Davina Lozier of Davina and the Vagabonds at the piano. Photo by Garrett Born.
One of the oft-trotted phrases in music criticism is “Jazz is dead.” Like many popular aphorisms, it’s a fun but false soundbyte. Don’t believe me? Just try to buy same-day tickets to see local jazz blues band Davina and the Vagabonds, and you’ll find that tons of fans have beat you to it.
One measure of Davina and the Vagabonds’ buzz and popularity is that some local fans bought tickets to a prom to see them live. (No, really.) The band performs on the road so much that a performance in the Twin Cities is the exception, not the rule. They’re one of the hottest musical acts in town and full of retro sound. At their local peak, they played about 300 shows/year in the area – but now most of those shows are on the road because they’re just that hot.
Still don’t believe me? Try checking out the band’s upcoming shows at the Dakota Jazz Club this Saturday and Sunday. Take a close look at the URLs in your web browser – these are their 30th and 31st performances at the Dakota. Someone get me some air, some dancing shoes, and a bathtub gin cocktail.
Actually, on second thought, swap that last one out for one of the Dakota bar’s Thyme on My Minds:
- prairie organic gin,
- fresh lime, and
- some thyme.
Missing this show would be a crime.