Blog & PressNoteworthy Food & Music

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.

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, 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…

A note from Corky Siegel

Posted on January 5, 2016 in Uncategorized

Try to imagine the iconic Ernie Watts performing with Chamber Blues. …  I did. “He’s one of the greatest living saxophonists, at the top of his game.“ – All About Jazz Magazine Ernie Watts with Chamber Blues – Sun. Jan. 10 – The Dakota in Minneapolis First show at 7pm.  Phone: 612-332-1010.  Ticket link above. Dear Cousins,  I met Ernie (Two-time Grammy Award winner, featured on over 500 recordings by…

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…