KFAI is partnering with The Cedar Cultural Center and Augsburg College as hosts of a benefit concert on Friday, January 24th to raise funds for the victims and their families of the New Year’s Day fire on Cedar Avenue in Minneapolis. The fire took the lives of three residents of the apartments above 516 Cedar Ave S, destroyed the Otanga Grocery Store on the ground level of the building and displaced tenants in the ten residential units.
Cedar-Riverside celebrates enormous diversity and its residents are proud of the Minneapolis neighborhood they call home. Cedar Executive Director Rob Simonds connected with Mary Laurel True of Augsburg’s Sabo Center for Citizenship and agreed this tragedy was a chance to unite the neighborhood. “This event is about the joining together of some of the community groups which call Cedar-Riverside (or "The West Bank") home to help our neighbors who have suffered such great and tragic loss. Our neighborhood is known best for both its immigrant history and history of arts and culture, so we feel it's only appropriate to assemble a wide diversity of musical artists for this benefit concert.” (Simonds)
The benefit concert will feature musicians who represent the cultural past of the West Bank neighborhood as well as its present. Already scheduled to perform are Spider John Koerner (of legendary West Bank folk trio Koerner Ray and Glover), The Brass Messengers, Martin Devaney, Phil Heywood, Jon Rodine, Southside Desire, Augsburg JIVE, and DJ Go Getta with SYAV (Somali Youth Against Violence).
Ticket options and info
More details available at The Cedar.