PreFreak: Davina & the Vagabonds @ The Dakota 10-31-16 mpls


Davina Sowers is a true powerhouse among today’s women singer songwriters. Over the years, her profoundly talented band Davina & the Vagabonds have amassed countless fans while achieving international presence & touring status. That said, Minneapolis is blessed to be the chosen hometown of Davina along with her fantastic fun accomplices. Here is a chance to come witness DATV’s well deserved success at the Dakota for upcoming shows on Oct. 31, Nov. 25, & Dec. 31st. I couldn’t urge you enough to attend & indulge in this moving soul provoking musical experience. Swing on in.

Davina & the Vagabonds
Mon. October 31, 2016, 7pm & 9pm
The Dakota Jazz Club

Davina’s sultry saucy personality combined with her vintage stylish eccentricities fuel her energy enriched sensory pleasing beaming live performances. Davina & the Vagabonds have played almost all of the United States, some Canadian provinces & ten European nations with much more on the global horizon. A warm welcome is in order for Davina & the Vagabonds to the intimate setting of the Dakota on Mon. October 31, 2016 at 7 & 9pm. Treat yourself & those you love to this enchanting entertaining mystical music & merriment on stage.

Here is an exclusive podcast of my interview of DATV’s founder & dynamic leader Davina Sowers, that was created by Brave New Radio. During the flowing conversation, we touched on topics like passion, life, music, family, hopes & dreams. Have a listen.

Dakota Box Office: 612-332-5299

Event page: (Listen to podcast here)


~Timothy Paul Smith ::

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PreFreak: Mississippi album release @ the Dakota 10-17-16 mpls


The unique musical collaborative project known as Mississippi sonically bridges South America’s Peru with North America’s Minnesota to bring about a compelling aural tapestry of lush savory improvisational jazz meets fusion. This diversely adventurous group has been playing together since 2006 & is made up of Andrés Prado (of Peru) on guitar, Pete Whitman on saxes, Peter Schimke on piano, Jeff Bailey on bass & Kevin Washington on drums.

Mississippi feat. Andrés Prado Album Release
The Dakota Jazz Club
Mon. October 17, 2016  7pm


The highly anticipated debut self titled record “Mississippi” has just dropped (released 10/14/16 on Shifting Paradigm Records). Here is a link to find it. Discover the radiant beauty of this blossoming stellar album & feel it’s true emotional wonders by witnessing these talented fusioneers live to really grasp what this music & vibe are all about. This press quote captures them vividly: “The music of Mississippi may be described as an intense blend of colors & eclectic traditions that include modern jazz, festejo & hip hop influences. Wild & burnin’ one moment, soft & sweet the next… this group has an emotional and creative range that is not to be missed.”


With the roots of this flowing cerebrally pleasing project spanning the Americas, the end result is a gratifying excitable mix of hybrid jazz styles that will inevitably dazzle & entertain. The extensive growing jazz community of the Twin Cities is certainly delighted for the return of Mississippi to the intimate soundstage at the Dakota on Mon. October 17, 2016 at 7pm. Don’t miss this opportunity to catch these rising legends in the making in their mesmerizing live element. Mississippi will wind & twist you to delta of joy & sound.

Here is an exclusive podcast of an interview of Mississippi’s keyboardist Peter Schimke made ahead of this show by Brave New Radio. The local piano master took a moment to talk about the project. Listen in.


Dakota Box Office: 612-332-5299

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Mississippi on FB:

~Timothy Paul Smith ::

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PreFreak: Squirrel Nut Zippers@ the Dakota 10-7&8-16 mpls


The Swing Revival of the early 1990s in the United States was truly spearheaded by the exuberant vintage toned highly energized Squirrel Nut Zippers, which were formed in 1991 by Jimbo Mathus & his then wife Katharine Whalen in North Carolina. Their fun moving stylistic music sounds like a wild hybrid of romping heated 20’s swing, eclectic gypsy jazz, depression era blues, roaring dance rhythms & even calypso abounding. The SNZs are now coming back 20 years on for anniversary of their platinum smash album “Hot” released in 1996.


Squirrel Nut Zippers
The Dakota Jazz Club
Fri. October 7 & Sat. October 8, 2016  7pm, 9pm

Upon formation by bandleader Jimbo Mathus, The Squirrel Nut Zippers’ meteoric rising success started in 1995 with their first record “The Inevitable”. Their highest peak was reached the following summer of 1996 when they unleashed their biggest album to date “Hot” featuring hit single “Hell” (recorded in New Orleans). Starting off as essentially a string band with horns added, this served as a unique timely model poised for national & international acclaim & success.

