musician - pianist - vocalist

"I Am Woman ... Hear me roar"

Saturday, February 2nd at 7:30 PM - The Main Stage at Crooner's Lounge and Supper Club

Join us for an evening celebrating some of the greatest women singers and songwriters ever! Music Director and pianist, Lori Dokken, is joined by Twin Cities' vocalists - Judi Vinar, Debbie Duncan, Patty Peterson, and Rachel Holder Hennig. They combine forces to turn Crooner's Lounge and Supper Club 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, Whitney, Joni, Annie, Carole, Barbra, Tina, Judy, India, Christina, and many more. It promises to be a fantastic evening of hearing these women "roar" as only they can!



other Upcoming Events and Performances

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


SATURDAY, January 26th 

KORY WOLTER joins me for the first set of the evening!   He is a phenomenal vocalist ... I'm not kidding!!!!!  (And usually our bartender!) Stop in and check it out.  I will be hanging out for the second set and perhaps we will do a bunch of tunes from the 60s and 70s. It's going to be a great evening ... we would love to see you there!

SATURDAY, February 2nd

Emily Villano and friends take over the Piano Lounge stage for a festive evening of some incredible music! 

SATURDAY, February 9th - no music in the lounge - private event 

Saturday February 16th

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

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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.

January 6th 

Musical guests are: Rachel Holder Hennig and Sean Turner with The Unity Band

January 13th

Musical guests are: Debbie 

Duncan with The Unity Band

January 20th 

Guest Speaker and Musical guest is: Ester Nicholson with The Unity Band

January 27th

Musical guests are: The Unity Quartet 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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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 ...