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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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Ashley Commodore

Ashley Commodore

Ashley Commodore Best known as “Ash Smash” front line singer with Twin Cities premiere band MPLS will answer her fans request for a solo night here at the Dakota. In addition to MPLS she is also a member of The Sounds of Blackness, whose first recording with them went on to win a NAACP Image Award. Ashley has also provided backup vocals for Johnny Gill, James Ingram and Guy on…

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…

Asleep at the Wheel

Asleep at the Wheel

Asleep at the Wheel has seen miles and miles of Texas. They got their kicks on Route 66. And, in 2010, the band clicked another milestone on the odometer – their 40th anniversary. Now in their 41st year, the band continues to introduce the western swing genre to a new generation on tour and takes audiences on the ride of a lifetime with their play, “A Ride with Bob.” “It’s…

Assad Brothers

Assad Brothers

Brazilian-born brothers Sérgio and Odair Assad have set the benchmark for all other guitarists by creating a new standard of guitar innovation, ingenuity and expression. Their exceptional artistry and uncanny ensemble playing come from both a family rich in Brazilian musical tradition and from studies with the guitar/lutenist Monina Távora (1921-2011), a disciple of Andrés Segovia. In addition to setting new performance standards, the Assads have played a major role…

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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),…

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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…

Avalon Moon

Avalon Moon

Maya Weisinger-Vocals, Guitar, Violin Mathias Hertel-Vocals, Guitar, Beatbox We’re Maya and Matty. We like playing music when the time is right but mostly when the time isn’t right. We’re one big blusey, poppy, soulful, harmonizy, hit-making mess.

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…

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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…

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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…

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