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Dance and swing with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy performs in concert on

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy performs in concert on Jan. 18, 2014 at the Paramount in Huntington. (Credit: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy)

It might not be as trendy as it was before Y2K, but modern swing is still a big thing for some people.

Inspired by the Big Band orchestra sound that served as major dance music for guys and gals during the 1930s and 1940s, swing music made a comeback during the 1990s — as artists such as Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Squirrel Nut Zippers and Massapequa-born Brian Setzer put out modern tunes inspired by the efforts of such WWII-era iconic bandleaders as Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller and Cab Calloway.

Those aforementioned ‘90s artists found commercial success with contemporary swing, especially Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, as the Southern California-based group — while never becoming a frequently pop record-charting act — found regular airplay on modern rock radio and MTV, appeared in a successful film (“Swingers,” 1996) and even played the Super Bowl XXXIII halftime show.

Today, the fervor for swing may not be as barefaced, but it still has a fan base — and for those who enjoy learning the style and moves associated with the genre, The Paramount in Huntington has a show going on Saturday, Jan. 18 that might fit the bill — and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy will be a part of it.

The Daddies will be performing at that show — but before they take the stage, the not-for-profit organization, Swing Dance Long Island (SDLI), will be in-house to provide dance lessons, and then host a contest to allow those in the crowd who know their Lindy Hop from their Balboa (both big-time swing steps) to strut their stuff.

Tickets are available online at (prices vary due to seating location); the swing lessons go at 6 p.m., the competition at 6:30 p.m., followed by the band at 8 p.m. (there will be dancing space available during the performance). For more information, visit The Paramount at and; find SDLI online at

The Paramount: 370 New York Ave., Huntington, 631-673-7300

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