A Cedar Suede

Performing @ The Nectar Lounge Wed 4/15/15 9pm www.acedarsuede.com

With heavy Afro-Cuban beats, sultry R&B, and even a good ol' bluegrass stomp, this world-funk ensemble gets down and beautifully dirty. Featuring accordion, violin, Spanish guitar, and a thick rhythm section, performing eclectic originals and covers, it's Astor Piazolla and Dr Dre cruising in an El Camino. Deep grooves handmade in Seattle, Washington.

“… A Cedar Suede, who not only have a mean accordion and violin player, but their sound is so diverse and distinct that one moment you’ll hear an Afro-Cuban beat you’re moving your feet to, and the next second you’re pondering if you’re catching a hint of bluegrass in the same song. #musicnerdproblems”
-Seattle Art Museum

“…They have an uncanny ability to breathe life and fun into any crowd! We’ve been lucky enough to have them at many events, and the response we receive is overwhelming. We highly recommend A Cedar Suede for any occasion!” -Seattle Met Magazine: Events


A synergy of Afro-Cuban beats, sultry R&B, and even a good ol' bluegrass stomp, A Cedar Suede is a cinematic world-funk ensemble that gets down, and (eclectically) dirty. Featuring accordion, violin and Spanish guitar, with a thick rhythm section, performing originals and a few classics, it's Astor Piazolla cruising with Chick Corea in a lowered El Camino. Deep luscious grooves, handmade in Seattle, Washington.

Founded in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, by Harold Belskus (Guitar) and Jamie Maschler (Accordion), the two often performed as an intimate duet or trio, featuring violinist, Amanda Fitch. Rooted in Latin and European influences, their music consisted of sophisticated soundscapes and layers of virtuosic improvisation. After only a few months of collaborating, they released their 2011 self-titled, self-produced, debut EP. It was immediately well-received across the Pacific Northwest.

“Very promising music, it’s very timeless and full of life! Solid musicianship for such young players.” –Jovino Santos-Neto

The infectious appeal of this small group began to draw the attention of peers, whom all suggested that the group expand in size and sound to reach their full potential. So in 2013, they gathered some of the most vibrant and talented players in the Seattle area. The septet, now featuring horns and a full rhythm section, seamlessly fuses classical and jazz traditions in a manner that draws respect from even the most critical listeners. A Cedar Suede balance lyrical melodies, lush harmonies, and deep grooves, all while providing room for improvisation within composition. Each song is its own adventure.

In only three days of tracking, with only three takes of each song, A Cedar Suede recorded their debut full-band album: The Legend of the Great T.D. Bingo. The album will be released in February 2015. Pre order it at www.acedarsuede.com!

Best wishes for a happy holiday season and our sincere thanks for your loyalty and goodwill throughout the year!

We're taking some time off and exploring other sounds! In the mean time, please check out our other projects: En Canto (ft. Jamie Maschler on accordion) brings you sounds of samba, forró, and choro. Bootleg Sunshine (ft. Amanda Fitch on violin/vocals) brings you sounds of American roots music, jam band, and boot-stompin' bluegrass! facebook.com/bootlegsunshine
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These guys KILLED at Summer Meltdown, they're super funky (oh ya, us too!) and now we get to share a night with them!! SO PUMPED!! Been wondering what we've been up to since the summer? We'll be debuting a completely new sound, instrumentation, and direction at this show -spoiler alert: singing! Tons of new material. So don't miss it!

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This ridiculous video had an equally fun release party at Capitol Cider!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nW9OvqhB7E8
Thanks Jim Hoover for the shots!

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Spacecraft, Morgan and Bainbridge, thanks for the good time!! #rockhardspacecraft #bassplayer #frizzyhairdontcare #tdbingo

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A Cedar Suede at Giver by the River
West Caroline A Cedar Suede Live at The Triple Door Seattle

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