Larry Long’s American Roots Revue Back at Dakota Jazz Club November 18th

This November the revue returns to its roots with powerhouse vocalist and 2017-2018 McKnight Artist Fellow Tonia Hughes; J.D. Steele (eldest sibling of ‘The Steeles’), the “Pavarotti of Gospel” Robert Robinson, acclaimed songwriter and front man for the Honeydogs Adam Levy with troubadour and community builder Larry Long.

All backed by a superlative all-star band, which includes Billy Steele (Keyboards), Joe Savage (Pedal Steel), Yonathan Bekure(Bass) and Kenyari Jackson (Drums).

This must-see bill will make you feel like you’re going to a revival inside the intimate nightclub that is the Dakota.

When: Saturday, Nov 18, 2017   Time: 7:00pm & 9 PM   Tickets: BOX OFFICE 612-332-5299

Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant • 1010 Nicollet Avenue • Minneapolis, MN 55403 • 612-332-1010

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Acclaimed Songwriter Adam Levy Joins the Rotation in Signature TC Group


Band:  Billy Steele (Keyboards), Joe Savage (Pedal Steel), Yonathan Bekure (Bass), Adam Levy (Guitar), Kenyari Jackson (Drums)

MINNEAPOLIS — October 5, 2017 — You can add Honeydogs front man and celebrated songwriter and mental health advocate Adam Levy* to the hipster list of special guests like Chastity Brown, Dave Pirner (Soul Asylum), actor & bluesman Guy Davis, rapper Tall Paul, First Nation singer Waubanewquay Dorene Day, chanteuse Prudence Johnson and renowned finger-pickin’ ace Pat Donohue to the ever-changing, ever-thrillin’ American Roots Revue** line up.

Levy will join the Revue’s coveted band on guitar at the Dakota November 18, 2017 ,and offer up his own songs for two shows with the original members of the group, which includes powerhouse vocalist and 2017-2018 McKnight Fellow Tonia Hughes; J.D. Steele (eldest sibling of ‘The Steeles’), international troubadour  and community builder Larry Long and American Roots anchor artist – the “Pavarotti of Gospel”–Robert Robinson.

Don’t miss this chance to catch Levy singing and playing with the original members of the group. The American Roots Revue’s November concerts will feature material ranging from Pete Seeger, Stevie Wonder, Louis Armstrong, George Benson and others, intersperesed with original songs by Levy and Long.

 For more information — or for in studio performances and interviews with American Roots Revue — please contact Martin Keller, Media Savant Communications, 612-729-8585,


*Larry Long, Producer of American Roots Revue

Larry Long is an American singer-songwriter who has made his life work the celebration of everyday heroes. Author and historian Studs Terkel called Larry “a true American troubadour.” When America’s foremost folksinger, Pete Seeger,  was told that Long might be the Pete Seeger of Minneapolis, the late Seeger chuckled. “I’d be proud to be known as ‘the Larry Long of New York.'”

Long just returned from Fredrikstad, Norway, where he performed at an international gathering with Nobel Peace Prize Laureaute Rigoberta Menchu from Guatemala.


*Adam Levy

Adam Levy is a singer-songwriter, social activist, educator, and parent, who’s been called a great American songwriter and an unknown treasure by journalists and fans around the world. He’s probably best known for the last 20+ years as the leader and founding member of the Minnesota-based rock band, The Honeydogs.  He has also explored children’s music, orchestral pop, experimental electronic sounds, Brazilian, and American roots music in the 1/2 dozen or so bands and projects he leads.

In 2012, Levy  lost his son Daniel to suicide. The tragedy altered every inch of his and his family’s lives. It left Levy creatively incapacitated.  Gradually, Levy started writing songs again. What came out were songs that expressed the longing and self-examination he’d been experiencing in the wake of his son’s death.  The results are contained in the record Naubinway.

Grammy winner Joe Henry called the record “love in action — a courageous and generous offering, where ghosts abound, facing the quiet inevitable that forever walks with us. It’s a record with soul and deep compassion. It is a beautiful and remarkable piece of work.”

Tonia Hughes

Tonia Hughes is the recipient for the 2017-2018 McKnight Fellowship and a singer, songwriter, recording and theater artist with a passion for a broad array of music and often engages in culturally diverse collaborations alongside some of Minnesota’s most accomplished musicians. She has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra at Orchestra Hall, at the acclaimed Lincoln Center in New York and throughout the Twin Cities at hundreds of culturally diverse churches, theaters, colleges and university events. Tonia resides in Minneapolis with her husband Brian Kendrick and their children.

JD Steele

J.D. Steele exploded onto the Minnesota music scene in the mid 1980’s along with Prince, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, Soul Asylum and The Steele’s, putting Minnesota on the National music map forever. Steele has been touring nationally as the choral director for  Christian McBride’s ‘The Movement Revisited’ with an 18-piece jazz band lauding 4-Key figures of the Civil Rights Movement: Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Rosa Parks and Muhammad Ali. Grammy-winning bassist, Christian McBride is the regular host of Jazz Night In America.

Robert Robinson

Robert Robinson is reason to believe that the greatest music reaches every name and crosses every boundary, from audiences in the Pontiac Silverdome to troops in South Korea. Standing five foot five and sipping Diet Coke, Robert is “God’s canary.”  He possesses the ability to sing any song and yet remain true to his vision.

Minnesota’s Insight News distinguished Robert as “a beloved institution,” a nod to both his service to the community and his sterling life’s work. People love Robert. Artists look to him for affirmation. Fans adore his inclusive personality. They don’t necessarily have to embrace gospel to embrace Robert and that is alright with him. It’s all about his soul.

**About the American Roots Revue

American Roots Revue works from the core of America’s richest musical traditions of First Nation, Gospel, Blues, Folk, Rock and R&B. It boasts the artistic range to salute iconic America music heroes like Pete Seeger, Mahalia Jackson, Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway and Billie Holiday. And the poetic license to present artists in unique combinations with each other, like this must-see bill!