BEAVER CREEK – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy leader Scotty Moriss is a man with a vision.Several visions, actually. He writes music spanning generations, from the teens to the present, from swing to New Orleans brass to big band. “Songwriting is not all that conscious for me. It’s like a radio goes on in my head, and I hear everything. I hear the lyrics, I hear the music, I hear the horn, I hear the groove, I hear the beat,” Moriss said. “The wide influence of stuff that we play nightly is essentially music that I listened to growing up, or anything that has been around me, that’s influenced me one way or the other, and it comes out in the songs.”Big Bad Voodoo Daddy plays Beaver Creek’s Oktoberfest today at 4 p.m. Moriss, guitar and vocals; Dirk Shumaker, string bass vocals; Karl Hunter, sax, vocal; Kurt Sodergen, drummer; Andy Rowely, sax vocal; Joshua Levy, pianist, vocal; and Glen “The Kid” Marhevia, trumpet, form the band. Seven members strong, the group’s essence is its high-energy live show with relentless tempo and trumpet-driven music that often outlasts devoted dancers.
“Horns evoke a feeling in people. It’s powerful, and it’s celebratory, and it’s really fun and that’s the way I like to use the horns,” Moriss said.Pop culture notoriety came for the band when they appeared in the movie “Swingers” in 1996, however, when the swing revival hit, the band had been together for five years already.”We were making our third record when that movie came out. We already knew what we were about,” Morriss said, who formed the band 11 years ago.The swing sensation has come and gone, but Big Bad Voodoo Daddy has more than survived. Olympic athlete Carly Patterson performed her floor routine to the band’s “Mr. Pinstripe Suit,” and she won the gold. Last week, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy sat in as Carson Daly’s house band on his late night show, “Last Call With Carson Daly,” on NBC. And Moriss’ latest vision is a stint creating traditional big band music.”I’m excited about the prospects of putting together a 17-piece horn section,” Morris said. “Rat Pack style. That music is really timeless if you do it right.”
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is perfect for all ages. The performance will begin at 4 p.m.Entertainment cornucopiaTrachtenkappelle Band, visiting from Lech, Austria, Beaver Creek’s sister resort, will perform Bavarian classics throughout the day, along with our own Helmut Fricker Band. The Subdudes, playing a swinging mix of New Orleans R&B, old school blues, Gospel and rock, with a twist of country, culminate the event Sunday at 4 p.m.
Complimentary kids’ activities begin at 11 a.m. with an interactive theater and kid’s stage, an indoor discovery museum, the outdoor kids’ fun zone, a Alpenhorn contest. There’s even a Bavarian costume contest for all ages.The Raptor Education Foundation is back, featuring a golden eagle, barn owl, peregrine falcon and northern goshawk.Beaver Creek chefs will share culinary secrets all day during Bon Appetit culinary demonstrations in a state-of-the-art demo kitchen located on Beaver Creek Plaza. David Sanchez of Allie’s Cabin will present angostura bittersweet cranapple pork with black bean polenta. Some of the chefs will cook traditional German fare.Thirteen Vail Valley restaurants will sell food, everything from Swiss Stubli’s veal bratwurst with sauerkraut to Grouse Mountain Grill’s lobster burgers with German potato salad. And of course there will be beer.For more information on Oktoberfest, visit http://www.beavercreek.com or call Beaver Creek Information at (970 845-9090.Vail Colorado