“mixes in elements of rock, soul, folk, and New Orleans-style blues for something unidentifiable and wholly enjoyable.” – The Indy Review

Wain McFarlane, the Dreadlock Cowboy, serves up a unique fusion of his paternal Jamaican roots, reggae legacy and maternal lineage gospel-blues-jazz of his birthplace, Kansas City.  His eclectic performance drives guitar-propelled examination of Mississippi Delta field music, conjuring revelations of timeless spirit that rests easy at the crossroads of the worlds. From the drum-summoned ancient past to cosmic futures, Wain indeed delivers the musical, the magical and the mysterious with a sense of urgent abandon beneath a knowing smile that captivates, illuminates, transforms and satisfies.

His performance features classic Ipso Facto block-buster songs and new material. As always, expect master-class improvisation that breathes in the energy of the moment, the rapt attention of the room, to deliver an experience that wrings familiarity from music being newly minted in live performance, and that taps the hidden power of songs we thought we knew.

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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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