The Cidizens are led by Reina del Cid, described by Minneapolis’ Secrets of the City as “the way-more-talented-than-you girl next door.” Del Cid’s honest, unassuming stage presence is coupled with a raw energy that animates every meticulously crafted and lyrically driven song she puts forward. Hailing from Fargo, ND, the self-described “nerd rocker” moved to Minneapolis for school and used the tens of thousands of dollars she earned in academic awards toward the recording of her first full length album, Blueprints, Plans.
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, intellectual frontwoman. Lead guitarist Toni Lindgren adds a layer of musical virtuosity, deftly moving between traditional bluegrass styles and Hendrix-esque rock sensibility. At only 24, Lindgren is one of the youngest female lead guitarists on the scene, but her flatpicking chops never fail to astound new audiences at the band’s live shows and rival those of players that are decades her senior.