Davina and The Vagabonds

Worldwide

“Listening to Davina & the Vagabonds is like stepping into a wondrous musical time machine. They have the panache and superlative musicianship to recreate the retro sound and ageless appeal of golden age Americana in high-definition reality on stage for your immense pleasure and enjoyment.”  – Thunder Bay Blues Festival/Canada

“….one of the most distinctive and expressive vocalists to come around in a while, with tight backing from the Vagabonds” –Phoenix Blues Society

“…easily among the breakout stars at this year’s [Monterey Jazz] festival.” – Monterey Herald

 

DAVINA SOWERS AND THE VAGABONDS have created a stir on the national music scene with their high-energy live shows, level A musicianship, sharp-dressed professionalism, and Sowers’ commanding stage presence. With influences ranging from Fats Domino and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Aretha Franklin and Tom Waits, the band is converting audiences one show at a time, from Vancouver to Miami and across Europe. In 2011 Davina released her first full length, all original album Black Cloud . It was named one of the 10 best releases of the year by the Minneapolis Star & Tribune and awarded 4 ½ stars from Downbeat Magazine. Their next release in 2014, Sunshine, hit number 13 in the Billboard Blues Chart and led them to landing a performance on the hit BBC2 show, Later with Jools Holland.

 

DATV’s shows are filled with New Orleans charm, Memphis soul swagger, dark theatrical moments that evoke Kurt Weill, and tender gospel passages. Davina’s voice and stage presence defy category in a different way. Davina has been compared to Etta James, Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin, Billie Holiday and Betty Boop, but comparisons don’t suffice: Sowers is a true original.

Bringing you 100 years of American music and Davina’s originals, which lend themselves to the American Songbook, the band brings edgy nostalgia to older generations and fresh new music to younger ears. This rollicking quintet is held together by Sowers’ keyboard playing, with acoustic bass, drums, and a spicy trumpet and trombone horn section. The group’s focused, clean sound and emphasis on acoustic instruments is novel to both blues and jazz worlds, and sets the show closer to New Orleans than to Chicago. This has set the Vagabonds apart at festivals in Thunder Bay, Ontario; Sighisoara, Romania; Sierre, Switzerland; Kemi, Finland; the 2012 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and 2013 Monterey Jazz Festival ( in 2014 was asked back to play their main stage in 2014, Vache de Blues in France, and North Sea Jazz Festival. Catch this one-of-a-kind live show while they are in town!

 

Tour Dates

Date
City
Venue
Country
02/17/18
Milwaukee, WI
Shank Hall
United States
02/21/18
Kansas City, MO
Knuckleheads
United States
02/23/18 - 02/24/18
Central City, CO
Grand Z Casino
United States
02/25/18
Paonia, CO
The Paradise Theatre
United States
02/27/18
Phoenix, AZ
Musical Instrument Museum
United States
02/28/18
Las Vegas, NV
City of Las Vegas Mobile Stage
United States
03/01/18
South Pasadena, CA
The Blue Guitar Room
United States
03/03/18
San Juan Capistrano, CA
The Coach House
United States
03/04/18
Berkeley, CA
Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse
United States
03/10/18
Minneapolis, MN
Famous Dave’s BBQ and Blues Club
United States
03/23/18
Akron, OH
Musica
United States
03/24/18
Williamsport, PA
Community Arts Center
United States
03/25/18
Glenville, PA
Snail Pie Lounge
United States
04/06/18 - 04/07/18
Minneapolis, MN
Crooners Lounge & Supper Club
United States
04/14/18
Gainesville, GA
The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center
United States
04/18/18
Tampa, FL
The Attic
United States
04/19/18
Macon, GA
The Creek Stage @ The Rookery
United States
04/21/18
Mounds View, MN
Moe’s American Grill
United States
04/27/18 - 04/28/18
St. Charles, IL
Club Arcada
United States
05/04/18 - 05/05/18
Minneapolis, MN
Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
United States
05/10/18
Omaha, NE
Holland Performing Arts Center
United States
05/11/18
Omaha, NE
Holland Performing Arts Center - 1200 Club
United States
05/15/18
Bogota
Bogota Jazz Festival – Teatro Libre Chapinero
Colombia
05/17/18
Menomonie, WI
Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts
United States
05/18/18
Fond du Lac, WI
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts
United States
05/19/18
Cedarburg, WI
Cedarburg Cultural Center
United States
06/08/18
Pelham, TN
The Caverns
United States
06/09/18
Roswell, GA
Roswell Cultural Arts Center
United States
06/10/18
Asheville, NC
The Grey Eagle
United States
06/12/18
Lexington, KY
The Burl
United States
06/13/18
Henderson, KY
WC Handy Blues and Barbecue Festival
United States
06/15/18
Lake Orion, MI
20 Front Street
United States
06/22/18
Cleveland, OH
Music Box Supper Club
United States
06/29/18 - 06/30/18
Montréal, QC
Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
Canada
07/11/18
St. Cloud, MN
Summertime by George!
United States
07/12/18
Duluth, MN
Sound
United States
08/10/18
Alexandria, MN
Legacy Gardens
United States
08/11/18
Watertown, WI
Watertown Riverfest
United States