Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Makes Sure the Show Goes On with Holiday Concert

Just in time to bring some holiday cheer to a pandemic-bleary crowd, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy delivered a special night of holiday music along with the band’s bigger hits as they brought their Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s Wild & Swingin’ Holiday Party that kept toes tapping’ and heads bobbing’ throughout their inspired 90-minute performance at Old School Square in Delray Beach, Florida, Friday night, December 11.

It has been an extraordinary year in every aspect of life, and that includes music. The pandemic has shuttered the majority of live concerts, leaving those who are regulars with an overwhelming eagerness to see their favorite bands perform.

Fortunately, for those who live in South Florida, Old School Square, the venue holding a series of December outdoor concerts, can be credited with implementing a protocol of safety measures where those who attend can feel a sense of safety and responsibility in attending a show as the COVID-19 pandemic rages, reaching new daily highs in both cases and deaths. The venue created a series of socially-distanced “pods,” essentially squared boxes erected of steel barriers that limit each pod to just four chairs. The staff provided friendly reminders to  those whose masks were taken off outside of their pod. It provided a new experience with unobstructed views and great site lines of the stage and the ability to enjoy the concert with just four friends or family from your safety bubble.

Scotty Morris of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy – Photo: Rick Munroe MFN

With logistics in place, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s lead vocalist Scotty Morris got the crowd off their feet and singing along to opener “Rockabilly Christmas.” Morris along with the rest of the band came decked out in plaid suits and fedora hats along with plenty of brass. Clearly these accomplished road warriors know how to engage with the crowd, leading them through a series of holiday favorites that had nearly  everyone singing along word for word. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy led into a swing version of “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” before they played fan-favorite Voodoo hit “You and Me and the Bottle Makes Three.”

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy – 📷: Rick Munroe MFN

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy has maintained a steady lineup of nine talented musicians since their formation in 1989. Each musical wunderkind was given their time to shine in the spotlight throughout the concert, as they each showcase their musical prowess with a brief solo for the audience. If you’re a fan of swing, you know that a Voodoo show consists of a nonstop medley of jazz, blues, and swing complete with Zoot suits and plenty of horns. Their show combines bits of comedy throughout their performance and even included their own sidesplitting version of “Ol’ McDonald.” The audience, all social distanced in their pods, were once again drawn to their feet and dancing when Morris led the band into another big Voodoo hit, “Mr. Pinstripe Suit.” As the show came to a close, they delighted the audience with an encore that included a cover of Cab Calloway’s 1931 hit “Minnie the Moocher (The Hi De Ho Song),” and after a full 90 minutes of non-stop music and theatrics, they closed out the night with a song that referenced the crowd’s open invitation to return: “So Long-Farewell-Goodbye.”

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy – 📷: Rick Munroe MFN

While the nation continues to deal with the realities of the pandemic, for those who attended the show, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy provided a brief respite from the realities that we are all facing beyond the grounds of Old School Square. It was a time to gather with friends and get the feeling of some semblance of normalcy and what concerts were like just ten months ago. Perhaps soon, we will be return to attending more live events once again, but as we adjust our lives, it will become a new normal concert experience.

 

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Set List

1. Rockabilly Christmas
2. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
(Harry Reser and His Orchestra cover)
3. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
(Gene Autry cover)
4. You and Me and the Bottle Makes Three
5. Jungle Book (I Wanna Be Like You)
6. Merry Christmas Baby
7. Mr. Heatmiser
8. All I Want for Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth)
9. We Three Kings
(John Henry Hopkins, Jr. cover)
10. Jumpin’ Jive
(Cab Calloway & His Orchestra cover)
11. Ol’ MacDonald
12. Zig Zaggity Woop Woop
13. Frosty the Snow Man
(Gene Autry cover)
14. Winter Wonderland
(Richard Himber & His Orchestra cover)
15. Mr. Pinstripe Suit
16. You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch
(Thurl Ravenscroft cover)
17.Run, Rudolph, Run
18. Go Daddy-O
Encore:
19. Minnie the Moocher (The Hi De Ho Song)
(Cab Calloway & His Orchestra cover)
20. So Long-Farewell-Goodbye

 

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy – 📷: Rick Munroe MFN

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