Global Summer Series 2018 at The Cedar

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It’s a summer to remember at The Cedar

Experience a breathtaking spread of genres, styles and sounds from Africa, Latin America, Europe and beyond in the heart of Cedar Riverside. Classic Cedar artists such as Amadou & MariamTinariwenBombino, and Femi Kuti return to our stage alongside new acts like MokoombaLos CojolitesGuilhem DesqHamilton de Holanda, and Los Rolling Ruanas

All shows are all-ages. As always, students (with current school ID), are admitted at 20% off of the advance price when purchasing tickets at the door. 

Please join us!

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The Cedar, City Pages, and Mshale Present
Amadou & Mariam with special guest (Bamako, Mali)
Friday, June 8th, 8pm
$45 General Admission

For more than forty years Amadou & Mariam have been joyfully combining their own love story with a danceable Afro-pop sound, becoming some of the world's biggest ambassadors for Malian music in the process.


The Cedar, KFAI, and Mshale Present
Bombino with Black Widows (Agadez, Niger)
Sunday, July 15th, 7:30pm
$22 Advance, $25 Day of Show

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. 

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The Cedar and Mshale Present
Alma Afrobeat Ensemble with special guest (Barcelona, Spain)
Sunday, July 22nd, 7:30pm
$15 Advance, $20 Day of Show

Alma Afrobeat Ensemble, a 9-piece high-energy Afrobeat collective, returns to The Cedar for a night of interlocking, trance-inducing grooves, funky horn melodies, and captivating call and response vocals.

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The Cedar Presents
Alma Andina (Album Release) and Los Rolling Ruanas (Bogotá, Colombia)
Friday, July 27th, 8:00pm
$13 Advance, $15 Day of Show

Minnesota-based “Electro Andean Party" group Alma Andina combines a broad mix of musical flavors and rhythms, inviting people to dance, party, and feel free and unified. To celebrate the release of their new album, they will be joined by touring Colombian band Los Rolling Ruanas, whose sound is a tribute to Colombian Andean peasants, their culture, and their music, carranga.

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The Cedar, 89.3 The Current, Mshale and City Pages present
Femi Kuti & The Positive Force with special guest (Lagos, Nigeria) 
Tuesday, July 31st, 7:30pm
$50 Advance, $55 Day of show

Femi Kuti has carried on the legacy of his father, legendary Nigerian singer Fela Kuti, spreading Afrobeat’s percussive blend of jazz and funk music and political activism to the world.

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The Cedar Presents
Hamilton de Holanda and Roberta Sá (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Wednesday, August 8th, 7:30pm
$30 Advance / $35 Day of Show

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.


The Cedar and Mshale Present
Tinariwen with special guest (Tessalit, Mali)
Tuesday, August 14th, 7:30pm
$35 Advance / $40 Day of Show

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.

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The Cedar Presents
Guilhem Desq with special guest (Toulouse, France)
Tuesday, August 21st, 7:30pm
$12 Advance / $15 Day of Show

A 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.