Who: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
When: March 16th 2015
Where: The Westcott Theater
Why: The band's return performance to Syracuse
There isn't nothing like a full belly of Dinosaur BBQ, a blues song and a jazz swinging good time. Last night, jazz swing group Big Bad Voodoo Daddy performed at the Westcott Theater in Syracuse, NY to a seated show.
Even though it was seated, which is unusual for the 700 hundred capacity size venue, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy were more alive than ever. Lead singer and multi instrumentalist front man Scott Morris's smile and charm kept the band rolling on through the night, as he joked to the crowd and was having a good time, especially boasting on how good Dinosaur BBQ was. But when you play in a swing band, you have to have a good time!
It was great seeing the band in a smaller and more intimate venue versus at last year's Syracuse Jazzfest, which had tens of thousands of people in lawn chairs trying to get a glimpse of the stage on Onondaga Hill.
This time of year, it wasn't only the band's own headlining show (they opened up for Trombone Shorty), but they supplied the crowd at the Westcott with a full set. that included songs from their beginning to newer material.
Even a couple from the crowd decided to get up and dance in front of everyone else to 'Go Daddy Go' and 'You and Me and the Bottle Makes 3 Tonight.' Like the Jazzfest, each member of the 7 piece band was able to get his solo and time to shine. What's great about catching BBVD live is that these musicians play wonderfully well together, and you can see the respect they have towards one another that help keeps the entire thing going.
The only downfall for the show and why it wasn't perfect was that the band could have played a little bit longer by far, but given their situation of full bellies and the mostly older crowd, one could understand why they didn't play a two hour plus show.
While there were mostly elder folks at the Westcott for the show, there were a pair of adorable kids there that were dressed up and who were very excited to meet the band after the show.
With the great sound at the Westcott, last night proved that Big Bad Voodoo Daddy perform well wherever they're at, from a festival to a 700 capicity theater.
Overall Grade: A-
Photos by Justin Gorelick: