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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.


Jevetta and Jearlyn

Robert Robinson and Jearlyn & Jevetta Steele

Robert Robinson is a stunning vocalist with one of the biggest voices in the region, and he joins Jearlyn & Jevetta Steele for this rousing Tribute to Martin Luther King at the Dakota. The Twin Cities’ “Pavarotti of Gospel” (Star Tribune) has been leading gospel choirs since he was 15, and works tirelessly in his church and community.  His new album, Lullabies from the Heart, redefines the very notion of a…


Roberta Gambarini

Performing with Ms. Gambarini is a who’s who cast of legendary and modern, seasoned All-Stars including on this run: Jimmy Cobb – Drums (the only living member of Miles Davis’ Quintet on the hallmark jazz recording, “Kind of Blue”) Ray Drummond – Bass (Art Farmer, Benny Golson) Sullivan Fortner – Piano (Stefon Harris, Roy Hargrove) Justin Robinson – Sax (Roy Hargrove, Jimmy Scott, Diana Ross) Check out this great interview from…

Robin Mckelle

Robin Mckelle

appearing with Xavier Davis, piano Peter Slavov, bass Mark McLean, drums Susan Stamberg of NPR’s Morning Edition says McKelle “brings new life to some old standards.” The Christian Science Monitor remarked, “She sings with the ease and grace of Ella Fitzgerald and the soul of Sarah Vaughan.” Jazziz declared, “Whether it’s ‘Dream,’ ‘Come Rain or Come Shine’ or ‘On the Sunny Side of the Street,’ McKelle gives the words lilt,…

Robyn Hitchcock polka dots

Robyn Hitchcock

The Man Upstairs sees psychedelic troubadour Robyn Hitchcock uniting with legendary producer Joe Boyd (Nick Drake, Fairport Convention, R.E.M.) for one of the most unique outings of his already quite distinctive career. The album – which arrives just one short year after 2013’s acclaimed Love From London – sees the British singer/songwriter musing on mortality, masculinity, and the impossibility of forever via an unexpected intermingling of self-penned originals and “songs…

Rodney Crowell

Rodney Crowell

Rodney Crowell, a Grammy-winning songwriter, producer, and artist, brings poetry and earthy tautness to the soundtrack of people in the cracks, carving out lives that matter – if only to themselves and the people they know. Long known as a poet among songwriters, since Rodney Crowell moved from his native Texas to Nashville in the early 70s, he has cemented himself as one of the most influential and critically acclaimed…

Roe Family Singers DUO

Roe Family Singers

The Roe Family Singers are a Good-Time, Old-Time Hillbilly band from the Mississippi-headwaters community of Kirkwood Hollow, MN. Led by wife & husband Kim Roe (Best Female Vocalist, City Pages/Village Voice) and Quillan Roe (Accident Clearinghouse), the band blends characteristic old-time sound with rock & roll urgency and influence. Joined by as many as seven musicians, and featuring banjo, autoharp, guitar, and washboard, the band and family of fans have been…

Rogue Valley

Rogue Valley

Assembled of Chris Koza’s longtime musical collaborators Peter Sieve (guitars, vocals), Luke Anderson (drums), and Linnea Mohn (bass, vocals), Rogue Valley made its debut on April 10 2010, kicking off an ambitious year with the release of the first in a series of four albums – one for each season. Already recognized in the Twin Cities and elsewhere as a prolific songwriter, Koza has set the bar high. Four albums…



At first glance the irony is thick on Romantica’s new release America. Penned by an immigrant Irishman who writes a fair bit about his homeland, and delivers his nostalgia in a lilting Belfastian inflection, the only thing ‘America’ about it seems to be the new soil on which he’s singing. But listen to all this Irishness couched in the musical landscape of historically American country and folk music painted by…


Romero Lubambo

In 1985, Romero Lubambo came to the United States, and brought with him a new sound in Brazilian jazz guitar. Romero’s guitar playing unites the styles and rhythms of his native Brazil with his fluency in the American jazz tradition to form a distinctive new sound. From the cool, sophisticated rhythms of his native Brazil to hard bop, Romero is a guitarist who’s comfortable in any musical setting. He is…

Rondi Charleston

Rondi Charleston

Not many graduates of the Juilliard School of Music have won Peabody awards or Emmys, but opera singer/investigative reporter/jazz songbird Charleston has all three on her resumé. Rondi Charleston comes from a long line of singers and songwriters, dating back to her great-grandmother toiling on the Great Plains in the 1800s. Like the restless spirit of her ancestors, Charleston inhabits a deep sense of adventure. As a performer, she can’t…

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