Winter Bluegrass Extravaganza

The weather is cold, but The Cedar's calendar is on fire with six incredible bluegrass-influenced artists hitting our stage in February and March!

Video showcasing winter bluegrass performances at The Cedar, courtesy of The Cedar Cultural Center’s YouTube channel.


A frenzied string shredding spree that takes audiences under its spell”
— The Current

Beloved local bluegrass band Pert Near Sandstone returns to The Cedar for their annual Winter String Band Gathering! With Old Salt Union’s furious fingerpicking, Feeding Leroy's blended vocal harmonies, and Pert Near Sandstone’s lively string playing and clogging, this gathering’s shaping up to be a barn burner.

Plus: Don’t miss pre and post-show parties at Palmers and the Nomad! Admission is FREE with your Cedar ticket.

Friday

At Palmers (pre-party) - The Beavers

At Nomad (afterparty) - San Souci - reunion show & The Common Ground 

Saturday

At Palmers (pre-party) - The Farmers Union 

At Nomad (afterparty) - Pistol Whippin Party Penguins & The Thirsty River

Pert Near Sandstone playing "All Night Long,” courtesy of Jam Grass TV’s YouTube channel.

Old Salt Union performing "Feel Me Love," courtesy of OldSaltUnion’s YouTube channel.

Feeding Leroy performing “Wildfire,” courtesy of Ocooch Mountain Music’s YouTube channel.

PERT NEAR SANDSTONE'S WINTER STRING BAND GATHERING 
with Feeding Leroy (Night One) and Old Salt Union (Night Two)

Friday, February 22nd, 2019
Doors: 7:00 PM / Show: 8:00 PM
Single Ticket: $17 Advance / $20 Day of Show
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Scythian’s enthusiasm is contagious, and shows seem to end with everyone dancing, jumping around or hoisting glasses.
— The Washington Post

Beginning as street performers just out of school and accidentally forming a band, Scythian plays roots music from Celtic, Eastern European and Appalachian traditions with thunderous energy, technical prowess, and songwriting that weaves stories and histories. Corda Mór Irish Dance will open the night with their joyful and passionate dancing.

SCYTHIAN with Corda Mór Irish Dance
Friday March 1st, 2019
Doors: 7:00 PM / Show: 8:00 PM
$20 Advance / $25 Day of Show
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Scythian performing "Paint This Town," courtesy of Music City Roots’ YouTube channel.

Corda Mór Irish Dance performing, courtesy of エリック Studio’s YouTube channel.


In bluegrass circles, the SteelDrivers are known as heavyweights
— Rolling Stone Country

Winning the 2015 Grammy award for Best Bluegrass Album, The SteelDrivers’ continued success lies in their consistent growth and ability to reinvent their sound with different band members, mixing in elements of Americana, country, blues, rock and soul. They will be joined by Milwaukee-based Nickel&Rose, a group that incorporates West African, Blues, bluegrass, and folk to create a unique sound that embodies Americana's past and future.

THE STEELDRIVERS with Nickel&Rose 
(At Fitzgerald Theater)
Saturday, March 2, 2019
Doors: 7:00 PM / Show: 8:00 PM
$35 - $45 
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The SteelDrivers performing “Long Way Down,” courtesy of The SteelDriver’s YouTube channel.

Nickel&Rose performing "Dog River," courtesy of Sofar Sounds’ YouTube channel.


Their birth certificates could have been registered in the heart of Kentucky, so acquainted they are with the swerves and hairpin bends of bluegrass
— The Irish Times

JigJam is a multi-award winning quartet from the heart of the midlands in Ireland. Deemed, “The Best Irish Group in Bluegrass so far” by Irish American News, they blend traditional Irish music with bluegrass and Americana with group members switching between instruments. Barbaro, the 2018 Minnesota State Fair Americana-Roots Band champions, will open with their own progressive blend of bluegrass, jazz, folk, hip-hop, and pop for a night pushing the boundaries of bluegrass.

JigJam with Barbaro
Sunday March 3rd, 2019
Doors: 7:00 PM / Show: 7:30 PM
$15 General Admission
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JigJam performing “Tullamore to Boston,” courtesy of JimJam’s YouTube channel.

Barbaro performing “Cold Stack,” courtesy of Barbaro Band’s YouTube channel.


An Irish quartet transcending even the best superlatives.
— The Huffington Post

Galway, Ireland’s We Banjo 3 finds 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.” The band’s rousing revelry, sheer virtuosity, power, passion and purpose have made them one of the music world’s most celebrated ensembles, described as “astonishing,” “the Gold Standard of Irish and American Roots music,” and “the Irish Punch Brothers.”

An Evening with WE BANJO 3
Sunday, March 10, 2019
Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm
$25 General Admission / $35 Center Section
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We Banjo 3 performing “Happiness,” courtesy of We Banjo 3’s YouTube channel.

We Banjo 3 performing “Don't Let Me Down,” courtesy of We Banjo 3’s YouTube channel.