Check out a playlist of all our December 2017 artists on Spotify, and read up on our top picks below.
The Lowest Pair – Saturday, December 2
Blending indie, folk, and bluegrass sounds, The Lowest Pair bring a rustic, yet playful spin on traditional genres. Palmer T. Lee and Kendl Winter, two singer-banjoists, first met at a bluegrass festival in Winona, MN in 2009, later becoming collaborators and moving to Olympia, WA. After spending the 2016 winter season making music in Minnesota with local legends Dave Simonett and Erik Koskinen, the band simultaneously released their two newest records, Uncertain As It Is Uneven and Fern Girl and the Ice Man. The band has grown to experiment with new instruments and fuller arrangements, while still maintaining a connection with their bluegrass roots. Catch The Lowest Pair’s unique folk sound at The Cedar on December 2, joined by Brooklyn-duo-of-twins The Brother Brothers. Watch their video for “When They Dance The Mountains Shake,” below.
Kris Delmhorst & Jeffrey Foucault – Thursday, December 7
Singer-songwriters Kris Delmhorst and Jeffrey Foucault rarely come together to perform. Though they have been married since 2004, both have maintained successful independent touring careers, working with a growing list of collaborators including Peter Wolf and Mary Gauthier. This special tour celebrates the release of Kris Delmhorst’s The Wild and marks the first time the pair have collaborated on a recording. Joined by Foucault and members of his band, Delmhorst’s stripped down and somber album contemplates the tide of clarity in life, coming in and out of focus. On December 7, The Cedar presents the rare opportunity to see these two performers together on stage. Watch a session performance of “Tracks in the Snow” below.
The Barr Brothers – Friday, December 8
Founded in Montreal, Quebec, the Barr Brothers have earned a reputation for their unique music - drummer Andrew Barr and guitarist Brad Barr are joined by harpist Sarah Pagé to generate a complex folk-pop sound. After releasing their debut self-titled album in 2011, the band was been nominated for two Juno Awards and is currently touring on their third release, the sophisticated and slightly nostalgic Queen of the Breakers. On the record, their typical guitar, percussion, harp setup is augmented with requinto guitars from Mexico and stringed ngoni from West Africa. Their sonic experimentation makes for a complex and playful follow-up to 2015’s Alta Falls EP. This one-of-a-kind band will be coming to The Cedar on December 8. Watch their performance of the single “You Would Have to Lose Your Mind.”
An Evening with Iris Dement – Sunday, December 10
Over her 25-year career Iris Dement has cemented her position as an essential American singer-songwriter. Beginning with her legendary 1992 debut Infamous Angel, followed by the stunning My Life, Dement developed a powerful country-folk sound. Her newest release, 2015’s The Trackless Woods sets Russian poet Anna Akhmatova’s work to music for the first time ever. While raising her adopted Russian daughter with her husband in Iowa City, she developed an urge to link the Russian and American worlds. Akhmatova’s poetry became that link. Through the 20th century poet’s personal struggles in war-torn Russia, Akhmatova was able to find beauty in pain and darkness. This became the foundation of veteran Dement’s newest work. Iris Dement’s beautiful and evocative country-tinged performance is coming to The Cedar on December 10. Watch the video for her protest song “We Won’t Keep Quiet” below.
Dosh & Friends 10th Annual Cedar Show – Friday, December 15
For its 10th year, Dosh & Friends will be returning to The Cedar for an anniversary blowout. Beginning his solo career in 2002 with a self-titled debut, Dosh has grown to become a staple of the Minneapolis music scene. As a frequent collaborator with musicians such as Andrew Broder and Andrew Bird, Martin Dosh has developed a unique brand of electronic looping and sound collage. His artful electronic music is warm and experimental, simultaneously pointing to his roots as a percussionist and his desire to challenge himself as a songwriter. The 10th Annual Dosh & Friends show returns December 15 and will feature: Mike Sopko, Al Church and DeVon Gray playing with Dosh; Billy Martin (of Medeski Martin and Wood) featuring special guest Dave King; Jeremy Ylvisaker with Mike Lewis and JT Bates; plus the mighty Guitarkestra of Minneapolis. See his collaboration with Ghostband below.
Lizz Winstead in 2017: The Greatest Sh*t Show on Earth – Saturday, December 30 & Sunday, December 31
Co-creator and former head writer of The Daily Show and co-founder of Air America Radio, Lizz Winstead is one of the top political satirists in America. In addition to leading Lady Parts Justice, a reproductive rights organization, the stand-up comedian is currently working on a follow up to her acclaimed 2012 book, Lizz Free or Die. Her unique brand of political wit makes for a can’t-miss stand-up performance. The Twin Cities native will give her review of a tumultuous 2017 alongside her favorite guitarist, Sam Breckenridge at The Cedar on December 30 and 31. Watch her discuss the intersection of comedy and activism below.