“Oh I say…can you see,” in your mind’s eye, what fireworks will look like, from the vantage point of your awesome seat at the Starlight Bowl in Burbank? I can see it! An awesome evening under the stars at one of our favorite places to play. The Starlight Bowl is a great place to see a band. It’s like a mini Hollywood Bowl nestled up against the hills that rise up from Burbank. We’re excited to see YOU there on July 4th. There will be a plenty of pomp and circumstance and fireworks, and that’s just OUR portion of the show. After the show the literal fireworks will cap off an amazing evening. Hope to see you there Los Angeles!
On July 11th we’re going to make our way to Billings Montana. We’ll be playing the St. John’s Summer Concert Series which will be celebrating 21 years of free concerts for the Billing’s Community. The Summer Concert Series has come a long way from its humble beginnings in 1997 with a modest attendance of fewer than 100 fans. With 20 seasons under their belt, it is not unusual to have 2,000 fans gathered to enjoy one of their concerts during the season, with season attendance around 10,000. We’re really excited to Return to Billings. This will be our fourth show there after playing the shrine Auditorium and a couple of times at The Alberta Bair Theatre. It seems like it’s always gorgeous in Montana, And we’re excited to take in its beauty and meet the cool folks in Billings once again. And this time, it will be an outdoor show, so we’re looking forward taking in our surroundings and clean air from the stage. Come share the air and surroundings with us and witness an amazing show!
SATURDAY JULY 13TH
The Daly Hospital Foundation signature fundraising event will be held Saturday, July 13th on the grounds of the beautiful and historic Daly Mansion. Proceeds from this memorable evening will help purchase the DaVinci Robotics System for the hospital's new Surgery Center. Located on 46 acres of lush landscape, the Daly Mansion is the historic home of 19th Century American industrialist Marcus Daly. The exhibits here convey the story of Daly and his rise from working-class immigrant to copper magnate, as well as local, regional, and international history tied to his extended family. A Montana and huckleberry theme will permeate the Collector's Art Show and auction. In addition, take a few minutes to test drive the DaVinci, then indulge in the delicious multi-station meal and conclude your evening with some high octane swing from yours truly. Looking forward to seeing you again Hamilton!
In August of 2014 we finally played our first show in Wyoming. In fact, that 2014 show in Laramie, was the show where we celebrated playing in all 50 U.S. states as Wyoming was the last state we hadn’t played. We certainly didn’t plan it out that way. We go where the shows beckon us to go. And it just so happens that Wyoming hadn’t beckoned us to it until 2014. Really, it’s the quintessential example of “Last, but not least.” Many conversations have been had in the band over the years about how we couldn’t believe we’d never played in Wyoming, and especially the Jackson Hole area. Having been there on my own, I can attest that it’s one of the most beautiful locations in the country, and even the world. Well, we’re over the moon in anticipation of finally doing a show there. A FREE show at that! We hope the citizenry of Wyoming don’t hold it against us that we took so long to come to their beautiful state. We saved the best for last! Come to the FREE show and see what you’ve been missing.
For many years, when we played in New York, we would stay at the Paramount Hotel. We were always excited to stay there because, design wise, it’s a very unique place. Their lobby looks like something akin to the house in “BeetleJuice.” And there’s nothing that feels more like New York then to step into one of the Paramount’s tiny elevators that make up for their size and then some, with the high speed they whisk you up and down. In a “New York minute,” as they say. Our spot to play, in New York for many years was B.B. Kings, which was a couple blocks from the Paramount. B.B. Kings unfortunately closed a while back. We thought that perhaps we wouldn’t get to visit the Times Square area as often as we had become accustomed to. That was before the folks at the Blue Note and Sony got together and created a new venue at the Paramount Hotel. It’ll seem like old times to visit the Paramount once again. With capacities of 1,000 standing and 500 seated, and a full-service restaurant and bar. Sony Hall’s proprietary multi-dimensional audio technology integrated within, was developed to create a spatial audio experience. The system uses approximately 30 speakers allocated to the hall to realize the music experience where the performance of the artists, orchestras, and/or a band actually surrounds the audiences even it is being played by the recorded live performance. Sony Hall is located in a space that is one of New York’s most celebrated historic venues, previously known as The Diamond Horseshoe. Established in 1938 by theatrical showman and impresario Billy Rose, the Diamond Horseshoe was known for its lavish dinner theaters, vaudeville-style reviews, and chorus of showgirls known as “Billy Rose’s long-stemmed beauties.” The venue is widely recognized as giving Gene Kelly his start and was celebrated in the 1945 feature film “Billy Rose’s Diamond Horseshoe” starring Betty Grable. “Queen of the Night,”. Blue Note and Sony have preserved much of the classic look and feel of the venue with select renovations. We’re excited to get another chance to experience Times Square and New York again. We hope you can join us.
Christmas in July ?
Well, not exactly. For the last decade or so we’ve been playing the Wolf Den at the Mohegan Sun in December as a stop on our Wild and Swingin’ Holiday Tour. However we’re trying to change things up a bit on our Holiday Tour this year, and we won’t be back to the Wold Den this Christmas. However, on July 27th, we’ll be back to the Wolf Den to play a regular high energy Voodoo Daddy show without Christmas tunes. Sorry we won’t even be playing “Heat Miser.” Remember, holiday songs are special, because we only play them during the HOLIDAYS! But for folks who have come to our Christmas Shows every year at the Wolf Den, now’s your chance to hear us do what we do naturally. Play a multi-decade curated set of roof raisin’ swing music the way that only Big Bad Voodoo Daddy can. Our set has never showcased such a diverse selection of tunes from all of our records. We’ve pulled out some oldies and goodies and some tunes we recorded, but never played live. So come on out, leave your Christmas “get up,” at home and come enjoy an awesome band, if we do say so ourselves, at your favorite Casino. We’ll see you after the show at Pepe’s Pizza or Bobby Flay’s !
We’re happy to announce that we are coming to Emporia Kansas and the Emporia Arts Center. We were scheduled to play there in April and unfortunately, due to illness, we needed to reschedule, and we’re now playing there on July 31st. In 1953, Emporia Kansas was the site of the first Veterans Day observance in the United States. At the urging of local shoe cobbler Alvin J. King, U.S. Representative Edward Rees introduced legislation in The United States Congress to rename Armistice Day as Veterans Day. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the bill into law on October 8, 1954. Perhaps the moral of the story is that in America even a humble shoe cobbler’s ideas can make a difference. Speaking of good ideas, some forward thinking folks created the Emporia Arts Center. Since May of 1976, the Emporia Arts Center has presented an annual performance series featuring prominent national and international artists. The Emporia Arts Center has been the catalyst for more than 1,000 artistic and cultural programs On July 31st they will be hosting yours truly, arguably another great idea! Bringing yourself and your friends to the show sounds like the best idea ever! See you there.
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.