Since forming in the early nineties, the Ventura, California contemporary swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy has toured virtually non-stop and 2018 is no exception. In their 25 years together, the original seven-piece group of talented swing musicians have played over 3000 shows and produced a sizable catalog of recorded music over the years with sales of nearly three million albums to date. Their musical imprint is made by blending a vibrant fusion of the classic American sounds of jazz, swing, and dixieland, with the energy and spirit of contemporary culture.

The band first received recognition when they were featured in the 1996 cult hit film, "Swingers," a movie that introduced Big Bad Voodoo Daddy to an audience beyond their southern California roots. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy's music has appeared in countless more films and television shows, including The WildDespicable MePhineas & FerbFRIENDS (TV Show)3rd Rock from the SunAlly McBeal, and So You Think You Can Dance.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy's all original core line-up includes Scotty Morris (lead vocals and guitar), Kurt Sodergren (drums), Dirk Shumaker (double bass and vocals), Andy Rowley (baritone saxophone and vocals), Glen "The Kid" Marhevka (trumpet), Karl Hunter (saxophones and clarinet) and Joshua Levy (piano and arranger). 

Check out Big Bad Voodoo Daddy's tour dates below!



SkyPark at Santa's Village 
Skyforest, CA

Leisure World Amphitheatre 
Seal Beach, CA

Greater Tacoma Convention Center 
Tacoma, WA

Gallo Center for The Arts 
Modesto, CA

Lancaster Performing Arts Center 
Lancaster, CA

Irvine Barclay Theatre 
Irvine, CA


Glema Mahr Center for the Arts 
Madisonville, KY

The Cowan 
Nashville, TN

NPAC Niswonger Performing Arts Center Greeneville, TN 
Greeneville, TN

Monte De Oro Winery 
Temecula, CA


Warrendale, PA

Music Box Supper Club 
Cleveland, OH

11.10 - 12.18
America's Garden Theatre - Epcot - Walt Disney World 
Lake Buena Vista, FL

Weston Ranch
Murrieta, CA

Lincoln City Cultural Center 
Fort Collins, CO

Poway Center For The Performing Arts 
Poway, CA


Grand Theatre Center for the Arts 
Tracy, CA

Luther Burbank Center for the Arts 
Santa Rosa, CA

Island View Casino Resort 
Gulf Port, MS

Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center 
Cedar Falls, IA

Diamond Jo Casino Dubuque 
Dubuque, IA

Rialto Square Theatre
Joliet, IL

The Paramount 
Huntington, NY

The Cabot 
Beverly, MA

12.21 - 22.18
Wolf Den At Mohegan Sun. 
Uncasville, CT

The Orleans Hotel and Casino - Las Vegas 
Las Vegas, NV

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Mutual Appreciation


Among the many messages we receive, we occasionally have someone who writes us a very special letter detailing how what we do as a band, impacts them or their family.  We really appreciate it as sometimes, as we do our day to day travel and touring we get used to seeing only our side of the equation, our view from the stage.  And even with meet and greets we sometimes don't really understand the depth of our fans appreciation, since we only get to interact with them for a minute or two at our signings.   Well, our fan Daryl, whom I'm assuming lives in Indiana came to our show last year in Fishers Indiana and wrote us this great letter that we felt would be perfect to share with y'all. 




Our family went to the  Outdoor show on July 29th of last year in Indianapolis (Fishers,)  on the spur of the moment with some friends.  But the 'why' is important.  Just two days before, our family of four (our kids are... the girl in the middle in pink - Makayla, and the boy next to her in the all important fedora - Rylan) had just been joined by an exchange student from Hamburg Germany.  Sophie, far left in the white shirt in this picture, had just joined us two days before on what has been an 11-month stay.  And nope, we didn't know her at all before she came.  This concert was our first real "family" activity together.  The other kids in the picture are friends... there were more friends who didn't stay for the picture who also joined us that night.


Now, here's the thing about this night.  I don't know why, but this group of kids in the picture (plus the additional friends) decided, we are going to just have an absolute blast and we are going to show Sophie that we are a little crazy. But also they decided, we are going to pump up the band as well.  We are going to be so crazy, so loud, dancing so much, etc., that the band will be like... yea... this show is awesome... these people are crazy... let's bring our best!  It is true.  The kids decided to give the band a pep!  :-)  And, that's what they did.  They stood in the front row and just were... well... crazy.  Perhaps obnoxious.  


I know the band wouldn't remember this.  It was just another show.  But that night, the band definitely definitely noticed.  They were pointing, laughing, smiling... and then, when the kids stopped for this picture, the band members instantly recognized the group, told them jokes, laughed with them, and called them "fans of the night... fans of many many nights!"  But really... what happened was... it was a very first bonding experience with this teen from Germany, who now, 10 months later, is absolutely family to us.  It started at this show.


So... why am I sharing this story now?  Oh... how ironic life is sometimes.  I just noticed something today.  The band is back at the same venue for two nights... June 22nd and 23rd.  And, yes, in absolute truth, that is ... yup, two days, once again, before Sophie, this precious gal from Germany, leaves us to head home.  2-days before, well, we have come to realize will be one of the worst days of our lives in our family.  The day we say goodbye to a new daughter and a new friend.  Funny how a girl from Germany can intersect your life and become so important.  


