Daniel Kahn is a Detroit-born, Berlin-based singer/songwriter whose poetically and politically charged music has been described as “Klezmer Yiddish Punk Cabaret.” Read on to learn more about his musical and cultural influences, and his thoughts on politics, resistance, healing, and much more.
This Saturday, KFAI and The Cedar call to order a meeting of the celestial minds to celebrate Sun Ra, featuring a mix of solo and ensemble performances from local, national, and international improvisers inspired by his musical, poetic, and philosophical body of work. Hear from artists Dameun Strange, Elliot of Astralblak, Charlie Parr, Steve Hirsh and Queen Drea about what excites them most about this celebration of Sun Ra’s life and legacy.
Before the big band comedy concert Ricky Lagoon: He Croons!, on Sunday, May 5th, we chatted with comedian Kate McCarthy to give audiences a better understanding of what to expect. Read on to learn more about Kate’s comedy and vocal background, what she looks for in a comedy scene, some of the comedy gems of Chicago, NYC, LA, and Minneapolis, how young Wayne Newton influenced the show, and her time interning on Conan.
Sam Amidon’s music is folk inspired, but pushes beyond the conventions of bluegrass and Americana, drawing influence from jazz, experimental improvisation, and indie rock, to name a few. Read on to learn more about his musical beginnings, the “act of listening,” reworking traditional songs, the role of empathy in collaboration, and much more.
Born in Jackson, Tennessee where blues, gospel, and Appalachian folk music converge, Valerie June has consistently been at a meeting point of different musical traditions. This is reflected in her sound, which June has termed “organic moonshine roots.” Learn more about Valerie June and the history behind her music!!
FAARROW is currently in Minneapolis for a Midnimo residency, and will be performing at The Cedar on April 5th. Learn more about the sisters, their sound, and their message, and their place in the history of Somali music.