Big Bad Voodoo Daddy swings into The Rose

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, one of the prime progenitors of the 1990s swing revival, delivers the goods Friday night at The Rose.

The band hit the scene in the early ’90s, oddly enough in the heart of the grunge era, but their swinging sound and jumping stage show soon won over doubters. The group’s popularity received a big boost early on, as they held down a residency at legendary LA club the Brown Derby. Co-founders, singer Scotty Morris and drummer Kurt Sodergren helped launch the band, and by extension, the swing genre into the national consciousness.

Since that early founding in Ventura, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy hit the ground running and has been touring virtually nonstop ever since. They got another boost in 1996, appearing in the independent film “The Swingers.” They’ve appeared on numerous TV shows and in films since then.

The band takes its influences from early masters of the form, and they’ve learned their lessons well, introducing the sound to a younger generation, which accepted it on a widespread scale.

A new album is scheduled to be released in June, “Louie, Louie, Louie,” Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s 11th effort and a tribute to the music of Louis Armstrong, Louis Jordan and Louis Prima.

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Doors open at 6 p.m. and the music starts at 7 p.m. Friday at The Rose, 245 E. Green St., Pasadena. Tickets are $28 to $68. Call (888) 645-5006 or visit roseconcerts.com.