We celebrated our 25th anniversary as a band last year, and now are well into our 26th year. We’ve played all 50 states, however it took 21 of those 26 years to do it. There are only two states where we’ve only played once and South Dakota is one of them. North Dakota is the other one. Sorry Dakotas :-( On June 30th 2012 we played in Sioux Falls South Dakota. So we figured it was time to make a return to the Mount Rushmore State. This time we’re going to South Dakota State University in Brookings,(Go Jackrabbits !!), to play at the Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center. We’re looking forward to our return to South Dakota, and are looking forward to playing a great show for you. Before the show the BBVD horn section will be doing some educational outreach in the form of a horn clinic for some undergrad musicians at South Dakota State. It’s always fun to share what it’s like to play in a horn section, especially this one. We’ll see you there!
Sometimes in the newsletter, we like to include interesting tidbits about each city we’re playing, not just for those who live in those particular cities, but for everyone else who reads the newsletter. But we also like to include things that even those who live in the city we’re playing, might not even know. Did you know that Kansas City was almost named after a leporidae or marsupial? Possible names considered for the town that eventually grew into Kansas City were Rabbitville and Possum Trot. Did you know that In 2009, the Kansas City International Airport reported the highest number of wildlife strikes of any U.S. airport? Some 57 per 100,000. The most serious of these occurring that year involved a flock of geese vs. a Frontier Airlines Airbus. One of the plane's engines lost power, as unfortunately did a number of geese. Did you know that Kansas City International Airport is usually abbreviated in the press as KCI, however, its official airport code is MCI. Turns out the letter “K” is reserved for broadcast station call letters (as is the letter “W”), so when it came to choosing a code they had to revert to an earlier airport name, used only in the new airport's planning stages: I had no idea the radio station namers and the airport namers were in cahoots. I guess ya learn something everyday. I’m guessing YOU already know that Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is playing in Kansas City on Wednesday Oct.16 at Knuckleheads Saloon since it’s at the top of the paragraph, but I’ll remind you anyway. Hope we see you there!
Ever since I was a little kid, I knew that swallows flew to San Juan Capistrano. Not that I was some kind of pop culture professional or an especially knowledgeable avian expert, or even a travel destination aficionado, I just watched Bugs Bunny sing the song “when the swallows come back to Capistrano”. Apparently Bugs should have taken a left turn at Albuquerque, but ended up in San Juan Capistrano. Mission San Juan Capistrano is known worldwide for the Cliff Swallows returning each year. Father John O’Sullivan started the legend and celebration of the Cliff Swallows in the early 20th century. Cliff Swallows migrate from South America to North America in the spring and summer for breeding. Although San Juan’s legend claims these migrating birds return promptly on March 19th, Father O’Sullivans’ Birthday, this isn’t necessarily true. Cliff Swallows migrate according to weather patterns; and therefore, do not always return the exact day each year. Swallows aren’t the only thing to return to the mission every spring. Hundreds of butterflies make their return yearly and leave cocoons throughout the grounds in spring. Apparently Serra Chapel is the only chapel that is still standing today within which Saint Junípero Serra celebrated Mass. So yeah… when you come to our show at the Coach House on October 18th in San Juan Capistrano you should go check out the Mission beforehand. There probably won’t be as many swallows and butterflies this time of the year but the mission is super interesting on its own. The string of Missions up and down the California Coast is a big part of California history and culture and something us Californians are proud of. Come check it out and we’ll see you afterwards at the Coach House for another great show.
Right off the bat, when I sat down to write the news letter, I had questions about Boca Raton. First off, I wondered if the famed “Boca burger” was from there… And, Indeed it is, The Boca Foods Company began in Boca Raton, Florida, in 1979 with the vegetarian "Sun Burger". While figuring that out I learned a few other interesting facts about Boca Raton. First off, They’ve got themselves some…. um… let’s call them “peculiar” laws. For example, apparently In Boca Raton, it's a crime for men to be seen publicly in any kind of strapless gown, reportedly all other gowns are perfectly acceptable. Good to know. The penalty for horse theft in Boca Raton is still apparently “death by hanging.” Note to self: Abstain from horse rustlin’ whilst in the official boundaries of Boca Raton! Another antiquated law still on Boca Raton’s books, forbids women to break more than three dishes per day. Apparently it’s no big deal if a man does, though. Note #2 to self: Break as many dishes as your heart desires, however don’t break them while wearing a gown, as to avoid suspicion, especially a strapless gown. Apparently it’s better for women for take a nap before they get their hair done in Boca Raton, because a woman can get a ticket for falling asleep under a hair dryer. The same goes if you are doing hair, because the salon where a woman falls asleep under that hair dryer is also subject to fines. If those legal oddities didn’t convince you that Boca Raton is a figurative “legal odd duck,” once, a dog named Freckles was allowed to file for divorce from his owner, in Boca Raton, citing public humiliation for being forced to defecate outdoors. Perhaps there are attorneys that specialize exclusively in pet law in Flordia. One things for sure, when we play The Black Box on October 29th we will be on our best behavior so’s we don’t have any run-in’s with “The Law” Come and see us play an awesome, law abiding, show.
