HAMILTON – For 24 years, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy has been touring nearly non-stop with an original cool cast of musicians who remind the world that singing to swing in pin-stripe suits and debonair hats has never gone out of style.
Four years ago, the band celebrated the holiday season with a high-energy performance at the Hamilton Performing Arts Center. On April 8, they return to cap the 12th season presented by the Bitterroot Performing Arts Council. It will be the last show presented by the series founder, Monica Grable, who has announced her departure from her position as executive director.
“I can’t think of a better way to wrap up our 12th season or my 12-year run,” Grable said. “Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is a very fun, high-energy, very accessible and universally loved group and so it will be a blast to have a full house.”
Few tickets remain for the Saturday night show in Hamilton and subscribers in attendance four years ago are thrilled for their return.
“They are fantastic at what they do and after their Christmas show, what we mostly heard was, ‘Please bring Big Bad Voodoo Daddy back so we can hear more of their stuff,’” Grable said. “With more than a dozen albums, they have a lot of work to share with the audience, so it will be a thrill to have them back.”
More than a simple tribute to a bygone era, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s horn-infused arrangements have introduced the genre to new generations of fans with reminders of why the classic style is akin to patriotism. The band has performed for three U.S. presidents and at America’s beloved events such as Superbowl half-time shows, Thanksgiving parades, favorite late-night talk shows and television dancing competitions. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s music has been included on soundtracks for film as well as featured on television shows and sitcoms. The band has performed with distinguished symphony orchestras.
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy has been touted for respecting America’s unique art form that fuses classic jazz, swing and Dixieland sounds. But it’s their energy and creative arrangements that bring down the house.
Front man Scotty Morris provides style, vocals and a sense of humor audiences love. He’s joined by his band of brothers: Andy Rowley on baritone saxophone, Kurt Sodergren on drums, Dirk Shumaker on double base, Glen Marhevka on trumpet, Karl Hunter on saxophones and clarinet, Anthony Bonsera on trumpet, Alex Henderson on trombone and Joshua Levy providing rhapsody glue on piano.
“They practically live on their tour bus and that unity comes through on their music,” Grable said. “We are so happy to have them come back to make unforgettable memories all over again.”
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy wraps up Season 12 for the Bitterroot Performing Arts Series, which also included blues guitarist Roy Rogers and the Delta Rhythm Kings, classical legends David Finckel and WuHan, mesmerizing Parson’s Dance, the renowned Kronos Quartet and Solas who performed at the Dennison Theater.
“The caliber of artists we’ve hosted this season is truly representative of Monica and her amazing work over the years,” said Peggy Tonon, president of the board of directors for the council. “The vitality of our organization is due, in no small part, to Monica’s years of tireless dedication and leadership for which we are so grateful. It hasn’t been easy and we recognize her sacrifices over the years to make the series a success.”
The board will celebrate Grable as well as the future of the organization at a “Spring for the Arts” fundraising event on Saturday, April 23, in Hamilton at the St. Francis Community Center.
For more information about remaining tickets to the Big Bad Voodoo Daddy concert or the fundraising event, contact the Bitterroot Performing Arts Box Office in Signal Square, 127 W. Main Street in Hamilton, by phone at 406-363-7946 or online at www.bitterrootperformingarts.org.