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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.


Molly Dean

Molly Dean

Music has taken Molly Dean across the globe to London, England, and Amsterdam, Holland for both academic study & performance. It was upon returning to Minneapolis in 2001 when she began to seriously develop her musical career as a solo artist. Incorporating the RC 20 Loop Station into her live shows, which allows her to weave vocal and instrumental harmonies, truly sets her apart from the archetypal female folk artist.…

Molly Maher

Molly Maher & Erik Koskinen

A new project featuring two of the area’s most inventive performers. “St. Paul Americana musician Molly Maher sounds like she’s had her dose of wandering. Her guitar playing is rural and soulful. Breaking all convention, she plays guitar upside down and in different tunings. Elizabeth Cotton would be proud.” – Eric Loama, musician “Her music is a window to the lonely world of a nomadic spirit, someone who has loved…


Molly Ringwald

Molly Ringwald became an icon of the big screen at an early age, and in recent years has become a best-selling author. Now Ringwald turns her inexhaustible creative energies to jazz singing, with a new record and tour in April 2013. “Except…Sometimes,” the debut CD from actress and author Molly Ringwald, will be released on April 9th, 2013. An homage to the Great American Songbook, Ringwald has crafted a carefully…

Moore By Four

Moore By Four

Moore by Four is one of the region’s most acclaimed vocal ensembles, their regular appearances at the Dakota throughout the 1980s and 1990s made them one of the hottest acts in town, and in turn bolstered the Dakota’s reputation for hosting top-tier music. While their performances as a group have been few and far between, the members of the ensemble have helped to make this one of the most vibrant…

Moors Blackmon

Moors Blackmon

Moors Blackmon is here to take the groove trio into the next century with acid jazz flavors. This group melds funk-based grooves with exotic keyboard textures to create highly listenable dance music. The music, described as psychedelectric fazz, draws inspiration from artists and bands such as Herbie Hancock, Sun Ra, Parliament Funkadelic, and Jimi Hendrix to name a few. Moors Blackmon is an intergalactic vessel and with the crew of…

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Morgan James

One voice is all it takes. The right vocalist can make you fall in love at first listen, elicit tears, or bring you back to a different era altogether. A microphone and a stage remain the only necessities. That holds true for New York-based singer and songwriter Morgan James. On her full-length debut for Epic Records, Hunter, she casts an unbreakable spell with a powerhouse voice equally inspired by smoky…


Mother Banjo

Mother Banjo is a one-woman band featuring Ellen Stanley on banjo and vocals. Selected as a 2008 Midwest Finalist in the Mountain Stage NewSong Contest, the Minneapolis singer/songwriter has garnered high praise for her mix of original indie-folk and Americana songs that contain poetic lyrics and haunting vocals. Following up on her success of her EP Swing Low, Mother Banjo releases her first full-length album The Sad and Found, produced…

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New Orleans Mothers’ Day Brunch with the Southside Aces

New Orleans Mother’s Day Brunch with the Southside AcesThe Dakota announces our Mother’s Day Brunch at the Dakota Sunday, May 11th from 10:30-3 with New Orleans-style music from the South Side Aces. The menu from Chef Derik Moran with pastries and sweet treats from Pastry Chef Katie Elsing shows New Orleans influence, and there are selections for all tastes and a children’s menu! This New Orleans Mother’s Day celebration at…



#MPLS is one of Minneapolis’ premier live R&B, Soul, Funk, and Hip-Hop bands. First organized just three years ago as a back-up band, #MPLS has quickly become the house band of choice for many touring neo-soul artists and a complete show package on their own. #MPLS have shared the stage with such national recording artists as Mint Condition, Eric Roberson, Jamecia Bennett, Paris Bennett, Next, and many others. This “All-Star”…

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Nachito Herrera

Nachito is one of the world’s great Cuban pianists. His jaw dropping technique and the rich, powerful soulfulness of his playing blend in what is often an amazing display of musical power and emotion. Herrera recently received a nod from the state of Minnesota in 2014 when he was named an Immigrant of Distinction and an American Heritage Award from the American Immigration Council, one of three musicians in 2012 (along…

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