USA Today: February 16, 2007 The Dakota makes the Top 10 List!…Click here to view article.
Dakota HistoryNoteworthy Food & Music
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, we traveled across the river to Minneapolis’ Nicollet Mall. Currently located at Target’s 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 Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Ramsey Lewis and Betty LaVette to Larry Graham and Macy Gray. 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.
The Dakota, and those who have worked with us throughout the years understand our motivation and passion to provide an environment for great music and education. 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.
MPLS/St. Paul Magazine: April 5, 2007 To Andrew Zimmern…Click here to view article.
MPLS/St. Paul: September, 16, 2007 John McLaughlin, demigod of machine-gun jazz, plays at the Dakota. Click here to view article.
Star Tribune: December 27, 2007 Five great restaurants to check out in the Twin Cities. Star Tribune ranks the Dakota as one of the top restaurants. Click here to view article.
Star Tribune: April 8, 2008 Honoring jazz bassist Ray Brown.Click here to view article.
MPLS/St. Paul Magazine: March 9, 2009 “A shining light of the Twin Cities cultural scene”. Click here to view article.
Star Tribune: May 27, 2009 The revered singer-songwriter returns to the Dakota. Click here to view article.
Star Tribune: June 9, 2009 Pinetop Perkins is the main dish at the Dakota. Click here to view article.
Star Tribune: June 13, 2009 With an emotional performance, Bettye LaVette gives more meaning to music. Click here to view article.
Citypages: June 22, 2009 Hiromi leaves the Dakota awestruck… Click here to view article.