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Dakota Esker


The KJ Country 102.3 Texaco Country Showdown is set for Friday, June 7th at the Effingham Performance Center! Doors open at 5:30pm, and last year's 'Showdown winner Kelsey Beard will open things up at 6:30! The 'Showdown starts at 7pm and airs live on KJ Country 102.3. You can also listen live online by clicking here.


About Dakota

My name is Dakota Esker and I was born and raised in the small town of Teutopolis, IL. When I was 18, I started to write, sing and play guitar. I have been pursuing a music business degree and attending guitar classes at SIU Carbondale. In my free time, I have taken singing lessons with Pamela Moore. I am always trying to improve my guitar and vocal skills. My short term goal right now, is to put together a demo CD of my original music. I have gained experience performing in front of crowds at the Effingham County Fair Talent Show and open mic nights at a local bar in Carbondale.

Playing and singing country music is my passion, but I also enjoy other genres of music like oldies, rock and blues. Music makes everyday life enjoyable and I'm always anxious to learn more ways to improve my talent.

Dakota's Music