October 3, 2022
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They will put a spell on you in Napa – Times-Herald

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Taking the classic sounds of 1940s big bands and jazz combos and infusing them with the swagger, attitude, and energy of Southern California punk rock, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy has been ripping up stages since 1989.

The nine-piece band, set to play on Saturday as part of the Blue Note Charles Krug Winery Summer Sessions, have come a long way over the past three decades; starting out in small local clubs, landing a slot in the 1996 cult classic film “Swingers,” performing at the Super Bowl in 1999, and playing for fans around the world in between.

“It blows me away that it’s been this long of a career, you know? I don’t really feel the years pass, but when we played our 3,000th show in New York a couple of years ago right before the COVID shutdown, I definitely had the ‘where’d the time go?’ feeling,” laughs drummer and co-founder Kurt Sodergren. “I feel like the same person, but I know I’m not.”

Music runs in Sodergrens’s family — his grandfather was a touring musician back in the days of the Vaudeville circuit.

“My grandfather played saxophone, and he played Vaudeville shows, they would go to town after town and play shows every single day. Then he settled down after the war,” says Sodergren.

When the young drummer was starting out playing his own brand of music, he says his grandfather would come to watch him attempting to ply his trade on the skins.

“He would come to visit from Michigan, he would sit in the room, and I was into punk rock. So I’m sure it was kind of a head-scratcher. But he enjoyed the enthusiasm” laughs Sodergren.

“After he passed away, my grandma actually saw our band play. And then whenever we’d go to St. Joe, Michigan, on our tour bus, we would stop and pick her up and have dinner, and then I would spend the night at her house.”

Now that Big Bad Voodoo Daddy has more than three decades under its collective belts and is able to tour again after all of the COVID lockdowns, Sodergren is looking forward to performing in front of a live audience.

“Outdoor (shows are) always a lot of fun, the wineries, they’re beautiful. It’s pretty classy, people do get all dressed up,” he said. “Sometimes it feels like a speakeasy, you know?

If You Go:
When: 8 p.m. Sat.
Where: Blue Note at Charles Krug Winery
Cost: $55
For More Info: bluenotenapa.com



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