La Misa Negra will be performing with Dos Santos at The Cedar this Friday, July 19th. We interviewed the founder of La Misa Negra, Marco Polo Santiago, to learn more about their unique blend of cumbia and high-energy Afro-Latin music.
Dos Santos, who are performing with La Misa Negra at The Cedar this Friday, July 19th, create cutting edge music that fuses cumbia influences with psychedelic, Latin jazz, and punk threads. We interviewed Alex Chávez, the lead singer of Dos Santos, to learn more about their musical and cultural influences, and their thoughts on politics, community, public dialogue and more.
The 2019 Global Roots Festival features an eclectic roster of international artists performing free concerts on The Cedar’s mainstage: the hypnotic women-led Tuareg blues of Les Filles De Illighadad; Afro-Argentine reggae icon Fidel Nadal with Mr. Pauer; masterful Korean percussion from Kim So Ra; Dublin folk miscreants Lankum; Chadian-Canadian Afrofuturist electro-fusion DJ AfroTroniX; and Jordanian-Palestinian shamstep pioneers 47SOUL.
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!!