Alberta Bair Theater in Billings welcomes back Big Bad Voodoo Daddy for a New Year’s Eve show at 8 p.m. on Dec. 31. With a signature drink mixed by 406 Kitchen & Taproom, ticket holders are invited to linger after the show before heading to an after party or home to watch the ball drop.
Since its formation in the early 1990s in Ventura, Calif., and its residency at the Derby nightclub in Los Angeles, the band has toured virtually nonstop, performing more than 150 shows a year, and has produced a sizable catalog of recorded music with sales of more than 2 million albums to date. The band’s original horn-infused music and legendary high energy show introduces swing music to a new and younger generation while remaining reverent of the music’s rich legacy.
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s all original core line-up includes Scotty Morris (lead vocals and guitar), Kurt Sodergren (drums), Dirk Shumaker (double bass and vocals), Andy Rowley (baritone saxophone and vocals), Glen “The Kid” Marhevka (trumpet), Karl Hunter (saxophones and clarinet) and Joshua Levy (piano and arranger).
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy appeared in the 1996 indie film Swingers, a movie that not only launched the careers of Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau, but introduced the band to an audience beyond their Los Angeles base. The group’s music has appeared in countless films and television shows, including The Wild, Despicable Me, Phineas & Ferb, Friends, Third Rock From The Sun, Ally McBeal, and So You Think You Can Dance. They have appeared live on Dancing With The Stars, Late Night With Conan O’Brien, NBC’s Christmas in Rockefeller Center, The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and the Super Bowl XXXIII Halftime Show, and made a remarkable seven appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The band has also appeared as special guests with many of the country’s most distinguished symphony orchestras and has performed for three U.S. presidents.
After 28 years, 11 records, more than 3,000 live shows, and countless appearances in film and television, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is showing no signs of slowing down, and is looking forward to sharing its music with new and old fans alike in 2022.
Tickets, starting at $47 + fees, are available at the ABT Box Office, open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, and two hours prior to the show at 2801 Third Ave N; by phone at 406-256-6052; and on the ABT website..