Stronger Than Pride: A Tribute to the Passionate Songs of Sade feat. Cate Fierro
February 22 | 7pm
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Cate Fierro has one of the strongest and freshest voices to hit the Twin Cities music scene. She is one of the lead singers in The Irresistables, a soul R&B Band led by legendary and award winning frontman, Mick Sterling also performing in Mick Sterling & His Band and enjoys their newest project, A Band Called SOUL.  She has her own band, The Cate Fierro Band and performs acoustically with Joshua Stigen.


Nachito Herrera
February 24 | 7pm
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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. Combining Western Classical music with traditional Cuban rhythms, Herrera has been at the forefront of an exciting renaissance in Cuban music. While in his twenties, Herrera took the job of Musical Director at the famous “Tropicana” nightclub in Cuba, playing every night and deepening his repertoire. He spent the late 1990s touring with Cubanissmo, serving as lead pianist, arranger, and musical director and touring the world. Since moving to the Twin Cities in 2001, Herrera has been an invigorating presence in the music community, and a fixture here at the Dakota. His most recent recordings, Live at the Dakota, Vol 1 and 2, are available here.


Meshell Ndegeocello
March 27 | 7pm & 9pm
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Mercurial and masterful, Meshell Ndegeocello has survived the best and worst of what a career in music has to offer. She has eschewed genre for originality, celebrity for longevity, and musicals trends for musical truths. She has lived through the boom and bust of the industry and emerged just as she entered – unequivocally herself. Fans have come to expect the unexpected from Meshell, and faithfully followed her on sojourns into soul, spoken word, R&B, jazz, hip-hop, rock, all bound by a lyrical, spiritual search for love, justice, respect, resolution, and happiness.


Ana Moura
April 9 | 7pm
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Akin to the blues in its heroically stoic response to suffering, loss, longing and the vicissitudes of fate, the Portuguese style known as fado is in the midst of a glorious renaissance, and the music’s brightest young star is Ana Moura. Her luxuriant voice and passionate stage presence have won her an international following, a rapidly expanding fanbase drawn by her ability to cross over into other styles while retaining fado’s deep emotional commitment.


The Claudettes Album Release
May 25 | 7pm
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“Brother Ray meets the Ramones…Chopin meets Minutemen.” So ventured Tony Sarabia of WBEZ radio (Chicago NPR) as he took at stab at describing the band in the studio with him. The Claudettes fuse Windy City piano blues with the full-throttle energy of rockabilly and punk, jazz-age echoes of burlesque and vaudeville and the sultriness of ’60s pop-soul to write a thrilling new chapter in American roots music.


Trace Bundy
June 24 | 7pm
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Trace Bundy must be seen, not just heard. His music is poetry in motion, using harmonics, looping, multiple capos, and his unique banter and stage presence to deliver an unforgettable live concert experience. Listening to his intricate arrangements is one thing, but seeing the fan-dubbed “Acoustic Ninja” play live confounds even the most accomplished music lovers as to how one person can do all that with just two hands and ten fingers.

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