musician - pianist - vocalist


JUST ADDED - HAPPY HOUR ON THE PATIO @ crooners 6:00 to 7:30

Come on out for a June evening on Crooners' patio ...

Join me for some fun outside at Crooners!  Start the week off with a musical boost ... request some tunes ... have a cocktail ... great food ... and be home EARLY!!!  See you there.



"50 ways to flaunt it!"- Tuesday, June 18th - 7:00 PM @ LUSH

An Evening of Song to Celebrate 50 Years of Pride

Join cabaret diva Mistress Ginger and the legendary Lori Dokken for an evening of song to celebrate 50 years of Pride. This rousing retrospective features your favorite tunes from the past five decades, everything from Joni Mitchell to Janelle Monáe. 

Tuesday, June 18
7:00pm doors | 7:30pm show

Tickets:  $10 advance | $15 same day/at the door

Taco Tuesday Food and Drink Specials ALL NIGHT!

LUSH Minneapolis

990 Central Ave NE - Mpls - 55413


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other Upcoming Events and Performances

The Black Hart of St. Paul Piano Lounge


Saturday, June 15th - 7:00 to 9:00 PM



This is always a tremendously fun evening!  Come and check out the final performances of Judi and my Vocal Performance Workshop Students.  This is a Level 2 class - so there will not only be solo numbers, but duos trios, quartets ... an insane amount of vocal fun.  Michelle, Maryam, Gary, Rachel, Chris, Cindy, Ann, Sheryl, Liz, Tammie and Joy have been working hard for 5 weeks and look forward to seeing you there.



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Sunday morning services at Unity Minneapolis


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.

June 16th

Musical guests are 

The Unity Quartet (Mary Burns-Klinger, Sheryl Lange, David Reid & Gregg Peterson) with The Unity Band

June 23rd

Musical guests are 

Katie Gearty with the Unity Band

June 30th

Patty Peterson 

with The Unity Band 

July 7th

Jimmy Steffen & Holly Circle 

with The Unity Band

July 14th

Rachel Holder Hennig

with The Unity Band

July 21st

Jacy Smith

with The Unity Band

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Annual September Music Series at Unity Minneapolis features "Women & The Divine in Music & History"


As I approached selecting a theme and music for this September’s Music Series, I kept thinking about our current environment and how this year’s focus could possibly provide some inspiration and new avenues of hope for these challenging times.

When I am feeling small and sometimes at a loss for how I could ever contribute positive energy and a morsel of change into a chaotic environment, I am often brought back to a quiet, reflective place where I recall people in history whose first steps started out small. The authentic and truthful execution of their beliefs and work propelled them into a position where they caused not only ripples, but seismic shifts in society, science, music, civil rights, environmental concerns, and global attitudes.

The September Music Series this year will focus on “Women and The Divine – in Music
and History (Women, Music, and Spiritual Social Action).” From Dorothy Fields to Joni Mitchell to Carole King to India.Arie, the past century has been filled with female songwriters who quietly kept following their passion and over time broke down barriers and emerged as some of the biggest musical voices in the industry. These artists walked alongside their societal companions – women such as Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, Katherine Johnson, Rachel Carson and Maya Angelou – who raised our consciousness to bring about great achievements in humanity from The United Nations and The Civil Rights Act to helping put a man on the moon.

I hope that you are not only inspired by the music, but also find hope and inspiration in the stories of these phenomenal women who found themselves in a place and time where they were called to do that which Spirit kept breathing into their souls, filling them with the confidence, bravery, and commitment that caused them to be unable to do anything but take that first step.

Let’s take it together.

–Lori Dokken

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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.  

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“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)

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Elf the musical - The Ordway Center for the performing arts

Playing December 5th through December 30th


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


"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 ...