Dakota Romero

Dakota Romero

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Dakota Romero is a lifelong performer with world experience, beginning her show business career during her first years of life under the wing of her parents. Born on the summer solstice in Santa Monica, California, Dakota first modeled with her mother, New York model Suzanne Mitchell in Chicago, Illinois. At the age of two, she appeared in her father, musician and activist Robby Romero’s, award-winning Native Children’s Survival music video series, having it’s debut from the Kremlin in Moscow.

“Growing up as my father’s daughter, I was always surrounded by music and culture, it’s home to me.”

Dakota went on to perform with an international children’s choir at the United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janero, Brazil, and, hit the road in the United States with her father on the Blues Traveler-founded festival, H.O.R.D.E. Tour, and again with the following summer’s H.O.R.D.E. Tour. She sang and danced with Red Thunder, Blues Traveler, Rickie Lee Jones, Rusted Root, and Natalie Merchant, all before the age of 10.

Dakota quickly began exploring another passion and art form that runs in her family, acting, as she appeared in plays and musicals in Los Angeles.

“I love theater. There’s a live audience, and you do the entire thing every night. Start to finish.”

After graduating elementary school, she earned the lead in the indie film short, “Hidden Medicine” produced by Academy Award-nominee, Roland Joffé. “Hidden Medicine” premiered at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival and went on to air in the “Best of Sundance Film Festival” series on Sundance Channel.

With no intention on leaving music behind, during high school, Dakota crafted and recorded her unique version of Marvin Gaye and Diana Ross’s hit single, “My Mistake,” which was featured in the rockumentary film, “America’s Last Frontier.” After high school, Dakota entered Loyola Marymount University to study classical music.

While in her sophomore year at LMU, Dakota was presented with a unique a life-changing opportunity. She traveled to Europe to sing and perform with German rock legend, Peter Maffay, and other renowned artists from around the world on a 15-city arena tour in Germany called “Encounters II – An Alliance For Children.”

“I went from performing for thirty people in class to thirty thousand people in arenas.”

While on the tour, Dakota sang in three languages – Lakota, Hebrew, and English – and she became friends with the diverse artists bridging cultures. The performances they did together bonded them into an unorthodox family.

“It was a truly extraordinary experience. As artists and friends, we learned from one another, both musically and culturally.”

Following the tour, Dakota joined Carlos Santana, Robby Romero, Peter Maffay, and Yusuf Islam (a.k.a. Cat Stevens) in a Concert for Peace in Bochum, Germany. Dakota had the distinct pleasure of performing with and singing Carlos Santana’s classic hit “Oye Como Va.”

Continuing her education, Dakota studied abroad in Paris, where she fell madly in love. The two didn’t even speak the same language.

“We created our own language, a combination of Spanish, English, and French. We probably sounded absurd to those around us, but somehow we made sense to each other.”

Her experiences in the City of Light would be the backdrop of the music she would later create. The pain inspired her to co-write a song titled after the city itself.

After graduating with a B.A. degree in Music, Dakota was invited to attend and perform at the United Nations Conference of the Parties on Climate Change in Copenhagen, Denmark. Singing at various events and attending meetings, the experience reinforced how Dakota wants to live her life and how passionate she is for the rights of Mother Earth and all peoples.

“My eyes were opened to how profoundly we all matter to each other.”

Currently, Dakota is performing at renowned venues such as the House of Blues, Conga Room, Santa Fe Band Stand and Taos Plaza Live, as well as writing with a diverse group of artists and musicians. With both Native and Latin American roots, she is perfecting the right combination of sounds that capture the soul of her multicultural background and upcoming self-titled debut CD. Keep an eye out, and ears open for Dakota Romero, who continues turning heads with her sophisticated touch to pop music, her legend is only the beginning.

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Date City Venue Country
09/04/14 Taos, New Mexico Taos Plaza Live United States
Time: 6:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages.
12/14/13 Taos, New Mexico KTAO Solar Center Pavilion United States
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 9 State Road 150. Venue phone: 1.575.758.5826. Dakota Romero performs with The Damn Band at the KTAOS Holiday Party with a lineup of celebrated Taos musicians, poets and dancers More information
11/01/13 Global ETE YouTube Channel United States
Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) World Premier of Dakota Romero’s, ” La Llorona”
11/03/12 Los Angeles, California La Fonda United States
Time: 9:00pm. Address: 2501 Wilshire Boulevard. Venue phone: 213.380.5053.
10/19/12 Hollywood House Of Blues United States
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 8430 Sunset Blvd.. Venue phone: (323) 848–5100.

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When Taos Plaza Live! the free, summer-long music series sponsored by the Taos County Chamber of Commerce, takes place today (Sept. 4) featuring Dakota Romero with K Bolan and Women of Taos, it will wrap up the season for 2014.

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TAOS, NEW MEXICO – Eagle Thunder Entertainment announces the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) music video premier of Dakota Romero’s, La Llorona. La Llorona premiered on 1 November 2013, a day on which those who have passed are … VIEW FULL ENTRY

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Wow, what a beautifully artistic tribute from one amazing woman to another. My mother's passion and talent lives within my daughter and I could feel her presence as Dakota's performance captivated me. I can't stop watching this extraordinary presentation.

- Robby Romero

"This engaging hybrid music picture delivers an undeniable message...a powerful plea for Mother Earth, a compelling call to action and a heartfelt warning of impending doom if we fail to change our ways. The alter-native music and novel storyline with haunting imagery locks in your attention, empathy and interest."

- Daniel Gibson (Editor, Native Peoples Magazine) 

"Who’s Gonna Save You”...a captivating plea to the human conscious for love and respect of our Mother Earth and the life She sustains now threatened by climate change. A beautifully composed and choreographed film that one does not forget no dismiss... a call to action by the Indigenous Peoples of the world."  

- Colorado Environmental Film Festival

“We had amazing feedback from our viewers and they enjoyed the educational ride, the critical message so eloquently brought across with the beauty of Alaska and music that could become a hit in South Africa.” 

 – SABC Africa

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