LORI DOKKEN & JAMES A. ROCCO
TOGETHER AT LAST
Lori Dokken and James A. (Jamie) Rocco have been each other’s fans for 15 years. On Friday, October 30, 2020, at 5 pm, they are joining forces for the first time for a virtual, live-streamed concert from Unity Minneapolis.
Over the past four decades, Lori Dokken has performed at every major venue in the Twin Cities from The Dakota to The Guthrie to The Ordway. She is a vocalist, pianist, producer, and arranger who is continually being encouraged to write down her many “behind the scenes” stories about playing in piano bars, working on cruise ships, doing singing-telegrams dressed as Wonder Woman and writing letters with Bea Arthur to the editor of The Los Angeles Times. Lori has been the Music Director at Unity Minneapolis for the past 11 years.
James A. Rocco sang back-up to Frank Sinatra at the ripe age of 12 and has not stopped singing since. He has appeared on Broadway and in major venues worldwide, including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Théâtre du Châtelet, and others with the Duke Ellington Band, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and many others. From 2005-2017, he was the Producing Artistic Director of the Ordway.
Please join us!
@5 On Friday – with Rocco & Dokko
Live streamed to: www.facebook.com/unityminneapolis and www.facebook.com/lori.dokken
Ticket donations can be made online at either:
or on Venmo: @Lori-Dokken
This musical event will not only benefit the Twin Cities’ and Unity communities by reaching out to our many friends and family at this time of social distancing and sheltering in place – your online donations during the event will also benefit the artists, as well as the many ministries of Unity Minneapolis.
Previous @5:00 on Friday Concerts
Friday | September 18th | 5:00 PM CT
Musical festivities provided by Jen Burleigh-Bentz and Lori Dokken.
Jen Burleigh-Bentz has performed on stages from Broadway to The Ordway in a diverse array of musical theatre productions from Sondheim classics to Mamma Mia which features the music of ABBA. You will also see her frequently onscreen in commercials and infomercials and films as well as in person wearing many hats at the full line music store, Brickhouse Music in River Falls, WI which she owns with her husband, musician Tommy Bentz.
Lori Dokken and Jen have not only been good friends for many years, but frequent musical colleagues as well. They promise to bring everything from crazy Broadway numbers and ballads to some good old swing tunes and pop classics for this fun Friday concert event at Unity Minneapolis.
Friday | July 24 | 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM CT | Watch now on Facebook
A musical performance by THREE.
@5:00 on Friday | May 15th | 5:00 PM CT | Watch now on Facebook
A musical performance by Joyann Parker and Lori Dokken.
Joyann Parker has been called “the best Twin Cities female singer you’ve never heard.” (Jon Bream/StarTribune). Joyann is a classically trained pianist but after her ears came into contact with the soul sounds of the Stax label and later also added blues, she decided to invest in a career as a soul singer. Bill Wilson of Reflections in Blue says – “Joyann Parker is the real deal … a powerful vocalist, an accomplished musician on both guitar and piano, and the writer of songs that hold up over time. This is blues and deep southern soul of the highest order. Joyann Parker is a 21st century blues woman.”
Joyann has become a frequent guest artist for Unity Minneapolis’ Sunday morning services and it is there that congregants have become fans of her earthy, authentic and often gospel-tinged stylings. She and Lori have struck up a musical partnership over the past year and together they serve up staples of the contemporary music catalog with a new drive to dig deeper into the style, genre and lyric of whatever selection they are performing.
@5:00 on Friday | May 8th | 5:00 PM CT | Watch now on Facebook
A musical performance by Three
“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.
Lori Dokken – Over the past four decades, Lori has performed at every major venue in the Twin Cities from The Dakota to The Guthrie to The Ordway. A sought-after accompanist, she is also a successful concert producer, educator, vocal coach, arranger, and vocalist. Currently the Music Director at Unity Minneapolis, she has also been the MD for everything from ensembles at McNally Smith College of Music to acts at the Bryant Lake Bowl and recently was the Music Director for Disenchanted during its successful run at The Illusion Theatre in November 2014. She has produced headline shows for cruise ships as well as local cabaret acts and has opened for legends like Eartha Kitt, Carole King and Tony Bennett. Lori has sung backups for Kenny Loggins and shared the stage with Beatrice Arthur. Her diverse production credits include sold out shows at The Hopkin’s Center for the Arts, The Dakota Jazz Club, The Chanhassen Dinner Theatre and many local concert venues. She partnered with The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts to produce “Painting Joni” – a concert featuring the music of Joni Mitchell for which she was also the Musical Director, Arranger and one of the featured performers. She was the Entertainment Producer for five years for an HIV/AIDS fund raiser called “Healing of the Hearts” which netted over $500,000 in proceeds for The Aliveness Project and also founded and produced a charity golf tournament for ten years that raised close to $250,000 for One Heartland.
Judi Vinar – Judi Vinar has been singing since the age of four and began her professional career in 1983. Her initial focus was in the areas of folk, country, musical theatre and opera and early on in her career she branched out to explore jazz, pop, r and b, rock, gospel … and now she pretty much covers any style or genre.
In 1987, Judi moved to the Twin Cities and has developed long term musical relationships with many of the Twin Cities finest: Lori Dokken, “The Wolverines Classic Jazz Orchestra”, “St. Croix Jazz Orchestra”, “JazzMN Big Band”, “The Girls”, and her own “Judi, Cliff ‘n’ Daves”.
In 1997, Judi began working with singer extraordinaire Bobby McFerrin, and joined his a cappella group “Voicestra” in 2001. Currently, she is touring with Mr. McFerrin in his five-piece a cappella group “Gimme5”.
Rachel Holder – Rachel Holder is a musician living in St. Paul, Minnesota. Her versatile vocals have been heard performing alongside some the most familiar names in the Twin Cities music scene. She is a regular presence at venues such as The Dakota Jazz Club, Hell’s Kitchen, and Crooners Lounge and Supper Club as well as being featured in a variety of concerts at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, The History Theatre and the Chanhassen Fireside Theater.
Rachel started teaching at McNally Smith College of Music in 2007 and was a faculty member of the voice department until 2017. She currently teaches at Macalester College, Concordia University, and Saint Paul Conservatory of Music.