Dobet Gnahoré + Irv Williams’ 100th Birthday


Tonight (Tuesday, Aug. 13) Originally from Côte d’Ivoire, now based in France, Gnahoré was being compared to Miriam Makeba and Hugh Masakela when she was still in her 20s. Now touring behind her fifth album, “Miziki,” she’ll bring her signature mix of pop, electronica, African sounds and high-energy dancing to the Dakota’s stage. Gnahoré has performed more than 800 concerts since 2004. “Miziki” honors two causes near and dear to her: African unity and African women. 7 p.m. GET TICKETS HERE

Wednesday: A Celebration of Irv Williams’ 100th Birthday.  Born Aug. 17, 1919, Williams is living proof that playing the Great American Songbook on tenor saxophone is good for you. A much-loved fixture on the Twin Cities jazz scene since 1942, Williams was the first musician honored by the State of Minnesota with his own Irv Williams Day. Gov. Walz, that was in 1984, so perhaps it’s time for another go? 7 p.m. GET TICKETS HERE

By Pamela Espeland MinnPost


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