BSO hosts Big Bad Voodoo Daddy for fundraiser

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Featuring the musical marriage of jazz, swing, Dixie, and Big BandBig Bad Voodoo Daddy will appear at the Shrine Auditorium in Billings on May 7.

America’s favorite little big band, as they’re often called, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy will appear at the Shrine Auditorium May 7 in a swinging fundraiser presented by the Billings Symphony.

Attendees are invited to join in the festivities with dancers including Dr. Mary Gaddy and Lorn Welch of Montana Dance Action while enjoying the feel-good fast-paced tunes of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.

On the “Cab Calloway Tour,” swing revival band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is touring to support their eighth studio album “How Big Can you Get? A tribute to Cab Calloway.” The album, according to the group’s website, “captures the essence of an American icon in a rowdy celebration of musicianship, mischief, genius, street smarts, and fun.”

The seven-piece band launched a swing revival 16 years ago and took up residency at Los Angeles’ Brown Derby nightclub. Their live shows are packed with irresistible and aggressive music, a fusion of classic American jazz, swing, Dixie, and big-band sounds. The band performs originals tunes inspired by these classic influences and has been described as delivering a much-needed energy in tough economic times, similar to Calloway’s music during the Depression.

The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets, costing $25 for general admission seating or $50 for V.I.P., which includes table seating and access to the VIP lounge and its amenities, are available at the Symphony office, 2721 Second Ave. N., by phone at 252-3610 or online at General admission tickets are also available at the Shrine Auditorium the day of the show.

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