musician - pianist - vocalist

Wednesday, October 17th - Crooner's Lounge & Supper Club

The 3 D's are back together again after 19 years! (The Preacher, The Professor & The Piano Player)

Debbie Duncan, Judi Donaghy Vinar and Lori Dokken will share the stage again after .... hhhmmm ... I believe that it's been about 19 years!  This trio was the predecessor to "the girls" and came together on a whim after joining forces on stage one night at The Times Bar and Cafe ... oh so long ago.  We'll be dusting off some great old classics and more than likely be creating some new ones.  


What: Debbie, Judi and Lori 

When: Wednesday, October 17th

Time: 7:30 PM

Where: Crooner's Lounge & Supper Club

6161 Highway 65 NE

Minneapolis, MN 55432

Ticket Price: $ 15 

10/26 - "Hip hope hooray" - Benefit for Ampersand Families

Friday, October 26th - 7:00 to 10:00 PM - Rachel and I will be performing at this incredible event!

Since 2008, Ampersand Families has helped about 140 older youth begin their healing journey with the love and support of committed, well-supported parents.  Proceeds from Hip Hope Hooray will provide direct program support to help these new families succeed.

In honor of Ampersand Families' 10th Anniversary, the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation will match the first $10,000 of new or increased individual gifts during this fiscal year.  Please help us leverage those dollars during Hip Hope Hooray!

What will be happening:

  • Emcee: Kelli Hanson, Reporter and Producer for Twin Cities Live on 5 Eyewitness News, KSTP - TV
  • Live music with Lori Dokken and Rachel Holder Hennig
  • Gaming Tables, Cave Tours, Silent Auction
  • Heavy appetizers and dessert will be served
  • Business casual or 1930s dress is appropriate

The Details:

When: Friday, October 26th, 2018

Time: 7:00 to 10:00 PM

Where: The Wabash Street Caves - St. Paul, MN

Tickets: To purchase your tickets ... click on the button below ...

10/27 - Jazz at St. Barney's with judi Vinar and Lori dokken

Saturday - October 27th - 7:00 PM at St. Barnabas Lutheran Church in Plymouth, MN

Judi and I are back at St. Barney's to explore anything and everything musical!  From Jazz, to Folk, to R&B, to Showtunes and more.   It's always a great time and we hope you will join us!

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other Upcoming Events and Performances

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

SATURDAY, October 13th - 8:00 to 11:00


Judi and I are together tonight! Woo hoo! I am soooo excited. Please join us for an insane evening which will more than likely include tunes that we have performed together for about 28 years. Holy crackers .... it's going to be a great time. We hope to see you there.

SATURDAY, October 20th - 8:00 to 11:00


Usually The Twin Cities' Cabaret Artists Network takes the stage on the third Saturday of the month ... however, they are busy with their annual Cabaret Festival on this evening, so I will be performing in the lounge. Hhhhmmm ... perhaps we'll sing some 60s and 70s music ... and as always, requests are welcomed!

SATURDAY, October 27th  -8:00 to 11:00


Doug Anderson takes over the Piano Lounge on an autumn evening and holds court with his amazing Cabaret skills. You really don't want to miss this! He is hysterical ... funny ... warm ... so very talented and a phenomenal vocalist. A frequent performer at Cabaret Clubs in London ... it's great to have him in St. Paul for an evening. He would LOVE to see you there!

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.

September 30th 

Musical guests are: The Unity Quartet with The Unity Band

October 7th 

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

October 14th

Musical guests are: Jacy Smith with The Unity Band

October 21st 

Musical guests are: Rachel Holder Hennig with The Unity Band

October 28th 

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

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