"If you prefer hip-hop that's rich and deep in substance, then the Lioness is your girl."
– City Pages

Shaiwna Adams, known as The Lioness, is a native of North Minneapolis, Minnesota. Having started her hip-hop career 15 years ago, she has inevitably become one of the Twin Cities’ premier homegrown artist. The conscious lyricist speaks to the souls of marginalized populations by addressing issues of racial inequalities and social justice, in efforts to encourage and empower youth, women, people of color and indigenous communities across the country.

Her creativity, originality and captivating sound has earned her opening spots for headliners, such as: I Self Devine, Brother Ali, Astral Blak, Doomtree, Dem Atlas, Eve, Doug E. Fresh, and Dej Loaf. In 2017, she toured with Metasota on the #BlackExcellenceTour and Atmosphere on the “Welcome to Colorado” tour. She also commanded the stage at Soundset 2018.

The Band
Ryan Bynum
Omar Abdulkarim
Jeff Bailey
Brandon Johnson

The Artists
Dem Atlas
Destiny Roberts
G.P. Jacob
Maya Marchelle
Radio Ahlee
Solo Star

  • The Lioness naturally gravitated toward powerful, socially minded singers like Lauryn Hill & Queen Latifah, remnants of whom are evident in her style.
  • She has been privileged to work alongside a host of legendary performers, such as: Toki Wright, Desdemona, Brother Ali, Atmosphere, Guante, and I Self Devine.
  • The Lioness projects include: The Most Anticipated (2011); Lost Tapes (2012); Queen (2013); Growing Pains (2016); and her latest, Greater Vision (2018).
  • Her 2011 release, Lost Tapes, was an immediate success and cemented her status as one of the top MC’s in Minneapolis.
  • Taking her passion and skills to a broader audience, The Lioness completed the Mi Vida Local World Tour with Atmosphere of Rhymesayers, which included a European tour. With her rapidly growing fanbase and mission to encourage and inspire, it is only a matter of time before she becomes a global headliner.

Learn More: https://thelionessmusic.com


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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