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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.

Dee Dee Bridgewater’s Joyous Gift To New Orleans

Posted on February 29, 2016 in Uncategorized

We’re beyond excited to have this legend of vocal jazz, Dee Dee Bridgewater, on our stage. She’ll be joined by Irvin Mayfield & New Orleans 7. It’s going to be a night of inspiration, we can’t wait! (following taken from: http://www.npr.org/2015/08/30/435204017/dee-dee-bridgewaters-joyous-gift-to-new-orleans) From African drums in Congo Square to raucous brass bands second-lining in the streets, jazz is the soundtrack of New Orleans. The history and spirit of the Crescent City…

Special Wine Lunch w/ Caterina Dei

Posted on February 24, 2016 in Food & Drink

We are proud to host a very special wine lunch with singer and winery proprietor, Caterina Dei! Caterina joins us from Italy to host the event and has chosen the Dakota because of her deep love for the musical arts. We will also be joined by Minnesota Opera artist, Bergen Baker. She will be performing and speaking about her love for the Minnesota Opera. Lunch arrival is from 11:30 –…

Brian Blade & the Fellowship Band LIVE at the Dakota

Posted on February 18, 2016 in Uncategorized

YOU say “jazz?”, WE say “March 2nd & 3rd” YOU say “where?”, WE say “on our stage!” “One of the best jazz drummers in the world” (NPR) Brian Blade, is known as the drummer for many heroes of the music world, including Daniel Lanois, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Wayne Shorter, Seal, Bill Frisell, and Emmylou Harris. Blade is always searching for the balance that gives a song a personal story…

Davell Crawford Reprises Tribute to Allen Toussaint, February 16-17 at the Dakota

Posted on February 15, 2016 in Uncategorized

Article originally found on JazzPolice.com By Andrea Canter, Senior Editor | Featured, Twin Cities | 14 February 2016 “In New Orleans we’ve used piano as a percussive instrument, as a groove keeper, as an instrument that carries the melody…it’s important to keep that alive, to keep the grand piano on the stage.” — Davell Crawford Just a month ago, “The Prince of New Orleans,” aka pianist Davell Crawford, came to…

Martha Reeves and The Vandellas

MARTHA REEVES AND THE VANDELLAS BRING MORE THAN MEMORIES TO THE DAKOTA

Posted on February 1, 2016 in Uncategorized

Twin Citians are fortunate that The Dakota Jazz Club has a history of showcasing the best that music has to offer. Not only do they feature top jazz acts, but they have also garnered a reputation for showcasing up and coming, as well as iconic artists of all music genres. Their February 5th and 6th shows scheduled for Motown’s classic superstars, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, one of just 4…

Davell Crawford

Posted on January 12, 2016 in Uncategorized

“I don’t know that I’ve ever been brought to tears by a piano piece. Davell Crawford has changed that. … his performance of “Southern Nights/Many Rivers To Cross,” the marriage of an Allen Toussaint song to a Jimmy Cliff song, is transcendent. I cried. It felt like a gift to hear it.”- Melissa Bratcher, Popshifter.com http://popshifter.com/2013-05-23/music-review-davell-crawford-my-gift-to-you/#.dpuf The Dakota has long felt a strong connection with New Orleans, and the great…

“Living Colour is magic”

Posted on January 6, 2016 in Upcoming Shows

“Living Colour is magic. When you wonder how in the heck a veteran band keeps on keepin’ on, in the face of changing times and tastes, the answer is easy: kick people in the face. It’s still Reid, Glover, Calhoun and Wimbish. And Vernon Reid is still one of the best guitarists you will ever have the pleasure to hear. But none of that is why this will almost certainly…