Such a treat to have the great Loudon Wainwright III play the Dakota this week. We took the opportunity of the two nights he’d be with us to have local legend, “Spider” John Koerner start things off each night as we felt it was the perfect primer for the evening. Koerner is well known in Minnesota and around the world as one of Bob Dylan’s contemporaries starting out in the late 50’s and through the 60’s as a pioneer of the then burgeoning folk and blues music scene. Along with Tony Glover and Dave Ray as Koener, Ray and Glover the group established the roots of what has grown into a full fledged movement of a folk, bluegrass and roots music scene that is still a hallmark of the Twin Cities. Koerner continues to perform and has recently been a part of celebrating the life of his late friend Dave Ray who’s music continues to unfold in a collection out on Red House Records. We feel really fortunate to host Spider and it seemed Loudon was thankful to be reunited with John as this wasn’t the first time the two shared a bill. The gentlemen will be performing again tonight for Loudon’s second night in town.