It's a mystery to me how a great musical venue like the Cedar can be seasonal. For whatever reason, the eclectic Cedar Cultural Center has routinely taken summers off, leaving Twin Cities roots- and international-music enthusiasts eagerly awaiting the autumnal toll of sweet September. This year, as a thank-you to their supportive community, the Cedar opens its doors with a stellar kickoff event featuring a free night of music from some of the area's finest emerging artists. Roma Di Luna, the husband-and-wife duo of Alexei (a.k.a. Crescent Moon, from hip-hop projects Oddjobs and Kill the Vultures) and Channy Moon Caselle, play stark acoustic folk originals with a tranquil American gothic beauty. Celebrating the release of their first full-length CD, Find Your Way Home, the Caselles promise to bring more to the show than two voices, a violin, and an old wooden six-string usually add up to. With the MMA's reigning "Female Vocalist of the Year," JoAnna James. All ages.
Thu., Sept. 6, 7 p.m.