Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, as the hep cats and the swingers know, play traditional jump blues, steeped in piano and a mighty fine horn section. The eight-piece band, featured in the martini-swilling celebratin' Swingers, has been delighting lounge lizards and swing revivalists for years with its Cab Calloway cover of Minnie the Moocher, other updated versions of traditional swing and blues tunes, and rollicking originals.
Not to mention the spiffy threads: Pin-stripe suits, fedoras and wide ties are the order of the day with BBVD.
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy performs with the Vodkanauts as part of the Verizon Music Festival at 8 p.m Saturday at Jannus Landing, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $15 advance, $20 day of show. (727) 896-2276.
- GINA VIVINETTO, Times pop music critic
See Stripes up close and personal
Everybody's favorite faux brother-sister blues duo from Detroit, the White Stripes, heads to Tampa to perform songs from Elephant, the band's perfect new album.
Raising the ghost of Robert Johnson, Led Zeppelin and a spirit entirely their own, the Stripes - Jack and Meg White - combines haywire guitar, spare percussion and Jack's guttural vocals to create taut and tasty blues rock. Catch 'em now in a cozy venue; next thing you know they'll be on an arena tour. This is the show we'll all brag to our grandkids about.
The White Stripes performs at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the USF Recreation Center, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $32. (813) 287-8844 or (727) 898-2100. - GINA VIVINETTO, Times pop music critic