My friend Luther Dickinson from the North Mississippi Allstars introduced me to Jimbo Mathus many years ago in New Orleans backstage at a show by the South Memphis String Band comprised of Luther, Jimbo & Alvin Youngblood Hart. I could tell right away looking into Jimbo’s eyes that he was a truly gifted lifelong musician led by his constant passion to play & create music whenever & wherever he could.  Since the Squirrel Nut Zippers are the most well known band Jimbo has played in, dare I say yet, I am beyond excited for this ramped up revival of one of the most fun & engaging groups to emerge in my lifetime.  Jimbo says this 2016 version of his band has him very “fired up” & he expects them to be solid for a good long time. That’s music to my ears.


The Zippers are coming in hot for this highly touted celebratory live tour. The band is extremely excited to fire up the sensational swing once again. Don’t miss their greatly anticipated 2 nights of shows at the Dakota on Fri. October 7 & Sat. October 8, 2016. Each evening SNZ will thrill crowds with 2 exhilarating shows at 7 & 9pm. The swing will be swung.

Here is a mini podcast of Squirrel Nut Zipper made in advance of these shows by Brave New Radio:


Dakota Box Office: 612-332-5299

Event page:

SNZ on FB:

~Timothy Paul Smith ::

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PreFreak: Fred Eaglesmith @ the Dakota 9-27-16 mpls


Suddenly, I want the whole wide world to know about the true to life dirt road troubadour Fred Eaglesmith from rural Canada. Fred is an eccentric real life seasoned songwriter & gifted performer. He has been on the road for over 40 years penning original songs (making for 22 albums +) & sharing stories & experiences that would seem like enough to fill several lifetimes. Fred started his roving adventuresome career when he first left home jumping a freight train westward as a young teenager. He hasn’t stopped yet nor does he intend to any time soon.

Fred Eaglesmith
The Dakota Jazz Club
Tue. September 27, 2016  7pm

Fred calls his touring band Fred Eaglesmith & his Traveling Steam Show features his lovely talented multi instrumentalist wife Tif Ginn. Eaglesmith has become very comfortable playing small towns & small bars, halls, living rooms, & the like where he always finds loyal fans who identify with his stories, songs & his overall authenticity at large. Fred has set his own bar his own way always on his own terms. His unique compelling songs tell his stories providing insight to the colorful rambling life he’s lived.


Fred’s been likened to being the Canadian gritty rootsy answer to the US’s Springsteen. I can see where someone would get that. Much of his songs’ subject matter is dark & stark as evidenced by songs like “trucker speed”, “alcohol & pills” & “crashin & burnin”. Fred’s genius is singing about human hardship in ways where we the listeners actually feel better afterwards. Over time, Eaglesmith has garnered a slowly growing cult following where these super fans are known as Fred-heads.

I can hear it now in my head. My own voice with northern drawl intact detailing outrageous stories around a surreal campfire surrounded by my expanding circle. Listening back, I feel that Fred Eaglesmith has inspired me in a profound way even in my growing hungry fertile imagination. Fred, if you’re reading this, please consider this a deservingly huge  compliment.

The fiercely independent minded musician mostly doesn’t participate in the music industry, except to plug in & play nearly 300 shows a year.  Here’s your chance to catch one of these truly intimate performances. Come hear the increasingly iconic Fred Eaglesmith at the Dakota on Tues. September 27, 2016 at 7pm.  Experience a real legend.

Dakota Box Office: 612-332-5299

The Dakota event link: Fred Eaglesmith

~Timothy Paul Smith ::

Dar Williams covering Fred Eaglesmith

Fred Eaglesmith Traveling Steam Show on Facebook

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PreFreak: Red Baraat @ the Dakota 9-6-16 Mpls


The enticing cascading joy that Red Baraat brings to any gathered crowd of music lovers is both a dynamic sight & a magnificent sound to behold.

Their manic rhythm driven sound combines an exquisite array of influences & flavors from around the globe.

Red Baraat
The Dakota Jazz Club
Tue. September 6, 2016  7pm

I have passionately shared & written about Red Baraat in the past as they are always a tremendously moving experience when performing at the Dakota. Here’s a blog from last summer when RT were there:

Allow me to share a fitting anecdote from that last time I saw Red Baraat at the Dakota.  The jazz club is host to all genres of music, so there’s always a lot of of “sit down” shows & many times show goers are eating dinner as the club is also renowned for their amazing food.

People tend to get comfy in their seats. Red Baraat sensed this & then at a certain point implored everyone to stand up. From that moment, the band simply would not let anyone sit down again. This led to much dancing & otherwise festive enjoyment for most of the captive obedient audience. Hence; the rest of the night flowed with massive exuberance as it was perhaps the most dancing I’ve witnessed at a Dakota show. Owner Lowell Pickett would certainly be proud of this.

