A Music Company Inc. is bringing the diverse Davina and The Vagabonds to the Crystola Roadhouse, Crystola Roadhouse, 20918 E. US Highway 24, Woodland Park, on Friday, February 28, 2014. Doors open at 6:30p.m. and show time is 8:00p.m. Opening act is local favorite Jake Loggins.
Davina Sowers and the Vagabonds have created a stir on the national blues scene with their high-energy live shows, 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.
The band’s latest recording, 2011’s Black Cloud, was named one of the 10 best releases of the year by the Minneapolis Star & Tribune. In 2012 the band performed in 21 states and 6 countries in Europe, and the band is hard at work on a new record (due for release Fall 2013), spending time in the studio between tours.
So much more than just a blues act, 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.
Something unique to this “blues” project is the instrumentation. 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 blues festivals in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Sighisoara, Romania, Sierre, Switzerland, Kemi, Finland, and 2012’s New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Davina and band will make their debut at the Monterey Jazz Festival this September.
“We’re always searching for new and unique acts to bring to the Pikes Peak Region” explains Amy Whitesell of A Music Company Inc., promoter of the show. “When we saw Davina and The Vagabonds at a festival in Wyoming last summer the band but on a show that set them apart from the other acts. In an up close and personal setting like the Crystola Roadhouse the audience will get the full appreciation of this diverse act.”
Advance tickets are $18 general admission and $38 VIP (includes a reserved seat and choice of prime rib or catfish dinner) Tickets are $5 higher the day of show.
Tickets may be purchased on line at www.amusiccompanyinc or in person at the Crystola Roadhouse.
For more information call A Music Company Inc. at 719-576-5945.