If you want swing, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy will give it to ya. They are by far the best neo-swing group out there. Every song you can dance to. They have been around since 1992. They weren't nationally recognized until 1996 when they appeared on the hit movie Swingers. Everything about them grasps the feel and the authenticity of the swing groups from the 40's. From the old style microphones to the pinstripe suits, this band is swingin' baby!!!
I saw Big Bad Voodoo Daddy perform 2 songs (Mr. Pinstripe Suit & Mambo Swing) at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Fl. on January 2nd. It was really neat to actually see them in person. They put on a good show (even though I'm pretty sure that it was pre-recorded music that they played over the speaker system). I had problems seeing them sometimes. They were hard to see because there were hundreds of dancers on the field. Also, they shot off lots of fireworks and they let off too much friggin' smoke, making the band hard to make out. Oh well, at least I got a chance to see them in person.
Oh...my...god... I saw the greatest show that I've ever seen in my life at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 20th. I saw Big Bad Voodoo Daddy!!! It was absolutely incredible to say the least. The band really brought the house down. I got to meet the band before and after the show. Once again I got everybody's autograph and I took lots of pictures. You're not gonna believe this, but it's true. Scotty dedicated a song to me! He said, "Ok now we're going to play a song off of our latest album and the song is called Mr. Pinstripe Suit. This is going out to my buddy John over there." He pointed to me. I was sitting about 10-15 feet away from the stage and the whole concert sounded great. Before the show, I won a BBVD trivia game up on stage and I got $10. After the show, I got my picture taken with the whole band in front of their tour bus. I talked to Jeff and Dirk for about 20 minutes and they are so nice to talk to. No group out there would take so much of their time and spend it with their fans. I gave the whole band my website buisness card so maybe sometime in the future their name may be in my guestbook!
Now it's time for some good news and some bad news. Bad News: Jeff Harris has left the band and he is off doing his own thing. There was no big fight or anything, Scotty just said it was time for a change. I'll leave it at that. Good News: "This Beautiful Life" is out and it's great. They took a new approach to it and it's a definate for any swing collection.
I got a chance to see BBVD again. This time they were at Disney's Pleasure Island. Their show was good before, but they pack a real punch with the new horn players. They played for almost two hours. Great show!!!
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