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Sonny Knight and the Lakers to record live album at the Dakota Jazz Club

Sonny Knight performs in The Current's studios. Photo by Nate Ryan/MPR.

Sonny Knight and the Lakers are coming home to Minneapolis with four shows at the Dakota Jazz Club. The band will perform two shows tomorrow, Dec. 18, at 7:00 and 9:00 p.m.; and two shows on Friday, Dec. 19, at 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. The venue will transform the main floor into a dancing space for maximum movement.

Knight’s record label, the Lyn-Lake-based Secret Stash, will record all four shows and release a set of double LP and CD packages next year. The shows are going to be mixed live and recorded straight to ¼” two-track tape. The show that you see live will be the same show you will hear.

“The exciting thing about doing this live recording is that we have performed the show around the world for the last year, and it has slowly developed into something that can’t be contained in a studio recording,” Secret Stash Records founder (and Lakers drummer) Eric Foss said in a press release. “We want to bring that energy back to our hometown and to our first and most loyal fans.”

This soul band created their debut album, I’m Still Here, half a century after Sonny recorded his first single at age 17. Now that he’s re-emerged after decades of obscurity, the 7” record Knight cut when he was a young musician has become a collectable in R&B circles. The band were festival favorites this summer, and landed in the top ten of this year’s City Pages Picked to Click poll alongside young phenoms like Allan Kingdom, Hippo Campus, and Spooky Black (a.k.a. Corbin). 

“Sometimes I wonder, why me? Why are all these great things happening now? All I can say is thanks,” Knight said in the press release. “These are dreams I had forgotten. Only now that they are starting to come true do I remember that I had them at all.”

I’m Still Here was influenced by forgotten 60s and 70s funk records. The album covers a wide range of melodies from upbeat boogaloos to ballads guaranteed to trigger emotions. Knight rivets listeners’ attention with his energetic vocals backed by the soulful sound of the Lakers. For a taste of the Lakers’ live sound, take a listen to their performance in our studios this spring.

Kayla Culver is studying multimedia journalism and public relations at Concordia College. Once she graduates she will be pursuing a career as a music journalist. She blogs irregularly at chameleonears.com.