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Big Bad Voo Doo Daddy & Carson City Heat @ Ramada Plaza Hotel
December 12, 2018 @ 7:00 pm$30
2018 marks the 25th anniversary of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s remarkable arrival onto the
music scene. Since it’s formation in the early nineties in Ventura, California, the band has
toured virtually nonstop, performing on average over 150 shows a year, and has produced a
sizable catalog of recorded music, with sales of over 2 million albums to date. Early on,
during their legendary residency at the Derby nightclub in Los Angeles, they reminded the
world, in the midst of the grunge era no less, that it was still cool to swing. The band, cofounded
by singer Scotty Morris and drummer Kurt Sodergren, was at the forefront of the
swing revival of that time, blending a vibrant fusion of the classic American sounds of jazz,
swing, and dixieland, with the energy and spirit of contemporary culture.
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s all original core line-up includes Scotty Morris (lead vocals and
guitar), Kurt Sodergren (drums), Dirk Shumaker (double bass and vocals), Andy Rowley
(baritone saxophone and vocals), Glen “The Kid” Marhevka (trumpet), Karl Hunter
(saxophones and clarinet) and Joshua Levy (piano and arranger).
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s efforts to promote and revitalize swing music have taken shape as
much more than a simple tribute. Taking inspiration from the creators of this uniquely
American art form, the band’s original horn-infused music and legendary high energy show
introduces the genre to a new and younger generation while remaining cognizant and
respectful of the music’s rich legacy.
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s first phase of stardom featured an appearance in the 1996 indie
film Swingers, a movie that not only launched the careers of Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau,
but introduced Big Bad Voodoo Daddy to an audience beyond their Los Angeles base. The
band’s music has appeared in countless films and television shows, including The Wild,
Despicable Me, Phineas & Ferb, Friends, Third Rock From The Sun, Ally McBeal, and So You
Think You Can Dance. They have appeared live on Dancing With The Stars, Late Night With
Conan O’Brien, NBC’s Christmas in Rockefeller Center, The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day
Parade, a remarkable seven appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and the
Super Bowl XXXIII Halftime Show. The band has also appeared as special guests with many
of the country’s most distinguished symphony orchestras, and has performed for three U.S.
After 25 years, 11 records, over 2800 live shows, and countless appearances in film and
television, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is showing no signs of slowing down, and is looking
forward to celebrating it’s 25th anniversary in 2018.
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