musician - pianist - vocalist

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Christmas with friends - judi and lori - the dunsmore room

MONDAY, DECEMBER 9th - The Dunsmore Room @ Crooners Lounge and Supper Club - 7:30 PM

Judi and I will again celebrate Christmas in the Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge & Supperclub on Monday, December 9th.  Get your tickets soon ... as we sold out last year!  Expect everything from the classics to the Grinch a la Kate Hepburn.  You don’t want to miss it!

Christmas With Friends

Monday, December 9th

Doors open at 6:00

Music starts at 7:30

Tickets $20 


Crooners Lounge & Supper Club

6161 Highway 65 NE

Minneapolis, MN 55432

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christmas sing-a-long @ the black hart Piano lounge

Saturday, December 21st - 8:00 to 11:00 PM

I am sooooo excited to be able to schedule a Holiday Sing-a-long this year!!! It's been a while and people have been inquiring about it over the years. Well ... here is our opportunity. Stop in to The Piano Lounge on Saturday, December 21st between the hours of 8 and 11 and we will hang out ... sing songs ... tell stories ... have some cocktails ... and celebrate the holiday season together. Requests will be HIGHLY encouraged and I am sure that we will have some guest singers that evening as well. I look forward to seeing you there!

Saturday, December 21st

8:00 to 11:00 PM


The Piano Lounge @

The Black Hart of St. Paul

1415 University Ave.

St. Paul, MN 

pre-show music before the ordway production of "six"

November 29th through December 22nd

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I am ecstatic to be back at The Ordway Center of the Performing Arts for the eleventh year.  This year's production is "SIX" and you will find me once again in The Target Atrium, seated at a very lovely Steinway Concert Grand piano, playing pre show music.  It is really my favorite job of the year ... I love Christmas and Holiday music ... I can't wait to see lots of 'short people' - some old friends and some new ... and of course I enjoy spending time with the fantastic staff at this treasured St. Paul theater.  

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other Upcoming Events and Performances

The Black Hart of St. Paul Piano Lounge

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JUST ANNOUNCED !!!

CHRISTMAS SING-A-LONG

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21ST

8:00 TO 11:00 PM


It's been a while since I have been able to schedule a festive, Holiday sing-a-long!  It's going to happen this year and I look forward to seeing you there.



HAPPY HOUR FRIDAYS IN THE PIANO LOUNGE!!!


CLUB 6-2-8 

A CABARET HAPPY HOUR

FOR BABY BOOMERS !!!



Friday, January 17th - 6:00 to 8:00 PM


Want to go out on a Friday but it's hard when things start later in the evening?


Here's your solution ... stop in to The Black Hart after work on a Friday and get back home before the sun sets!

Sunday morning services at Unity Minneapolis

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Join me for a tremendously uplifting experience at Unity Minneapolis where I have been the Music Director for the past nine years. Weekly Sunday morning services are at 9:30 and 11:30.  If you can't attend in person - watch the live stream of the 9:30 service.  (Tune in at 9:25 so you don't miss the Prelude!)


Frequent musical guests are The Unity Choir, Judi Vinar, Rachel Holder Hennig, Patty Peterson, Debbie Duncan, Dane Stauffer, and many many other Twin Cities' artists.


November 17th

Rachel Holder 

with The Unity Band


November 24th

Judi Vinar

with The Unity Band





Annual September Music Series at Unity Minneapolis features "Americana" music.

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During my tenure as a self-employed artist in the music industry, one of the most challenging concepts that I have found is that of “reinventing the wheel.” Project after project, song after song, day after day, my career is a constant evolution of moving forward and taking what I have learned and expanding the next production I do into more – more bigger, more smaller, more people, more solos, more sounds, more space - well, you get the idea.

While trying to make a decision regarding the focus and theme for this year’s September Music Series, I thought to myself (out loud) “WHAT ELSE CAN I POSSIBLY DO?” Once again, I found that when I quiet down and listen to my unconscious ruminations, I have that “Aha” moment.  

