Upcoming – @5:00 on Friday Virtual Concert

Upcoming – @5:00 on Friday Virtual Concert

Friday | June 5th | 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM CT | Via Facebook Live

Virtual Concert

During these difficult times when words are abundant … or absent … and feelings are oftentimes overwhelming … join us this Friday, June 5th for our “@ 5 on Friday” Virtual Concert with Patty Peterson and Lori Dokken.  Let’s join together and turn to music as that balm of expression which has the power to release our feelings, speak our words, and help us begin to breathe again.

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.

Lori & Patty

Patty Peterson – has performed to sold-out audiences all over the country, such as The Dakota Jazz Club and Crooners Lounge and Supper Club in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Vibrato, (Catalina’s Jazz Club) and The Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles, California. In addition, Patty received the coveted Minnesota Music Award 7 times for best vocalist as well as best jazz recording and in 2019, she was inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame, along with her siblings. She was also named Minnesota’s Jazz Hero of 2020 via the Jazz Journalists’ Association for all her contributions to the Jazz community in Minnesota. Patty has released four solo recordings which feature luminaries Sheila E., David Hazeltine, Stokley Williams, and Ira Sullivan, as well as members of her entire musically renowned family. For more information, see: pattypeterson.com

Lori Dokken

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 Theater 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.

Live streamed to: www.facebook.com/unityminneapolis and www.facebook.com/lori.dokken

Ticket donations can be made online at either:
PayPal.me/LoriDokken
or on Venmo: @Lori-Dokken

Previous @5:00 on Friday Concerts


@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.

THREE Bios

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.

Lori, Judi & Rachel