I went to Minneapolis over the weekend with some friends to see the John Zorn marathon at the Walker (blog coming soon!). The night before the Zornathon, my friend Terry invited us to the Dakota Jazz Club to see a show featuring a local Minneapolitan band, Davina and the Vagabonds.
I was very interested to check out the Dakota, since it’s a venue I often see on the tour schedules of very talented artists. It was a nice place, better than most of the venues I’ve been to where they want to serve you dinner during the concert. And they had some good hot spiked-coffee drinks for when we came in out of the snow (I love taking vacations where it snows in April, don’t you? 😉 ).
The band consisted of Davina Sowers on piano, Michael Carvale on bass, Alec Tackmann on drums, Daniel Eikmeier on trumpet, and Ben Link on trombone. The band would step in sometimes on both lead and backing vocals as well. I particularly enjoyed the trombone and the piano. Their style (both musical and sartorial) was very retro, and they played lots of covers ranging from Etta James to the Squirrel Nut Zippers to Fats Domino. They also played some of their own original songs.
I was in vacation mode and not blogger mode that night – no notes, pictures, recordings, etc. seem to have happened (which is why my review is so short!). But here is a video you can check out to get an idea of their sound:
They mentioned that they are doing quite a bit of touring soon, including the Monterey Jazz Festival; you can check out their tour schedule here.