Saturday, May 30, 2015

Review: Swinging with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Since I've been a fan of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy for the past twenty years, I've been eager to see them in concert. It seemed that every possible problem prevented me from seeing them in concert. They were even in San Jose last year and I only found out about it on Facebook on the next day! Thus,  I was delighted when I was finally able to purchase great seats for their show in Harrah's South Lake Tahoe performance on May 30, 2015. Of course, once I purchased tickets, BBVD announced that they would even play closer in NAPA, but it was too late.

The show started just past 7:30pm in the South Shore Room of Harrah's Hotel in South Lake Tahoe. I've never been to a concert in Harrah's and was surprised to see multiple bars selling drinks. I had great seats, right near the center  of the stage, so I was very pleased to see the band up close. Finally! However, I had some very enthusiastic band supporters sing right in my left ear and sometimes I heard them better than the band! Thankfully, either the supporters got too drunk to sing or perhaps too tired and left half-way through the show. Thank god for alcohol!

The performance of the band was top notch. Scotty Morris - the band's singer & guitar player - tried to get the audience involved and had some success, especially with "Hey Now".


Their horn section was great and I enjoyed the solos from all of their leading men. The saxophone and the trumpet players were really fantastic! I enjoyed all the energy and the enthusiasm that Big Bad Voodoo Daddy brings!


The played for 90 minutes non-stop (though I was hoping for a full two hours!) I was able to record one of their performances, just for my own benefit of their "Why Me?" song.



Playlist:
  • Diga Diga Doo 
  • Why Me?
  • Devil's Dance
  • 5-10-15 Times (time for the horn section to rest!)
  • Calloway Boogie
  • Hey Now, Hey Now
  • Reefer Man
  • Minnie the Moocher
  • Mambo Swing
  • You and Me and the Bottle Makes 3 Tonight
  • Zig Zaggity Woop Woop

Positives:
  • The horn section, especially the trumpets and saxophones, were fantastic!
  • BBVD played mostly upbeat tunes that had me tapping my feet
  • BBVD played with a lot of energy and enthusiasm
  • Harrah's South Shore Room setting was small and intimate. Perfect!
  • Tickets were reasonably priced
Negatives:
  • The piano (Joshua Levy) was hard to hear over the horn section. It should have been mixed in better (especially since he played so well)
  • BBVD played only for 90 minutes. I was hoping for at least two hours
  • BBVD didn't play some of my favorite tunes  like "Save My Soul" and "Old Man on the Mountain"

I hope to seem them again in the future and hope that the band writes some new songs. I am waiting for another album. Come on guys, get with the program.


Band Members
Touring Members

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