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We love what we do, and we love talking about it. Read through the posts below to see reviews and press articles written about the Dakota, as well as updates about our community involvement, events, and restaurant menus.

Squirrel Nut Zippers get ready to romp at the Dakota Oct. 7 & 8

Posted on October 4, 2016 in Music

The Swing Revival of the early 1990s in the United States was truly spearheaded by the exuberant vintage toned highly energized Squirrel Nut Zippers, which were formed in 1991 by Jimbo Mathus & his then wife Katharine Whalen in North Carolina. Their fun moving stylistic music sounds like a wild hybrid of romping heated 20’s swing, eclectic gypsy jazz, depression era blues, roaring dance rhythms & even calypso abounding. The…

THE BEAUTY OF KING – Monday, Oct 10, 2016

Posted on September 28, 2016 in Music

The most attention grasping thing about King is their beauty. They are absolutely physically beautiful, but equally, and perhaps more important is their inner beauty which transitions into the angelically beautiful music they design and share with us. These young ladies not only write, produce, play and sing their own compositions, but they also tackle the business side of the industry, releasing their creations on their own label, King Creative.…

Fred Eaglesmith brings 40 years of songs to the Dakota

Posted on September 24, 2016 in Music

Fred Eaglesmith The Dakota Jazz Club Tue. September 27, 2016 7pm Suddenly, I want the whole wide world to know about the true to life dirt road troubadour Fred Eaglesmith from rural Canada. Fred is an eccentric real life seasoned songwriter & gifted performer. He has been on the road for over 40 years penning original songs (making for 22 albums) & sharing stories & experiences that would seem like…

“I’m bringing back the Jazz Women All Stars” – Patty Peterson

Posted on September 16, 2016 in Music

You heard right, the Patty Peterson and the Jazz Women All Stars are back! This summer the Jazz Women All Stars made a terrific debut at the TC Jazz Festival in Mears Park. The ensemble included Debbie Duncan on vocals, Linda Peterson on piano and vocals, Mary Louise Knutson on piano, Joan Griffith on bass and guitar, Sheila Earley on drums, Mary Petrich on sax and of course Patty Peterson…


Posted on September 9, 2016 in Uncategorized

BOOKER T JONES American Music Legend November 1 & 2 | 7 & 9pm – click here for tickets It can be argued that it is Booker T. Jones who set the cast for modern soul music and is largely responsible for its rise and enduring popularity.  On classic Stax hits like “Green Onions,” “Hang ‘Em High,” “Time Is Tight,” and “Melting Pot,” the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Musicians…

Red Baraat brings their unique brand of fun(k) to the Dakota

Posted on September 3, 2016 in Music

The enticing cascading joy that Red Baraat brings to any gathered crowd of music lovers is both a dynamic sight & a magnificent sound to behold. Their manic rhythm driven sound combines an exquisite array of influences & flavors from around the globe. I have passionately shared & written about Red Baraat in the past as they are always a tremendously moving experience when performing at the Dakota. Here’s a…


Posted on August 31, 2016 in Music

There is magic in a Davell Crawford performance. It is not because he has been performing for so long, (he has played piano since he was a young child), but because he is supremely talented. He showers audiences with his natural soulfulness and raw emotion with every melody he plays, and every note that he sings. It is our great fortune that this is the case. A powerhouse pianist and…