UPDATE: On Dec. 21, it was announced that Big Bad Voodoo Daddy holiday shows for Dec. 21-23 (including the Dec. 23 show at the J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts) were cancelled due to a confirmed COVID-19 case in the touring party. An announcement regarding a rescheduled BBVD show is anticipated. The Scheidegger Center will be issuing refunds soon.
Drawing on a rich catalogue of holiday classics along with original songs from the band’s two full-length holiday albums, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy will bring its world-renowned live show, and fun and quirky take on the holidays, to Lindenwood University.
Famously named after an autograph by blues guitar legend Albert Collins, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy was at the forefront of the swing revival of the 1990s, blending a vibrant fusion of the classic American sounds of jazz and swing with the energy and spirit of contemporary culture. Dressed in suits, the band became synonymous with swing revival music and they have helped renew interest in big-band music and popularize swing dancing since that time. You may remember their songs “Go Daddy-O” and “Mr. Pinstripe Suit.”
The band released their first holiday album in 1997, an EP called “Watchu' Want for Christmas?” In 2004, they released the full-length “Everything You Want for Christmas” and began performing a holiday concert tour that has become an eagerly anticipated annual family event. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy added a second full-length holiday album to their repertoire, “It Feels Like Christmas Time,” in 2013.
The “Wild and Swingin’ Holiday Party” features timeless holiday songs such as “Jingle Bells,” “Mr. Heat Miser,” and “Winter Wonderland” — all done in in BBVD style. Of the band’s rendition of “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” they describe it as “Andrews Sisters meets the blues.”
The band rips through Chuck Berry’s “Run, Run Rudolph” and slows things down for Elvis Presley’s “Blue Christmas.” Original holiday music like “Rockabilly Christmas” and “Christmastime in Tinseltown” are the band’s take on the many feelings of the holidays.
Singer and band leader Scotty Morris says, “If you’re going to go to a holiday show with your family, this is the one! It really does offer something for everyone.”
The Scheidegger Center continues to follow numerous safety precautions related to COVID-19 to bring back audiences safely. All high-touch surfaces are being cleaned on a regular basis, a state-of-the-art air cleaning technology was installed in the theater and temperature checks occur at the door. Wearing masks is required while inside the Scheidegger Center, except when actively consuming concessions.
Join the Scheidegger Center for the “Wild and Swingin’ Holiday Party” on Dec. 23, 2021 – and for the other upcoming shows in their exciting touring series. For more information and tickets, visit luboxoffice.com.
J. Scheidegger Center touring series lineup:
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy: Wild and Swingin’ Holiday Party – Dec. 23, 8 PM