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March 2015

March 10, 2015

Cassandra Wilson

Cassandra Wilson

Incomparable Jazz Vocals

Making a triumphant return to the Dakota, the unparalleled jazz vocalist Cassandra Wilson has outdone herself once again. Bringing to life the music and life of Billie Holiday she will be sampling some of the new tracks from her latest. On March 10th and 11th, Cassandra Wilson brings to the Dakota her otherworldly homage to Billie Holiday 'Coming Forth By Day' coming out the exact day of Billie’s 100th birthday - April 7. This album is a continuation of Cassandra's fresh, wholly original approach to jazz music, and in this case one of her idols. Cassandra made the album with an unlikely cast of characters that includes the drummer and bass player in The Bad Seeds, string arrangements by Van Dyke Parks, and producer Nick Launay who’s helmed the boards for Nick Cave in addition to Yeah Yeah Yeahs. “‘Coming Forth by Day’ is an homage dedicated to the beauty, power, and genius of Billie Holiday. A collection of musical spells, prescriptions for navigating the dubious myths surrounding her life and times, this record is a vehicle for the re-emergence of Billie’s songbook in the 21st century,” says Wilson.

Cassandra Wilson is an American jazz musician, vocalist, songwriter, and producer from Jackson, Mississippi. Described by...

March 12, 2015

CJ Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band

CJ Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band

Crown Prince of Zydeco

C.J. Chenier, son of the 'King of Zydeco' Clifton Chenier, joined his father's Red-Hot Louisiana Band playing saxophone at the age of 21. After Clifton's death in 1987, C.J. picked up the accordion and...

March 13, 2015

Davina & The Vagabonds

Davina & the Vagabonds

Roots Blues Jazz Pop

Over the last nine years, Davina and the Vagabonds have grown from a down-and-dirty blues band into one of the most exciting acoustic ensembles in the region. This high-energy quintet has established...

March 13, 2015

Commodore Late Night featuring Ashley Commodore

Ashley Commodore

Ashley Commodore Ashley Commodore - vocals Brian Ziemniak - Keys Deevo - Guitar Bobby Commodore - Drums Mark Weisberg - Bass +Special Guests

Ashley Commodore Best known as "Ash Smash" front line singer with Twin Cities premiere band MPLS will answer her fans request for a solo night here at the Dakota. In addition to MPLS she is also a member...

March 14, 2015

Nikki Hill

Nikki Hill

Roots Rock and Soul

With incredible stage presence and energetic magnetism, the new Queen of Rock 'n' Roll, Nikki Hill comes to us from North Carlina and is making her Dakota debut in March. With her own brand of precise but gritty blues and 50's style rockabilly as delivered on her debut "Here's Nikki Hill", this woman and this band are guaranteed to get the crowd moving!

Those who have seen Nikki Hill sing her ass off agree—this isn’t just another newcomer on the scene, this is a ‘whiplash’...

March 14, 2015

James Patrick Plays…

James Patrick

James Patrick is a 15+ year DJ, producer, curator, and educator. He is a sound artist who thrives on bringing together the creative energy and ideas of his community. Through collaboration and experimentation,...

March 15, 2015

Hannah von der Hoff

Hannah von der Hoff

MN MUSIC COALITION

Minneapolis-based singer/songwriter/guitarist Hannah von der Hoff just may have stepped out of a classic Film Noir to haunt your dreams. With a dramatic stage presence, gritty, intoxicating...

March 16, 2015

Sofia Rei

Sofia Rei

Dynamic South American Songstress

featuring multi-instrumentalist JC Maillard, Musical Director with Lisa Fischer who played such memorable shows here last year.

Ground breaking vocalist, songwriter, and producer Sofia Rei is considered one of the most passionate and inventive musicians...

March 17, 2015

Terry Hughes Music

Terry Hughes

MN MUSIC COALITION

For the past two decades, Terrence Hughes has been a staple of the Twin Cities jazz and world music scenes, lending his expert piano chops and good energy to various projects, most notably his own solo...

March 18, 2015

Tom Paxton and Janis Ian

Tom Paxton and Janis Ian

Folk Music Royalty

Two of America’s greatest songwriters, each with ties to the classic Greenwich Village folk scene, Tom Paxton and Janis Ian are nearly a generation apart yet share a slew of folk influences as well as...

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