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Craig Campbell helps out Placer 10-35

Officer Jim Hudson

Officer Jim Hudson

LINCOLN, CA – It was a night of entertainment at Thunder Valley Casino Resort on Saturday night as the Placer 10-35 Foundation held their second annual Thunder in November charity concert.

The Placer 10-35 Foundation is a non-profit organization that assists Placer County peace officers and their families in times of need.

This year Placer 10-35 brought in country music star Craig Campbell along with Seattle’s Aces Up and Sacramento’s own Sweet Revenge.

Placer County Sheriff Detective Jim Hudson started off the event by thanking the sold-out crowd for coming out and supporting such a great cause. He also introduced a few officers from the Roseville Police Department, who recently were wounded in the line of duty.

Aces Up

Aces Up

As Hudson introduced the officers he explained, “Last Friday night, here in our community, we had a very tragic event,” continuing he said, “There were five officers injured, three wounded and two injured by shrapnel. We are very fortunate that those officers can join us tonight.” That’s about the time everyone was on their feet giving the officers a standing ovation.

Hudson was referring to an incident that occurred on Friday October 25, when Roseville officers approached an at-large parolee. The parolee fired on officers and then barricaded himself inside a home. A night long standoff ensued with several rounds of gunfire. One of the officers was shot in the jaw and remains hospitalized.

Tyler Adams of Aces Up

Tyler Adams of Aces Up

I had a chance to talk to the President of Placer 10-35, Sgt. Andrew Scott, about the incident and how Placer 10-35 was able to help the family of the wounded officer who remains hospitalized. According to Scott, the officer’s father, who resides out of town, has been provided housing during his stay in Roseville as well as gift cards for food. Scott said, “It’s those little things,” that make a big difference for a patient trying to recover and it’s one less thing they have to worry about.

Seattle based Aces Up dedicated one of their original songs, “Marine to the Core (Raleigh’s Song),” to the officers, making for a somber opening.

Craig Campbell

Craig Campbell

That quickly changed as front-man Tyler Adams kicked it up a notch with “Piece of Heaven” and “Burn the Map.” Tyler’s brother Jason Adams had guitar duty and the two were joined by Eric Banke (bass) and Barret Nelson (drums).

Tyler has a voice that is perfectly comfortable doing slow ballads and blistering rock songs as he proved to everyone when the band kicked it into high gear with AC/DC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long,” filling the dance floor.

Craig Campbell

Craig Campbell

Tyler thanked the officers who were present, including 10 officers who made up some of the first responders to the incident in Roseville.

“The reason that we do this is because of people like you,” Tyler told the audience, “And because of people like you, all of the police officers, firefighters and people in the military, it’s because you give us the right and the freedom to do what we do, so give everyone in uniform a round of applause.”

After Aces Up performed a full set, Craig Campbell came out on stage performing “Party For A Living” and “When I Get It.”

There were a couple of problems with the sound during “Party For A Living,” but the problems were quickly worked out as they headed into “Truck N’ Roll” and his big hit “Family Man.”

Fans couldn’t get enough of Campbell, and he couldn’t get enough of fans. He was shaking hands with all the fans brave enough to work their way to the front of the stage. For those fans not able to get up close and personal, Campbell stuck around after his performance signing autographs and taking pictures.

Craig Campbell - all about the fans

Craig Campbell – all about the fans

After Campbell worked the crowd into a frenzy, Sacramento’s own Sweet Revenge took the stage for the after-party. Joining lead singers Austin Reed and Sandy Nuyts were David Karacozoff (guitar/vocals), Zac Rome (bass/vocal) and Wylie Ross (drums).

While Sweet Revenge was performing, Campbell made himself available for autographs and photos. Rachel Cameron Photography did a great job taking all the fan photos and put together a nice video of the event. To view the video and fan photos from Rachel head over to Placer 10-35’s Facebook page.

While you’re there don’t forget to donate a little something!

 

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About Placer 10-35 Foundation.

The Placer 10-35 Foundation is a non-profit fraternal & benevolent association chartered to assist Placer County peace officers in times of great personal and organizational tragedy. We also are available to assist the families of slain peace officers throughout the region.

