DOWNEY - The sounds of classic holiday songs will be getting a contemporary swing twist when Southern California's own Big Bad Voodoo Daddy takes to the stage for their Wild & Swingin' Holiday Party tour at the Downey Theatre on Friday.The group, which has made a name for itself by mixing jazz and swing sensibilities with Dixieland and big-band music, will be performing an array of Christmas favorites infused with their unique jazz flavor for the 738-seat theatre. Originally formed in 1989 in Ventura by front man Scotty Morris, the band played several clubs and lounges in the early years of their career before hitting it big in the mid-1990s. Three of their singles, "You & Me & the Bottle Makes 3 Tonight (Baby)","I Wanna Be Like You" and "Go Daddy-O", were featured in the 1996 cult-classic film "Swingers", which starred A-list actor Vince Vaughn ("Wedding Crashers", "Dodgeball") and actor/director Jon Favreau ("Elf", "Iron Man"). Members Scotty Morris, Andy Rowley, Dirk Shumaker, Kurt Sodergren, Joshua Levy, Glen "The Kid" Marhevka, Karl Hunter, Tony Bonsera and Alex Henderson followed their "Swingers" success with several albums and nation-wide tours. They have made many memorable television appearances, including a performance as the coveted half-time show act at the 1999 Super Bowl. Sporting events have been a major calling card for the band in the past, who have also performed at the 2006 Capital One Bowl and have served as the house band for the ESPN ESPY Awards on several occasions. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is also no stranger to reality and talk show television appearances, performing on both "Dancing with the Stars" and the "Tonight Show with Jay Leno" in the past. The music Big Bad Voodoo Daddy has to offer concertgoers at the Downey Civic Theatre will definitely have audience members singing and dancing along in their seats all night long. While traditional holiday favorite are up for grabs in the band's set list, songs off of their two past Christmas albums, "Watchu' Want for Christmas?" and "Everything You Want for Christmas", are sure to be included in their performance. In addition to playing the Downey Civic Theatre, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy will be heading across the United States, taking their tour to Washington, Utah, Colorado, Arizona and Florida among other states. If you haven't picked up tickets to the concert, tickets can be purchased one hour prior to show time, if available. Get into the holiday spirit and head to the Downey Civic Theatre on Friday!
********** Published: December 1, 2011 - Volume 10 - Issue 33