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DAVINA AND THE VAGABONDS

Saturday, April 8, 2017
8:00 PM
(doors open @ 7:30 PM)
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The Arts Council
Smithgall Arts Center



Series Ticket: $125 (includes all 5 performances in series)
Individual Performance Ticket: $30; Table of 6 $125

7% tax added to all ticket sales

 

 

Saturday, April 8, 2017

DAVINA AND THE VAGABONDS

 

THE ARTS COUNCIL SMITHGALL ARTS CENTER
8PM
(doors open at 7:30PM for seating)
Series Ticket: $125 (includes all 5 performances in series)
Individual Performance Ticket: $30; Table of 6 $125
7% tax added to all ticket sales

We are currently sold out of tickets to this event. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please call us at 770.534.2787. We typically have additional seats available in the atrium on the night of the performance, and will be able to seat you as seats become available.

“Sowers’ vocals are unreal. She simultaneously evokes Adele and Bessie Smith, and the band’s sound is vintagey and fresh, a modern take on old-time blues and jazz.”

— PennLive


“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 landed them 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.She has been compared to Etta James, Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin, Billie Holiday and Betty Boop, but Sowers is a true original.

Bringing you 100 years of American music along with 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 bound together by Sowers’ keyboard playing, and rounded out 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 (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!

 

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