Onstage at 9:00 p.m.
Davina and The Vagabonds play hot jazz-blues-cabaret-soul-lounge-rock that warms the soul an just plain makes ya wanna dance.
“…First was Twin Cities singer-pianist Davina Sowers, who sounds like the daughter of Leon Redbone and Betty Boop trained on piano by Randy Newman. Backed by an upright bassist and trombonist, Sowers delighted with some sassy originals and sly covers of Billie Holiday, Fats Domino and “Has Anybody Seen My Gal.” Her slurring, Southern voice (she moved here from …Key West, Fla., in 2005) sounded affected and alluring at the same time.”
-JON BREAM, Star Tribune June 9, 2009 (Opening for Pinetop Perkins)
“At first glance, the very idea of a blues band without a guitar player strikes the mind as a daring if not totally outrageous concept. But, Davina & the Vagabonds, a Minneapolis-based quintet driven by New Orleans horns and the campy purr of vocalist/pianist Davina Sowers, carry it off with such aplomb that you won’t miss the usual six-string histrionics one bit.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.”
-Ken Wright, Thunderbay Blues Festival
“Hardest -working Blues woman in Minnesota, but……two things remain consistent at all her shows, though: her throaty but cushiony voice, which has a sort of hard-mattress comfort to it that’s part Bonnie Raitt, Etta James and a little Amy Winehouse, and her band’s rollicking New Orleans flavor, driven home by dueling horn players and a bayou-thick standup bass”
-CHRIS RIEMENSCHNEIDER, Star Tribune
“At first listen to Davina and the Vagabonds, you imagine the tones escaping from a 300-pound blues musician. It seems unlikely that much power is coming from the slight frame of one Ms. Davina. It sounds like an unnatural force, pulled from some secret spot in the belly no other singer has yet discovered. It’s a low bellow, most closely aligned with Amy Winehouse’s walloping alto. But Davina takes “retro” back further than Winehouse and her Phil Spector reminiscing. She beckons an age when bad girls wore red lipstick and pin curls. Her music may be adorned with exceptional groaning trumpets, rat-a-tatting drum rolls, and staccato piano lines, but nothing deserves the complementing position to her voice. She’s in a league of her own.”
-Erin Roof – City Pages 2009
“Davina and The Vagabonds are based out of the Twin Cities and play hot jazz-blues-cabaret-soul-lounge-rock that warms the soul an just plain makes ya wanna dance.”
-John Hammer,Blue Monday
“When I listen to her sing all I can say is “Fun, fun, fun”.
-Diana Skope – Skope Entertainment
“..this girl is something special and her band is top notch..she just simply sits down at the piano and totally takes over the room.”
Fizz Kizer -The Honkytonk Cafe
Davina has already shared the stage with Little Feat, Buddy Guy, Bobby Blue Bland, Elvin Bishop, The Lamont Cranston Band, The Blues Brothers,Joe Bonamassa, Nellie McKay, Irma Thomas and James Hunter ,among others, at venues such as House of Blues in Altantic City, NJ and the Bayfront Blues Festival in Duluth, MN.