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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