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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.


Nachito Herrera 2014

Nachito Herrera and the Universals

In his performances and in his life, Nachito Herrera strives to demonstrate that music is truly a universal language, transcending cultural, political, and even generational borders. This new ensemble, the Universals, is further testament to this mission. Featuring musicians from three different countries and several different musical worlds, The Universals present a stunning cross-genre musical journey. Jon Bream reviewed the Universals’ premiere performance at the Dakota in July 2015 Nachito…


Nanci Griffith

Grammy-award winning singer Nanci Griffith is equal parts crooning country vocalist and insightful folk songwriter, a style she describes as “folkabilly”. Griffith grew up in a musical family and was involved with music from a young age. She started performing in her hometown of Austin, Texas at 14 and never stopped. She released her first album There’s a Light Beyond These Woods in 1977 and has since worked and toured…


Nancy Harms

Born and raised in Minnesota, Harms has relocated to New York City, where she made her jazz club debut in 2010 in the Village’s The Bar Next Door. She appears frequently at such leading venues as Birdland, Kitano, Zinc Bar, Smalls Jazz Club, Cornelia St. Cafe, Rockwood Music Hall, Vivaldi’s, The Lamb’s Club and many others. She performed at the 2010 Sortland Jazz Festival in Norway, and has toured Italy…

Natalie Lovejoy

Natalie Lovejoy

Natalie Lovejoy is one of the Twin Cities’ premier songwriters, easily moving between lighthearted love songs and deep, soulful ballads. Her two solo albums, Wish I Could Fall, and One False Move, are both works of outstanding artistry. Having cultivated a rare and poignant perspective on human relationships, she weaves this wisdom into music with an almost magical grace.


Naturally 7

With their rich harmonies, an unbelievable ability to replicate instruments and a stage presence that can be felt in every seat of the house, Naturally 7, the first vocal play group ever, are amazing, charming fans where ever they perform. Today Naturally 7 are Roger Thomas (musical director, arranger, 1st baritone, rap), Warren Thomas (percussion, guitar, clarinet, 3rd tenor) Rod Eldridge (1st tenor, scratching, trumpet), Napoleon (Polo) Cummings (4th tenor,…



“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…


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…


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…


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…

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