Pops Concert to Feature Hits from Band’s Latest Album, “Rattle Them Bones”
HARTFORD, October 23, 2012 –New Orleans style big band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s Rattle Them Bones Tour will stop in Hartford at the Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s King of Swing on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts. Conducted by HSO concertmaster Leonid Sigal, this program will have audiences dancing in their seats to Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s old favorites and tracks from their new album, Rattle Them Bones, including Calloway Boogie, Mr. Pinstripe Suit, You & Me & The Bottle Makes Three, Go Daddy-O, and more.
2013 marks the 20th Anniversary of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s remarkable arrival onto the music scene. In its first years, having secured their legendary residency at the Derby nightclub in Los Angeles, they reminded the world—in the middle of the grunge era, no less—that it was still cool to swing, big band style. Today the high-energy nine-piece ensemble continues the party and takes things to the next level with the release of Rattle Them Bones. The follow-up to the much lauded 2009 release, How Big Can You Get?: The Music of Cab Calloway, Rattle Them Bones still urges their millions of fans worldwide to shake and move to their inimitable grooves while also expanding their horizons with new musical inspiration and influence. This performance of music from the new album and old favorites will offer audiences a unique opportunity to hear these big band hits combined with the full sound of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.
The group, whose core lineup has been in place since 1995, includes 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) and Joshua Levy (piano and arranger.) Joining them on the road are Anthony Bonsera Jr. (lead trumpet) and Alex Henderson (trombone).
HSO Concertmaster and frequent guest conductor Leonid Sigal has enjoyed a multi-faceted career as recitalist, chamber musician, and orchestra leader. Born in Moscow, Russia, he began violin studies at age five. He moved to the US in 1995 when he was awarded a prestigious fellowship with the New World Symphony. His experience includes recital and chamber music appearances in the US, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Russia, Japan and South Korea. He has performed with Sir Georg Solti, Leonard Bernstein, and Christoph Eschenbach. Among his festival appearances are France’s Rencontres Musicales d’Evian, the Schwetzingen Festival in Germany, as well as festivals in Prague, Tokyo, Seoul and Miami.
POPS SERIES: KING OF SWING with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy on their Rattle Them Bones Tour
with Leonid Sigal, conductor; Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, special guests
Saturday, November 17, 2012 │ 7:30 p.m.
Mortensen Hall │ The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts
Ticket Information: Tickets range in price from $20-$67.50. Student tickets are $10 and $25 tickets are available for patrons age 40 and under. To purchase tickets or for more information, please contact HSO ticket services at (860) 244-2999 or visit www.hartfordsymphony.org .
The HSO 2012-2013 Pops Series is presented by United Technologies Corporation, with additional concert support from Hartford Hospital and Prudential Retirement. The Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s 2012-2013 season is sponsored by Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. The Hartford Symphony Orchestra receives major support from the Greater Hartford Arts Council, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, and the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism.