The Center for the Arts presents
with Jealous Zelig opening
Friday, March 17, 2017, 8pm
Room to Dance!
“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!
Far and away greater than the sum of its parts, Jealous Zelig starts with the highly original jazz/soul songs of no-bars-held singer/pianist, Ross Rubin. Matthew Boyles and Brendan Galvin lend harmonies and more on winds and horns whilst the groove continues as graciously provided by Anthony Cappeto on bass and David Hight on Drums.
Jealous Zelig’s approach to writing and performing stews in myriad, much-loved influences–bits of Bowie, Bach, Baker, Bud Powell, and the Beatles bringing the late-night partiers into the kitchen with Nilsson, Wonder, Redding, Russell, Mercury, Kaufman and King already raiding the back of the fridge. If laughing too loudly, you spill her beer on the stove, noone cares now or in the morning….
“Jealous Zelig, smashes together many genres of music from Jazz and Soul to Classical and Country-Rock, and Ross Rubin’s electrifying energy becomes intoxicating when he performs.” – Napa Valley Life Magazine’s