We are committed to celebrating the mission of the law enforcement officer and providing assistance when the inevitable tragedy occurs in this dangerous profession.

“10-35″ refers to the police radio code meaning, “Officer needs assistance”. The 8 stars in our logo represent our 8 Placer County deputies killed in the line of duty.

Pablo Cruises into Thunder Valley

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Pablo Cruise performs in Pano Hall
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LINCOLN, CA – The ‘70s rock band Pablo Cruise entertained a room full of fans at Thunder Valley Casino Resort on Friday.

Pablo Cruise formed in San Francisco back in 1973 with original band members David Jenkins (guitar and vocals), Cory Lerios (keyboards and vocals), Steve Price (drums) and Larry Antonino (bass and vocals).

The band went on to produce eight studio albums before splitting up in 1986. In 2004 all four original band members reunited and in 2011 released their latest album, “It’s Good to Be Live,” but more on that in a minute.

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Larry Antonino
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Kicking off their set with “Worlds Away” and “A Place in the Sun,” all four members appeared to be having a good time as fans were singing along. After their second song, Lerios started joking about having to take a nap after two songs since they were getting older.

Cory Lerios

Cory Lerios

The audience continued to sing along throughout their set, as they went on to perform “El Verano” and “Raging Fire.”

David Jenkins

David Jenkins

Guitar tech Thomas Garske had a proud moment when Jenkins swapped his electric guitar for a brand-spanking new hand-made custom acoustic guitar. Earlier this year Garske attended the Phoenix based Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery and produced two custom guitars. He included an inlay of Pablo Cruise’s classic palm tree on the neck of each guitar. It was obviously a proud moment for both guitar maker and guitar player.

Thomas Garske Jr. (R) and David Jenkins

Thomas Garske Jr. (R) and David Jenkins

They ended the night with “Whatcha Gonna Do” and “Ocean Breeze.”

Steve Price

Steve Price

On July 9 and 10 of 2010, Pablo Cruise descended on drummer Steve Price’s hometown of Loomis as they performed at the Blue Goose Fruit Shed, recording both a DVD and CD for their latest album “It’s Good to Be Live.”

According to Price, he credits his wife Nancy for getting the band back together. Price said Nancy used to be a big fan of Pablo Cruise, so when the two married back in 2004 Price brought the band together to perform at his wedding. The couple moved to Loomis shortly after, with Price telling the Loomis News, “The community and the people — we really like it.”

 

When Bad Company is good

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Paul Rodgers
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LINCOLN, CA – English rock group Bad Company took to the stage at Thunder Valley Casino Resort’s outdoor amphitheater, as a sold-out crowd was on their feet their entire performance.

Earlier this year Bad Company and Lynyrd Skynyrd announced a joint 40th Anniversary Tour commemorating the 40th anniversary of Skynyrd’s first album release and Bad Company’s formation. While Lynyrd Skynyrd wasn’t on-hand, original members of Bad Company Paul Rodgers (vocals) and Simon Kirke (drums) were. The pair was joined by Todd Ronning (bass), from Rodgers’ solo band and Howard Leese (guitar and former member of Heart) who has been with the band for 8 years.

Bad Company performs at Thunder Valley Casino

Bad Company performs at Thunder Valley Casino

Bad Company has a long list of hits from the ‘70s with four platinum albums during that time. The band broke up in ’82 and reformed a few years later, churning out another platinum album and two additional gold records.

As the show got underway, a number of CO2 cannons shot smoke into the air, with Rodgers coming out in a lime green shirt and black vest, twirling the microphone stand in the air, singing “Rock and Roll Fantasy” followed by “Live For The Music.” The 63-year-old Rodgers continued to throw and twirl the microphone stand for most of the set.

For “Run with the Pack,” Rodgers took to a black piano with the crowd showing their approval.

Bad Company

Bad Company

“Burnin Sky” had the stage shrouded in smoke with the lights flickering to simulate lightning, complete with the sound of thunder.

