Highlights: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Swings Into Town
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy plays Sunday night at the Lebanon Opera House in a benefit for Child and Family Services of New Hampshire. Purchase photo reprints »
The Newport Opera House hosts a production of The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 tomorrow through Sunday, with a dinner-theater performance Saturday night. Purchase photo reprints »
Among the bands that emerged during the retro swing revival of the 1990s, there are a few names that stand out. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is one of them.
Along with groups like the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies and the Brian Setzer Orchestra, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy heralded the return of the music made popular a half-century earlier by Benny Goodman and Cab Calloway (the inspiration for the band’s 2009 tribute album How Big Can You Get?) Even if it weren’t for its memorable name — taken from an autograph lead singer Scotty Morris received from blues guitarist Albert Collins — the band, which performs Sunday night at the Lebanon Opera House in a benefit concert for Child and Family Services of New Hampshire, would have easily made a name for itself with its punk-influenced take on the smooth swing of an earlier era. This hard-edged style of swing landed Big Bad Voodoo Daddy some high-profile appearances, including one in the 1996 film Swingers and at the Super Bowl XXXIII halftime show.
After two decades together, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is going strong. The band is touring in support of its latest album, Rattle Them Bones, which was released in September and features the band performing swing classics like Diga Diga Doo and Let It Roll Again in addition to new material.
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s appearance in Lebanon is one of several concerts this year that benefits Child and Family Services of New Hampshire. Each year, the organization holds three “Concerts for the Cause” events in Manchester, Concord and Lebanon. Money raised at each stays in the region where the show is held. Child abuse prevention, foster care and in-home family support services and programs for at-risk youth are among the resources offered by the organization.
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy performs at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Lebanon Opera House ($36.50-$70).
Etna’s Cindy Pierce has held many jobs in her life: elementary school teacher, innkeeper, skier, mom and comic for whom almost no topic is off-limits. That’s especially true of sex, and Pierce will regale a Tupelo Music Hall audience with “Kids, Parents, and Sex: Who’s On Top?” at 7 tonight at Tupelo, in White River Junction. It’s a show that blends humorous anecdotes on the effect kids can have on a couple’s libido with more serious topics, like the pervasive porn culture and the importance of sex education for children ($35).
n For close to a half century, the venerable Roomful of Blues band has performed with jazz legend Count Basie, received five Grammy nominations and delivered its take on the Chicago blues to generations of blues lovers. The current lineup of Roomful of Blues, which comes to Tupelo Music Hall at 8 p.m. tomorrow, is led by guitarist Chris Vachon and includes Phil Pemberton on vocals ($25).
n Musical comedies and murder mysteries aren’t mutually exclusive in The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, which will be performed tomorrow through Sunday at the Newport Opera House. The play is set in a Westchester County mansion where prospective backers of a new musical are seeing a preview of the show, only to be visited by the “Stage Door Slasher” who killed three chorus girls in a previous production. The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 will be presented at 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday at the opera house. Saturday’s show includes a dinner-theater option, with dinner served at 6 p.m. ($12-$16; $40 for dinner theater).
Tenor William Hite pays tribute to the English Romantic composers of the early 20th century, including Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Frank Bridge, in a free concert at 1 p.m. Sunday at Dartmouth College’s Rollins Chapel. He’ll be joined by the New England Piano Quintet, which includes violinists Kathy Andrew and Colleen Jennings, violist Marcia Cassidy and cellist John Dunlop, and pianist Gregory Hayes.
Doug Perkins gives a free concert of bluegrass favorites, mixed with Latin and jazz overtones, at Artistree Community Arts Center and Gallery in Woodstock at 7 p.m. tomorrow.
St. James Episcopal Church in Woodstock hosts a Choral Evensong at 7 p.m. Sunday at the church, located on the Woodstock Green. Choral works with settings by C.V. Stanford, Henry Smart and John Rutter will be performed by the St. James choir, joined by the newly formed St. James Choristers, a group of young singers.
A favorite on the Boston folk music circuit, Antje Duvekot performs at 8 tonight at Flying Goose Brew Pub in New London. Duvekot has taken the stage at the Newport Folk Festival, won the John Lennon Songwriting Competition and in September released her most recent CD, New Siberia.
n Holly Hanson and Steve Hayes form the folk duo Neptune’s Car, and their next stop is the Sunapee Community Coffeehouse at 7 p.m. Saturday in the basement of the Sunapee Methodist Church. A hat will be passed for the performers.
n The Laura Jean Binkley Trio performs at the Boho Cafe in White River Junction at 6 p.m. tomorrow.