Unity Minneapolis is celebrating its centennial this year. This community has remained focused and committed to its principles for 100 years. Wow! That is pretty amazing.  From many … one … unity … joining together … an amalgam of souls. Many diverse members have joined together to form one spiritual community that shares a collective vision that is so eloquently stated by the Five Unity Principles. This concept of the singular as a collective led me to the perfect choice for our music series this year – Americana Music.

Americana Music is an amalgam (mixture of different elements that combine to form one) of American music formed by the convergence of common and diverse traditions that make up the musical character of the United States. Elements from styles and genres of music such as folk, country, blues, rhythm and blues, rock and roll, and gospel along with other external influences combine to form a new distinctive sound. Americanais basically one big musical spice rack full of rich, roots oriented, earthy sounds that are filled with the cultural and ethnic diversity from which we all emanate.

You can hear the complex simplicity of the vernacular of Americana Musicin selections by such artists as: Alison Krauss, Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, CSNY, Patty Griffin, Keb’ Mo’, Woody Guthrie, Neil Young, Laura Nyro, Mary Gauthier, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, The Avett Brothers and so many, many more.

Please join us in September for a collection of music that celebrates the great joy, love, truth and community that is exemplified when many hearts come together as one.

Lori Dokken

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(photo - Bonni Allen Photography)

women on the moon The Ordway concert hall - Oct. 6th - 5PM

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women on the moon - the amazing female vocalists of the '60s

ORDWAY CONCERT HALL - OCTOBER 6TH @ 5:00 PM


The 1960s was one of the most memorable decades of all time in the history of The United States.  It started out with the election of President John F. Kennedy and the dawn of “Camelot” and closed out with the first man landing on the moon.  In between these bookends would be the assassinations of JFK, RFK and MLK ... civil rights legislation … protests … drugs … The Feminine Mystique … Black Power … hippies … Vietnam … Gloria Steinem … Nixon … the Watts riots … Andy Warhol … Stonewall … N.O.W. … The Beatles … Laugh-In … The Rolling Stones … Twiggy … Woodstock … and so many other momentous events.  


While men landed on the moon, women artists took their own giant leap into every area of the musical landscape.  The ‘60s were inarguably the most prolific decade for female vocalists and musicians in many diverse styles and categories.  From pop and folk to rock and roll and rhythm and blues, women launched themselves into the music scene and claimed their space in the mostly male dominated industry.


Women on the Moon - The '60s is a concert event that showcases some of our favorite artists from the 1960s such as: Mama Cass, Tina Turner, Aretha, Cher, Dusty Springfield, Lesley Gore, Grace Slick, Janis Joplin, Dionne Warwick, Mavis Staples, Joan Baez, Cher, Ella, Shirley Bassey, Laura Nyro, Diana Ross, Barbra, Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt, Nancy Sinatra, and the great Nina Simone.


Producer and Musical Director, Lori Dokken, has assembled some of the Twin Cities’ finest female vocalists to transport us back fifty years to a time when so many things were static and tumultuous, and yet “peace” and “love” were two of the most circulated words of the era.  Bringing their own unique interpretations to a diverse compilation of music from this decade are such local artists as: Judi Vinar, Patty Peterson, Ginger Commodore, Yolande Bruce, Rachel Holder Hennig, Joyann Parker, Katie Geartyand Anna Christy.



This performance is made possible in part by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation




Featuring songs by such artists as:


Lesley Gore

Dusty Springfield

Grace Slick

Janis Joplin

Dionne Warwick

Mavis Staples

Cass Elliot

Joan Baez

Cher

Tina Turner

Etta James

Diana Ross

Ella Fitzgerald

Laura Nyro

Barbra Streisand

Aretha Franklin

Joni Mitchell

Nina Simone

Bonnie Raitt

Nancy Sinatra

Nancy Wilson



Sunday, October 6th
5:00pm  concert

Tickets:  $30 and $35 (+fees)

Ordway Concert Hall 

@ The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts

345 Washington Street

St. Paul, MN. 55102

(651) 224-4222

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friday and saturday - October 4th & 5th

Michael Monroe's FOLK LEGENDS - Chanhassen Dinner Theatre - 8PM

Featuring songs by James Taylor, Cat Stevens, Joni Mitchell and more, Minnesota's own Emmy Award-winning acoustic troubadour, Michael Monroe, performs an evening of warm-hearted "folk legend favorites!"  Michael's rich vocals, crystal/bamboo flutes and his hand-crafted Seaton guitars, ("works of art" made of 200 year-old reclaimed wood from the bottom of Lake Superior) showcase his signature vocal mellifluous sound.

