Well, here we are, a decade later, and BBVD can still fill up an almost 18,000 capacity Hollywood Bowl on back-to-back nights. Apparently swing music is back and not going anywhere.
Backed up by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, BBVD pounded out their most popular songs off of their self-titled and initial hit album. Songs like “You & Me & The Bottle Makes 3 Tonight (Baby)” and “Go Daddy-O” came to life with the Hollywood Hornets, a local group of swing dancers whose performance added an extra level of entertainment to the entire production.
“Minnie the Moocher,” with its call and response chorus of “Hidey-hidey-hidey-ho,” displayed singer Scotty Morris’ clean and classic voice. Morris pulled off the dark and swanky moods of some jazz-inspired songs, while still barreling out up-tempo, energetic dance-along melodies to other songs, and not to mention the occasional scat.
Members of the semi-choreographed brass section took turns doing solos, exemplifying why the seven-piece group is self-proclaimed “the world’s best little big band.”
The night finished off with a colorful fireworks show synched up to the all-time classic swing song “Sing, Sing, Sing” performed by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Though the evening made many references to the past, BBVD definitely put their own contemporary twist on everything they did, potentially ushering in yet another swing trend in popular music.