"They dare to be different"
Davina Sowers and the Vagabonds offer "a modern take on old-time blues and jazz" (PennLive). They've created a stir on the national music scene with their high-energy live shows, level A 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 awarded 4 1/2 stars from Downbeat. Their next release in 2014, "Sunshine," hit number 13 on the Billboard blues chart. DATV’s shows are filled with New Orleans charm, Memphis soul swagger, dark theatrical moments that evoke Kurt Weill, and tender gospel passages, and Davina herself has been compared to Etta James, Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin, Billie Holiday, and Betty Boop, but comparisons don’t suffice: she's a true original. In just a year, Davina & The Vagabonds have become Ark favorites, and they tore up the stage at the 2017 Ann Arbor Folk Festival.