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April 12: Davina and the Vagabonds
KMSU and Minnesota State Mankato Performance Series are concert co-sponsors.
Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Music News Release, 3-7-2014
MANKATO, Minn. – Davina and the Vagabonds will perform on Saturday, April 12 at Hooligans Neighborhood Pub, 1400 East Madison Ave., Mankato. Local Mankato favorites City Mouse will take the stage at 7:45 p.m. followed by Davina and the Vagabonds at 9:30 p.m.
The concert event is co-sponsored by KMSU-The Maverick and the Minnesota State Mankato Performance Series with assistance from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
“We are very excited to be returning to Mankato,” Davina Sowers (pictured) said in an interview. “We always have a great time, and the Mankato audiences have always been very supportive and enthusiastic. We plan to have some new music to share as well.”
NPR’s Marc Silver writes, “Davina Sowers’ classically trained right fingers shimmy down the piano keys and meet up with an insistent boogie-woogie bass. Then she reveals her other musical talent: a sassy, salty, sweet voice that’s childlike at the top, husky at the bottom.”
Blues in Britain adds, “Sowers’ vocals are unreal. She simultaneously evokes Adele and Bessie Smith, and the band’s sound is retro and fresh, a modern take on old-time blues, Dixieland and jazz.
Sowers has shared the stage with PineTop Perkins, Aaron Neville, Los Lobos, Little Feat, Buddy Guy, Elvin Bishop, The Blues Brothers, Joe Bonamassa, Irma Thomas and James Hunter, among others, at venues such as House of Blues in Atlantic City, N.J., the Bayfront Blues Festival in Duluth, Minn., the Monterey Jazz Festival in Monterey, Calif., the Raperswil Blues & Jazz Festival in Switzerland, and Blues in Hell Festival, Hell, Norway.
Concert admission is $10 in advance; $12 the day of the show. Advance purchase is strongly encouraged. Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go to www.mnsu.edu/music. For more information, call the Performance Series office, (507) 389-5549.