The band left the stage early for their first encore and came back to play “Bad Company” and “Rock Steady,” after which they left the stage a second time, only to return to play “Seagull” ending their set. Fans were surprised by the short set and continued to wait for the band to come out and play more hits, but when the house lights came on people reluctantly headed for the gates.

Bad Company put on an excellent performance with Rodgers vocals sounding better than ever. The band was tight and sounded great, with the exception of a slight mix-up just before “Moving On,” when the band struck up two separate songs Rodgers said, “Well, can we all do the same song.” The length of the show was disappointing and could have continued for at least another 30 minutes.

Aftershock continues to rock Sacramento

Monster Energy's Aftershock Fest

Monster Energy’s Aftershock Fest

SACRAMENTO, CA – Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival rocked Sacramento’s Discovery Park over the weekend with over 35 bands bringing fans a head banging good time.

Great time had by all!

Great time had by all!

Last year, Discovery Park came alive as the first annual Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival roared into town with 13 hard/alternative rock bands playing to 12,000 screaming fans.

Alien invasion!

Alien invasion!

The second annual Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival didn’t disappoint, with over 32,000 fans, three stages and 35 plus bands. The festival was out of this world, with crowd surfing aliens, a banana float, and bare naked ladies (not the band!).  The only thing missing from this surfin safari was The Beach Boys.

There were so many highlights over the weekend that we’ve decided to write this up in three parts, with this being out first.

 

A few of the highlights were:

Bare naked ladies!

Bare naked ladies!
To the finger guy – well played

A Day To Remember’s lead singer Jeremy McKinnon went crowd/body surfing out into the sea of humanity known as metal heads – because that’s how he rolls.

Another memorable moment, again from A Day To Remember, was when they cast out a man in a banana suit to crowd surf. At least they gave him a boat!

Because that's how he rolls

Because that’s how he rolls

Two bands from last year’s Aftershock Festival graduated from the proverbial kids table to the adult table as they took the main stage this year as others performed on the smaller stage. Gemini Syndrome and Hell or Highwater both made it to the big stage this year.

Banana float anyone?

Banana float anyone?

Read last years review: Aftershock hits Sacramento

An up and coming band, that played on the Ernie Ball stage (the smaller stage), graduated to the main stage after Airbourne, who was scheduled to play the main stage, had to cancel. The band, Nothing More, had played on Saturday and won over many fans with their instrumental prowess, so they were asked to return on Sunday to play on the main stage.

Higher!

People were just dropping in!

 

 

 

The bands included (in no particular order):

Saturday, September 14:
Korn, Megadeth, Shinedown, Papa Roach, Skillet, Buckcherry, Testament, In This Moment, Steel Panther, P.O.D., Otherwise, Love And Death, We As Human, Heaven’s Basement, Girl On Fire, Nothing More, Eye Empire, Butcher Babies.

Awesome views!

Awesome views!

 

Sunday, September 15:
Avenged Sevenfold, Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat, A Day To Remember, Asking Alexandria, Halestorm, HIM, Falling In Reverse, All That Remains, Miss May I, SOiL, Nothing More, Gemini Syndrome, Hell or Highwater, Pop Evil, Thousand Foot Krutch,

The festival was fueled by Monster Energy. Additional sponsors for the event included Coors Light, ZING Vodka, Ernie Ball Guitar Strings, Schecter Guitars, Hooters, Army, and The Crazy Dave’s Music Experience

Stay-tuned for review and more photos! We’ll have a gallery of crowd shots too!

 

 

Sammy Hagar – Four Decades of Red

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Sammy Hagar performs at Thunder Valley Casino Resort
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LINCOLN, CA – Sammy Hagar brought his ‘Four Decades of Rock’ tour to Thunder Valley Casino Resort on Thursday with an opening band worthy of their own show.

The Red Rocker, as fans call him, put on his usual high-energy show, but not before Rival Son’s knocked it out of the park as fans were filing into the outdoor amphitheater at Thunder Valley.

Rival Sons' Jay Buchanan  Click for more images

Rival Sons’ Jay Buchanan
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Rival Sons, consisting of Jay Buchanan (vocals), Scott Holiday (guitar), Dave Beste (bass) and Mike Miley (drums) surprised fans with their own high-energy show, as they executed, rocker style, their unique blend of rock, country and blues.

