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.

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…

Jeff Austin & Chris Castino

Posted on October 14, 2015 in Upcoming Shows

When sweet serendipity strikes like so many things that were meant to be, you can feel & sometimes hear the magic occur. When the Big Wu met the Yonder Mountain String Band at & around the Wu’s yearly gathering Big Wu Family Reunion in 2000, the open ended cosmos of musical collaboration collided vastly in kind with new muse triggered friendships forming & fertilely growing. At that first electric confluence…

Bettye LaVette

Posted on August 5, 2015 in Upcoming Shows

The 60’s soul singing sensation Bettye LaVette has been bursting out on the music scene repeatedly since her first R&B hit at sweet sixteen while growing up near the music city Detroit. Her stunning legacy continues today as her timeless music & deep captivating raw vibrance keep her warmly in the hearts of her fans everywhere. Bettye’s slow burning rise wasn’t as visible or strong as many of her peers…

Jazz in August at the Dakota

Posted on August 5, 2015 in Uncategorized

We have so much jazz cooking here in August we thought we’d lay it all out for you here. Check out this list and some of the video samples to get an idea of what to expect from the wide range of musicians we are fortunate enough to have grace the Dakota stage, some for the first time. August is always a hot month and with this stellar schedule it’s…

Vieux Carré now open in Downtown Saint Paul!

Posted on July 14, 2015 in Food & Drink

There has been much buzz and hard work over the last year about our new venture in Saint Paul, Vieux Carré. We’ve had a handful of pop-up events including regular performances, fundraisers, jam sessions and just this past week a huge Bastille Day festival on the plaza outside the Hamm Building where Vieux Carré resides in the lower level of the Hamm Building. We are thrilled to now have a…

Becca Stevens | Mon. June 29, 2015 7pm

Posted on June 26, 2015 in Upcoming Shows

What strikes me most about Becca Stevens is her unrelenting adventurous styles & daringly putting her own twist on genres. She can make complex simple at times or deconstruct pop into jazz. Her natural instincts & musicianship is beyond impressive. Adapting within her personally stylized musical textures that she lucidly dreams into existence, Becca pours out her vibrant visionary muse featuring her wide ranging voice, explorative guitar, uke & with…