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Established in 1985, the Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant opened in St. Paul and has since moved to downtown Minneapolis. We are proud of our history as a part of the Twin Cities community. Read a little about it below!

Over the last nearly three decades the Dakota has taken new approaches to evolve our music styles, outreach, audience and approach to fine dining.

Opened in October of 1985 by Lowell Pickett, the Dakota was originally located in St. Paul’s Bandana Square.  Some years later with the intention to expand, Lowell partnered with current co-owner Richard Erickson and traveled across the river to Minneapolis’ Nicollet Mall. Currently located at Target world headquarters, the Dakota has blossomed in its new home as a premier music venue in the Midwest.

Over the years we have housed acclaimed chefs, shelved exotic spirits and hosted the best and most talented musicians of the century: from Prince, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Ramsey Lewis and Betty LaVette to Larry Graham and Dave Brubeck.  Among the best musicians from both a local, national and international perspective, artists often request to play at the Dakota and it has become a bench mark location for many artists in terms of their musical success.

As we’ve grown, our resources have allowed us to expand our philanthropic efforts. The Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education provides resources for Minnesota’s youth to learn jazz from a traditional perspective. We believe strongly in the preservation of jazz as an immense piece of American tradition. By giving our youth the inspiration of great musicians, we allow them a foundation from which to form their own music and maybe, just maybe create a completely new genre and style of music. Appreciation and mastery of musical arts is what the Dakota has promoted in every way possible for nearly 30 years.


A Great Songwriter

Star Tribune: October 25, 2010 And singer, Jimmy Webb, at the Dakota. Click here to view article.

Foodie Week

Star Tribune: November 14, 2010 Attention food lovers… Click here to view article.

Holiday Arts: Aaron Neville

Star Tribune: November 14, 2010 Grammy award winning R&B great at the Dakota…Click here to view article.

Old Pal McCoy Tyner

Star Tribune: December 4, 2010 Friendship put Dakota on the map by Lowell Pickett celebrating the Dakota’s 25th Anniversary with friend McCoy Tyner. Click here to view article.

An Infectious Smile

Star Tribune: January 21, 2011 From Nellie McKay brightens the Dakota with a smile that beams from the stage. Click here to view article.

Two Out of Hand Bass Players

StarTribune: March 15, 2011 Stanley Clarke and Victor Wooten entertain jazz fans. Click here to view article.

Blues in My Sunshine

Insight News: March 18, 2011 Sueann Carwell returns to Minnesota to host her own CD release party at the Dakota. Click here to view article.

A Fer-nomenal Performance…

Star Tribune: March 21, 2011 Rachelle Farrell delivers her extraordinary talents, to a pleased standing-room only crowd. Click here to view article.

One of the Best Shows

Star Tribune: March 24, 2011 Patti Austin gives the Dakota one of the best shows to ever come. Her sultry voice revived Ella Fitzgerald right here in the Twin Cities. Click here to view article.

Bob Mould Sees a Little Light

June 15th, 2011 Bob Mould celebrates his album release “See a Little Light” by performing at the Dakota. http://blogs.citypages.com/gimmenoise/2011/06/bob_mould_see_a_little_light.php