“Her voice is rich and funky… interjected with some jovial scatting.” – Star Tribune

A fabulous one of a kind show from the heart of creator/ producer Gwen Matthews. It features the music of Aretha Franklin singing duets with world class, superstar male entertainers and hit song writers such as Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Rod Stewart, Elton John, John Legend, George Michael and more! Based on duets originally recorded and those from live concerts, all of which inspired the Queen of Soul. A beautiful night full of fun songs you are guaranteed to enjoy.

Gwen Matthews was named by Star Tribune music critic Jon Bream as one of 30 Essential Black Musicians who defined Minnesota’s sound. From Stevie Wonder, Kenny Rogers, Earth Wind and Fire and others, Matthews has performed with the best. She has traveled internationally with The Denis Colin Trio, “Women Who Cook,” and Rupert’s Orchestra. In 2007 she was inducted into the Minnesota Rock and Country Hall of Fame with Passage; in 2009 for the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame with Crow.

One of the most vibrant voices in the area, Kathleen Johnson’s bands Best Kept Secret and Greats Gone 2 Soon have packed clubs throughout Minnesota. She has worked with Billy McLaughlin, Keri Noble, Lorie Line, Malina Moye, Alexander O’Neal, and Prince, among others.

Gevonee Ford has shared the stage with Natalie Cole, Michael McDonald, Tower of Power, The Temptations and others. He has performed throughout the Twin Cities as well as New York, California, the Caribbean Islands, and Hong Kong.

Shayde Stephens has sung in Minnesota’s live music community for over 20 years. Shayde has done extensive commercial work, sung in the Greats Gone 2 Soon series led by Kirk & Kathleen Johnson, and Alexander O’Neal.

Brandon Hess has been performing since the age of 3. He has appeared with BKS Vine, Soul Tight Committee, and Said Method.

Tiawynee Purnell-Finger has performed with Josh Groban, Nikki Ross, Ginger Commodore, and James Grear. She is currently a member of William Duncan & The Crew and TCCGC.

William E Duncan (keyboards)
James Towns (bass guitar)
Deevo D (guitar)
José James (percussion/saxophone)
Brad Steine (drums)


Effective immediately, all concerts and events at the Dakota will require either proof of a full series of COVID-19 vaccinations or proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken in the prior 72-hours. Masks are requested to be worn indoors no matter your vaccination status, except when eating or drinking.

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Effective immediately, Dakota will require either proof of a completed COVID-19 vaccination regimen OR proof of a negative COVID-19 test result (which was administered up to 72 hours prior) for any person* to enter any events** held at Dakota. The COVID-19 vaccination card must show a completed regimen that concluded at least 14 days before the date of the event that the patron plans to attend. Dakota does NOT accept self-administered Antigen Rapid Test results or provide them to patrons without either of the above listed required proofs. PCR and Antigen Rapid Test results are accepted if administered by a clinic or State-certified testing facility.

Proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test

  • Must be shown at the time of entry into Dakota.
  • Must match the ticket holder’s ID.
  • May come in the form of: a physical vaccination record card, a printed out file of vaccination record, a printed out negative test result, or a digital document on a mobile device (i.e. a photo image of a vaccination record card, a PDF file, a Word file, a Pages file, Docket app, Bindle app, Clear app, or other options).

In accordance with the City of Minneapolis, Emergency Regulation No. 2022-1 MASKS ARE REQUIRED to be worn indoors, except for the purposes of eating, drinking, or performing on stage.

Staff: This policy applies to all staff for all events and it also applies for entry into the building when there are no events.

Questions? Email Joe Doermann, Director of Operations at: [email protected]

Children under 5 not vaccinated may show a negative COVID-19 test as outlined above.

*This policy applies to all people entering Dakota. This includes staff, performers, etc.

**This policy applies to any and all events held at Dakota. This includes shows that other venues and organizations present in Dakota’s space.

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