The Dakota to host Music For Marriage Equality benefit

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As the political season continues to heat up in Minnesota, more and more music events are being scheduled to raise the social and civic awareness of the local constituency. The Dakota Jazz Club has just announced a stellar lineup as part of their upcoming Music for Marriage Equality Benefit on September 25, featuring performances from Jonatha Brooke, Keri Noble, and Chastity Brown.

All of the proceeds from this event, which will be hosted by Cities 97's Brian Oake, will go to directly supporting the good work of Minnesotans for Equality, a local group who are dedicated to making sure marriage discrimination isn't made a permanent part the Minnesota State Constitution

In addition to supporting a truly worthwhile cause, the music lineup for the evening is top notch as well, as Jonatha Brooke recently became the first woman to compose, arrange, produce, and perform a complete album of Woody Guthrie songs, The Works, which features songs culled from the unpublished lyrics found in Woody's abundant archives.

A talented local singer/songwriter with four spirited records to her credit, Keri Noble has also just paired up with Brian Oake to co-host Cities 97's morning show. Noble has this to say about the special evening that is planned at the Dakota on September 25:

"Music for Marriage Equality is going to be an amazing event of music, at one of the best venues in Minneapolis, The Dakota. This is an exciting night for me, not only will I be co-hosting with Brian Oake, benefiting a great cause and organization - I also get the opportunity to collaborate with one of my favorite artists, Jonatha Brooke. I can't wait!"

And soulful singer Chasity Brown completes the terrific musical lineup with a set sure to prominently feature songs from her wonderful new record, Back Road Highways, a bold, self-assured album filled with stirring, bluesy songs that are sure to soar in the intimate confines of the Dakota. Brown also feels proud to lend her voice to this momentous cause:

"The fact that we are voting on this amendment is beyond disheartening. It is another way to systematically divide community and prevent queer couples from accessing the same legal rights as heterosexual couples. It is no different than the institutionalized oppression that denied women and blacks basic legal rights in years past. As an artist I believe it is my responsibility to help organize against this amendment. I'm excited to lock arms with my community on September 25th at the Dakota Jazz Club."

Tickets are available now for the Dakota's Music for Marriage Equality Benefit, with 100 % of the proceeds going directly to support the efforts of Minnesotans for Equality, a group of local media, finance, legal, marketing, and political professionals whose principal focus is to take a complimentary media approach to all of the great grassroots work that has already been done here in the state to make sure this discriminatory amendment does not get added to our Constitution.

Committee founder Tracy Call states strongly that, ""The Minnesota constitution shouldn't be a tool to take away the rights of a group of Minnesotans. This is an extreme attempt to take away the rights and freedoms of gay couples and promotes discrimination in a social climate where we should be endorsing love and respect. Not only is this proposed change Anti-American, it's Anti-Minnesotan."

In addition to the music, there will also be a special three-course Benefit Menu available from the Dakota's talented kitchen as well, with food sales again going directly to support Minnesotans for Equality.

Find out more about this important event and purchase your tickets through the Dakota website, and learn more about the meaningful cause by heading to the Minnesotans for Equality site.

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