Modern Twist On Holiday Music by Davina and the Vagabonds

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Davina and the Vagabonds Holiday show at the MIM (Musical Instrument Museum), Phoenix, AZ on December 5th, 2023

Review and Photos by Fred Kuhlman
Venue: Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) (https://mim.org/ )
Date:  Tuesday December 5th, 2023
Tour: A Vagabond Holiday!

Davina and the Vagabonds

Davina and the Vagabonds Holiday show at the MIM (Musical Instrument Museum), Phoenix, AZ on December 5th, 2023

Back in the 70s I worked at Sears for 5 years while going to college.  The 2 thing I grow to hate while working there was the smell of popcorn with its burnt fake butter and Christmas music.  From Thanksgiving until Christmas Eve, the store would play Christmas music nonstop.  About every 6 hours the music would start to repeat.  It took a very long time for me to finally like popcorn and Christmas music.  I finally starting getting into Christmas music by listening to Mannheim Steamroller and Trans-Siberian Orchestra.  I still don’t really like the traditional Christmas songs.

Davina and the Vagabonds Holiday show at the MIM (Musical Instrument Museum), Phoenix, AZ on December 5th, 2023

I got a call from Davina the day of the concert and while talking with her she indicated their show this time was not their normal jazz style music, but instead was going to be a holiday music concert.  I was intrigued and couldn’t wait to hear the Vagabonds twist on holiday songs and which songs they would perform.

Well, I was impressed and delighted with both their selection on holiday music but also their twist on the songs.  It was a combination of pop and jazz on the traditional music.  I really liked when they did “Mr. Grinch” and “Boogie Woogie Santa”.  From the setlist below, you can see the wide diversity of songs that they performed.

Davina and the Vagabonds Holiday show at the MIM (Musical Instrument Museum), Phoenix, AZ on December 5th, 2023

I always love to hear Davina and the Vagabonds when they come to town.  Not only do they perform at one of the best concert venues in the valley (the MIM), but they always put on a fun show.  Davina is very interactive with both the bands and the audience.  During tonight’s show she started talking about when she was a teenager, she loved New Kids On The Block.  Some lady in the audience shouted back that she also liked them.  Davina and this lady got into this discussion about the band, who in the band was their favorite and the Christmas album they made.  It was funny listening to them talk.  After the show, Davina even came out into the hallway and signed items for fans and posed for photos.

If you ever get a chance to see Davina and the Vagabonds, I would highly recommend it.  They always put on a great show and the band is made up of very good musicians.  When they come back to Phoenix, I hope to see you there.

Davina and the Vagabonds Social Media sites:
Website: https://www.davinaandthevagabonds.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Davinaandthevagabonds/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/davinavagabonds/
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/davinavagabonds


Davina and the Vagabonds

Photos by Fred Kuhlman 2023, All Rights Reserved


A Vagabond Holiday Setlist:
Sleigh Ride
Santa Claus Is Coming
Run Run Rudolph
Winter Song
Mr. Grinch
Let It Snow
Christmas On My Mind
Boogie Woogie Santa
Have Yourself A Merry Little
Christmas Song
Santa Bring My Baby
Please Come Home For Christmas
What Will Santa Claus Say
Merry Christmas Baby
Frosty
Blue Xmas
I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
Encore:
Suzy Snowflake

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