Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is one of the few neo-swing bands to boast both a gold record and an alternative radio hit. They rose to fame with their appearance in the soundtrack to the movie "Swingers" and continue to be popular today.
Current band members of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy are Scotty Morris (vocals/guitar), Kurt Sodergren (drums/percussion), Dirk Shumaker (vocals/string bass), Andy Rowley (vocals/saxophone), Glen "The Kid" Marhevka (trumpet), Karl Hunter (saxophone/clarinet) and Joshua Levy (piano).
The band is celebrating the holidays with their 2013 album titled, "It Feels Like Christmas Time." This follows their 2012 album "Rattle Them Bones," which featured a mixture of music styles that have influenced the band, including swing, big band, jazz, jump blues, pop, rock and more. "Rattle Them Bones" has been described as an homage to many eras from 1920s Prohibition to the swinging '60s of "Mad Men."
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy got their big break when they took over the Wednesday night residency at the Derby Dance Hall in Los Angeles from previous incumbents the Royal Crown Revue in 1995.
The director of the independent film "Swingers," Jon Favreau, became a regular visitor at Derby Dance Hall and befriended the band. Their performances of "You & Me & The Bottle Makes Three Tonight (Baby)," "I Wanna Be Like You" and "Go Daddy-O" were all included on the "Swingers" hit soundtrack.
Another one of the band's songs, "Cruel Spell," was featured in an episode of TV's "Party Of Five."
By the end of 1997, the band had self-released two albums -- "Big Bad Voodoo Daddy" and "Whatchu' Want for Christmas" -- which were local hits and led to a major label contract with Capitol Records.
With Capitol Records Big Bad Voodoo Daddy released three records: "Americana Deluxe" (1998), "This Beautiful Life" (1999) and "Save My Soul" (2003). "This Beautiful Life" also featured a cover of "I Wanna Be Like You," from the 1966 Disney classic "Jungle Book."
In 2004, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy doubled up with "BBVD Live" and "Everything You Want for Christmas." In 2006, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy returned to familiar vine-swinging territory with a song for the Disney film "The Wild." In 2009 the band released "How Big Can You Get?" -- a tribute to their hero musician Cab Calloway.
Celebrate your holiday season when these entertainers take the Vegas stage this winter.