An Early Holiday Gift To You From The Mistress of the Mix and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Dear readers, did I mention last week how thankful I am for you? Although writing Mistress of the Mix is immensely satisfying to me personally, I really appreciate all the support and generally nice things ya'all have to say about the column and my musical choices for the accompanying playlists. Music is my passion, and to know that you're sharing that with me and enjoying it really means a lot. So it gives me great pleasure to share something else with you today...another pair of tickets to one of my all time favorite swingin' bands, in today's Mistress of the Mix special edition.

I've seen a lot of bands once. A very select few, twice. But three times? I can only think of one band:

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.  Their style is unique. Scotty's voice is spectacular. They're music is amazing. Even more impressive is that the whole group has stuck together all these years. Seven guys who've been making music for more than 20 years, and every time I've seen them, they've completely convinced me that after all this time they still really enjoy what they do, who they're doing it with, and who they're doing it for. (And they're really nice guys. My daughter had a hilarious encounter with Scotty during their first performance at the Cascade when she was still in elementary school that she still talks about today.)

But don't just take my word for it.

Experience it for yourself on Tuesday, December 6th, when Big Bad Voodoo Daddy returns to the Cascade Theatre with what I believe will be the swingingest dance party of the holiday season from Jefferson Public Radio. I have it on good authority that they'll mix it up a little, serving up a generous helping of their raucously fun Christmas and wintery weather tunes along with a huge heaping portion of the hits we all know and love. Comfort food of sorts, from the kings of swing. If you're not familiar with or haven't yet become a fan of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, I'm here to help.

Please enjoy this playlist, a mix of BBVD tunes on Grooveshark, served up just the way I hope they'll do in a few weeks. This playlist is a well balanced meal of seasonal songs and their past hits. A well balanced feast. Enjoy!

Oh....and before I forget, one lucky fan of Mistress Of The Mix will get a chance to experience Big Bad Voodoo Daddy up close and personal. As my early holiday gift to you, I hold in my hand a coveted pair of front row tickets to the show. All you have to do to enter to win this pair of tickets is to leave a comment below, and I'll draw a winner December 4th. Hope to see you there!

Valerie Ing-Miller has been the Northern California Program Coordinator for Jefferson Public Radio in Redding for nine years and can often be found serving as Mistress of Ceremonies at the Cascade Theatre. For her, ultimate satisfaction comes from a perfect segue. She's the mother of a teenage daughter and a 7-year-old West Highland Terrier, and can't imagine life without them or music. Valerie wakes up with a song in her head, she sings in the shower and at the top of her lungs in the car.
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Valerie Ing
Valerie Ing-Miller has been the Northern California Program Coordinator for Jefferson Public Radio in Redding for 14 years and can often be found serving as Mistress of Ceremonies at the Cascade Theatre. For her, ultimate satisfaction comes from a perfect segue. She and her husband are parents to a couple of college students and a pair of West Highland Terriers, and Valerie can’t imagine life without them or music. The Mistress of the Mix wakes up every day with a song in her head, she sings in the shower and at the top of her lungs in the car.
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41 Responses

  1. Darbagnome says:

    I was able to catch about 10 minutes of a performance a few years ago. Always planned on doing an entire show. I remember the energy and ease of what I saw and heard. That may not make a lot of sense but that's the best way for me to describe it.

    Me Me Me!

  2. Sounds like a great way to celebrate the season!

  3. Chris B. says:

    Oooohh, saw them a couple of years ago with a couple of good friends – truly excellent evening! LOVE their music!

  4. adrienne jacoby adrienne jacoby says:

    I'm commenting, I'm commenting . . . . now enter me in the drawing!!

    Caught these guys at the Hollywood Bowl a couple of years ago. Took 15 of my daughter's British in-laws to their performance. WE HAD A BLAST. Our group ranged from 15 – 70+ in age and every one of us LOVED the performance.

    As always. thanks for your musical input into my life!!

  5. Sharon says:

    What a gift the Cascade has been for our community.

    Thanks for the article and for the playlist! Would love to take my almost teenage daughter to the show.

  6. Cheri says:

    I saw Big Bad Voodoo Daddy in Vegas years ago poolside at The Hard Rock Cafe. It was a superb show! Everyone was dancing and happy, so happy! Redding is blessed to be having them play here, yahoo! As always. your columns bring cheer and joy to all who read….thank you, thank you for that.


  7. Scott says:

    Saw their Christmas show in So Cal once and had a great time. I'd love, love, love to go again! 🙂

  8. Carol says:

    Happy music makes happy people!!! Let's all go to BBVD at the Cascade!

  9. Don says:

    Saw these guys two years ago and we still talk about their great show. It was one we will always remeber and it was the Christmas show at the Cascade. They are a terrific group and a must see. The Christmas CD is also one of the best.

  10. Kim Hanagan says:

    well I have never seen them so am the most deserving of those tix 😉 great job mistress of the mix!

  11. Claudia says:

    They are definitely enjoyable. How great that you are giving away tickets.

    Good luck to all of us and Merry Christmas to all!

  12. Melissa says:

    Love these guys! I would love to win tickets to hear them sing Mr. Heatmiser live. Thank you, Mistress of the Mix. I always look forward to your column.

