ArtBoy reflects on future, Davina and the Vagabonds

March 29 is indeed, Good Friday. Davina and the Vagabonds make their annual pilgrimage to Fond du Lac this Friday – and it’s got me all wistful….Wistful even a word? Maybe wussful?

The last few blogs were really a tongue in cheek review of Windhover Center’s history. Not everyone is as familiar with the Masons and Gerard Manley Hopkins as a certain anonymous reader, but hopefully the message that all of the current progress is built upon the very early days of the Arts Council. Windhover’s rise to prominence has also been built upon a series of fairly high profile concerts featuring such diverse performers as Eric Bibb, Marcia Ball, Eugene Rousseau, Asleep at the Wheel, Bonerama, and, of course, Davina and the Vagabonds.

Thanks to a Vagabonds performance at Milwaukee’s Bastille Days, attended by Wayne Wallschlaeger and Bruce Mach, Mach Funeral Chapel sponsored the band’s first gig at Windhover. Next thing you know we have a sold out show, a huge party on our hands in the Great Hall, and a return date for another sold out show in 2012.

This year we have a construction project on our hands and events are just not possible –not until September 10….but that’s too damn long a wait to: party …. dance….hear great music…..hang with 250 of your closest pals. What can we do? We have no elevator. Great Hall has no ceiling.

Like everyone, when help is needed, we turned to our neighbors – Elks Lodge #57 – and for one night only, this Friday, the Elks Lodge on Sheboygan Street becomes “Windhover West”. So now we have a venue, we have a bar, but what band to bring to town? What band that could represent all of the great things that are happening to Windhover and downtown Fond du Lac? Well…let me think… how about a band, that according to NPR’s Marc Silver, features a piano player with “classically trained fingers that shimmy down the piano keys and meet up with an insistent boogie-woogie bass.” Silver was discussing Davina and the Vagabonds record LIPSTICK AND CHROME which was a NPR SONG OF THE DAY.

So yeah, Fondy, big things are on the way for Davina and the Vagabonds. Big things are on the way for our hometown. I hope you can attend and celebrate our bright future. It’ll be a hell of a show for a Good Friday gig. See you soon.