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Big Bad Voodoo Daddy's Swingin' Holiday Party

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy's Swingin' Holiday Party

Whether you're a bona fide alligator or G-man with a weakness for the sax, don't be a Jeff - be hep. Get down with some jive talkin' and swing dancin' at the Community Concert Hall on Tuesday, December 19, from 7:30 p.m. till 9:30 p.m. with none other than the pioneers of the 1990s swing revival, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. Can you dig it?

Founded in 1989 by a punk rock surfer named Scotty Morris in Ventura, California, BBVD came onto the scene just as grunge rockers were crawling out of garages around the country. Scotty likes to point out that, even in his Zoot suit with a reet pleat and a drape shape capped in fedora, he was totally punk rock compared to those cool cats and their ripped-up jeans, greasy hair and dirty white t-shirts.

Nearly 30 years later, BBVD continues to celebrate a dominant position at the top of contemporary swing. The big band has performed over 2,600 shows in that time, including during the halftime show at Super Bowl XXXIII in 1999 and on a Mardi Gras float in New Orleans. Their hit, Mr. Pinstripe Suit, served as the catchy tune that helped carry American gymnast, Carly Patterson, to the women's individual all-around gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics.

If swing's your thing or you're cautiously optimistic this might be fun, get ready for an evening of high-octane trumpets, bass lines, Dixieland banjos, pianos, drums, jazz hands and more. The dance floor will be open, so don your finest 20s, 30s and 40s garb, bring a partner and get ready for a holiday party that's so out of Durango's comfort zone, you can't miss it. Tickets are $39-$54 and can be purchased here.

Oh, if you're looking for the perfect fuel to get your grooves just right, kick the night off at the Bookcase and the Barber with a proper cocktail. The password may or may not be "I'd like my spectators shined, please."

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