In its 25 years of existence, the swing revival band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy has seen trends come and go, even within its own genre.
But if sold-out concerts at venues like the Missouri Theater have taught the group anything, it’s that people will always have a hunger for its brassy rock tunes.
Returning for a third time, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy will bring its 25th anniversary tour to the Missouri Theater at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, as part of the St. Joseph Performing Arts Association’s 2018-2019 season. The performance will make up for a previously canceled concert.
Having sold out the Missouri Theater on its past two jaunts, in 2013 and 2017, the band returns with its popular brand of swing music, which went global in the 1990s with the big band movement of groups like Cherry Poppin’ Daddies and The Brian Setzer Orchestra.
“Sometimes, from that flavor of the minute, something really good can come from that,” Scotty Morris, the band’s lead vocalist and guitarist, told St. Joe Live in a previous interview.
The band’s music caught the ears of the public with the 1996 Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau hit comedy “Swingers.” In a matter of months, songs like “You & Me & The Bottle Makes 3 Tonight (Baby),” “I Wan’na Be Like You” and “Go Daddy-O” provided the soundtrack to a night of cocktails, fedoras and pinstripe suits. The band’s album, “Americana Deluxe,” went platinum.
Its success translated into wall-to-wall opportunities like the halftime at the Super Bowl XXXIII in 1999 with Gloria Estefan and Stevie Wonder. The group also was featured in “Despicable Me,” “Family Guy” “Dancing With the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance.”
The rise of historical dramas brought new life to the band, including 2013’s “Rattle Them Bones” and 2017’s “Louie Louie Louie,” a tribute to legends Louis Armstrong, Louis Prima and Louis Jordan.
“‘Boardwalk Empire’ came on, and I thought people might want to hear this ’20s and ’30s stuff that I’ve been writing. And my favorite show, ‘Mad Men,’ went along with that ... People are still interested by vintage Americana,” Morris said.
When people come to the band’s show, they should expect all the hits, some classic covers and new songs, with the same Voodoo Daddy the band’s been showing off for more than two decades.
“(The hits are) not my favorite part of the set because I’ve been playing them for so long, but I still love the reaction they give back to me,” Morris said. “There’s this spark happening when people hear those songs, and I’ll never get tired of that.”
For more information about the concert or to purchase tickets, call the Performing Arts Association at 816-279-1225 or visit www.saintjosephperformingarts.org.
— ANDREW GAUG | ST. JOE LIVE