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Davina and the Vagabonds plays old-time favorites with a twist. Hear the band at 7 p.m. Wednesday July 30 in Red Wing Central Park.

Next Wednesday’s Concerts in the Park hosted by Red Wing Arts Association brings regional favorite and nationally recognized quintet Davina and the Vagabonds to Central Park.

The concert starts at 7 p.m. and after a brief intermission the show continues until 9 p.m.

Davina Sowers came to the state in 2005 with husband (and bass player) Michael Caravale. She traded Florida palm trees for Minnesota snow. The vibrant Minneapolis music scene has fed her creative energy, she said.

Dan Elkmeier on trumpet, Connor McRae on drums and Ben Link on trombone join Sowers and her husband to form the Vagabonds.

Their musical style is a fresh interpretation of old style.

Early influence

Sowers said old blues and jazz recordings influenced her as a child.

“The rasp and the tonal quality put a twisted edge on those standards,” she says.

“Listening to Davina creates memories,” says Dan Guida, executive director of Red Wing Arts Association. “You’ll want to hear more, and more, and more.”

“When we set the schedule for Concerts in the Park, we select a variety of music genres so we can offer something for everyone,” Guida said. Davina and the Vagabonds is in a class all its own. Think of retro sound with Golden Age American music to produce ageless appeal to many generations, he said.

The music summer concerts are free. Edward Jones Group Red Wing is a co-sponsor of this show.

Don’t forget your chair or blanket.

In case of rain, the concert will be moved to First Lutheran Church, 615 Fifth St. W.

The Concerts in the Park occur Wednesdays each summer at the Central Park Band Shell. There is no charge. The schedule for 2014 can be found at

Red Wing Arts Association is committed to a focus on promoting the arts and support of the creative community in Red Wing and the surrounding area. 

For further information, call 651-388-7569 or email

We asked,they answered

Davina sowers

What is the best part about performing in front of a crowd? The energy you get back- making people smile.

Try to describe, in five words or less, the music you play? Energetic, honest, 100 years of Americana music. 

What or who inspires your music?   All great musicians.

If you could watch any band or musician perform live, who would it be? Tom Waits, Led Zepplin, Fats Waller.

What is the first song you learned how to play on an instrument or sing? “Fur Elise” on piano, “House of the Rising Sun” on guitar.

Last thing you watched on TV? The news update regarding the Malaysia Airline flight that was shot down.

Tell me something I wouldn’t know about you. I love to fish.

Stacy Bengs-Silverberg

Stacy Bengs has been a photojournalist at the Red Wing Republican Eagle since 2010. She holds a bachelors degree in journalism and art from the University of Minnesota.

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