“Their high-energy stage presence, distinctive voices, close harmonies makes Moore By Four a must-see-and-hear.” – MinnPost

Featuring Sanford Moore, Ginger Commodore, Connie Evingson, Dennis Spears, and Ashley Commodore

Moore by Four is one of the region’s most acclaimed vocal ensembles performing sold-out shows at home and abroad, sharing concert billing with Harry Connick, Jr., Joe Williams, and Dizzy Gillespie. Their harmonies invoke thoughts of Manhattan Transfer with their precise vocal control and polish, pulsating rhythms, and innovative arrangements, but with a range all their own.

They quickly established themselves as a fixture on the Twin Cities music scene when the group was created in 1986 at Ruby’s Cabaret in Minneapolis. The group performed sold-out concerts at the Guthrie and Fitzgerald Theaters and went on to tour Europe and Japan, sharing concert billing with Harry Connick, Jr., Joe Williams, Carmen McRae, Sarah Vaughan, and Dizzy Gillespie at concert halls and jazz festivals around the world. They’ve sung for the U.S. Olympic Committee, the Super Bowl, the Minnesota Twins, Vikings and Timberwolves, former President and Mrs. Clinton, Mikhail and Raisa Gorbachev, Vaclav Havel, the King and Queen of Sweden and at countless special events, benefits, corporate functions, colleges and universities, concert halls and festivals in the U.S., Europe and Japan. 

The harmonies put forth by the four vocalists: Ginger Commodore, Connie Evingson, Dennis Spears, and newcomer Ashley Commodore, immediately invoke thoughts of Manhattan Transfer with their precise vocal control and polish, pulsating rhythms and innovative arrangements. But the individuals’ grounding in gospel, jazz, pop and theater provides a far broader range to the group’s musical offerings. Originally specializing in music from the swing era, the group’s repertoire, arranged by Director Sanford Moore, also includes contemporary jazz, original compositions and new arrangements of the great standards from Broadway, Hollywood and the Cotton Club period – all performed in what has become known as the “signature style” of Moore by Four.

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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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