Rival Sons' Scott Holiday

Rival Sons’ Scott Holiday

Kicking off their set with “You Want To” and “Until the Sun Comes Up,” Rival Sons immediately won over many of the red-head fans in the audience, with their multitude of sounds. At times they sounded like Montrose or Zeppelin, and at other times more like the Black Keys, as lead singer Buchanan strutted around reminiscent of Eddie Vedder.

Dave Beste

Dave Beste

Leaving everything on stage, the Long Beach band should have been the headliner with the Red Rocker taking a backseat to the newcomers. I tried to get some fans take on Rival Sons headlining over Hagar. I never did get an answer, but when I woke up the medics told me the fans seemed pretty upset with me.

Michael Miley

Michael Miley

But seriously, Rival Sons is a group to be reckoned with.

Hagar said in a press conference the previous day, that Buchanan is from his hometown of Fontana, Calif., and used to frequent a Mexican restaurant in town where they posted a newspaper article of Hagar just after hitting it big. Buchanan was only 4 or 5 years old at the time and Buchanan’s mother would point out the photo of Hagar and tell her son that was going to be him some day.

After Hagar heard the group perform he asked Buchanan to write a song for him. Hagar’s new album “Sammy Hagar and Friends” includes Buchanan’s masterpiece that he wrote for the Red Rocker entitled “Not Going Down.”

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Sammy Hagar
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The artwork on Rival Sons album “Pressure & Time” was designed by renowned cover artist Storm Thorgerson who passed away earlier this year. Thorgerson was responsible for Pink Floyd’s famous ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ prism design.

Now to all things red.

Hagar celebrated ‘Four Decades of Rock’ as he performed songs from his Montrose days to Van Halen and then on to the Woboritas.

Bill Chruch

Bill Chruch

For those of you who may not know, Hagar started out in the ‘70s with the hard rock band Montrose. After leaving Montrose he went on to a successful solo career with hits such as “I Can’t Drive 55″ and “Mas Tequila.” In 1985 he took over the lead singer position, replacing David Lee Roth, for the power group Van Halen. Hagar went on to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Van Halen.

Sammy Hagar (R) and Dave Manaketti of Y&T

Sammy Hagar (R) and Dave Manaketti of Y&T

It was an historical night as Hagar brought out a number of his old friends from his Montrose days including Denny Carmassi (drums) and Bill Church (bass). Ronnie Montrose recently passed away, so Hagar brought in special guest Dave Meniketti (guitar) from Y&T to perform in Ronnie’s place.

Starting off the show was the Montrose years with “Space Station,” “Rock the Nation,” “Rock Candy,” and “Bad Motor Scooter.” The group sounded tight and Hagar was in great form as the 65-year-old was bouncing around the stage and jamming with his old friends.

Michael Anthony (R) and Sammy Hagar

Michael Anthony (R) and Sammy Hagar

As Hagar shifted gears for his solo era, he brought out members of his current band, the Waborita’s, consisting of Vic Johnson (guitar), Mona Gnader (bass) and David Lauser (drums).

 

Sammy Hagar

Sammy Hagar

For his solo era Hagar and the Woboritas performed past hits such as “I Can’t Drive 55,” “There’s Only One Way to Rock” and “I’ll Fall in Love Again.”

Going into the home stretch Michael Anthony (bass) of the Van Halen years came out to cheers from the audience as they played “Right Now,” “Why Can’t This Be Love” and “Best of Both Worlds.”

The crew

That’s a wrap!

Hagar brought out a canon and shot off a streaming line of confetti into the crowd and towards the end of the show several canons shot more of the red bundles of joy out into the crowd as fans were on their feet screaming.

For his encore, Hagar performed “Eagles Fly” and, according to Hagar, the latest car song “Bad On Fords and Chevrolet.”

The entire crew came out and sang “Cabo Wabo” a capella, capping off an historic night of great songs by legendary performers with a new band headed for that legendary status.

