Tonight at the Cedar Cultural Center, 2017 Cedar Commissions artist See More Perspective debuts his new project Flow and the Bow, a collaboration with cellist Eric Silva Brenneman. To celebrate, “Back to the City: Minneapolis Music Conversation” host Simon Calder sat down with See to discuss everything from Prince to politics, as well as See’s back catalog and the art of conversation. This is the first of two Rift-exclusive “Back to the City” video interviews coming out this week; watch out for our singer-songwriter special – featuring Joe Carey, Andy Cook, Dave Sandersfeld, and Michael Gunvalson (Val Son), all of whom have new records out – this Wednesday, February 8th.
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Heroes Of Hobo Nation
In advance of their sold-out show at the Cedar Cultural Center Monday, Americana superheroes Billy Bragg and Joe Henry talk trains, Trump, Brexit, America, Prince, and how to “Shine A Light” in these dark times [Read more…] about Interview – Heroes of Hobo Nation – Billy Bragg & Joe Henry
Over the past decade, Lucy Michelle and Chris Koza have been among the most consistent and prolific artists in Minneapolis/St. Paul. During that timespan, Chris has released 10 albums – most recently 2014’s In Real Time while also fronting the band Rogue Valley. Lucy Michelle has recently followed up 2013’s Chan Poling/John Munson-co-produced solo album Attack of the Heart by rekindling with former Velvet Lapels collaborators under the moniker “Little Fevers” for their delightful and energetic debut album Field Trip.
This Valentine’s Day the duo — along with several other melodic friends — will be filling the Cedar Cultural Center with originals and covers inspired by the pearls – and perils of romance. Chris and Lucy will perform solo, as a duo, and as a quartet with the musical guidance of Richard Medek (drum) and John Munson (bass). Special guests for the evening include Adam Levy (The Honedogs, And The Professors), Alexei Moon Casselle (Mixed Blood Majority, Kill the Vultures), Leah Ottman (LOTT, We are the Willows), and singer-songwriter Brian Just.
In advance of Valentine’s Day, Chris and Lucy are forging ahead through the depths of the Minnesota Winter by recording a special covers EP. This sure-to-be-rare, sure-to-be-rad collection of songs is an exclusive release – and a sincere Thank You – for ticket-holders to the show. The album will be distributed as a download in early February, prior the show.
Will there be cakes? Sing-alongs? Fancy Gowns? Surprises? Will you find your one True Love in the audience? The possibilities are many, but the time and place are one: Sunday, February 14th the Cedar Cultural Center present: A Valentine’s Evening w/ Chris Koza and Lucy Michelle.
Doors Open: 7:00pm
Day of show: $25.00
All-Ages; Seated Show
An evening of inventive and traditional flamenco from local talents and guest artists from Spain.
Part I: Daniel and Adrian Volovets Duo
Brothers Daniel (guitar) and Adrian Volovets (flute, tenor saxophone, and violin) are a duo whose telepathic musical communication and varied repertoire have brought them critical acclaim. Their music is a unique combination of flamenco, Brazilian, jazz, and classical genres, including inventive arrangements of old favorites and original compositions. Danieland Adrian’s technical virtuosity and soulful interpretations have captivated audiences throughout the Twin Cities. Together, they have recorded several CDs, including their latest “Wistful Tendrils.” They will perform a new program of traditional and modern flamenco, imbued with baroque, jazz, and Brazilian influences.
Part II: “Noche Gitana” by Twin Cities Flamenco Artists Co-op with Festero Javier Heredia
Javier Heredia (Festero from Seville)
La Rhina (Dancer from Seville)
Daniel Volovets (Guitarist)
Adrian Volovets (Flute, Tenor Saxophone, and Violin)
Trevor May (Guitarist)
Sachiko Nishiuchi “La Chayí” (Dancer)
Michael Ziegahn (Guitarist)
“Noche Gitana” is a traditional flamenco music-and-dance performance series by TCFAC and guest artists directly from Spain. TCFAC will welcome two special guests for the night at The Cedar: flamenco festero Javier Heredia and a flamenco dancer La Rhina from Seville, Spain. Festeros are flamenco artists who specialize in singing and dancing in the fiestas of Andalusian villages and towns. Most of them learned to sing and dance in their families and communities without going to dance or singing schools. As this flamenco tradition is disappearing, fewer artists like Javier Heredia are seen. TCFAC’s “Noche Gitana” celebrates the gypsy spirit and its culture and tradition through flamenco music, singing and dancing.
