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Reina del Cid & the Cidizens

9:00 p.m. every Mon. @ Amsterdam


When you hear the name Reina del Cid, you may think Latin music, but it truly is not the case with the Minneapolis singer. A stage name taken because she named her guitar "El Cid," (a knight) the artist came to the conclusion that she would be the "Reina," meaning queen in Spanish. Reina spent a lot a time in college engrossed in her studies, most of those nights spent in libraries. Naturally shy, she figured she would have to be able perform her music live to get it heard. Getting some videos on the internet was the first step -- which led to the band's diverse and wide-spread audience -- but was able to break into the local scene a little more when Quillian Roe of the Roe Family Singers took the band under his wing. The writer draws much of her influence from Regina Spektor with smart lyrics and convincing melodies. While not Latin, Reina's music is flavored with a retro vibe. She doesn't take all the credit for the success of the songs, though, making sure to bring up how her band contributes to the writing process and, more importantly, the live show. (Photo by Peter Lee)

— By Youa Vang

Price: free

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