Davina & the Vagabonds
Listening to Davina and 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. They’re renowned for their high-energy live shows, sharp-dressed professionalism and Davina’ commanding stage presence. With influences ranging from Fats Domino and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Aretha Franklin and Tom Waits, their shows are filled with New Orleans charm, Memphis soul swagger, dark theatrical moments and tender gospel passages. Davina’s 2011 debut all original album, Black Cloud, was widely acclaimed and the follow up in 2014 entitled Sunshine, hit No 13 in the Billboard Blues Chart and led to an invitation to appear on Later with Jools Holland. Davina has been compared to Etta James, Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin, Billie Holiday and Betty Boop, but comparisons don’t suffice: Davina is a true original. Bringing you 100 years of American music and originals, the band brings edgy nostalgia to older generations and fresh new music to younger ears. This rollicking quintet is held together by Davina’s keyboard playing, with acoustic bass, drums, and a spicy trumpet and trombone horn section.