Why you should be seeing Patricia Barber tonight.

Posted on November 7, 2013 in Upcoming Shows


We have the enigmatic and wonderfully talented Patricia Barber tonight for two sets, one at 7p.m. and one at 9p.m. Patricia is a rare gem, as the first songwriter to ever be awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and with one of the longest running residencies in the country, these shows aren’t going to be something you want to pass up. But don’t just take our word for it. Take a look at what Craig Baillie, Dakota Advocate and Devotee, has to say about his past impressions of Patricia Barber during one of her visits to The Dakota.

‘In 2001 I went to the old Dakota – the one in Bandana Square – to see Patricia Barber perform. I had not heard her live before and had been curious about her since my college days in Chicago. I remember seeing her play the piano barefoot at the show (or was that my imagination?) and I recall absolutely loving the performance – piano plus poetry.

The Jazz Police blog has a great writeup about Patricia Barber written by Andrea Canter (Patricia Barber Returns to the Dakota: It looks like an article posted last fall then updated for tonight’s performance, and it has all the information you could want about this talented artist.

To recommend going to the show is not strong enough for me. I insist. I insist that you tell everyone you know who might like Patricia Barber to go as well. I also highly recommend Andrea’s blog post for some real insight into her history and accolades.

Back then – during the performances – I was doing a series of drawings at the Dakota. The goal was to finish my artwork by the time the show was over, a snap shot illustration of that show. Digging through the archives recently I found a drawing I did of Patricia Barber at the Dakota in 2001. Under the piano you can see bare feet peaking out – maybe I did not imagine that after all?’



Artwork: Craig Baillie

Craig Baillie

Dakota Artist & Advocate since 1994

Visit our website for more information about the shows and to buy tickets here. You can also call our Box Office at 612-332-5299. Also check out her interview on KBEM’s – Afternoon Cruise this afternoon between 3p.m. and 4p.m.