6:00 show – opening act + Davina and the Vagabonds
• Doors at 5pm
• Reservations from 5pm – 8pm must be made in conjunction with your ticket purchase by calling 612.332.5299
•  The menu for this show will be a tasting menu or vegetarian tasting menu and is included in your ticket price
• Ask about our champagne and privacy upgrades


10:00 show – opening act + Davina and the Vagabonds
• Doors at 10pm
• $75 includes music, party favors, a midnight toast and a $20 food and beverage credit
• The menu for this show will be a featured New Years a la carte menu
• Ask about our champagne and privacy upgrades

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Dakota Jazz Club
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1010 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis, MN, United States, 55403
6:00 $75 dinner and music included
10:00 $75 music, midnight toast and $20 food credit included
Call 612-332-5299 for Tickets/Reservations!
No on line sales are available for NYE


A melting pot of Blues, American Roots, and New Orleans music.

“They dare to be different. Davina zips to near impossible heights in a divine declaration of romance” -Downbeat Magazine

“The truly timeless beauty of this remarkable album puts it on a pinnacle, unrivaled and unique, a portion of cultural caviar. Stand aside, Duffy et al, here comes homage Herculean in its faith-full Monty. And yeah, I like it.” -Nick Toczek, Rock’N’Reel Magazine (UK)

Davina Sowers hit the Minneapolis scene and it didn’t take her long to start making a name for herself. With great vocals and piano, she commands attention onstage and leaves everyone smiling.

“ Think of a meld of Bessie Smith, Etta James, Alberta Adams and Amy Winehouse, and you come close to understanding what Davina Sowers is all about…Davina is a real talent who deserves greater exposure – and I have no option but to highly recommend this band.” -Blues In Britain

Lately she has been garnering regional and even international attention, wowing crowds throughout the Midwest and stealing the show at theThunder Bay Blues Festival, the Sierre Blues Festival in Switzerland, and the International Blues Challenge in Memphis.

“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.” – NPR / Marc Silver 2011 “Song of The Day” / Lipstick and Chrome

“Two things remain consistent at all her shows though: her throaty but cushiony voice, which has a sort of hard-mattress comfort to it that’s 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.” -Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune

• Catch the Vagabonds playing a traditional New Orleans tune in Romania

• “Disappears,” from a recent St. Louis show

• MN Original profiled Davina in Summer 2010

The Heavy Table is a Twin Cities-based magazine passionately telling the stories of food and drink — from roots to table — in the Upper Midwest.

by James Norton on June 17, 2011

Not long after we ran our April 1 exploration of Prince’s fridge, we were received following message from an Atlanta-based publicist:

“I ran across your site on my Facebook page — someone had posted the Prince fridge thing. So cool! Who knew! So we are gearing up to work with a local Minn / St Paul music group — Davina and the Vagabonds. I am hoping you might be interested in checking out her fridge.”

Well, why not? And so we arrived the Frogtown craftsman-style home of Davina Sowers, camera and notebook in tow. She greeted us with a plate of delicious homemade garlic knots that she was unable to eat, thanks to an ongoing Atkins diet (“How are they? How do they taste?” she asked with the keen urgency of the carb-deprived).


We knew Davina’s music before arriving, having caught her band at an art CSA show they played at the Walker. Their rambunctiously soulful sound had helped make the event a smash. “I would say we’re New Orleans juke joint blues / jazz,” says Davina. “A lot of people compare [our sound] to Leon Redbone, or Maria Muldaur.”

Becca Dilley / Heavy Table

Davina and the Vagabonds is no side project — the group plays more than 300 shows a year, and has been rocking full time for four years in the Twin Cities.

And then, after a quick tour of the pantry (“It’s old school, like original everything. Awesome formica…”), we reach the fridge.

“My old-ass, Jesus’s first refrigerator, refrigerator,” Davina says.

Age aside, it’s really a nice-looking beast of a fridge, capacious and clean. Inside, we find…

Becca Dilley / Heavy Table

A Bowl of (Very) Local Eggs

“Those are eggs from my neighbor’s chickens. She has four of them. We’ll kind of trade — I’ll make stuff and take it to her, and she’ll give us eggs.” We look out the window, and, sure enough: we can see the chickens puttering around their little compound.

Becca Dilley / Heavy Table

The Cheese Drawer

“I like my cheese very sharp,” says Davina. “I do gouda, sharp cheddar, white cheddar… I do do mozzarella, which they say leans toward the non-Atkins, but I love fresh mozzarella — I buy it in bulk at Cossetta’s.”

“You sound like a real cheese fan,” I volunteer…

“”When I go to Denny’s, when we’re traveling, I’ll ask the server: ‘Could I have a three-cheese omelet but with a shitload of cheese?’ That’s my way of ordering. They’ll say: ‘Well, how much?’ And I’ll say: ‘As much as you can give me.’ But they never do. They never give me enough.”

Becca Dilley / Heavy Table

Plenty of Mustard

“Mustards are low fat, mustards are no carb,” says Davina. “I love horseradish mustard — I smother my burgers and my hot dogs with that, and even shrimp. Shrimp taste really good with horseradish mustard. Cocktail sauce is really high in sugar, so if I want that nose-running effect, I go with the mustard.”

Smart Water

“I like to drink a lot of water,” says Davina. “When I’m on stage, I chug immense amounts of water. I have two water bottles I take with me, but when I’m on the go I don’t necessarily have time to refill them, so I just grab [the smart water] and go. I don’t drink enough water.”

Becca Dilley / Heavy Table

Zevia Ginger Ale

“It’s stevia,” she says. “It’s zero calorie. But, honestly, that six-pack has been in there for months.”

Miscellaneous Notes

“The only thing I can think of about my fridge other than my food is that if I lose something, it’s the first place I look. I multitask because of the kids and my business, and cleaning (I’m a crazy Type A), so instead of putting the shrimp away, I’ll put away my glasses.”

Becca Dilley / Heavy Table

What’s in Davina’s Fridge?