“one of the Twin Cities’ busiest, most versatile and in-demand drummers” – MinnPost

Grain trio was formed in 2015 by drummer JT Bates and his deep love of the classic jazz organ trio vibe. Joined by Kevin Gastonguay on B3 organ and guitarist Zacc Harris, Grain Trio delivers shuffles, grooves, random cover songs, weird old melodies and that cell-realigning sound of Hammond organ, drums, and guitar.

JT Bates is steeped in the diverse and rich music scene in Minneapolis, MN. He got started playing in his father’s big band alongside his two brothers. Along with being very active and sought after in Minneapolis, music has also taken him to many parts of the globe. He has performed and/or recorded with the following bands: Taylor Swift, Justin Vernon, Fat Kid Wednesdays, Andrew Bird, Bonny Light Horseman, Beth Orton, The Pines, Face Candy (featuring Eyedea), Anais Mitchell, and many others.

JT Bates – drums
Kevin Gastonguay – B3 organ
Zacc Harris – guitar

COVID-19 Policy
Effective immediately, all performances at the Dakota will require either proof of a full course of COVID-19 vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken in the prior 72 hours. Patrons must have a completed COVID-19 vaccination card or a photo of their card, with their final dose at least fourteen days prior to the event, or a negative COVID-19 test result from 72 hours or less prior to the event. Thank you for helping to keep everyone safe. More COVID Policy details here >


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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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