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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.


Getting Personal

Star Tribune: August 30, 2009 With Ben Vereen at the Dakota. Click here to view article.

Avant Cellist Act

Star Tribune: October 26, 2010 Matthew Heimovitz gives an extravagant performance at the Dakota. Click here to view article.

Jazz Mama at Dakota

Star Tribune: December 1, 2009 Jane Monheit returns to the Dakota to perform jazz again after having a child. Click here to view article.

Bebel Gilberto at Dakota

Star Tribune: December 4, 2009 The music royalty is breezy and brief. Click here to view article.

Fun Oldies

Star Tribune: January 12, 2010 With Lesley Gore at the Dakota…Click here to view article.

Chatty Shawn Colvin

Star Tribune: January 28, 2010 Not so sunny but very funny. Shawn Colvin brings laughs and great music to the Dakota. Click here to view article.

Everybody Dance Now

Star Tribune: March 3, 2010 Angelique Kidjo Performs at the Dakota. Click here to view article.