Red Baraat's Brooklyn Mela

You simply never know what to expect from a fiery Red Baraat show. There’s mesmerizing improvisation rippling throughout along with their intense precise tight explosive musicianship shining about the stage & reflected on the “dancefloor”.

Join us for this astounding resounding display of Eastern Indian brass funk imbibed with jazz & rock with other surprises as Red Baraat triumphantly returns to the Dakota on Tuesday Sept. 6 at 7pm. Prepare to leave your seat.


Red Baraat mini podcast produced by BRAVE NEW RADIO: click

“A big band for the world” ~Wall Street Journal

Dakota Box Office: 612-332-5299

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~Timothy Paul Smith :: •  BRAVE NEW RADIO


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PreFreak: Rebirth Brass Band, Cha Wa @ the Dakota 8-13-16 Mpls

I cannot emphasize enough how big of a proverbial punch this dream double bill packs & most certainly will deliver. The absolutely legendary scorching hotness of Rebirth Brass Band will be blazing live from the Dakota stage along with the mind blowing rising supergroup Cha Wa opening up the magnificent night.

Rebirth Brass Band & Cha Wa
Saturday August 13, 2016 7pm, 10pm
The Dakota Jazz Club
Minneapolis, MN


REBIRTH BRASS BAND (Art by Frenchy in New Orleans Frenchy Live)



Cha Wa performing with friend guest Papa Mali tremendously moved me this spring at the 2016 New Orleans Jazzfest. I mean literally & emotionally as my excitable passion led me to daringly dance like a bliss borne rabid loon roaming the swampy Louisiana terrain, which in this case was the Jazz & Heritage stage. The name Cha Wa derives from a widely used slang saying that means “we comin’ for ya” in the marching Mardi Gras Indian tribes’ ongoing culture.

Cha Wa is led by founding members Joe Gelini (on drums), Sam Dickey (on guitar) & singer dancer J’Wan Boudreaux (Wild Magnolia’s Big Chief Monk Boudreaux’s young grandson) in most extraordinary Mardi Gras Indian fashion shining forth with their intense music & energizing vibe vividly portraying their amazing family history & truly the tribe’s living legacy.

As a seasoned veteran of 27 jazzfests in New Orleans, I grew up with Rebirth prominent in my expansive music scenery centric life. From my early 20s & now into my 50s, I have exquisitely enjoyed RBB’s manic music, delicious vibe, & profound presence on the local scene, which transcends into the greater national & international realm at large. I wish them even larger success & a brightest future ahead.

These are 2 of the hottest New Orleans born & raised premiere street funk party bands going & rollin’ as we dancingly traipse into the 21st century.

Spread the good word far & wide to make sure we’re all on board for this fantastic freaking voyage with our dreamy Rebirth & Cha Wa leading the explosive charge.

Join us for this incredibly festive evening of pleasure ensuing New Orleans live wire entertainment at the intimate Dakota, known for stellar live music & amazing food.

Rebirth Brass Band with Cha Wa hits the stage on Saturday August 13, 2016 for 2 sensational shows at 7pm & 10pm. Let’s roll.

Rebirth Brass Band w/Mike Dillon Band Mancub @ Great American Music Hall ~1/16/2016

~Timothy Paul Smith ::

The Dakota Box Office: 612-332-5299

Rebirth & Cha Wa @ the Dakota event page


Rebirth Brass Band Facebook

CHA WA band website

CHA WA band Facebook

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PreFreak: Bonerama @ the Dakota 7-14-16 Mpls


Let’s thank the blessing strewn universe that New Orleans has sent us their musical ambassadors Bonerama fronted feverishly by 3 tremendous trombone players to perform.

Known for their outlandish daring covers of the likes of Led Zep, Black Sabbath, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles & more as well as some catchy tasty originals, The Bone has risingly become a premiere in-demand funky touring ensemble & one of my most fave festive bands to be always throwing down everywhere they go.

Having these talented southern gents in our town is a real treat. Join me for the fun.


BONERAMA • The Dakota Jazz Club  • Thursday, July 14, 2016 @ 7pm

Box Office: 612-332-5299

Here’s my recent preview podcast of Bonerama, which includes my interview of band leader trombonist Mark Mullins.  This was produced by Brave New Radio.


Just because there is no defined dancefloor at the Dakota (yet!), please know that dancing is indeed welcome here. Even the club owner Lowell Pickett would take delight in seeing people dance at this entertaining energy fueled show. So please get on up & get on down.


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