Dressed in suits, the world-renowned swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is on tour bringing audiences its “2021 Wild and Swingin’ Holiday Party,” a live show featuring swing versions of holiday favorites along with the band’s original holiday material and hits. You might have heard their popular rockabilly songs, “Go Daddy-O,” and “You and Me and the Bottle Makes 3 Tonight.”
The Southern California swing revival band is no stranger to arranging and performing holiday tunes as they released “Watchu’ Want for Christmas?” — an EP (extended play) in 1997. In 2004, the band debuted “Everything You Want for Christmas,” a full-length album that inspired the band to start a holiday concert tour. Nearly two decades later, the tradition continues to captivate audiences.
“We’ve been doing our holiday show every year since we did that record in 2004. And then we have another Christmas record that we released in 2013 (It Feels Like Christmas), so we have a lot of material,” says founding band member and drummer, Kurt Sodergren. In 2020, BBVD had to pause touring due to the pandemic.
For one evening only, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy will perform in St. Charles, Missouri, at Lindenwood’s J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts, 8 p.m. Dec. 23, 2021.
For three decades, the band’s unique take on American swing and jazz music has thrilled audiences around the world, while their spirited “Wild and Swingin’ Holiday Party” has become an eagerly anticipated annual family event.
Singer and frontman Scotty Morris says, “If you’re going to go to a holiday show with your family, this is the one! It really does offer something for everyone.”
Drawing on a rich catalogue of holiday classics and Christmas originals from the band’s two full-length holiday albums, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy brings its live show, and fun and quirky take on the holidays, to J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts.
Fun arrangements of classic holiday songs in Big Bad Voodoo Daddy style include “Jingle Bells,” “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” and “Winter Wonderland.” “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” is “Andrews Sisters meets the blues,” and the just as classic “Heat Miser” song transports listeners back to another beloved holiday special.
“We all have our holiday traditions — some people like to go caroling; others may have a tree lighting ceremony — and they do it every year,” says Sodergren. “We go out on Christmas tour. We play holiday music for people and that is our tradition. It’s pretty exciting for us to see people coming out and enjoying themselves with their whole family.”
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy will perform in St. Charles, Missouri, at Lindenwood’s J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts, 8 p.m. Dec. 23, 2021. Tickets from $15 to $65.
Another event to put on your calendar
Lightwire Theatre’s “A Very Electric Christmas,” Dec. 5, 2021, 3 p.m.
This family-friendly holiday production brings a performance packed with popular and classic holiday songs to the stage for one special day only, Dec. 5. Expect dazzling visuals, stunning light displays and a cast of magical characters including puppets, dancers and more. Complimentary hot chocolate and cookies will be served after the performance.
Tickets: Adults $20; children 12 and younger, $10