“Listening to Davina & the Vagabonds is like stepping into a wondrous musical time machine. They havethe panache and superlative musicianship to recreate the retro sound and ageless appeal of golden ageAmericana in high-‐definition reality on stage for your immense pleasure and enjoyment.” -‐Thunder BayBlues Festival/Canada
“….one of the most distinctive and expressive vocalists to come around in a while, with tight backing fromthe Vagabonds” –Phoenix Blues Society
“…easily among the breakout stars at this year’s [Monterey Jazz] festival.” – M
DAVINA & THE VAGABONDS have created a stir on the national music scene with their high-‐energy liveshows, 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 TomWaits, 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 bestreleases 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 be amusicial feature on the hit BBC show, Later with Jools Holland.
DATV’s shows are filled with New Orleans charm, Memphis soul swagger, dark theatrical moments thatevoke 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 andBetty 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 AmericanSongbook, the band brings edgy nostalgia to older generations and fresh new music to younger ears. Thisrollicking quintet is held together by Sowers’ keyboard playing, with acoustic bass, drums, and a spicytrumpet and trombone horn section. The group’s focused, clean sound and emphasis on acousticinstruments 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, andNorth Sea Jazz Festival. Catch this one-‐of-‐a-‐kind live show while they are in town!