Cedar Avenue fire benefit concert Friday night - KMSP-TV

Cedar Avenue fire benefit concert Friday night

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The Cedar Cultural Center hosts a benefit concert Friday night for victims of the New Year's Day building explosion and fire on Cedar Avenue.


- Spider John Koerner
- Brass Messengers
- Martin Devaney
- Phil Heywood
- Jon Rodine
- Southside Desire
- Augsburg JIVE
- DJ GoGetta with SYAV (Somali Youth Against Violence)


The Cedar Cultural Center
Friday, January 24, 2014 - 7:00pm
Doors Open: 6:00pm
Tickets: $20.00


Phone: 612-338-2674 ext 0, between noon and 4 p.m. ($2 fee per ticket)

In person: From a Cedar volunteer in the front lobby during events (no fee; cash, check, credit card), Depth of Field (no fee; cash or check only), or Electric Fetus (approximately $2 fee)

Online: Ticketweb (typically $2--$3 fee/ticket). LINK

Students with ID, seniors over 65, and children under 12 may purchase tickets at a discount at the door (subject to ticket availability).


The explosion was reported at 8:16 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 1 at 516 Cedar Avenue – a building that includes a grocery store, several apartment units upstairs, and is connected to the Islamic Civic Society of America & Masjid Dar Al-Hijrah mosque on the ground floor.

14 people were hospitalized and two men died in the fire. One of the victims later died at the hospital, bringing the death toll to 3.


It was a close-knit community of residents in the building, with most escaping civil war in Somalia. Now they're all starting over, with nothing.

"My sister's broke, we don't have money, we don't have a home, we don't have anything," said Hersi Hassan, who jumped from the second floor, breaking his legs. He also suffered frostbite on his bottom, from waiting on the freezing asphalt for help to arrive.


You can also donate to the victims of the fire online at https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/csc-mn

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