And thus... when I saw the dates of the upcoming shows... I thought... I need to send the story.  Maybe it will make someone smile. Because, that night back in July, was so very special to us as a family.  And I wanted to say to the band... thanks for the memories that night.  It wasn't just another night, just another concert for us.  It was the start of a very special experience over the past 11-months.  


Oh... and Sophie got a drumstick that night, given directly to her.  She still has it in her room proudly.  It will make the trip to Germany soon.


Blessings to you and the rest of the BBVD family.  Keep having fun because you just never know.



Noblesville, IN 


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Spring Texas Trip




We turn 25 years old tomorrow.  It’s hard to believe.  It seems just like yesterday we were in our van shuttling from proms to graduation parties and club gigs, hoping for a big break. We eventually got that break and with some luck and some hard work we're still sharing our music with you, 25 amazing years later.  We've all got to thinking about the past 25 years and telling a lot of stories amongst one another and we had a brilliant thought, "perhaps some other people might want to hear some stories" so, a blog... 

I'm sure we'll get to some early stories. However in the mean time, here's a snap shot of last weekend.. 


We just got back from a trip to Texas.   We were in Waco on Friday night, We’ve never had the pleasure of playing or visiting Waco before, and it was a beautiful evening.  Perfect weather and amazing food.  There was a mobile Bar-b-que smoker, back stage with sausage links and pulled pork.  YUM!   Little did we know that we were going to have Bar-b-que every day on this trip. I'm still digesting as I write.  The opening band on Friday, was amazing.  We’ve never had the opportunity to play with the California Honeydrops before and they were killing it.  Amazing musicians, amazing songs, & amazing vocals.  Their Lead singer not only has one of the best soul voices I’ve ever heard but he also killed it on guitar and then pulled out a trumpet and was amazing on that as well, wow!   Each member of the band was superb and the groove and pocket they had was infectious.  Earlier in the day I was practicing under one of the beautiful bridges there on the Brazos river and from across the river I could hear another saxophone playing, some Sonny Rollins songs.  (if you haven’t heard of Sonny, check him out.  He’s one of the titans of the saxophone and the world would be a much more banal place without his contributions.) The phantom sax player, from across the river, and I had a bit of a call and response over the river trading Sonny Rollins licks and eventually the sound materialized into a person when Johnny Bones, one of the Honeydrops Sax players, poked  his head over the bridge rail and said hi.  We had a great, geeky, saxophone discussion, about horns and mouthpieces.  Johnny is a super cool guy and an amazing sax player.  What a tone!  Check out the California Honeydrops.  They’re one of my favorite bands now. 




The photo is of Andy and I on the Bridge I was playing under, earlier that day.  #angelicaolveraphotography was kind enough to take our picture since she was there taking photos on the bridge already, Thanks Angelica. 



On Saturday we continued the Bar-B-Que extravaganza. We went to Angelo’s in Fort Worth and it was pretty darn good.  The decor there consisted of the heads of just about every large mammal you could think of, mounted on it’s ’70’s style paneled walls. I took a few shots for my collection of scary animal pictures. (we all ought  to collect something, right?)  The gig itself in Fort Worth, was  cold.  It had just rained a couple of hours before we went on.  Folks in the crowd, who came out despite the rain and cold, were fantastic.  Thanks Y'all.  


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After the gig Dirk, Andy, Matt Mill (who was filling in for our lead trumpeter, Mitch,)  and I, walked a few blocks over to the Scat Jazz lounge in Fort Worth.  Red Young was playing there with his quartet.  If you know Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s first major-label album well, then you’ll have heard Red’s contributions on the song, “Please Baby,” on which he played the Hammond B3 Organ.  Red, who lives in Austin now, has been a great friend and mentor for all of us in the band for over two decades.   Matt and I sat in and played with Red and his band, and I got to know an amazing young tenor player named Addison Jordan who’s going to the great Jazz school at North Texas State University in Denton. Red is an absolute monster musician and his band was great! What a cool night of music. 


Matt Mill, Andy and Karl at Scat Jazz Lounge- in Fort Worth (it's even in a dark alley- so classic)


From L to R :  Karl, Matt Mill and Red Young 



Sunday brought us to Austin and the One World Theatre, and you guessed it…. more Bar-b-que.  One world is a super cool venue to play and they always treat the bands well.  This time they brought us some Bar-b-que from Rudy’s.  They had a whole container filled with just burnt ends….Wow!  they tasted amazing.  Mmmmm Carbon!  Matt Mill, again for the third night, played his tokus off.  The lead trumpet parts in Big Bad Voodoo daddy are very difficult and we’ve been very fortunate to have had some amazing players to play them.  Matt is no exception, Great lead trumpet chops and amazing jazz playing.  We’ll miss Matt a lot, a great trumpet player and great human being.   


From L to R : Andy, Karl, Alex, Kurt, Scotty, (Dirk's head,) Glen, Matt Mill & Josh - From The One World Theatre outside of Austin, TX


From L to R : Andy, Karl, Alex, Kurt, Scotty, (Dirk's head,) Glen, Matt Mill & Josh - From The One World Theatre outside of Austin, TX