McMillan Library in Wisconsin Rapids will present Davina and the Vagabonds in concert on Thursday, January 21st, at 7:00 p.m. in the Library’s Fine Arts Center. This terrific young band plays traditional jazz and blues throughout the United States and Europe. This free concert is sponsored by the Mead Witter Foundation. No tickets are required, but seating may be limited,
This rollicking quintet is held together by Davina Sowers’ keyboard playing, with acoustic bass, drums, and a spicy trumpet and trombone horn section. Their sound is a fresh take on old standards, with new songs that sound like classics. Davina 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. Their shows are filled with New Orleans charm, Memphis soul swagger, dark theatrical moments that evoke Kurt Weill, and tender gospel passages.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.
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 jazz festivals around the world. Their 2014 release was Sunshine which hit the Billboard Blues Chart. They are releasing a live album titled Nicollet and Tenth, named after their Twin Cities roots, in March of this year.
Library Director Andy Barnett says “We are very happy to Davina and her band back. They fill the theater with energy and music. Davina has a voice that will bring a smile to your face.”