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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.


Max Weinberg Experience

Max Weinberg Experience

Mighty Max Weinberg blasts R&B with all-star band at Dakota - John Bream, June 28 Read the entire review of Monday’s show in the Star Tribune This show began as a group lead by Max. Then he decided to add the great Bill Champlin (multi-Grammy winning songwriter, singer, keyboard player – Sons of Champlin and Chicago). On Saturday, we learned that Bill’s son, Will Champlin is coming as well. Will…

Maya Azucena

Maya Azucena

This soul star in the making has been touring relentlessly for eight years, and it’s starting to pay off. Maya Azucena has wowed audiences wherever she has appeared, and brings her high-energy R&B show to the Dakota’s Late Night stage for her Minneapolis debut. She is one of the most original and independent voices to emerge from the New York scene in recent years, with songs that reflect her spirituality…


McCoy Tyner Trio w/Gary Bartz

McCoy Tyner, piano Gary Bartz, saxophones Gerald Cannon, bass Eric Kamau Gravatt, drums Celebrate The Dakota’s 25th Birthday with one of the legends of jazz!McCoy Tyner’s 1988 appearance at The Dakota was a significant moment for the club, and his return engagements have been no less magical. McCoy Tyner’s blues-based piano style has become one of the most identifiable sounds in improvised music. His harmonic contributions and dramatic rhythmic devices…

McNasty Brass Band

McNasty Brass Band

From one end of the Mississippi to the other, McNasty is bringing Brass Band Music from New Orleans to Minnesota. Nothing brings a ready-made party like a brass band. Be it in a bar, at a private event, or on the street, McNasty is ready to show the Twin Cities what real party music is. Mc​Nasty puts a young and energetic face on an old genre. We play music that…



Armed with a stunning voice, disarming humor, and a preternatural ability to connect to her audiences, Melanie catapulted from the Greenwich Village coffeehouse scene to the big stage at Woodstock. This performance, and her hit single inspired by the event, “Lay Down (Candles In the Wind),” put Melanie on the map. She was introduced by Keith Moon at 1970’s Isle of Wight Festival, where she received four standing ovations. The…

Melissa Manchester

Melissa Manchester

Pop music icon Melissa Manchester is in her fourth decade of working at the top of her field, and is still finding new ways to entertain people. After achieving great success as a pop singer in the late 1970s, Manchester has remained active in songwriting, film composing, and theater work. She has stayed so thoroughly relevant in the music world that she recently received The Governor’s Award from the National…


Melody and the Dramatics

Melody and The Dramatics is a very fresh and unique funk and groove band. They burst through deep cuts of Motown, Southern soul, New Orleans funk, Stax and current artists in that groovy hip shaking and percussive sound. Melody is a versatile and bluesy cabaret-style songstress. She entertains with the depth of her vocal performance and maintains a great audience connection. Some notable past performances include a Cabaret debut at…

Meshell Web

Meshell Ndegeocello

Mercurial and masterful, Meshell Ndegeocello has survived the best and worst of what a career in music has to offer. She has eschewed genre for originality, celebrity for longevity, and musicals trends for musical truths. She has lived through the boom and bust of the industry and emerged just as she entered – unequivocally herself. Fans have come to expect the unexpected from Meshell, and faithfully followed her on sojourns…

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Michael Hauser

The son of two artists,  sculptor Alonzo Hauser, and modern dancer Nancy Hauser, Michael Hauser began his first career with a degree in forestry, and upon graduating in 1960, worked in Alaska, and then as a forester in West Africa, where for two years he spent time continuing to teach himself flamenco from phonograph recordings, as he had done throughout college. In 1963, he finally made his way up to…


Michael Johnson

In his 40-plus years in the music business, guitarist and songwriter Michael Johnson has quietly compiled an impressive catalog as performer and songwriter. He has shared the stage and studio with the likes of John Denver, Leo Kottke and Peter Yarrow, and his songwriting credits include two #1 Country hits, a #1 Pop hit and a #1 R&B song. Johnson has established himself as a craftsman of gentle, virtuosic music,…

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