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Davina and the Vagabonds to perform in Menahga

Davina and the Vagabonds bring their music to the Sounds of Spirit Lake series Friday night.

Davina and the Vagabonds are known for their hard-working professionalism, high-energy stage performance, and original sound. Two things remain consistent in all the shows: Davina Sowers' throaty, but cushiony voice, part Bonnie Raitt, part Etta James and a little Amy Winehouse, and her band's rollicking New Orleans flavor, driven home by dueling horn players and a bayou thick standup bass.

The band will be in concert at Sounds of Spirit Lake, on the shore of Spirit Lake in Menahga at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5. This concert will happen rain or shine. The rain venue is the Menahga School, located on Highway 71 in Menahga, just one block east of the lake side venue. Food and beverages are provided on site.

Davina Sowers and the Vagabonds have created a stir on the national music scene with their high-energy live shows, 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.

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.

Bring a lawn chair and listen to live music while watching the sun set over beautiful Spirit Lake. This concert series is funded, in part, by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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