ever-changing soundscapes. She’s “on an evolutionary journey of her own devising” (Pitchfork), and pushes once more her “eerie, hypnotic” music to increasingly haunting heights.
American singer songwriter Mark Kozelek of Sun Kil Moon and Red House Painters performs in support of his new self-titled album released on Caldo Verde/Rough Trade in May 2018.
The first night of the Festival is a ticketed 30th Season Kickoff featuring two artists that speak to the Cedar Riverside neighborhood’s history of immigration: classic Swedish folk-rockers Hoven Droven, and The Cedar’s 2018-19 Artist in Residence, British-Somali musician Aar Maanta.
The third night of the Global Roots Festival features free performances from West African Kora virtuoso Sona Jobarteh and Kurdish vocalist Aynur.
The fourth night of the Global Roots Festival features free performances from East Chinese wind and percussion ensemble Zhou Family Band and marimba-centered Ecuadorian and Colombian supergroup Rio Mira.
The final night of the Global Roots Festival features free performances from Guadeloupean/French/New Orleans blues explorers Delgres and Toronto-based punk Balkan brass band Lemon Bucket Orkestra.
Kari Arnett’s vocal style has often been compared to Patty Griffin and Lori McKenna with a vulnerable grit as honest as her songs and inhabits the folk-country borderlands.
Very few musicians of any stripe so personify a musical genre as completely as Tony Furtado embodies Americana roots music. Tony is an evocative and soulful singer, a wide-ranging songwriter and a virtuoso multi-instrumentalist adept on banjo, cello-banjo, slide guitar and baritone ukulele who mixes and matches sounds and styles with the flair of a master chef.
Bands often claim to be unique, but Spiro really do defy easy categorisation. They are an acoustic instrumental quartet, playing violin, mandolin, accordion and guitar (which is occasionally replaced by cello), and though they do make use of traditional themes, they are most certainly not a folk band.
Jupiter and Okwess transcend the Congo’s unexplored musical heritage and dive into a pool of modernity. For their first show at The Cedar, they share a co-bill with Fendika, a troupe of the most accomplished azmari musicians and dancers from across Ethiopia.
Calvin Johnson established Olympia, Washington-based indie label K Records in 1982 and founded Dub Narcotic Studio in 1993. He has performed with groups such as Beat Happening, The Go Team, Halo Benders, Dub Narcotic Sounds System, and The Hive Dwellers. He tours as a solo artist, and also performs as Selector Dub Narcotic. He's touring behind his new solo album, A Wonderful Beast, which will be released on K Records this fall.
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.
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.
Choir! Choir! Choir! is a Toronto-based singing group led by creative directors Nobu Adilman and Daveed Goldman. The duo takes a non-traditional approach; there are no auditions, and the audience is the choir. Just show up and they'll teach you an original arrangement to a song you love.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Mountain Man, the folk trio of Amelia Meath (of Sylvan Esso), Alexandra Sauser-Monnig, and Molly Sarlé, return to The Cedar for the first time since 2012 touring behind their new album Magic Ship, a magnetic fourteen-song reflection on the joys, follies, and oddities of existence.
Despite being a duo, Patrick and I have never played a show together as a two piece. For our Solo In Stereo Tour, we've decided to amend that. We have reimagined our songs for a more intimate setting, closer to the way they are written and demoed. The shows won't be acoustic, but they will be paired down. Join us, won't you?
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.
Originally from Boston, Gary Gulman has been a scholarship college football player, an accountant, and a high school teacher. Now he is one of the most popular touring comics and one of only a handful of comedians to perform on every single late-night talk show
A night of new music with local orchestral pop group Sister Species and local folk and blues singer-songwriter Lena Elizabeth!
This groundbreaking music and dance performance by Gabriel Rodreick (Freaque, Undoers, Treading North) grapples with living with a C5 Spinal Cord Injury, which 10 years ago left Gabriel paralyzed from the armpits down.
Since he first appeared on the scene in the early ’90s, Williams has defined the term independent artist. Keller built his reputation initially on his engaging live performances, no two of which are ever alike. Through Keller’s acoustic guitar and sample-based approach, the music often leans toward a hybrid of alternative folk and groovy electronica, a genre Keller jokingly calls “acoustic dance music.”
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.”
With millions of downloads, The Dollop has become a regular presence on top of the podcast charts. This show is sold out.
Tuareg group Tinariwen performs a guitar-centric branch of Malian music, trading in traditional lutes and shepherd's flutes for electric guitars and drums, with songs addressing issues such as political awakening, problems of exile, repression of their people, and demands of sovereignty.
Hamilton de Holanda is one of the most acclaimed Brazilian contemporary musicians, known for his tour-de-force compositions and stunning command of his instrument the bandolim (mandolin). He'll be joined by one of the greatest female contemporary singers in Brazil, Roberta Sá.
Deafheaven is a California-based act that has garnered acclaim for their signature hybrid sound of black metal, shoegaze, and post-rock. On October 2 the band will release their next album New Bermuda on ANTI-.
Ten year veterans on the scene, Alma Andina are always evolving their instrumentation, line up, and sound. To celebrate the release of their new album, Alma Andina will be joined by very special touring opener, Los Rolling Ruanas, hailing from Bogota, Colombia
This special night of comedy and music presented by Lady Parts Justice League features some hilarious comedians and a musical extravaganza from many of your favorite feminist badass musicians performing some of the most sexist songs ever written, all in support of reproductive rights.
On his latest release Deran, famed Tuareg guitarist Bombino focuses his captivating vocals, trancelike guitar playing, and evocative rhythms into a powerful message, exploring how to celebrate home, protect it, develop it, unify it, respect it and, above all, to never forget it.
Front Country's dynamic instrumental textures take flight with grace and gravitas while rooted in the relentlessly soulful vocals of lead singer-songwriter Melody Walker.
Join The Cedar and the Minnesota Music Coalition for a special concert featuring Minnesota's most dynamic female voices, including internationally recognized R&B/pop talent Mayda, pioneering transgender rocker Venus DeMars and Duluth electronic/folk/pop artist Ingeborg von Agassiz.
Planet Earth’s most popular fantasy football podcast, nominated for the “Best Sports Podcast” and “People’s Choice” awards from PodcastAwards.com, will hit the road this summer on the Fantasy For The People Tour.
Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir, a New York City based radical performance community, present "Everyone's Welcome in the USA," a special performance created specifically for Minneapolis.
The Drug Budget are a ten-piece garage orchestra fronted by fraternal step-brothers David W. Gibson and Linus Kangas. This performance celebrates the release of The Drug Budget's sixth studio recording, Into Entertainment.
Join The Cedar for this special Eid concert for families with 2018-19 Cedar Artist-in-Residence, Aar Maanta, at Spring Cafe in St. Paul.
A collaborative performance featuring Mark Mallman with Savage Aural Hotbed. Join two legends in the Minneapolis music community as they share over 20+ years of material together onstage.