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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.


Janiva Magness on the Art of Passion

March 23rd, 2012 Janiva Magness performs at the Dakota to make art and passion come to life. http://blogs.citypages.com/gimmenoise/2012/03/janiva_magness.php

All Hail for Prince at the Dakota

January 18th, 2013 International star, Prince, performs in his hometown at the Dakota Jazz club. http://blogs.citypages.com/gimmenoise/2013/01/princes_surprise_dakota_jazz_club_1_18_13.php

Mother’s Banjo CD Release

January 24th, 2013 Mother’s Banjo releases their album, Devil Hasn’t Won at the Dakota Jazz Club. http://blogs.citypages.com/gimmenoise/2013/01/mother_banjo_interview.php

Bettye LaVette Returns to the Dakota

September 24th, 2013 Bettye LaVette flaunts her soul prowess to an eager crowd at the Dakota. http://www.startribune.com/entertainment/blogs/224975382.html

Aimee Mann Brings Special Guest Ted Leo

October 21st, 2013 Aimee Mann and Ted Leo bring a nice, relaxing night of incredible jazz to create amazing memories. http://www.startribune.com/entertainment/blogs/228628681.html