Beloved Nachito Herrera Back at Dakota
Nachito Herrera has been a fixture at the renowned Dakota jazz club in downtown Minneapolis since he moved to the Twin Cities in 2001. He’s recorded two albums there and won the hearts of many local jazz lovers. With a busier travel schedule and growing recognition, Herrera’s career has made his Dakota’s appearances sparser.
In 2014, he was named Minnesota’s Immigrant of Distinction, and he was one of three musicians to receive the prestigious American Heritage Award from the American Immigration Council. He’s the first Latin musician to receive the latter since Carlos Santana. Hererra is one of the world’s greatest Cuban pianists, and more people are lining up to see him.
The Dakota website describes him in this way:
“Combining Western Classical music with traditional Cuban rhythms, Herrera has been at the forefront of an exciting renaissance in Cuban music. While in his twenties, Herrera took the job of Musical Director at the famous ‘Tropicana’ nightclub in Cuba, playing every night and deepening his repertoire. He spent the late 1990s touring with Cubanissmo, serving as lead pianist, arranger, and musical director and touring the world.”
You can savor another performance at the Dakota on August 28th and 29th. Shows start at 7 and 9 pm, and the cost is $30-50. Safe parking is available nearby for just $6 at the Park and Shop ramps. The discounted parking starts after 4 pm.