Saturday 8/14: Free concert! Big Bad Voodoo Daddy in Irvine
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy August 14, 2010
Time(s): 8:00 p.m.
Location: Balloon Park | Map and Directions
Free Admission, Parking $10
Last summer “America’s favorite little big band” delivered the most well-attended and rapturously received show of the Great Park’s concert season.
That’s pretty much standard operating procedure for the swinging septet. Whether playing Council Bluffs, Iowa or Disney Hall on New Year’s Eve, the Los Angeles-based, globe-spanning Big Bad Voodoo Daddy puts its all into its high-energy, horn-driven music. Their wowed audiences have included a Super Bowl halftime crowd, anyone who has seen the movie Swingers, and three US presidents. But those who attended last year’s Great Park show will tell you the BBVD is best enjoyed under the stars on a beautiful Southern California night.
Swing music was about as popular as braces when singer/guitarist Scotty Morris and drummer Kurt Sodergren formed Big Bad Voodoo Daddy in 1993. The band’s youthful approach to the then half-century-old musical style sparked a revival, with the group’s first two albums selling two million copies.
Fourteen albums later, BBVD is still on top of the scene. Last year, the group released one of its strongest sets to date, How Big Can You Get, devoted to the good-time music of Depression-era bandleader Cab Calloway. That music was at the heart of the band’s Great Park show last year, and will certainly feature in this year’s as well, guaranteeing a recession-proof good time.
The band members aren’t purists, but they enjoy doing things right, which is why How Big Can You Get, was recorded in the historic Capitol Records building’s famed Studio A, using the same microphones and equipment that Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Nelson Riddle had used in the 1950s. There is no less attention to detail in BBVD’s rousing live show.