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.

SFJazz Collective Plays Michael Jackson

Posted on March 21, 2016 in Uncategorized

“The best kind of jazz laboratory; one where the heroes of the past are celebrated alongside these relatively young icons in the making.” – All About Jazz “It’s a superbrain for what serious jazz sounds like now.” – The New York Times Praised for its innovative approach to repertoire, SFJazz Collective performs a new list of compositions by a modern jazz master and new pieces by the Collective members every…

Prairie Home Companion’s Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band gets NEW SHOES!

Posted on March 11, 2016 in Uncategorized

Where does the Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band go when they aren’t on Prairie Home Companion? They get New Shoes! This new project finds members of Prairie Home Companion’s Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band stretching out in new directions. Richard Kriehn (fiddle, mandolin), Gary Raynor (bass), Joe Savage (pedal steel guitar), and Peter Johnson (drums) present original music and Americana gems that span several decades. When Richard Kriehn turned 10, his mom…

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: 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 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


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…