Photos by Randy Miramontez

Boyz II Men bring ‘Motown Philly’ to Sunrise Marketplace

Boyz II Men

Boyz II Men
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CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA – Boyz II Men and Bell Biv Devoe brought A little bit of hip-hop and a whole lot of harmony to Sunrise Marketplace’s Sunrise at Night Concert Series on Thursday, playing to a packed house.

Bell Biv Devoe kicked off the show with “She’s Dope!” and “I Thought It was Me,” as fans jumped to their feet and started singing and clapping along with original band members Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins and Ronnie DeVoe.

The trio went on to play their other hits including “Do Me!,” “The Best Things in Life Are Free” and their big hit “Poison.”

Bell Biv Devoe

Bell Biv Devoe

They also played some New Edition songs, paying homage to their roots. New Edition was the precursor to the boy band movement of the ‘80s and ‘90s, paving the way for Bell Biv Devoe, New Kids on the Block, Backstreet Boys and ‘N Sync. Bell, Bivins and DeVoe were a part of New Addition along with Bobby Brown, Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant.

Bell Biv Devoe

Michael Bivins (top) and Ronnie DeVoe

During their finale “Posion” they invited a number of fans up to the stage to dance and sing along with the band.

Bell Biv Devoe

Ronnie DeVoe
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I found their set to be cluttered as they played a number of medleys, plus their singles were running up against each other with transitions that were lacking, making it difficult to determine what song they were transitioning too. Based on the audience’s reaction I may have been in the minority.

Boyz II Men completely reenergized the audience even though they came out on stage singing “On Bended Knee,” which is one of their slower songs – Let’s face it most of their songs are slower songs.

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Audience participation
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Original members Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris and Shawn Stockman wore matching outfits included red Philly’s baseball cap with blue Philly’s sweaters.

Wanya Morris

Wanya Morris

They followed “On Bended Knee” with yet another slow song “Please Don’t Go,” but fans didn’t care as the majority of the audience remained standing.

One of the best harmony and a cappella groups around, the trio remained tight with their harmonies and had the women swooning whenever Wanya Morris would belt out his solos.

These days Stockman keeps busy as a judge on NBC’s ‘The Sing Off,” including fellow judges Jewel, Ben Folds and host Nick Lachey.

The Boyz deviated from their hits with a tribute to Motown, covering a number of Motown greats such as Smokey Robinson. They lost a few fans during their tribute as it went on a bit too long. Some fans weren’t familiar with some of the material as well and I had the feeling people were waiting for them to get back to their hits.

Nathan Morris

Nathan Morris

For their encore they sang ‘End of the Road,” followed by “Motown Philly.”

Shawn Stockman

Shawn Stockman

The two bands put on a great show and thoroughly entertained the crowd. In the end Bell Biv DeVoe lost points due to their DJ Style of going from one song to the next and Boyz II Men lost points for their Motown tribute, leaving some of their hits on the cutting room floor. However, both groups did a superb job of keeping the fans engaged and entertained.

Last week Dave Koz opened the second season of concerts at Sunrise Marketplace in Citrus Heights, and the acts just keep getting better as the season gets underway. Next Saturday it’s Sail Rock with Christopher Cross, Orleans, Fire Fall, John Ford Coley and more.

Hawaii comes to Thunder Valley Casino

Tia Carrere

Tia Carrere
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There was a whole lot of pupu’ing going on at Thunder Valley Casino Resort on Saturday as Hawaiian natives Tia Carrere, Daniel Ho, and the band Kapala entertained fans with some old-fashioned Hawaiian music.

Kicking off the show was Grammy Award winners Tia Carrere and Daniel Ho singing “He Aloha Melee” and “Pupu Hinuhinu.”

Carrere’s performance was flawless, as was Ho’s incredible guitar work. Carrere’s voice was smooth and silky as she continued on with “Me Ke Aloha Pumehana” and “He Nani,” from their award winning album ‘He Nani.’

You may recall Tia Carrere is a veteran actress who has starred in numerous movies and television shows, her most notable role was as rock singer Cassandra in the movie ‘Wayne’s World.’ She’s also the voice of Nani, in the movie and TV series of ‘Lilo and Stitch.’

