Zumbrota to host Davina & Vagabonds concert
ZUMBROTA — Davina & the Vagabonds, who have taken their brand of blues and jazz to major festivals in Europe and North America, will perform at 7:30 pm. April 23 at the State Theatre, 96 E. Fourth St., Zumbrota.
The Twin Cities-based band is led by Davina Sowers on vocals, piano and occasional ukulele. Audiences will recognize influences ranging from Fats Domino to Aretha Franklin and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. The band’s new album is a live set, “Nicollet and Tenth.”
Davina & the Vagabonds have played at festivals in Finland, Switzerland, Romania and Canada, as well as at the Monterey Jazz Festival and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. The band was also featured on the BBC television show “Later with Jools Holland.”
Tickets are $20 in advance, $23 the day of the show, available through Crossings at Carnegie, 507-732-7616.
Streetlamp vocal group sheds light on Doo-wop and pop hits
Under the Streetlamp, consisting of former members of the Chicago cast of “Jersey Boys,” will perform a Riverside Live! concert at 7:30 p.m. April 22 at Mayo Civic Center Presentation Hall, 30 Civic Center Drive SE.
Under the Streetlamp is probably best known for a couple of PBS specials showcasing the group’s love of doo-wop and pop music from the 1940s to the 1970s. This is not an a cappella vocal group. Nor is it just a singing group; a little tap dancing usually works its way into the concerts.
Given their background in “Jersey Boys,” it’s not surprising the quartet tackles a medley of Four Seasons hits in concert, Audiences can also expect to hear selections such as “Blue Moon,” “Be My Baby,” “Let the Good Times Roll,” “Twist and Shout,” “I’m a Believer” and “Burning Love.”
Tickets are $31. The show is virtually sold out. To check on returns and waiting lists, call Riverside Concerts at 507-328-2200.
Pianist Cuellar performs Tuesday at Mayo Clinic
Classical pianist Scott Cuellar will perform a concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Nathan Landow Atrium of Mayo Clinic’s Gonda Building.
Cuellar, who is performing this weekend with the Rochester Symphony Orchestra, holds a bachelor’s degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, a master’s from the Juilliard School, and is a doctoral candidate at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University.
He is the winner of the Virginia Waring International Piano Competition and winner of the 2013 Ernst Krenek Prize.
The concert is sponsored by the Dolores Jean Lavins Center for Humanities in Medicine. Admission is free.
Bluegrass show scheduled for Oak Center
OAK CENTER — The Sawtooth Brothers, who combine traditional bluegrass with modern originals, will perform at 8 p.m. April 23 at Oak Center General Store.
The Sawtooth Brothers, made up of two sets of brothers, have been playing together for eight years. Audiences have grown accustomed to the brothers’ eclectic presentation of original songs, hard-driving bluegrass, classic country, gospel, and classic rock.
Guitarist Clint Birtzer is the 2009, 2011 and 2013 Minnesota Flatpicking Guitar champion. The band’s debut CD is “One More Flight.”
Tickets are $15, with discounts available for low-income patrons. For reservations, send a check to: Oak Center General Store, 67011 U.S. 63, Lake City, MN 55041. To check on ticket availability, call 507-753-2080.
Midori teaching residency, concerts rescheduled
Midori, the international violin star who had to cancel an appearance in Rochester last year, has rescheduled her residency and concerts for Nov. 16-20.
During that time, Midori will visit area schools and music organizations, teach a master class, work with music students and perform concerts Nov. 19 with the Rochester Symphony Orchestra and Nov. 20 with Southeastern Minnesota Youth Orchestras.
Midori’s complete Rochester schedule will be announced at a later date.