Who’s your daddy?
VAIL – The energetic, effervescent swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy hits the stage for the Hot Summer Nights free concert series Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
Donning zoot suits and fedoras, the band embodies the true spirit of the revitalization of Swing culture. The re-introduction of the big band sound and “cool cat” style was epitomized by the 1996 release of cult classic film “Swingers,” in which the band was featured. “It’s always been a live thing,” said lead singer Scotty Morris. “We’ve been selling out shows for ten years. When we’re all playing together, something great always happens.”
Their fans span generations, filling concert halls around the country for shows that transport them back to a more wholesome, optimistic period of the 1930s. Even the band’s name, inspired by a run-in with blues guitar legend Albert Collins, speaks to their ever-groovy style.”He signed my poster ‘To Scotty, the Big Bad Voodoo Daddy,”” Morris explains. “I thought it was the coolest name I ever heard on one of the coolest musical nights I ever had. So when it came time to name this band, I didn’t really have a choice. I felt like it was handed down to me.”
This week’s concert will be preceded by a Grassroots Membership drive hosted by the Vail Valley Foundation, the presenter of the free concert series and the Ford Amphitheater. For a minimum donation of $25, concertgoers may become Vail Valley Foundation supporters and enjoy a pre-concert reception being held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. All donations from the drive will be matched. The Big Bad Voodoo Daddy concert gets underway at 6:30 p.m and gates open at 5:30 p.m for those not attending the reception. After the show Art’s Bar becomes the official location of this week’s post party. For additional information, call 949-1999 or visit http://www.vvf.org.