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July 11, 2018
July 11, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
MAIN EVENT: DAVINA & THE VAGABONDS
Opening Act: Vista Jazz Club
Davina & The Vagabonds
Presented by Times Media 6:30pm to 9pm
Genre: An Energized Blues & Jazz Phenomenon
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 led them to landing 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 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!
What else is new this week?
Vista Jazz Club at 5pm
The Vista Jazz Club formed at the end of 2016 when four musicians with a love of all kinds of music came together because it felt right. Susan Schleper on vocals, Joe Meyer on string bass, Lane Trisko on percussion and Steve Bresnahan on 7 string jazz guitar have wide tastes and a deep love for the music of the Great American Songbook. But it doesn’t stop with Duke Ellington, the Gershwin’s and Cole Porter. Add the bossa nova of Antonio Carlos Jobim, the tenderness of Nora Jones and the flair of Pink Martini. And why not something from opera? If it’s fun to perform, it’s on their playlist.