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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.

Sonny Knight and the Lakers, James Brown alumni nail Godfather

Posted on January 4, 2016 in Reviews

Sonny Knight and the Lakers, James Brown alumni offer fine Godfather of Soul tribute By Dan Emerson Special to the Pioneer Press Sunday night at the Dakota, a local crew of funk and soul music revivalists joined forces with two old-school funk icons to pay tribute to the musical force of nature that was the late James Brown. Twin Cities-based Sonny Knight and the Lakers were joined by 77-year old…

Sonny Knight and The Lakers Team With Former JB’S Fred Wesley and Jabo Starks to Bring Sizzling Funk to the Dakota Jazz Club

Posted on December 22, 2015 in Uncategorized

No one deserves a musical tribute more than the Godfather of Soul himself, James Brown. When Sonny Knight and the Lakers join forces with two of Brown’s former backers from JB’s, trombonist Fred Wesley, and drummer Jabo Starks, we will most definitely need some air freshener handy at the Dakota Jazz Club because the funk will be flowing! Both Wesley and Starks have copious amounts of contributions as players with an iconic queue…

Sonny Knight & the Lakers

Posted on December 9, 2015 in Upcoming Shows

Fri, December 18, 2015 7pm, 9pm Sat, December 19, 2015 7pm, 9pm The Dakota Jazz Club Minneapolis’s once best kept secret didn’t have a chance. Considering that it’s the rising grassroots grown soul powered local sensation Sonny Knight & Lakers. This explosive expressive spot on 8 piece groove savvy coalition has simultaneously & swiftly elicited major praise (from far & near), deservingly sought much attention, enjoyed sizable positive word of…

Today Only: Buy Online, Get Free Wine!

Posted on November 29, 2015 in Uncategorized

We invite you to give the gift of world-class food and world-renowned music this holiday season! Dakota/Vieux Carré gift cards make the ideal gift, as they can be used for dinner, drinks, or tickets to any Dakota show, or food and beverages at Vieux Carré. From now through December 23, receive a $20 promo card as a gift from us with every $100 in gift cards purchased. On Cyber Monday…

DOUBLE DOWN on Black Friday Gift Cards!

Posted on November 27, 2015 in Uncategorized

Today only! Double down on your holiday giving and get TWO $20 promo cards with every $100 purchased in gift cards on November 27. We invite you to give the gift of world-class food and world-renowned music this holiday season! Dakota/Vieux Carré gift cards make the ideal gift, as they can be used for dinner, drinks, or tickets to any Dakota show, or food and beverages at Vieux Carré. From…

The Subdudes

Posted on November 3, 2015 in News, Upcoming Shows

The flavor savory New Orleans steeped Subdudes first initiated their earthy rootsy profound sound in 1987 brought together by friendship & shared musical interests & resulting aspirations. The Dudes burst forth on the scene with racy voracious pleasure & spellbinding splendor. After all, this is the New Orleans music scene that is the envy of the civilized world. Within the all encompassing cultural diversity of what I call the planet…

Davina & the Vagabonds

Posted on October 20, 2015 in News, Upcoming Shows

Davina brings music to life on stage. Her skilled sultry exquisite singing & engaging piano playing breathe wonderment & weave indulgent idiosyncrasies into every live performance with the dynamic playful interplay of her sensational backing band the Vagabonds. The first time I ever met my now dear friend Davina Sowers was after I had just seen her rising powerful band Davina & the Vagabonds at Jitters (in Minneapolis). I can…