On May 26th we’re headed to Petoskey MI, This will be our first time to Petoskey, and it seems like an interesting place. Apparently Ernest Hemmingway spent 22 beautiful summers in the surrounding areas, where he first launched his professional writing career. Perhaps he was fascinated with the local Geology. Petoskey is known for Petoskey Stones (AKA Hexagonaria percarinata) Hopefully we’ll have time to explore Magnus City Park Beach, or Zoll Street Beach and look for these unique rock/fossil specimens before we play a show. Speaking of a show, we are going to juxtapose the search for fossilized-millions of years old-rocks, with playing the absolutely BRAND NEW, Great Lakes center for the arts.
I knew this place had to be brand spankin’ new, since most of the photos available of it online, were mockups of the design made by the architects. Lo and behold their website also was announcing that they will be celebrating their inaugural year in June, so they have yet to be one year old. This place looks amazing. and it’s right on the water. Wow! We’ll be opening their summer season with another high energy Voodoo Daddy extravaganza!
On June 6th We’re heading to Bristol Pennsylvania to play at the Bristol Riverside Theatre. The Bristol Borough, 23 miles northeast of Philadelphia, predated Philadelphia, being settled in 1681. For you history buffs, Bristol was the home of the first steamboat ferry service taking up to 30 passengers bound for Philadelphia and other ports on the Delaware. In 1961, Bristol Borough gained national attention when the song "Bristol Stomp", by The Dovells hit #2 on the Billboard pop chart. Bristol also is home to the Bristol Riverside Theatre. The Bristol Riverside Theatre, is located in a renovated movie house, combines the excitement of a large stage with the intimacy of a 300-seat theater, along with outstanding lighting and sound technology. BRT is the recipient of over 84 nominations for the Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theater, given annually by Theatre Philadelphia. Now in its 31st season, the theatre has grown to produce over 200 performances every year. While we probably won’t be playing the Bristol Stomp on June 6th, we have eleven albums of our own to choose songs from. And lately we’ve been diggin’ deep to find some older tunes that we recorded but never played before, so they’ll be some surprises in store for sure. We hope to see you there Philly!
June 7th brings us to Glen Echo Maryland. We’re playing the Spanish Ballroom, a beautifully restored 1933 Mediterranean style Art Deco building listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and part of Glen Echo Park. The site was first developed in the 1890s as a Chautauqua retreat and soon became the premier Washington area amusement park, serving the community until 1968. Glen Echo Park offers regular social dance events and classes in waltz, swing, contra, salsa, and more. Dances take place in the historic Spanish Ballroom, The renovation of the Spanish Ballroom in 2003 brought it back to its original splendor, and it remains the premiere site for dancing in the Washington DC area. According to Washingtonian magazine, the Spanish Ballroom "dominates the local swing scene." This sounds like a perfect fit. We play a lot of different type of venues and some times there isn’t room for folks to cut a rug, kick up their heals, or get down with their bad selves, so to speak. Not on June 7th! There’ll be plenty of room for dancing! We’ll see you at the Spanish Ballroom!
Annapolis is a very good friend to Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. After countless shows in Annapolis…..ok, actually 27 shows, (I guess 27 is technically countable,) we’ve come accustomed to visiting Annapolis at least once a year or more. It’s an amazing city both historically and architecturally, and ALWAYS has great audiences, which I’m sure has a lot to to with their great local “Naptown” music scene. We’re making our second 2019 trip to Annapolis to play an awesome event to benefit the Chesapeake Bay Foundation! Join us for a fun-filled evening on the water's edge with great friends, amazing live music, cool drinks, and mouth-watering food at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's annual Bands in the Sand event. Each summer, the sellout crowd of 1,600+ people gather on the beach, park their chair, kick off their shoes, and celebrate and support the Chesapeake Bay at Bands in the Sand. With live music, local cuisine, and cold drinks, this fundraiser is the best party of the summer. Over the last ten years, the event has net nearly $2 million to support Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s efforts to defend and protect the Bay, including award-winning educational programs, on-the-ground restoration activities throughout the watershed, and advocacy initiatives at both the federal and state level. Hope you can join us!
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.