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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.


Arturo Sandoval

Arturo Sandoval

A man of many musical hats, Arturo Sandoval is much more than one of the most technically brilliant trumpeters alive. This protege of Dizzy Gillespie stepped out from under the bebop master’s long shadow years ago, and has compiled an impressive catalog of Latin jazz, classical trumpet work, original compositions, and solo piano recordings. His recording and film work has netted him 4 Grammy Awards, 6 Billboard Awards and an…

Ashleigh Still

Ashleigh Still

Jim Walsh has been calling Still “the Eva Cassidy of Woodbury,” and for good reason. The refined pop music that she creates comes from a similarly deep place, a well of experience that lends weight and substance to music that would fail in weaker hands, and voices. • a solo tune from a recent Americana Showcase

Ashley Gold

Ashley Gold

With infectious pop melodies that lean toward her R&B influences, singer/songwriter Ashley Gold has quickly come into her own as a bandleader and artist. While a lifelong singer, Gold did not pick up the guitar until she was 18, and didn’t perform in public until 3 years later. With roots in spoken word, she became a regular at open mic sessions throughout the city, and gained experience backing up Desdamona…


Atlantis Quartet

Twin cities based Atlantis Quartet has combined youth and experience to forge a tremendous, unique, and original group sound in the modern jazz idiom. The compositions range in style from multi-meter grooves to complex harmonic explorations; from fusionistic rhythms to free and timeless tone poems, all filled with world class improvisation that is both organic and volatile.   The group features four of Minnesota’s most exciting musicians, Brandon Wozniak (saxophone),…


Audiyo Element

Audiyo Element is a collective out of Minneapolis that has quickly become one of the break-out bands in it’s city. The dynamic Hip-Hop/Rock/R&B group prides themselves in songs that have a message of positivity. Within 11 months, the 8-piece group has played various venues such as a sold out Christmas show at The Fineline Music Cafe and Bunkers Music Bar and Grill.  In 2014 they emereged victorious at The Pourhouse’s…

Average White Band

Average White Band

Celebrate at The Dakota with a New Year’s Eve party for the ages! AWB are widely regarded as one of the best soul and funk bands in music. Though perhaps best known for their timeless instrumental mega-hit ‘Pick Up the Pieces,’ the band’s strength actually lay in their consistently accomplished songwriting, stretching across several gold selling albums and multi-Grammy nominations. Somewhat incongruously, given their Scottish roots, the six piece took…


The Bad Plus

The Bad Plus came together at the end of the 20th century and has avoided easy categorization ever since, winning critical hosannas and a legion of fans worldwide with their creativity, unique sound and flair for live performance. Based in New York City, the intensely collaborative trio has constantly searched for rules to break and boundaries to cross, bridging genres and techniques while exploring the infinite possibilities of three exceptional…


Badi Assad

Badi Assad is one of the most innovative, passionate and talented artists of her generation. She fluently blends traditional Brazilian music with a mixture of pop, jazz and other sounds from around the world. As a result, this extraordinary singer, guitarist, and percussionist is creating an exhilarating genre of music that quite literally defies categorization. What makes Badi Assad so unique is her pursuit of experimentation: She combines an extraordinary…



With its members hailing from Berlin and Tel Aviv, Baladino is a Mediterranean folk band that offers fresh, yet deeply authentic interpretations of traditional Jewish Sephardic and Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) melodies. This music was born from Jews exiled from Spain and Portugal, traveling through the former Ottoman lands: Turkey, Greece, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, and Morocco. As such, the group brings together instruments and traditions from the wide span of cultures that fed…

Barbara jean

Barbara Jean Meyers

“Minnesota’s answer to Emmylou Harris.” Jon Bream, Minneapolis/St. Paul Star Whimsical Melodic Folk Inheriting a musical legacy passed from grandmother to mother to daughter, Barbara Jean honed an early gift for violin into sharp songwriting and skill as a multi-instrumentalist playing banjo, fiddle and viola. Calling Minnesota’s North Shore home, Barbara Jean crafted her debut record, The Great Escape, which brings together rich imagery from Lake Superior’s rugged banks, reflections…

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