Benefit concert to be held at The Cedar for Cedar-Riverside fire victims

The charred remains of the building that burned down on New Year's day 2014. A benefit concert for the Somali-American victims that lived there will be held a few feet away at The Cedar on January 24. Photo: Kate Purdy via TC Daily Planet

The Cedar Cultural Center, Augsburg College and KFAI radio will host a benefit concert on Friday, January 24th to raise funds for the Somali-American 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.

The burnt building is a few feet from The Cedar, renowned for its presentation of top musicians from around the world including Africa.

The benefit concert will feature musicians that 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, Southside Desire, Augsburg JIVE (Augsburg student ensemble), DJ Go Getta with SYAV (Somali Youth Against Violence), with more artists to be announced soon.

“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, ” Cedar executive director, Rob Simonds said in a statement.

Tickets go on sale on Friday, January 10 at noon on the Cedar website.

Cedar Ave Fire Benefit
Friday, January 24th 2014
The Cedar Cultural Center
416 Cedar Ave South, Mpls 55454
6:00pm doors / 7:00pm show / All-Ages
Tickets on-sale online Friday January 10th @ noon
$20.00 admission

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