Big Bad Voodoo Daddy to Perform at Local Theater

The band performs at 7:30 p.m. Oct.4 at the Art Kamangar Center at the Merced Theatre. Tickets range from 5 to $35 and can be purchased online.
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy brings its swinging sound to downtown Merced this fall, an event organized by Arts UC Merced Presents.

The high-energy, nine-piece ensemble, which helped jumpstart the swing revival in the mid-90s, is celebrating its 20th anniversary and promoting its latest album, "Rattle Them Bones."

The band performs at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Art Kamangar Center at the Merced Theatre. Tickets range from $15 to $35 and can be purchased online.

"It's going to be an unforgettable evening," said Gail Benedict, producing manager for Arts UC Merced Presents. "Swing music makes everybody happy. I think we're going to surpass our goals on this one."

In its formative years, having secured a legendary residency at the Derby nightclub in Los Angeles, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy reminded the world — in the middle of the grunge era — that it was still cool to swing, big-band style.

The band's big break came when three songs — "You & Me & the Bottle Makes 3 Tonight (Baby)," "I Wanna Be Like You" and "Go Daddy-O" — were featured in the soundtrack of the 1996 hit movie "Swingers."

"After all these years,” band leader Scotty Morris said, “I still enjoy writing in a vintage style. There's an integrity that comes from writing and playing songs the way folks did in the old days, when they did it to capture the audience's imagination; not simply to click with a specific demographic."

The band's numerous television appearances include "Dancing With The Stars," "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" and "Last Call with Carson Daly."

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