Vermont’s own Dead Sessions collective brings the familiar sounds of Jerry Garcia and The Grateful Dead to Tupelo Music Hall at 8 p.m. Saturday ($15).
The classic rock band Smoke and Mirrors performs at the annual Jeffery Scott Holmes Benefit Dance on Saturday. The dance, which begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Hartford Elks Club, benefits scholarships for Hartford High School students in memory of Holmes, a Hartford graduate and a Marine killed in Iraq in 2004 ($10).
Sleuth, Anthony Shaffer’s Tony Award-winning murder mystery about the ulterior motives of a mystery novelist, closes its run at Northern Stage with shows at 7:30 tonight through Saturday night and at 5 p.m. Sunday. Visit www.northernstage.org for more information and ticket prices.
n The Love of Three Oranges will be performed at 7 tonight and tomorrow night at the Lois F. White Theater at Windsor High School. The comedy is an update of a 17th-century play by Carlo Gozzi and is recommended for mature audiences ($2, adults; $1, students and seniors).
The Little Theater in Woodstock plays host to a dinner and contradance tomorrow, starting at 5:30 p.m. The family contradance starts at 6, followed by the evening contradance at 8 ($8, adults; free for children under 18).
n DJ Tracy spins tunes at Salt hill Pub in Newport at 9 p.m. Saturday.
Bar and Club Circuit
Wherehouse lead singer Jason Cann will perform at Harpoon Brewery in Windsor tonight at 6.
n Gregory Brown plays Bentleys Restaurant in Woodstock tonight at 8:30.
n It’ll be a funky weekend at Salt hill Pub in Lebanon, with Green Room, the funk-rock-dance group formed at Dartmouth, performing at 9 p.m. tomorrow, and the funk and soul group Mo’Combo playing the pub at 9 p.m. Saturday. As always, the pub has live traditional Irish music sessions at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
n Superfrog, a groove-rock band from the Seacoast, comes to Salt hill Pub in Newport at 9 p.m. tomorrow. They’ll also stop by the Hanover Salt hill at 9 p.m. Saturday.
n Enfield’s own Brooks Hubbard plays a solo show at Salt hill Pub in Hanover at 9 p.m. tomorrow.
n Skunk Hollow Tavern in Hartland hosts Willie Edwards at 9 p.m. tomorrow.
n The Vermont rock band Don’t Tell Mutha comes to Seven Barrel Brewery in West Lebanon at 9 p.m. tomorrow.
n Dave Clark and JukeJoynt play The Common Man Restaurant in Claremont at 5 p.m. Sunday.
n Shepard’s Pie in Quechee has the John Lackard Blues Band at 8 p.m. tomorrow and bluegrass group Sweetgrass at 8 p.m. Saturday.
n Canoe Club in Hanover hosts the following acts: tonight, David Greenfield; tomorrow, Joseph Stallsmith; Saturday, Liz and Dan Faiella; Sunday, Steve Cornell; Tuesday, Gillian Joy; and Wednesday, Ted Mortimer.
Open Mics, Jams
Anthony Furnari of The Wheelers hosts an open mic at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Seven Barrel Brewery in West Lebanon.
n Salt hill Pub in Newport offers an open mic on Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. Salt hill Lebanon’s open mic is also on Thursday night, starting at 9.
n The Colatina Exit in Bradford puts on an open mic on Tuesday from 8 to 11 p.m.
n The Dusty Bottle in Bradford has an open mic and karaoke on Wednesdays, starting at 8 p.m.
n There’s an open mic at 8:30 p.m. each Thursday at CJ’s at Than Wheeler’s in White River Junction.
n Bear Hollow Vintage Guitars hosts an open jam every Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the studio, located on the Miracle Mile in Lebanon.
n Every Thursday night is open mic night at Jesse’s Restaurant in Hanover, starting at 6:30.
n Skunk Hollow Tavern in Hartland offers an open mic every Wednesday night at 8:30.
n Bentley’s Restaurant in Woodstock hosts an open mic each Monday night at 9.
n Lil Red Baron in Newport has an open mic night on Wednesdays at 7:30.