Join me online on most Thursdays for a virtual Happy Hour! THIS WEEK I AM JOINED BY Rachel Holder !!! Woo hoo ... We are very excited.
I will be broadcasting from the fantastic confines of my attic studio ... or, due to the heat and very LOUD air conditioners, I will be in the back yard! I have been streaming for a couple of months and I am having a blast! It's great to be connecting with you during this REALLY CRAZY time and I love hearing what your requests are from week to week!
Be well ... stay safe ... and I look forward to hearing from you and hanging out with you!
THREE - (Judi Vinar, Rachel Holder and Lori Dokken) will be in The Lakeside Cafe at Crooners! It is going to be fantastically fun and you can safely hang out in a "socially distanced" way and order some great food and cocktails and send us up your requests. Looking forward to seeing you there!
Sunday, August 9th - 5:00 - 6:30 PM (CST)
Crooners Lounge & Supper Club
The Lakeside Cafe
Let the live recordings begin!!!
Over the course of the next “3” months, THREE (Judi Vinar, Rachel Holder & Lori Dokken) will be giving three live-streamed concerts from Unity Minneapolis during their "@5 on Friday" concert series. These concerts will have an added component to them – they all will be recorded live and some of the audio material will be selected to be mixed and mastered and released as a digital album in the fall. You will be a part of this endeavor as you experience their experience of making a live recording over the course of the summer.
“THREE” is the brand-new brainchild trio of local Twin Cities’ musicians - Judi Vinar, Rachel Holder and Lori Dokken. These three artists have not only been friends for many years but have also been colleagues in a diverse array of musical groups and productions. “Three” brings together a triad of diverse voices that are skilled in multiple styles and genres and the end product is an incredible performance that unites them into a singular sound - rich in color, character, confidence and the sonic seasoning of experience. Three represents so many things … past, present and future … beginning, middle and end … body, mind and soul … Judi, Rachel and Lori.
ADDED BONUS – People who donate at least $20 during each of the three concerts will receive a free download of the completed project – target release date of October 1st, 2020.
Ticket donations can be made online during the event at either:
or Venmo: Lori-Dokken
Your ticket donations during the event go to benefit the artists and the ministries of Unity Minneapolis.
Friday, July 24th – 5:00 PM (CST)
Live streamed to: www.facebook.com/unityminneapolis
Shout! Sister, Shout! – The Voices of Women …
… a concert event celebrating great women composers and vocalists.
Originally conceived as a two act theatrical presentation, this edition of “Shout!” will contain musical selections from the show presented as a chronological compilation of songs by great female composers and vocalists ranging from Sister Rosetta to Alicia Keys. The show will be adapted to fit within a 90 minute timeframe. On stage to deliver an eclectic and dynamic array of arrangements of songs written by some iconic female artists are a cadre of local Twin Cities’ vocalists including Judi Vinar, Joyann Parker, Rachel Holder, Katie Gearty, and Anna Christy backed by pianist Lori Dokken (Producer & Music Director of “Shout! Sister, Shout!”) along with a rhythm section.
This concert will take us on a journey through the joys, struggles, loves, losses, concerns, and causes of women using powerful and tender melodies. 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 music.
Shout! Sister, Shout! – The Voices of Women …
Presented by Lori Dokken (developed in partnership with The History Theatre and adapted for Crooners Lakeside Drive-In Stage)
Vocalists: Judi Vinar, Joyann Parker, Rachel Holder, Katie Gearty, Anna Christy and Lori Dokken.
MONDAY, JULY 20th
Presented by Lori Dokken
(developed in partnership with The History Theatre and adapted for Crooners Lakeside Drive-In Stage)
Crooners Lakeside Drive-In
6161 Highway 65 NE
Minneapolis, MN 55432
Box Office: (763)760-0062
Lori Dokken Presents
Join us for an evening celebrating some of the greatest women singers and songwriters ever! With Lori Dokken at the piano, Twin Cities’ vocalists Judi Vinar, Debbie Duncan, Patty Peterson and Rachel Holder Hennig will turn the theatre into a celebration of some of the matriarchs of music. Sit back and enjoy the vibrant vocal harmonies these girls put to tunes made famous by such divas as Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Annie Lennox, Carole King, Tina Turner, Judy Garland, Christina Aguilera and many more. It promises to be a fantastic evening of hearing these women “roar” as only they can!
Due to Social Distancing concerns ... we will be rescheduling this show for a later date.
Sunday, July 12th - 7:00 PM (CST)
Dinner @ 5:00 - Music starts @ 7:00
Chanhassen Dinner Theatres' Concert Series
501 West 78th St.
Chanhassen, MN. 55317
HAPPY HOUR in the Lounge - FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21st
MUSIC - 6:00 to 8:00 PM
HAPPY HOUR FRIDAYS IN THE PIANO LOUNGE!!!
A CABARET HAPPY HOUR
FOR BABY BOOMERS !!!
Friday, January 24th - 6:00 to 8:00 PM
Friday, February 21st - 6:00 to 8:00
Friday, March 20th - 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 into The Black Hart after work on a Friday and get back home before the sun sets!
Join us for a live-streamed service at 9:30 AM for the next few weeks!
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.
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.
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:
Sunday, October 6th
Tickets: $30 and $35 (+fees)
Ordway Concert Hall
@ The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington Street
St. Paul, MN. 55102
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.
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!
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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.
“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)
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.
"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.