The Cedar to host benefit for victims of New Year’s Day fire

The Cedar Cultural Center is holding a concert to raise funds for victims and families of a building fire that took place just a few hundred feet from the music venue in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis.

 The building that burned on New Year's Day in a Cedar-Riverside fire is demolished in Minneapolis, Minn. Thursday, Jan 2, 2014. Jeffrey Thompson/MPR News

In partnership with community radio station KFAI and nearby Augsburg College, The Cedar has organized a benefit concert  for Jan. 24 featuring Spider John Koerner, The Brass Messengers, Martin Devaney, Southside Desire, Augsburg JIVE, DJ Go Getta and others.

The blaze claimed the lives of three people, displaced the tenants of 10 residential units, and consumed the Otanga Grocery Store located on the ground floor of the building.