“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.” – Thunder Bay Blues Festival/Canada
“….one of the most distinctive and expressive vocalists to come around in a while, with tight backing from the Vagabonds” –Phoenix Blues Society
“…easily among the breakout stars at this year’s [Monterey Jazz] festival.” – Monterey Herald
DAVINA SOWERS AND THE VAGABONDS have 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 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 in the Billboard Blues Chart and led them to landing a performance on the hit BBC2 show, Later with Jools Holland.
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.
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’ 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 festivals in Thunder Bay, Ontario; Sighisoara, Romania; Sierre, Switzerland; Kemi, Finland; the 2012 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and 2013 Monterey Jazz Festival ( in 2014 was asked back to play their main stage in 2014, Vache de Blues in France, and North Sea Jazz Festival. Catch this one-of-a-kind live show while they are in town!
From a small valley in New York, Kaleigh Baker has fostered a connection with her audiences since her early days performing. Now she travels more than 300 days a year playing her bluesy blend of songwriting. Kaleigh’s gypsy ancestry has started to take root in her music, melding with her rock attitude, jazz and mountain-soul influences. She continues to mold her music with every bend on her journey.
“With a booming voice reminiscent of Adele, yet a songwriting sensibility that’s tougher and wiser than many out there, Baker’s rough-and-tumble blues mantra sizzles when you throw in her jazzy sound.” -Pure Volume
“With its deep, bluesy quality, her voice is both soulful and powerful.” – Examiner
Kaleigh Baker has shared the stage with the likes of B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Trombone Shorty, Tony Hall, Kevin Kinney, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Boz Scaggs, JJ Grey, Larkin Poe and Juliette Lewis, in addition to performing at festivals such as Ink N Iron Festival, Hulaween, Bear Creek Festival, Orlando Calling, Heatwave and Gasparilla Festival.