Wednesday, March 8 | 7:00 p.m.
Winter/Spring 2017 Concert Series
Davina and the Vagabonds have created a stir on the national music scene with their high-energy live shows, top level musicianship, sharp-dressed professionalism, and Davina’s 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 ten 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 thirteen 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.
“Davina Sowers is a one-of-a-kind performer whose singing . . . has a sassiness bearing some comparison to that of heart-thumping blues queens Ma Rainey and Ida Cox.”—DownBeat
“One of the distinctive and expressive vocalists to come along in a while with tight backing by the Vagabonds.”—Phoenix Blues SocietyBack to Concerts