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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…

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…

Red Baraat

Posted on September 17, 2014 in Reviews

Bhangra Brass Funk “Red Baraat have a studied multi-ethnic cool reminiscent of other New York world fusion acts like Gogol Bordello and Yerba Buena.”  — Songlines Sunny Jain’s dhol (dance drum) and brass ensemble Red Baraat plays a hard driving blend of North Indian bhangra rhythms with elements of jazz, go-go, brass funk, and hip-hop. But to truly feel the beat of Red Baraat’s drum, it must be experienced live.…

Everyone’s talking about Jack Jones

Posted on October 18, 2013 in Reviews

Jack Jones is featured this week in the Star Tribune Big Gigs as posted by the Jon Bream. “Jack Jones’ name and songs belong to the 1960s when he was a regular on Ed Sullivan, Dick Cafvett and “Hullabaloo.” In the era of Beatles, Motown and Beach Boys, he had a slew of easy-listening pop hits, including “Wives and Lovers” and “The Impossible Dream.” And what baby boomer can forget…

World Party Returns!

Posted on July 30, 2013 in Reviews

Since they made international waves with their 1986 hit, “Ship of Fools,” World Party has earned critical acclaim and an admirable following at every turn. The band’s records have been few, but excellent, eliciting comparisons to other bands with few records but little filler on them, like the Velvet Underground and Nick Lowe. World Party frontman Karl Wallinger has a singular reputation for crafting pristine pop songs. Not only has…