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“One of the hotter new bands in the Twin Cities…infectiously folksy and fiendishly fun.” -Star Tribune
The Cidizens are led by 24 year old singer-songwriter Reina del Cid, described by Minneapolis’ Secrets of the City as “the way-more-talented-than-you girl next door.” Channeling storytelling greats like Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, del Cid serves up heartache, complex romance, and sharp-eyed social commentary with the effortlessness of an artist many decades her senior. Posting her music online during college in 2007, Reina del Cid’s honest, unfiltered songs touched millions of listeners on social media sites like YouTube and Facebook, winning her a devoted international following before she teamed up with the Cidizens.
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 frontwoman. Along with infectious rock/blues drummer Clay Whitney (Absolute Gruv) and accomplished classical/jazz bassist Chris Wiberg, lead guitarist Toni Lindgren (The Hillside Ramblers) adds a layer of musical virtuosity, deftly moving between traditional bluegrass styles and Hendrix-esque rock shredding. At only 22, Lindgren is one of the youngest female lead guitarists on the scene, but her playing showcases her years spent behind a guitar: she picked it up at age 6, and it shows. Lindgren’s ripping solos and skillful soundscaping keep people talking long after the band leaves the stage.