The 2016 Winter Blues Jazz Fest have announced the event's headline act, Davina & the Vagabonds. They have created a stir on the national music scene with their high-energy live shows, top-shelf 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 on the Billboard Blues Chart and led them to be a musical 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, and tender gospel passages. Davina's voice and stage presence defy category in a different way. She 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' piano 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 Ontario, Romania, Switzerland, Finland, the 2012 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the 2013 Monterey Jazz Festival, and the North Sea Jazz Festival.
Catch this one-of-a-kind live show at the Mixology & Music Event at the Williamsburg Lodge on Saturday, January 16! Tickets are available online at www.winterbluesjazzfest.com.
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