Davina and The Vagabonds has announced the band’s itinerary for January and February, 2016. Following dates in the U.S., they will travel to Cabo San Jose, Mexico late-February. Alongside heavy domestic activity, plans are taking shape for multiple excursion to Europe alongside other territories next year. Initial confirmed appearances follow below.
Over the past few years, the band has created a stir across the globe. Their shows are filled with New Orleans charm, Memphis soul swagger, dark theatrical moments that evoke Kurt Weill, and tender gospel passages. Singer/pianist Davina Sowers’ presence is indelible, while her voice defies simple categorization. Evoking comparisons as diverse as Etta James, Amy Winehouse, Billie Holiday and Betty Boop, she is simply a true original, presenting a personal vision that celebrates a century of American music.
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 their hometown daily 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 to an performance on the famed hit BBC2 show, Later with Jools Holland.
This rollicking quintet is held together by Sowers’ along 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. With influences ranging from Fats Domino and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Aretha Franklin and Tom Waits, they are converting audiences one show at a time around the globe. Davina and The Vagabonds are represented by The Kurland Agency.
After many years of not hosting a retail store on the web, Davina and The Vagabonds open the doors today here: hellomerch.com/collections/davina-and-the-vagabonds, Alongside new t-shirt designs, CDS and LPs are available both listed as individual items, and bundled together at a discount. Singer and pianist Davina Sowers offers, “I am very proud of these designs and music that comes from the heart. Thank you so much for the support. I can’t wait to hear your feedback about our new t-shirts! It puts a big smile on my face to look out in the crowd and see you representing.”
Appearances are confirmed in:
1/08 Brainerd, MN NP Event Space
1/09 Minneapolis, MN Famous Dave’s
1/14 Westerly, RI Knickerbocker
1/15 New York, NY City Winery
1/16 Williamsburg, VA Winter Blues Jazz Festival
1/20 Chicago, IL City Winery
1/21 Wisconsin Rapids, WI McMillan Memorial Library
1/22 St. Paul, MN Wilebski’s Blues Saloon
1/23 Marion, OH Campbell Street
1/29-30 Minneapolis, MN Crooked Pint
1/31 Indianapolis, IN Jazz Kitchen
2/03 Richmond, VA Tuckahoe’s Woman’s Club
2/04 Mifflinburg, PA Rusty Rail
2/05 Wyomissing, PA Building 24
2/06 Philadelphia, PA Chris’ Jazz Cafe
2/08 Ann Arbor, MI The Ark
2/09 Grand Rapids, MI Tip Top Deluxe
2/10 St. Louis, MO Old Rock House
2/11 Kansas City, MO Knuckleheads
2/12 Davenport, IA Redstone Room
2/13 Racine, WI Racine Theatre
Following Mexico, the band will resume U.S. touring. An itinerary for March and beyond will follow in the coming weeks.