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Davina and the Vagabonds to headline jazz fest at Bethany Blues Oct. 18

Show is part of The Melting Pot of Sound
Oct 11, 2013
Bringing panache, musicianship and retro sound on Friday night to the Bethany Blues stage is Davina Sowers of Davina and the Vagabonds.

After 25 years of involvement in the Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival Sydney Arzt continues to bring her musical expertise to Bethany Blues in Lewes.

As Wynton Marsalis said, “When all of kinds of music blended into one, jazz was born.”

In keeping with this theme, Sydney's Music Revival presents a diversity of music that represents The Melting Pot of Sound.

The Melting Pot of Sound ticket sales will partially benefit Delaware Charitable Music, Inc. a nonprofit corporation whose mission - in part - is to involve young people in the performance, experience  and understanding of Jazz,  one of America's true music forms.

On Friday, Oct. 18, Davina and the Vagabonds bring their panache, musicianship and retro sound to the Bethany Blues stage from Minnesota's Twin Cities. Sounding like a cross between New Orleans jazz and a bluesier Tom Waits, with a touch of Billie Holiday in the vocals of Davina Sowers, this band has a great brass section, piano and upright bass. Davina is one part vaudevillian entertainer and one part real-life singer-songwriter. Showtimes are 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and are valid for both shows.

On Saturday afternoon, Oct. 19, the passion, tradition and excitement of the Joe Baione Quartet featuring vibraphonist Baione, continues the musical technique popularized by the great jazz musicians Lionel Hampton and Milt Jackson. This performance will honor and celebrate the music of the legendary pianist and composer Dave Brubeck. Joining the quartet of organ and upright bass will be the saxophone sounds of Carlton Cannon, Jr. Showtime is 2 to 5 p.m.  This is a free show. Lunch and libations are available. 

Saturday night, Oct. 19, The Patty Reese Band with Ron Holloway on saxophone takes the Bethany Blues stage with attitude, soul and power. Winner of 11 Washington Area Music Association Awards including Album of the Year and Artist of the Year, Reese claims influences that include Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin and even Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan. She is a roots rock chanteuse extraordinaire with the ability to float effortlessly between genres of pop, blues, folk, jazz, and rock with a style that is both dynamic and original. Showtimes are 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and are valid for both shows.  

On Sunday morning, Oct. 20, bringing Americana, Gospel and Brilliance to the Gospel Brunch at Bethany Blues are The Reminders. Delaware's premier Americana/gospel/roots/praise trio will bring their thoughtful and inviting faith to Bethany Blues with masterful songwriting, guitar playing, and harmonies. This well known trio of musicians, Ed Shockley, John Thompson and Kevin Short expresses the spirituality of their original music with some special moments of grace and enjoyment. Showtime is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is a free show. 

A two-night weekend ticket is $35, which is good for Friday and Saturday night performances. Call 644-2500 or go to bethanyblues.com for more information.

On Saturday night, The Patty Reese Band mounts the Bethany Blues stage with attitude, soul and power.
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