About Davina & the Vagabonds
A melting pot of Blues, American Roots, and New Orleans music.
Davina Sowers hit the Minneapolis scene and it didn’t take her long to start making a name for herself. With great vocals and piano, she commands attention onstage and leaves everyone smiling.
Lately she has been garnering regional and even international attention, wowing crowds throughout the Midwest and stealing the show at the Thunder Bay Blues Festival, the Sierre Blues Festival in Switzerland, and the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Davina & the Vagabonds were invited back to appear on the main stage at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 2014.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“…easily among the breakout stars at this year’s [Monterey Jazz] festival.” – Monterey Herald
“MJF should waste no time in booking Minneapolis boogie-woogie tornado Davina and the Vagabonds for the Saturday afternoon slot on the main stage next year … Davina Sowers has charisma to spare.”
- Examiner (link to full article)
“They dare to be different. Davina zips to near impossible heights in a divine declaration of romance” -Downbeat Magazine
“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
“ Think of a meld of Bessie Smith, Etta James, Alberta Adams and Amy Winehouse, and you come close to understanding what Davina Sowers is all about…Davina is a real talent who deserves greater exposure – and I have no option but to highly recommend this band.” -Blues In Britain
“Davina Sowers’ classically trained right fingers shimmy down the piano keys and meet up with an insistent boogie-woogie bass. Then she reveals her other musical talent: a sassy, salty, sweet voice that’s childlike at the top, husky at the bottom.” - NPR / Marc Silver 2011 “Song of The Day” / Lipstick and Chrome
“Two things remain consistent at all her shows though: her throaty but cushiony voice, which has a sort of hard-mattress comfort to it that’s part Bonnie Raitt, part Etta James and a little Amy Winehouse; and her band’s rollicking New Orleans flavor, driven home by dueling horn players and a bayou-thick standup bass.” -Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune