Davina Sowers will be among Sunday's performers at the Dakota. / Star Tribune file

Davina Sowers will be among Sunday's performers at the Dakota. / Star Tribune file

The Dakota is hosting a benefit Sunday night for one of its own -- and one of its longest-serving staffers. Karl Schwartz, a 16-year bartender going back to the jazz haven's St. Paul location, was robbed and beaten a few weeks ago, according to club reps. The injuries amounted to steep medical bills and weeks away from his job among the Dakota's bar staff.

Toward that end, the jazz haven was able to drum up an impressive roster of its faithful regulars to perform for Schwartz's assistance, including Davina & the Vagabonds, Lucia Newell, Ashleigh Still, Debbie Duncan, Dennis Spears, Ginger Commodore, Lee Blaske, Mark Weisberg, Bobby Commodore and more to come. The music kicks off around 7 p.m., preceded by a silent auction starting at 5:30 p.m. The suggested donation cover charge is $10. Click here for more details.

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