Live shows challenge bands to go with the flow of the audience—loud cheers means fans want more fireworks and a sea of lighters means they’re about to light their own fireworks. Become one with the crowd with this GrouponLive deal to see Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s Wild and Swingin’ Holiday Party at Union County Performing Arts Center on Thursday, December 13, at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Choose between the following seating options:
- For $15, you get one ticket for mezzanine seating (up to a $29 value, including all fees).
- For $20, you get one ticket for loge seating (up to a $39 value, including all fees).
In their annual holiday concert series, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy sets the Christmas season in full swing with a set of big-band carols and spirited jazz standards. Bandleader Scotty Morris grips the mike like a Christmas ornament that just won’t stay still while leading his old-fashioned ensemble in an eggnog-smooth cover of “Blue Christmas” and a hip-swiveling cha-cha version of “Jingle Bells.” In a rare moment of nearly sober reverence, the band’s instrumental “We Three Kings” strikes a slower, more solemn note. Other, less familiar gems might include Louis Armstrong’s “Zat You Santa Claus?” and “Mr. Heatmiser,” a snappy duet from the 1972 claymation classic The Year Without a Santa Claus.
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy performs “Rockabilly Xmas” on Last Call with Carson Daly in 2004
Union County Performing Arts Center
As a living landmark to the performing arts and cornerstone of the Rahway Arts District, the Union County Performing Arts Center has endured history and earned its way onto the National and State Registers of Historic Places. Recently restored to its 1928 luster, the former Rahway Theatre retains the charm and grandeur of its vaudeville theater origins while encouraging new forms of entertainment. From its 1,300 seats––where crowds once gathered to watch RKO movies and WWII newsreels––audiences can marvel at the theater’s opulent, gold-crested ceilings and ponder how many dresses can be made from its rich red drapes. One of the theater’s proudest treasures is its original Wurlitzer organ, which is small in stature, but emits massive sound out of its 500 pipes.