Hey, what’s goin on? Well… March is here and we’re fixin’ to bring our Voodoo to a place near you. We’ve got some surprises in store, some Big Bad Voodoo music that hasn’t been seen, nor heard from, in ages. Some band favorites that have yet to have been played live. Have a favorite song that we recorded that you’re “Still in love” with, that you’ve never heard us play? We’d bet “Ol’ McDonald’s” Farm that there’s some tunes we’ve recorded that you’ve been waiting to hear us play live. “Some Things” get better with age and experience, revisiting these tunes is definitely one of them! “Next week, sometime,” we’ll be back on the road with a host of new tunes to choose from. We hope you come out and hear that one you’ve been waiting for!
Wednesday, March 20th
In the heart of downtown Durham since 1926, the Carolina Theatre has become one of its city’s most beloved institutions. After opening as the Durham Auditorium, the venue was renovated three years later and renamed the Carolina Theatre, a movie theater that also presented stage shows and concerts. By the 1940s and 1950s, the city-owned Carolina Theatre had become Durham’s most majestic showplace for film and the performing arts, with live shows featuring such noteworthy stars as Ronald Reagan, Katharine Hepburn and many other celebrities of the day. In June of 1988, the Carolina Theatre closed again for extensive renovations, reopening with a new cinema wing in 1994
Strengthened from weathering nine decades of social, political and economic change, the Carolina Theatre continues to be a source of civic pride; an important marker of historic change. Come check us out when we play this beautiful theatre on March 20th!
Visiting the Lyric Theatre for the first time is an unforgettable experience. If you’re not awed by the original 1930 tapestries, the golden glow of the replica lanterns, or the charm of the restored lobby and auditorium, you’ll at least be impressed with their family and student friendly prices and the best tasting popcorn in Southwestern Virginia! While we hope you’ll visit our theatre in person, the brief history and the renovation photos section will give you a sense of the space and the incredible community effort that brought the Lyric back to life after nearly a decade of darkness. Originally constructed in 1929 and opened on April 17, 1930, the Lyric Theatre is a blend of Art Deco and Spanish Colonial Revival architecture, designed by Roanoke architect Louis Phillipe Smithey. Most notable on the Lyric’s façade are the traditional Comedy and Tragedy masks. The original Lyric masks adorned the theatre’s parapet from 1930 until sometime in the 1950s. After some wear and tear, the masks were deemed a potential danger to passers-by and were taken down. After living for a while in the yard of a Blacksburg resident, the masks mysteriously disappeared sometime in the 1980s. Many myths abound as to what happened to the original masks: some say they are now at the bottom of a lake; others insist they have long been sold at a flea market. The replicas, designed and built by from Vivian Appler and John Luttman Studios, were unveiled shortly after the Lyric’s 75th anniversary celebration in 2006. This will be our first time in Blacksburg, Virginia and at the Lyric, we’re looking forward to checking out this great American theatre. We hope you join us!
Friday, March 22nd
I’ll tell you what, it doesn't take more then a cursory glance of the photos of this place to know that this is an extraordinary venue. This place looks absolutely amazing. Built in 1898, the Carnegie Library of Homestead was constructed by William Miller and Sons of Pittsburgh at a cost of $250,000. The second of three libraries built here in the Steel Valley, the Carnegie Library of Homestead was built for use by the common man but adorned with grandeur and opulence fit for a royal family. Boy, I’ll say!
In Andrew Carnegie’s book Gospel of Wealth, he wrote, “The best means of benefiting a community is to place within its reach the ladders upon which the aspiring can rise.” With these words, and in deed, Carnegie spent over forty-million dollars to build 1,700 libraries across the nation. In Carnegie’s own estimation, the library at Homestead was one of the finest.
The building itself was not just constructed to house books but to showcase the works of skilled craftsman. Hand-cut Italian marble and beautifully painted murals adorned the walls setting the backdrop for intricately carved oak desks and cabinets. This place was truly Carnegie’s “Gift to the people.”
Wow, Imagine how many lives have been improved by Carnegie’s gift. We’re certainly honored and excited to play here and learn more about this amazing place and its history. Hope to see you there to experience this exceptional place with us.
The Buffalo State Performing Arts Center, with more than 180 events and 50,000 patrons a year, is proud of the contribution it makes to the cultural vitality of SUNY Buffalo State and Western New York. With state-of-the-art sound and lighting, exceptional acoustics and clear sight-lines, the 856-seat multi-purpose theatre is an intimate venue for concerts, dance, lectures, films and more. In 2004 the theater underwent $1.2 million in major technological upgrades and refurbishments. The project included extensive upgrades to the sound and lighting systems, demolition and replacement of the rigging system and stage floor, and installation of new stage curtains, acoustic draperies, and orchestral shell. Since the Performing Arts Center reopened in March 2005, it had remained a vital, multifaceted component of Buffalo State College and a major contributor to the cultural vitality of Western New York. We are happy to be a part of that cultural vitality, especially in such a modern, acoustically sound environment. You could say that as a band, our mantra is to present new music in a classic American style with a modern twist. So it is as fitting for us to play the historical theaters, as it is to play the state of the art venues. One thing’s for sure, we’re going to sound our best on a stage that sounds amazing acoustically. And this venue fits that bill perfectly. Come on out on Saturday March 23rd and check it out for yourself!
