Wednesday, January 16
… "At first glance, the very idea of a blues band without a guitar player strikes the mind as a
daring if not totally outrageous concept. But, Davina & the Vagabonds, a Minneapolis-based
quintet driven by New Orleans horns and the campy purr of vocalist/pianist Davina Sowers, carry
it off with such aplomb that you won’t miss the usual six-string histrionics one bit .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."
- Ken Wright, Thunderbay Blues Festival
“Two things remain consistent in all her shows: her throaty, but cushiony voice, which has a sort
of hardmattress 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 bayouthick standup bass."
- Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune
Davina Sowers hit the Midwest scene in February 2005 and she hasn't looked back since. It didn't take her long after moving to Minnesota from Key West, FL to start making a name for herself. With great vocals and piano, she commands attention on stage and leaves everyone smiling. Davina has been performing since the age of 5, with the support of an extremely musical family. Sowers, a classically-trained pianist, has years of experience in piano performance. She and her band made a big splash at Duluth's Bayfront Blues Festival in 2006 to2008, having the highest sales in CDs all three years. She has been called the "hardestworking blues woman in frigid Minnesota.”