The Finest Hour: Davina and the Vagabonds and Hot Club of Cowtown
Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Music That Ended WWII
“Davina is a modern day, female version of Louis Armstrong.” —Elmore Magazine
“The timing, swing, and chemistry of [Hot Club of Cowtown] is a joy to behold.” —Guitarist
This very special performance joins two spectacular groups: Davina and the Vagabonds, who brought the house down in their debut at Wharton Center in 2018, and the swinging music of the Hot Club of Cowtown. They come together and step into a wondrous musical time machine to cut a rug, celebrate the Greatest Generation, and hear the music that got us through.
The music of World War II, anchored by swing, Big Band and jazz, helped define an era when nations clashed around the world. With music focusing on romance and strength, along with the proliferation of the radio, music built morale and provided comfort to soldiers and civilians alike. And for those without access to a radio, the U.S. War Department sent recordings overseas for soldiers. “We’re making these V-Discs just for you,” the Andrews Sisters say on a disc addressing U.S. troops. “And along with them, we wanna send all our love and kisses” in a recording of “The Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.”
Sponsored by The Doctors Company with additional support from L.O. Eye Care. Media sponsor: Michigan Radio.
Masks, regardless of vaccination status, are required indoors for the duration of the performance.
COVID-19 related health protocols may be in effect at the time of performance, including some or all of the following, without limitation, required: mask or face coverings, proof of full vaccination for COVID-19 or proof of a negative COVID-19 Test (within 24-72 hours prior to show time), temperature checks, or confirmation of no known symptoms of and exposure to COVID-19. We reserve the right to unilaterally make changes to health protocols according to updated public health guidance, law, or regulations of MSU Administration. Any visitors, including ticket holders who do not comply with any COVID-19 related health protocol, may be required to leave the theater, and their ticket will not be refunded.
Jackson Donor Lounge
The Jackson Lounge will be open for 90 minutes prior to the performance and during intermission.