Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Set for Eccles Center, 12/28

With blasting horns and rollicking rhythm, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy jazzes up the seasonal merriment with a "Wild and Swinging Holiday Party." The high-octane, big band extravaganza decks The Eccles Center on Saturday, December 28. Concert starts at 7:30 p.m.

Tapping into the holiday classics as well as BDVD originals, the seven-piece band gets lowdown with jazz-blues-rock-swing-funk tunes. The catchy and feel-good repertoire ranges from "Jingle Bells" and "Walking in a Winter Wonderland" to "Auld Lang Syne." Even songs like "Blue Christmas" have signature BBVD swagger. "The Voodoo version replaces the moody undercurrent of the Elvis classic with dancehall flair (as in big band, not Beenie Man)," according to a Rolling Stone album review.

Named for the autograph of blues legend Albert Collins, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is currently in the midst of its 20th anniversary tour. BBVD has produced ten studio albums and a retro sound that fuses jazz, swing, Dixieland and big band. Founded in the midst the swing revival, the Los Angeles-based band zoot-suited their way into the mainstream with a breakthrough performance in the 1996 hit indie flick Swingers. Since forming in 1993, the swinging septet has graced stages, ranging from small L.A. clubs to massive venues, such as Lincoln Center and the Super Bowl half-time show. In two decades, they've racked up multi-platinum selling records - with hits ranging from "You & Me and the Bottle Makes Three" to "Go Daddy-O" - and fans that span generations.

BBVD's members include: lead vocalist, guitarist, banjo player and songwriter Scotty Morris, drummer Kurt Sodergren, trumpeter Glen "The Kid" Marhevka, bassist and vocalist Dirk Shumaker, saxophonist and vocalist Andy Rowley, saxophonist and clarinetist Karl Hunter and pianist and arranger Joshua Levy. Longtime band-mates, these seasoned hep cats outfitted in their '40s garb, know how to lay out a holiday groove that gets any audience rockin'.

Park City Institute presents Big Bad Voodoo Daddy on Saturday, December 28. The concert takes place at The George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Center for the Performing Arts (1750 Kearns Blvd., Park City). Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $20 to $69 with a 20-percent discount for seniors; ½ price tickets for children ages 16 and under; $5 seats available in the Copper Section for Summit County students (K-12). Tickets and information are available at The Eccles Center box office, 435-655-3114 or

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