Cedar hosting benefit concert for New Year's Day fire victims

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January 17, 2014
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

The Cedar Cultural Center, Augsburg College and KFAI radio are holding a benefit concert Friday, Jan. 24 at the Cedar to raise money for victims of the New Year's Day fire at the apartment building at 516 Cedar Ave. S.

Three people died in the fire and several people lost their homes in the explosion. The Otanga Grocery Store, which was located on the building's ground floor, was also destroyed.

The Cedar's executive director Rob Simonds contacted Mary Laurel True of Augsburg's Sabo Center for Citizenship about organizing the event as a way to bring the diverse and eclectic neighborhood together.

"This 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," Simonds wrote on the Cedar's website. "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." 

Participating artists include: Brass Messengers; Augsburg JIVE with Dalmar and Hodan of Waayaha Cusub; Southside Desire; Jon Rodine; DJ Go Getta and SYAV dancers; Cactus Blossoms (Duo); Phil Heywood; Spider John Koerner; and Martin Devaney. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. 

Tickets are $20. You can purchase online here or call 338-2647.