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Having originated as a jazz club, we consider it a badge of honor to host a variety of genres, from classic jazz, to hip hop/funk and acoustic African ensembles. We don’t plan on stopping, see for yourself in our Artists Archive; a running call list of those who have graced our stage.

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Neema

Neema

“in the midst of all the static, a voice of true feeling arises – a rare event!” – Leonard Cohen (about NEeMA) Montreal-based singer-songwriter NEeMA seamlessly melds elements of world music, folk, and jazz with a good measure of pop. Her presence on and off stage is powerful and charismatic, and her voice is honest and unique. An inveterate spokesperson for world peace, her second album, Watching You Think, has…

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Nellie McKay

If Keillor is really serious about retiring soon, Nellie McKay is whom he should hire as the new host of “A Prairie Home Companion.” Read the rest of Jon Bream’s review of last night’s show here With a sweetly idiosyncratic blend of confidence and self-deprecation, Nellie McKay is one of the most brilliant songwriters working today. McCay crafts songs that set “tart, incisive lyrics to engaging, instantly accessible melodies. Seductive…

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Nellie McKay with the Turtle Island String Quartet

Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, Nellie McKay joins forces with the two-time Grammy award-winning Turtle Island Quartet to present a delightfully kaleidoscopic view of the music of Billie Holiday, Billy Strayhorn, and the Weimar cabaret of the 1920′s. While the combination of voice and strings has long been a staple of the classical genre as well as of contemporary music, Nellie McKay’s talents on piano, mallets, and ukulele and Turtle Island’s…

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Nels Cline and Julian Lage

The guitar duo of Nels Cline and Julian Lage features compositions by both players, along with a healthy amount of spontaneous improvisation. Those familiar with Cline’s work may be surprised to hear him play without effects pedals or looping devices; those familiar with Lage’s work may be surprised to hear him play totally “free” improvisation. The degree of creative empathy as these gentlemen create spontaneous structure is as dramatic as their compositions…

New Primatives

New Primitives

Formed in early 1999, New Primitives explores popular music through high-energy Rhythm & Blues, Ska, Reggae, Calypso, and World Dance Music. The music of New Primitives is an amalgam of the communities and lives of its members. Performing regularly in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, this diverse group of talented musicians is dedicated to bringing people together. keep up with the band at newprimitives.com With music as their vehicle, New Primitives…

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New Sound Underground

Minneapolis Superfunk group NEW SOUND UNDERGROUND is bringing their exciting, melody-driven instrumental music to DAKOTA LATE NIGHT. New Sound Underground is a genre-defying, Minneapolis-based ensemble who has built a reputation around their energetic & riveting live performances, and is quickly becoming one of the most respected names among musicians & audiences alike. While their influences include such instrumental music heavyweights as Soulive, Weather Report, The RH Factor & Snarky Puppy,…

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The New Standards

The New Standards are a rock and jazz trio known for their personality-laden brand of engaging performance and extraordinary musicality. Each member, coming from distinguished backgrounds in pop, rock, and jazz, brings something unique to the project: John Munson on string bass and vocals, a founding member of legendary and chart-topping bands Trip Shakespeare and Semisonic, brings melodious rock-steady chops plus distinctive slacks; Chan Poling, the leader of the seminal Twin Cities 80’s (and resurgent!)…

The Nexus Ensemble

The Nexus Ensemble

The Nexus Ensemble, founded by drummer Pete James-Johnson and pianist Ted Godbout, is a genre-bending group mashing Jazz, Hip Hop, Afro-beat and R&B with acoustic and electronic instruments. The Nexus Ensemble is collective of some of the finest musicians in the Twin Cities: trumpeter Adam Meckler, trombonist Nick Syman, conguero/percussionist Chico Harris, drummer Pete James-Johnson, pianist Ted Godbout, and bassist Steve Crowe. Whether at a jazz, rock n’ roll, or…

Nichola Miller

Nichola Miller

She’s a jazz singer with great phrasing, a distinctively pleasing voice, and a sassy, sultry attitude. Lauren Bacall meets Anita O’Day.  

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