Swing, Swing, Swing!

When the remarkable Big Bad Voodoo Daddy blows into town on May 9, we guarantee you’ll be swept up in their high-energy fusion of Jazz, Swing and Dixieland.

It’s going to be a wild ride, so get there early, and grab a quick bite from one of the fabulous food trucks that will be on-site beginning at 6PM.  Then join us in the lobby for free swing classes with the Hep Cat Hoppers from 6.30-7.30PM.

Over 20 years ago, BBVD helped launch the new swing era and since then they’ve proven to the world that it’s still cool to swing, big band style.  We’re talking “nine-piece band” big.  Big Bad Voodoo Daddy features Scotty Morris (vocals, guitar, banjo), Joshua Levy (piano, arranger), Kurt Sodergren (drums), Dirk Shumaker (acoustic bass, vocals), Glen “The Kid” Marhevka (trumpet, flugelhorn), Karl Hunter (alto and tenor saxophones, clarinet) and Andy Rowley (baritone saxophone, vocals). Joining them on the road are Anthony Bonsera Jr. (lead trumpet) and Alex Henderson (trombone).

The inimitable ensemble has sold millions of records while their music has appeared in countless films and television shows including Swingers, The Wild, Despicable Me, Family Guy and Ally McBeal. The band’s songs have also been featured in multiple Olympic gymnastic and figure skating routines and have been widely used for years as part of television broadcasts of high profile sporting events including the NFL, NBA, MLB, and PGA. They have sold out concerts from the Hollywood Bowl to Lincoln Center and appeared on TV shows from Leno to Conan, Dancing with The Stars to Superbowl XXXIII.

While Big Bad Voodoo Daddy has sold millions of albums, the stage has always been the bandʼs first home. Leader Scotty Morris says, “We make records because we have to, but play live because we love to.”

On May 9, BBVD will perform selections from their latest release Rattle Them Bones.  Morris describes the album’s creative evolution simply, “We started thinking about Don Draper and Mark Twain and along the way some fascinating ideas emerged that turned Rattle Them Bones into a real celebration of the landscape of American music we love so much.”  He adds, “Our fans always know theyʼre getting the real thing from us and true emotion that comes from the heart. We have no interest in being pop stars, but we have an absolute love of American music and a strong desire to share that with people.”

Here’s a taste of what you can expect…