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Lori Dokken

Lori Dokken wearing a flowing black jacket and leopard print shall with arms raised high and a large smile.

Lori Dokken, Musician. Circa 2010. Photo courtesy of Lori Dokken.

Lori Dokken has performed at every major venue in the Twin Cities for over four decades, including Dakota Jazz Club, Guthrie Theater and Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. Lori is a sought-after accompanist and a successful concert producer, educator, vocal coach, arranger and vocalist. Lori has been the musical director for McNally Smith College of Music, Bryant Lake Bowl and Theater and Illusion Theater during its successful run of Disenchanted in November 2014. Currently, Lori serves as the music director for Unity Minneapolis.

Lori has produced headline shows for cruise ships and local cabaret acts and has opened for legends such as Eartha Kitt, Carole King and Tony Bennett. Lori has sung backup for Kenny Loggins and shared the stage with Beatrice Arthur. Lori’s diverse production credits include sold-out shows at Hopkin’s Center for the Arts, Dakota Jazz Club, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres and many local concert venues. Lori partnered with Ordway Center for the Performing Arts to produce “Painting Joni,” a concert featuring the music of Joni Mitchell. Lori served as the musical director, arranger and one of the featured performers for this production.

For five years, Lori was the entertainment producer for an HIV/AIDS fundraiser called “Healing of the Hearts,” which netted over $500,000 in proceeds for The Aliveness Project and founded and produced a charity golf tournament for ten years, raising close to $250,000 for One Heartland.

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