  13. Marilyn M says:

    I am an avid concertgoer but must admit I have not had the pleasure of seeing BBVD live! Thanks to the Cascade Theater for all of the fine shows….makes our community so special and makes our lives here more fun. And for your column Val…your music selections always liven up my day!

  14. Budd Hodges says:

    Dear Val…Mistress of the Mix, We would love to see and hear Big Bad Voodoo Daddy at the historic Cascade Theater Tuesday December 6th. I'll be wating to pick up those tickets when you pick me and mine.

  15. Katie G says:

    I normally don't comment, but I have been listening to the songs and they are great. I would love to go with my husband. We need a date night….Our son is a senior this year and we just ended football season. He has played for 4 years and I have had the pleasure of feeding the team dinners every week during football. It has been a lot of fun doing the dinners, traveling to games and making new friends. Now that our season is over I'm sad but I have enjoyed the journey. We have a gift cert. to Market Street Steak House that we have not found time to use so this would be the perfect match with the Tickets. Enough of my story…….please, please, please pick me!

  16. James Montgomery James Montgomery says:

    Very cool music. Tres cool to post the links, too. Tickety-boo.

  17. Canda says:

    I can't attend the concert that night, so please don't put me in the hat. Just want to say I always enjoy your column, and love that play list of yours-very cool!

  18. Thank you Canda, and it was nice seeing you last week!

  19. Jon Lewis Jon Lewis says:

    This daddy-o would love to go-o to the show-o!

  20. MAC says:

    My wife and I have not had the pleasure of attending a Big Bad Voodoo Daddy concert yet, but we'd love to. Love your column and have been enjoying your mix…THANKS!!!

  21. Ginger says:

    this would make our Christmas. The Cascade is a GREAT venue; BBVD a GREAT band; and MooM a GREAT person for offering up this special evening! We'd love it so much.

  22. sandi says:

    I love your posts and the music you introduce (some new, some well loved). Thank you so much for doing this. I always look forward to your columns. Thanks, Sandi

  23. Matt Grigsby says:

    I've been a fan of theirs for a long time and I would love to go to the show. I also love your column, please keep 'em coming!

  24. I'll trade you two tickets to your show for two to ours at the Elks' Lodge, Dec 18th.

    We're going to do three hours of dance, swing and Christmas music, 1:00 – 4:30.

  25. Barbara Rice Barbara Rice says:

    I'd love to win those tickets too! Thanks, Valerie!

  26. cindelouwho says:

    What a great way to start the Christmas season. They put such a smile on people's faces and some happy tapping in the toes! Thanks for all your enjoyable articles and have a wonderful winter holiday…

  27. Leonora Allen says:

    OH, OH, Pick me!!! Please. I would love a night out on the town for some really good music.

  28. Angela says:

    Two in a row…is it possible???

    You rock Valerie, thanks for your playlist!

  29. Wendi Harner says:

    Winner winner chicken dinner?? Awesome.


  30. Sal says:

    Why of course I would love to go …

  31. I saw them a couple of years ago and it was fun!!! love to get front row tickets:))) bring it !!! (Please)


  32. Lisa Butler says:

    Going to anything at the Cascade is a wonderful experience but being able to see Big Bad Voodoo Daddy would be the best. Thanks for the chance to enter!!!


  33. The Pinehurst Inn Loves, Loves, LOVES Big Bad Voodoo Daddy! We play it in the kitchen of the "Open Range at The Pinehurst Inn" to keep the team moving and we "jump all night". Our crew knows all the words to the CD's and we sing, dance and laugh. The Jungle Book song is especially popular as we "Ape" around the scullery!

    We play Big Bad Voodoo Daddy in the car. Our trips to Redding or the Oregon Coast for family sometimes calls for "I'm Not Sleeping" played over and over!

    We will be at the Cascade to see our old friends and hope to meet some new ones…Hint, Hint…

    But these tickets would bring joy to a couple we had hoped to join us. What a great gift they would be!

  34. JMB says:

    This would be a great treat to relax from school and work. Thanks again for treating your fans to a wonderful show.

  35. flwergrl says:

    LOVE Redding's new cultural attitude!! It just keeps getting better and better. I'm raising a teenage girl also and she is excited to see more and more things to do. It keeps her attention on the arts, and her mind wide open! Love it!

  36. Cindy heater says:

    I love our great theater the Cascade ! Please pick me I would love to take my boyfriend out for a special Vodoo evening.

    Thanks Mistress for this and your fabulous mix.


  37. the_bell_jar says:

    Sounds like a great show!

  38. Hey all, Mistress of the Mix here… just wanted to let you know that a winner for the Big Bad Voodoo Daddy tickets was drawn, and as soon as I know how to contact the winner, I'll make the announcement! I'll be giving away another pair of tickets very soon to another show, so be sure to check back with A News Cafe and Mistress of the Mix frequently!

  39. Congratulations to JMB, the winner of a pair of front row tickets to see Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Tuesday, December 6th at the Cascade Theatre! JMB, hope you can go. In the meantime, I hope everyone else will still consider purchasing a ticket to see the show. It's going to be one of the best of the year..and that's saying a lot, since JPR has put on some spectacular shows this season. Click here for tickets:… and see you there!!!

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