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Don’t miss Reina del Cid and the Cidizens bluegrass concert

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Photo courtesy Community Center Reina del Cid & the Cidizens perform at the Ross Aragon Community Center on Friday, March 7.

Photo courtesy Community Center
Reina del Cid & the Cidizens perform at the Ross Aragon Community Center on Friday, March 7.

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to see the Reina del Cid & the Cidizens at the Ross Aragon Community Center on Friday, March 7.

The Cidizens are led by 25-year-old Reina del Cid, described by Minneapolis’ Secrets of the City as “the way-more-talented-than-you girl next door.” Del Cid’s honest, unassuming stage presence is coupled with a raw energy that animates every meticulously crafted and lyrically driven song she puts forward. Hailing from Fargo, N.D., the self-described “nerd rocker” moved to Minneapolis for school and used the tens of thousands of dollars she earned in academic awards toward the recording of her first full-length album, “Blueprints, Plans.”

But don’t let the old-school band name formula of “So & So and the Such & Such” fool you. Reina del Cid & the Cidizens are much more than their sweet rhyming, intellectual front woman. Lead guitarist Toni Lindgren adds a layer of musical virtuosity, deftly moving between traditional bluegrass styles and Hendrix-esque rock sensibility. At only 24, Lindgren is one of the youngest female lead guitarists on the scene, but her flatpicking chops never fail to astound new audiences at the band’s live shows and rival those of players that are decades her senior.

Formed in 2011, these newcomers have already made a splash in the Twin Cities’ music scene and beyond. Fresh off well-received appearances at Summerfest (Milwaukee), the Underground Music Showcase (Denver), and Midwest Music Fest (Winona, Minn.) this summer, the band has announced plans to record their sophomore album this fall.

The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the concert will start at 7 p.m. Tickets are now on sale at the Ross Aragon Community Center for only $10 in advance; they will be $15 at the door. Anyone who is 17 years old and younger gets in for free.

This story was posted on February 27, 2014.