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Posted on September 1, 2017 in Featured Blog Post, News

In the wake of a natural disaster the size and scope of Hurricane Harvey, it’s easy to feel helpless. But Dakota and Vieux Carré want to push past that helplessness. In conjunction with our friends at Harvest Pack, co-owners Richard Erickson & Lowell Pickett have organized events in order to contribute to the enormous need brought on by this natural disaster. In conjunction with the food pack event at Vieux…

Davina and the Vagabonds’ “10th & Nicollet” Live Album Release!

Posted on April 11, 2016 in News

“She purrs and growls, whispers and wails. Sweet and seductive one moment, she’s in your face the next, and then she makes you laugh. Her voice is a complex, expressive, flexible instrument made of sugar and grit.” – MinnPost No doubt whatsoever that since exploding onto the scene in 2005, Davina and the Vagabonds have grown from a down-and-dirty blues band into one of the most exciting acoustic ensembles on the international stage.  With…

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…

Longtime backup singer Lisa Fischer dazzles front and center

Posted on December 10, 2014 in News, Reviews

It’s been a real treat to have met the wonderful singer, Lisa Fischer this year. We had her here for the first time back in September and it was like meeting a long lost friend that we never knew we had. She has found a home at the Dakota and so it’s a blessing she has been able to come back to soon for 3 nights this time around. Our…

Chef Derik Moran featured in Minnesota Monthly Magazine

Posted on December 1, 2014 in Food & Drink, News

If you are coming Downtown for Holiday shopping, make the Dakota “Foodie Night” a stop along the way!! He’s a dynamo in the kitchen and one of the Twin Cities most respected Chefs. We’re proud to have Derik Moran and it’s a real treat to see Minnesota Monthly highlight his work featuring his five essentials. Check out what Derik has in store at our  two Foodie Night events this week, Tuesday…

Happy Hour Named One of Five Best in Downtown Minneapolis, MSP Magazine

Posted on February 19, 2014 in News

” The $5 pork paté I recently had at the Dakota nearly had my head spinning off my shoulders with surprise and joy: A perfect little puck of spicy meat frosted with sweet fat, paired with house pickles and a buttery English muffin. It was the finest of fine dining—for the price of a Big Mac. I had it with a $5 Prairie organic cucumber lemonade: Refreshing! And it made…

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