Twin Cities Flamenco Artists Co-op (TCFAC) is a newly formed group founded in 2015 based on the shared goal of bringing authentic, traditional flamenco to the Twin Cities through performance, community activities and education, and working with flamenco singers on a daily basis. TCFAC also aims to satisfy the thirst of flamenco aficionados in the Twin Cities and to reach out to new audience members in flamenco. We have already put on two successful traditional flamenco tablao shows: “Noche Gitana” in September at The Nicollet and “Noche Gitana” in November at Icehouse Mpls, both with world-renowned flamenco artists directly from Andalusia.
Ticket options and info
On sale date: 12 noon Fri Nov 13
Phone: 612-338-2674 ext 0 between 12 noon and 4pm M-F ($2 fee per ticket)
In person: From a Cedar volunteer in the front lobby during events (no fee; cash, check, credit card), Depth of Field (no fee; cash or check only), or Electric Fetus (approximately $2 fee)
Online: Ticketfly (typically $2–$3 fee/ticket) (click on red Buy Tickets button at top of this page) until 5pm day of show
The Cedar is an all ages venue
Students with ID, seniors over 65, and children under 12 may purchase tickets at a discount at the door (subject to ticket availability).
For the artists’ bios, please go to The Cedar’s website at http://www.thecedar.org/
Pert Near winter tradition continues at The Cedar!
Take old time music off the back porch, throw out the hillbilly reputation, and put it in the hands of a group of guys that like to work hard and play even harder. Pert Near Sandstone rejuvenates American string band music with raw energy; they play tightly-crafted original material that lends itself to the modern audience, as well as being stewards of the old-time and bluegrass traditions. They are just as at home playing fully acoustic in the traditional style as they are plugged in at an indie rock venue. From saloons to theaters, hollering into a single microphone and laying thick rhythm on driving fiddle melodies, their sweat-inducing, foot-stomping live performances keep crowds begging for more all night long.
With previous appearances at Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Prairie Home Companion, Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour, Music City Roots and the International Bluegrass Music Conference plus four well received full-length original records and a 7″ single under their belt, Pert Near Sandstone continues to build momentum.
The Hardest Part of Leaving
Pert Near Sandstone’s fifth album yields a powerful collection of new material put together during a marathon songwriting session in the winter of 2013. The lyrical content for this album was gathered over the last 3 years during times wrought with the personal trials and tribulations faced by a band 10 years deep into its journey of traveling the country in their rugged and rambling fashion. Ever eclectic in their approach to the broad spectrum of American folk music they represent, the band unearths some of their most potent and hard-hitting songwriting to date. The Hardest Part of Leaving is an honest album, written with the maturity Pert Near now brings to the acoustic song craft. It finds Pert Near collaborating with many of the talented musicians in the historic and ever growing hot bed of folk music nestled in the polar vortex of Minneapolis. The Hardest Part of Leaving walks the line between the signature Pert Near sound and a more experimental approach by the blue-collared stewards of the modern string-band music scene.
Opening tonight will be the Rumpke Mountain Boys.
Sponsored by Indeed Brewing – $5 Indeed taps & cans
Ticket options and info
- On sale date: 12 noon Fri Nov 13
- Phone: 612-338-2674 ext 0 between 12 noon and 4pm M-F ($2 fee per ticket)
- In person: From a Cedar volunteer in the front lobby during events (no fee; cash, check, credit card), Depth of Field (no fee; cash or check only), or Electric Fetus (approximately $2 fee)
- Online: Ticketfly (typically $2–$3 fee/ticket) (click on red Buy Tickets button at top of this page) until 5pm day of show
- The Cedar is an all ages venue
- Students with ID, seniors over 65, and children under 12 may purchase tickets at a discount at the door (subject to ticket availability).