Davina & The Vagabonds

“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.” – M

DAVINA & 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 4½ stars from Downbeat Magazine. Their next release in 2014, Sunshine, hit number 13 in the Billboard Blues Chart and led them to be a musicial 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 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.

Bringing you 100 years of American music and 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 held together by Sowers’ keyboard playing, 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 (in 2014 was 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!

Alyssa Boyd Quartet

I guess you could say my journey with music is constantly evolving. It became evident that I’d pursue a career in music at a young age. I attended Cleveland Heights High School and the music department really exposed me to many different forms of performing arts. As a former member of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus and All-State Choir, Cleveland Heights Singers, and Acappella Choir, my last few years of grade school consisted of shows and performances all over the state. It wasn’t until after I graduated that I realized performing was all I ever dreamed of. Jazz, soul, and blues really resonated with me the most. I find that era to be the most emotionally raw and influential and tied to a lot of social injustices we are facing today. It’s become a personal mission of mine to emulate sheer, unmasked emotion in each and every one of my performances. Through this practice I can engage people from every walk of life regardless of their age, orientation, background, or ethnicity. Music is a universal language, if you listen, it can bring us all closer together.

I am often accompanied by my guitarist, Joseph Rangel, drummer Langston Maxwell, and upright bass player Kimberly Haffey. We makeup a badass quartet and play everything from standards, to post-modern, to original pieces.

$20.00 - $25.00

Tickets

Primarily Seated, General Admission

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