Daniel Ho

Daniel Ho
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Carrere has come a long way since her start on the TV series ‘General Hospital,’ not only as an actor, but as a singer. Teaming up with childhood friend Daniel Ho, they have garnered a number of Grammy Awards including best album for ‘Ikena’ and ‘Huana Ke Aloha.’

Daniel Ho has released 18 solo albums and produced over 50 albums. Providing backup vocals for Tia on a number of songs, he played several instruments throughout the night including the piano, ukulele and guitar.

Kapala

Kapala
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When the band Kapala stormed the stage it was nothing but pure energy as band members Lance Kalanikai Artis, Ashley Kimo Artis, Richard Lanakila Heirakuji, Lopaka Ho’opi’i, Adriano Kawika Larioza and Zanuck Kapala Lindsey, put on a high energy and very entertaining show, kicking off their set with “96795” and “Chigasaki.”

The crowd really got into Kapala’s set as the band made their way through a number of their hits including “Come on Home” and “Palapalai.” Some fans headed to the back of Pano Hall to dance, while others danced at their seats.

It was a great night out, with Carrere and Ho putting on a spectacular show, and Kapala finishing up the night with some high energy tunes.

 

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy roars into Thunder Valley

Scotty Morris - Click for more images

Scotty Morris – Click for more images

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy brought the roaring twenties and swing revival to Thunder Valley Casino Resort on Saturday, as the casino continues their countdown to 2013.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy has been bringing the big band era music to the masses for over 20 years. Their music takes the listener back to the days of old, when gangsters weren’t quite as scary, and a flapper was a young and trending woman, not something found in a toilet. Some say those were the good ‘ole days.

Mixing their roaring twenties attitude and big horns, the band of all things swing, fuses together some of the most prolific sounds of swing, jazz and contemporary classics to create an original and exciting array of sounds that put the likes of Cab Calloway to shame, well almost. Nobody can put Calloway to shame.

Gotta love them horns!

Gotta love them horns!

Kicking off their set with “Come On With The ‘Come On’” and “Calloway Boogie,” they had the audience dancing in their seats from the start. That was a bit strange, because at most concerts fans would be standing up in the front row dancing. Apparently this was a more subdued and polite crowd.

Thunder Valley missed out on an opportunity to provide a dance floor for the many fans wanting to get up and boogie. While a number of people were dancing off to the side, the carpet just didn’t cut it.

Still in holiday mode, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy went on to play a few of their songs from their Christmas album including “Merry Christmas Baby” and “Mr. Heatmeiser.”

Andy Rowley (L) and Karl Hunter

Andy Rowley (L) and Karl Hunter

 

As the band started up with Cab Calloway’s “Minnie the Moocher,” lead singer Scotty Morris led the crowd through the ho-dee ho-dee ho’s and the Hi-dee hi-dee hi’s. During the song the audience jumped in at the appropriate times as well.

This was an extremely fun concert with a high energy band. While some people may never give Big Bad Voodoo Daddy a listen due to their roaring twenties label and swing sound, others are quickly realizing that this is a band that has a sound all its own, with some very catchy tunes.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

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Band members include Scotty Morris (lead vocals and guitar), Kurt Sodergren (drums and percussion), Dirk Shumaker (double bass and vocals), Andy Rowley (baritone saxophone and vocals), Glen “The Kid” Marhevka (trumpet), Karl Hunter (saxophones and clarinet), Joshua Levy (piano and arranger), Anthony Bonsera Jr. (lead trumpet) and Alex Henderson (trombone).

You can catch these dapper fellows on The Tonight Show on Jan. 9, where they will perform “Why Me?”
Set-list
Come On With The “Come On”
Calloway Boogie
Merry Christmas Baby
Mr. Heatmeiser
Mr. Pinstripe Suit
Hey Now
The Reefer Man
Minnie the Moocher
Diga Diga Do
Devil’s Dance
5-10-15 Times
We Three Kings
Zig Zaggity Woop Woop
You and Me & The Bottle Makes 3
I Wan’na Be Like You
Go Daddy O

Encore
Why Me?
So Long Farewell-Goodbye

 

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