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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

Led by a trail of incense and a little voice at the back of her brain that whispers “Nice try, 60s,” Nellie travels to a land of strange and wonderful music on My Weekly Reader, revisiting some of the melodies born out of that fertile, conflicted time. “Freedom’s just another word for turning off your phone,” says Nellie, who first collaborated with famed Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick on her debut Get Away From…

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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

They are about Music, about Town, about Play, about soul, about fun… Started in 2005 as an off-shoot project between Minneapolis based musicians and friends Chan Poling (piano), Steve Roehm (vibes) and John Munson (bass), TNS has grown into a globe-spanning adventure, filling theaters and clubs around the world, spawning several CDs, videos, cartoons, dance/theater projects, and ancillary gewgaws that have charmed and delighted an ever-multiplying legion of faithful fans.…

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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