"Gentle Giant," a story about the adventures of a Florida game warden in the Everglades, his family and a lovable black bear named Ben, was filmed in Stuart Flordia’s , Port Salerno in 1966. Dennis Weaver played Tom Wedloe, the game warden; Vera Miles was Ellen, his wife; and the son, Mark, was portrayed by 6-year-old Clint Howard, the brother of actor/director Ron Howard. The movie was subsequently made into the beloved TV show, “Gentle Ben” Speaking of the name Ben, The city of Stuart had a mascot in the 1920s, an alligator named Dirty Ben. The gator was kept in a fenced pool area in a park. My favorite fun fact about Stuart, FL is that the actor Judge Reinhold was from there. You know, “Hamilton” from “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.” Ok, perhaps you are telling yourself that “Fast Times isn’t exactly “”High Art””, but consider that Judge Reinhold was also in "Beverly Hills Cop”, "Beverly Hills Cop II," "Stripes," and "Ruthless People,” Well…..Ok……so perhaps you hypothetically had a point. Anyway, moving right along, Stuart Flordia, while being home to Gentle and Dirty Ben and one of my favorites, Judge Reinhold, is also home to the Lyric Theatre. The Lyric was built in 1926 as a silent movie house and was operated until the depression. In the Summer of 2014, The Lyric underwent an extensive facelift with all new seating in the orchestra section, new walls, and a completely remodeled lobby. The new 500 seat Lyric features a brand new Lobby bar, new lighting, a new line array sound system, a digital sound board, and a 9-foot concert Steinway piano. All these features combined with acoustical improvements contribute to a fantastic listening environment that features whisper-perfect acoustics.” The grand old theatre represents a colorful history in the Stuart Flordia community as a central gathering place for young and old alike. We’re excited to showcase what we do in such a great theatre. We hope you can enjoy it with us on October 30th!
Ahoy Matey! Did you know that Key West became the wealthiest city per capita in the United States in the 1830s, thanks to treasure retrieval from shipwrecks off the coast? Many Key West inhabitants worked salvaging shipwrecks from nearby Florida reefs. Local homes contained an unusually high concentration of fine furniture and chandeliers received from shipwrecks. Did you know that Pan American World Airways, commonly known as Pan Am, was founded in Key West, in October 18, 1927 to deliver mail between Cuba and the United States. Did you know that During Cuba’s unsuccessful war for independence from Spain, many Cubans sought refuge in Key West, bringing with them a thriving cigar-making industry? Cubans set up 200 factories in town, producing 100 million cigars annually. Wow, that’s a lot of Cigars! Did you know that many residents of Key West refer to themselves as “Conchs”, and the term is now generally applied to all residents of Key West? Some residents use the term “Saltwater Conch” to refer to a person born in Key West, while the term “Freshwater Conch” refers to a resident not born in Key West but who has lived in Key West for seven years or more. The city council of Key West declared the independence of the Conch Republic on April 23, 1982 The government and residents of Key West became angered with the U.S. Border Patrol's decision to set up a roadblock and inspect all vehicles entering the city for narcotics and illegal immigrants. The inspections delayed traffic into the island, caused huge delays for tourists, and hurt the city's economy. The city petitioned the national government to remove the inspections, but they remained. As a last ditch effort, Key West formed its own ,if only symbolic, republic. The Conch Republic is now considered a micronation. Key West is also home to the aptly named Key West Theater. Which if memory serves me right has an amazing air-conditioning system. The last time we played there was in June of 2016 and it was in the upper 90’s and a very high humidity Percentage! Whew!! We’re all California boys, we’re used to our moderate DRY heat. We went to all the requisite tourist must-sees in town and we’re absolutely drenched in sweat by the time we got back to the theatre. Luckily they had the amazing aforementioned AC system! We’re especially excited because this year we’re playing Key West on Halloween. We don’t play that often on Halloween, We like to be home to Trick-or-Treat with our kids. In fact we’ve only played on Halloween 6 times in 26 years. However We can’t think of a more festive, colorful place to spend Halloween then in Key West. Bring your costume to the show! We’re still planning out what costume surprises we might have in store as well. In the past as a band we dressed as devils and one year we all dressed up as KISS. Glen literally played a burning trumpet solo when his Trumpet was set on Fire and Dirk (as Gene Simmons, of course) played a bass solo, and in typical Gene Simmons form, spit blood! One thing’s for sure, Halloween 2019 is going to be fun. Join us and see exactly who it is that’s creepin’ this Halloween!
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 its 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.