A white guy from Minneapolis, huh? But it's not what you think—Peter Himmelman doesn't do hip hop (yet). He's a veritable Jack-of-all-(other)-genres, though, so it's not surprising that Himmelman is double-billed this weekend at the Cedar Cultural Center, with a traditional Saturday-night set followed by a family-friendly show on Sunday morning. Through his career, his style has ranged from rock to reggae to blues to new wave, and he's picked up nominations for both Emmys and Grammys along the way. But for all his many hats, Himmelman retains a stable, continuous quality in all of his songs—no matter their classification—anchored by reflective lyrics and throaty vocals. As such, the genre jumping doesn't seem a schizophrenic pursuit of style; rather, his acoustic diversity is a multi-faceted expression of a single aesthetic. Who knows—maybe he'll have a 2009 Rhymesayers debut after all.
Sat., Dec. 20, 7 p.m., 2008
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