With special guests Lori Dokken on vocals, percussion and piano and Jim Chenoweth on upright string bass. Listen for more songs by Donovan, Gordon Lightfoot, Jethro Tull, Simon and Garfunkel, Peter, Paul and Mary and more.  Hits include: “Jet Plane,” “Wild World," "Feelin Groovy,” “Skating Away,” “Catch The Wind,” “Scarborough Fair,” “If You Could Read My Mind…” These tunes inspire fond memories, spark your imagination and stir your soul! Come on and sing along!


CLICK ON THE PHOTO FOR MORE INFO AND TO PURCHASE TICKETS!

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"Shout, Sister, Shout" - The voices of women ...

Saturday and Sunday - June 8th at 7:30 PM and June 9th at 2:00 PM Tickets On Sale Now!

To celebrate the conclusion of a six month transformation to “The HERstory Theatre” – History Theatre presents - in partnership with Lori Dokken - two concerts celebrating great women composers and writers. The musical journey begins with Sister Rosetta Tharpe and travels through time to today featuring such female phenoms as Laura Nyro, Carole King, Phoebe Snow, Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt, Lady Gaga and India.Arie as well as others.  The evening will also be interspersed with words from some wise women writers such as Maya Angelou, Terry Tempest Williams, and Mary Oliver.

On stage to deliver an eclectic and dynamic array of arrangements of songs written by these iconic artists are a cadre of local Twin Cities’ vocalists including Judi Donaghy Vinar, Yolande Bruce, Joyann Parker, Rachel Holder Hennig, Katie Gearty, Anna Christy and Joy Ohana backed by pianist Lori Dokken (Producer & Music Director of “Shout, Sister, Shout”), bassist Liz Draper, and percussionist Pete Hennig. Voiceover specialist and theatre and film actress, Eden Bodnar, will also be joining us.

These concerts will take us on a journey through the joys, struggles, loves, losses, concerns, and causes of women using powerful and tender melodies along with spoken word. Along the way we will be reminded of the resilience of the human spirit and our community of shared dreams and then brought to a place where we celebrate all that binds our voices together … especially through the arts.  

To Learn More and Purchase Tickets click on the button below ...

“Once upon a time, when women were birds, there was the simple understanding that to sing at dawn and to sing at dusk was to heal the world through joy. The birds still remember what we have forgotten, that the world is meant to be celebrated.” (Terry Tempest Williams)

Elf the musical - The Ordway Center for the performing arts

Playing December 5th through December 30th

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I am ecstatic to be back at The Ordway Center of the Performing Arts for the tenth year.  This year's production is "Elf The Musical" and you will find me once again in The Target Atrium, seated at a very lovely Yamaha Concert Grand piano, playing pre show and intermission music.  It is really my favorite job of the year ... I love Christmas and Holiday music ... I can't wait to see lots of 'short people' - some old friends and some new ... and of course I enjoy spending time with the fantastic staff at this treasured St. Paul theater.  

Marzitelli Foyer in The Target Atrium

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"Elf The Musical" - runs from Wednesday, December 5th through Sunday, December 30th.  Evening shows usually have a curtain time of 7:30 and matinees are at 2:00.  You will find me seated on the bench an hour prior to the start of the show and then I will be playing again during intermission.  I am fairly certain that some of my young friends will sit in and play a little "Jingle Bells" with me ... and we'll see how many renditions end up being posted on YouTube.  


Please check out The Ordway site to find the exact dates and times.

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The last time "Elf ..." was here ... the ushers let me steal one of their costumes for a day ...

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