Big Bad Voodoo Daddy to bring holiday show to Ames Dec. 5

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s Wild and Swingin’ Holiday Party will make a stop at Stephens Auditorium on Thursday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m.

Tickets on sale Friday Oct. 18 at noon. Tickets available at Iowa State Center Ticket Office, and online at

For 26 years, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s unique take on American swing and jazz music has thrilled audiences around the world, while their unique and spirited “Wild and Swingin’ Holiday Party” has become an eagerly anticipated annual family event.

“If you’re going to go to a holiday show with your family, this is the one,” said vocalist and band leader Scotty Morris. “It really does offer something for everyone.”

Drawing on a rich catalogue of holiday classics and Christmas originals from the band’s two full length holiday albums, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy brings its world-renowned live show, and fun and quirky take on the holidays, to you.

Fun arrangements of classic holiday songs in Big Bad Voodoo Daddy style include: “Jingle Bells,” “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” and “Winter Wonderland.” “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” is “Andrew’s Sisters” meets the blues, and the just as classic Heat Miser song transports listeners back to another beloved holiday special. The band rips through Chuck Berry’s “Run, Run Rudolph,” Lou Rawls’ “Merry Christmas Baby,” and slows things down for Elvis Presley’s “Blue Christmas.” Detours to New Orleans for “Frosty the Snowman,” and to the Caribbean for the Calypso “A Party for Santa,” keep things interesting. The band takes a moment to reflect on the beauty and spirituality of the holidays with their moving arrangement of “We Three Kings.”

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy has always made writing original music a priority, and the holidays are no exception, having penned “Rockabilly Christmas,” “Last Night (I Went Out With Santa Claus),” “Christmas Time in Tinsel Town,” and “It Feels Like Christmas Time.”