Hey New York, we have bad news and good news, Our old New York haunting grounds, the B.B. Kings blues club, off Times Square, has closed up shop. We had a lot of good times there over the years. Now we’re excited to continue our special relationship with the Big Apple at the City Winery in Soho. We’ve played many of the City Wineries throughout the country, and they are always a lot of fun. Great food, great drinks and a cool atmosphere, in intimate settings. Honestly, part of me will miss the big greasy, red, corn chips B.B. Kings served backstage, but after sampling the amazing antipasti plates the City Winery often provides, I think we’re all going to be more then all right! City Winery is a great place to go on a date or with friends or both, have a great meal and see great music. Put March 25th on your calendar now, you are not going to want to miss this one!
Wednesday, March 27th
Leesburg is the historic county seat of Loudoun County, Virginia, regarded as one of the most picturesque towns in America. It was built circa 1740 and occupied by some of Virginia’s most famous families, being named for Thomas Lee, ancestor of Robert E. Lee. In the War of 1812, it became the temporary seat of the United States government, and in the Civil War, it changed hands several times. The town is situated adjacent to the Potomac River, 33 miles west of Washington, D.C. During the War of 1812, Leesburg served as the temporary national archives of the United States. Faced with British invasion of Washington, D.C., the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, congressional journals, George Washington's correspondence and other official documents were squirreled away in a vacant Leesburg house, with former county sheriff and Methodist pastor John Littlejohn keeping the keys. Leesburg is also home to the Tally Ho. The Tally Ho is a circa 1932 art-deco theater/concert hall and a downtown Leesburg landmark. While I’m pretty sure our Constitution and the Declaration of Independence have never been stored at the Tally Ho, it does have the distinction of being the best place in town to see music. Being that we play music, it seemed like a good place to play, and so we shall on March 27th.
Hello Birchmere my old friend… I’ve come to talk with you again….and eat, especially eat. We love the Birchmere, they always treat us super well, (thanks John), and the audiences there are always great. This will be our 15th show at the Birchmere, so it probably goes without saying that we love it there. The food is great and the staff is awesome. After going on the road for so many days out of the year, we know, Hospitality goes a long way, And they do it right! Come on March 28th and enjoy some of their Hospitality yourself!
Speaking of old friends, The Rams Head Tavern is another long time acquaintance. We’ve played the Rams Head 25 times! In fact both the Birchmere and the Rams Head are like book ends for our visits to the general D.C area. We love the Rams Head and Annapolis! Annapolis is one of the most amazing small cities in the country, the history and the downtown architecture are amazing. and the friendships we’ve cultivated over the years are awesome. Their thriving local music scene always greets us after we play with lots of amazing musicians and bands to see. And we love to return there again and again. We’re returning there March 29th and hope you can make it! Remember we’re playing some of our music that we’ve never played live, so if you’ve never seen us or seen us many times there will be some new tunes in store for you!
Saturday, March 30th
Did you know The first paved road in the United States was the former Philadelphia and Lancaster Turnpike, opened in 1795, the Turnpike connected the cities of Lancaster and Philadelphia, and was designed by a Scottish engineer named John Loudon McAdam. Lancaster residents are known to use the word "macadam" in lieu of pavement or asphalt. After the American Revolution, the city of Lancaster became an iron-foundry center. Two of the most common products needed by pioneers to settle the Frontier were manufactured in Lancaster: the Conestoga wagon and the Pennsylvania long rifle. The Conestoga wagon was named after the Conestoga River, which runs through the city. Long Before George Clooney was told to “stay out of the Woolworth!” in “Oh. brother where art thou?” Woolworth’s was opened by Franklin Winfield Woolworth. In 1879 to be exact. His first successful "five and dime" store was in the city of Lancaster, the F. W. Woolworth Company. Not only that, sugar fiends all around should praise Lancaster because it was where “Peeps” were invented. Peeps, the Easter confection shaped as marshmallow chicks covered with yellow sugar, were invented by the Rodda Candy Company of Lancaster in the 1920s.
So hit the macadam in your Conestoga wagon, eat a few peeps, and once you have a good sugar high, make your way to The Sound Horizon Concert Series at Franklin & Marshall College, We’ll be there doing our best George Clooney impressions and playing a killer show. See you there!
Sunday, March 31st
Akron Ohio must be a pretty cool place. After all, Devo, The Black Keys, and The Cramps are all from Akron. There must be something about Akron that would produce so many unique and iconic bands. maybe it’s something in the air. perhaps it’s the smell of rubber that causes such unique creativity. Akron is, after all, the rubber capitol of the world!
Well, how’s that for a crack pot theory? Perhaps it’s more likely due to their music and arts community. E. J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall is a big part of that community. E.J Thomas was the CEO of Goodyear tire and a long-time member of The University’s Board of Trustees. This $13.9 million facility, named in honor of E.J. Thomas, features a three-level auditorium, that seats close to 3000 patrons , has a movable 44-ton ceiling which can close off either balcony creating a one, two or three level auditorium. So, if we’re going to blow the roof of this place, we’d better bring our “A” game, 44 tons is quite formidable. Come help us out on March 31st, our music plus your enthusiasm might blow the roof off, after all.
Big bad voodoo Daddy
Together for over 25 years, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy — famously named after an autograph by blues legend Albert Collins — has appeared in concert venues across the world, sold millions of records, and had their music appear in hundreds of movies and television shows. With sold out concerts from the Hollywood Bowl to Lincoln Center, appearances with many of the country's finest symphony orchestras, and television appearances ranging from Dancing with the Stars to Superbowl XXXIII, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy continues it's decades long mission to celebrate and revitalize jazz and swing music — America's original musical art form — and bring joy to audiences around the world.