Big Bad Voodoo Daddy swings into The Smith

GENEVA, NY — Get out your zoot suit, grab your baby and roll up the rug! The iconic Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, keystone of America’s swing revival, will bring their Wild and Swingin’ Holiday Party on Thursday, December 16 at 7:30pm to the Smith Opera House. 82 Seneca Street, Geneva. This highlight of our holiday season will feature all new versions of some of your seasonal favorites, performed by this electrifying 9-piece “biggest little big band in the world.” To hear audio samples, visit the band’s website www.bbvd.com.BBVD, formed in 1993, is a multi-platinum recording star, having sold out the Hollywood Bowl, Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, Constitution Hall and other great venues all over the country, appearing in the Super Bowl Halftime show, the Tonight Show and Late Night with Conan O’Brien, while their music has been featured in over 60 movies and television shows. After first gaining mainstream popularity with their breakthrough performance in Swingers, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy have gone on to become one of the most popular touring bands on the road today. Having put the swing craze that briefly dominated Alternative radio in 1998 behind them, BBVD now carries on the tradition of the legendary Big Bands and orchestras by touring non-stop, performing over 100 concerts each year around the world. Like the Glen Miller Orchestra, Benny Goodman, and the Count Basie Big Band, BBVD’s energetic performances draw enthusiastic audiences of all ages in cities around the world. And as a twist, the band has recently begun collaborating with symphonies in more than 15 cities, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic (at the Hollywood Bowl), Air Force Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC, the Hartford Symphony in Hartford, CT and the Atlanta Symphony. Future symphony shows are scheduled in San Diego, Nashville, Kansas City, Omaha, Buffalo and Cincinnati.The legendary acoustics of the Smith Opera House will make this concert an up close and personal experience for everyone, as the band runs through favorites from their new release Everything You Want for Christmas, including yuletide classics like “Blue Christmas,” “Jingle Bells” and “We Three Kings” reworked into rollicking Big Band extravanganzas; and throws in a few new songs of their own. “Zat You Santa Claus” and “Rock-A-Billy Christmas” are cool enough to keep a snowman from melting, while “Mr. Heatmiser” (from the ‘70s-era Claymation television special The Year Without Santa Claus) sizzles with hepcat heat. Seats have been removed up front to make room for dancing.Be sure to be there when the band starts playing! General admission tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. More information at (315) 781-LIVE or visit www.thesmith.org for more information or by calling (315) 781-5483. The Smith accepts MasterCard, Visa and Discover. Box office hours are weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4 pm.

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