musician - pianist - vocalist

"Christmas with friends" with judi and Lori

Monday, December 10th at 7:30 PM - The Dunsmore Room at Crooner's Lounge and Supper Club

Judi and I are really looking forward to singing some Holiday classics ... Christmas tunes ... singalongs ... and of course the epic "Oh Holy Night!"  It is very special when we are able to get together every year and not only sing some of our favorite songs, but to also have the chance to express to you how very grateful we are for your support over the years.  It is always a magical evening ... we hope to see you there!

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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 ...

other Upcoming Events and Performances

The Black Hart of St. Paul - Piano Lounge - Saturday Nights

SATURDAY, November 17th

The Twin Cities' Cabaret Artists Network take the stage tonight for their monthly "Salon."  It's always a fantastic evening of cabaret performers!

SATURDAY, November 24th 

Join me for a fantastically fun evening on a "post turkey" Saturday night !!! I'll sing a bunch of my greatest hits ... your requests ... people will sit in and sing a few tunes ... Kory will be tending bar and will be stirring up some of his amazing cocktails ... I'm sure that some new recipes will be on the docket. I would LOVE to see you there. I promise it will be fun!

SATURDAY, December 1st

Okay ... it's time for some festive holiday and Christmas music ... with a fire in the fireplace ... a finely mixed cocktail made by the fantastic Kory ... and more that likely some ferocious singalongs going on.  Stop in and join me for the fun!  Requests are ALWAYS welcomed!

SATURDAY, December 8th

There will be a private event in The Piano Lounge. 

SATURDAY, December 15th and 

SATURDAY, December 29th 

The amazing duo of Anna Christy and Emily Villano will be holding down the fort when I am at The Ordway. If you haven't experienced these great vocalists ... well here is your chance!  From Musical Theatre to Rock to Pop to Jazz ... these girls serve up just about everything.  These evenings will be outrageously fun and not to be missed!

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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.

October 28th 

Musical guests are: The Unity Choir under the direction of Judi Vinar with The Unity Band

November 4th

Musical guests are: Anna Christy with The Unity Band

November 11th 

Musical guests are: Patty Peterson with The Unity Band

November 18th

Musical guests are: The Unity Choir 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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