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July 4 with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

July 4 with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Richard Kaufman, conductor

“America’s favorite big band” joins Pacific Symphony to resurrect the high-energy swing rhythms of the 1940s and ’50s. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy will have you snapping your fingers, tapping your toes and screaming for more as they perform songs from their multi-platinum records including “Go Daddy-O” and “Mr. Pinstripe Suit.” Also, Fourth-of-July traditions: patriotic favorites, a salute to the U.S. Armed Forces and a brilliant fireworks finale!

Tickets only available July 2-3 online through Ticketmaster/Live Nation.
The Verizon Wireless Amphitheater box office is open noon to 8 p.m. on July 4. Good seats still available!

Student/Senior (65+) RUSH: All seats ½ price, noon to 7:30 p.m. on 7/4 (2 tickets per I.D.)
Early-Bird Special: $25 Terrace seats, noon to 2 p.m. on 7/4.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Guest Artist

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

2014 marks the 21st anniversary of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy's remarkable arrival onto the music scene. In its first years, having secured their legendary residency at the Derby nightclub in Los Angeles, they reminded the world—in the middle of the grunge era, no less—that it was still cool to swing, big band style. Today the high-energy nine-piece ensemble continues the party and takes things to the next level with the release of their newest album, Rattle Them Bones. The follow-up to the much lauded 2009 release, How Big Can You Get?: The Music of Cab Calloway, Rattle Them Bones still urges their millions of fans worldwide to shake and move to their inimitable grooves while also expanding their horizons with new musical inspiration and influence.

The intensity of the Calloway project helped the band further hone its ability to honor the great musicians and music of the past while pushing the genre forward through interpretation and vision. Leader Scotty Morris has called that experience, “The greatest musical education possible, and one that again solidified the brotherhood of the band.” While by design the musical focus of that session was Calloway’s heyday of the ‘30s and ‘40s, Rattle Them Bones is a more expansive, ultimately liberating work that began with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy's singer and chief songwriter drawing from some unexpected cultural wells.

By now the world knows the essential story of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy—the band co-founded by Morris and drummer Kurt Sodergren made their debut in their hometown of Ventura, Calif. in April of 1993 helping to usher in the swing revival founded on a colorful fusion of classic American sounds including jazz, swing and dixieland mixed with the energy and spirit of contemporary culture. They proved to be among the standout groups that launched the new swing era in the ‘90s. The group, whose core lineup has been in place since 1995, includes Scotty Morris (lead vocals and guitar), Kurt Sodergren (drums and percussion), 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.) Joining them on the road are Anthony Bonsera Jr. (lead trumpet) and Alex Henderson (trombone.)

Program Notes

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