Top performers will include Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Crazy 8s
Swing revival band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy was announced as one of three bands that will make up the musical lineup at the 25th annual da Vinci Days festival this summer.
Mid-valley residents might be familiar with the high-energy nine-piece ensemble that helped to launch the swing revival in the mid-’90s. The band made appearances at the River Rhythms series in Albany in 2008 and 2004.
Founded by Scotty Morris and Kurt Sodergren, the band will swing by Corvallis as part of its 20th anniversary tour.
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy will play the Saturday night of the festival; the Friday night headliner has yet to be announced. New this year, organizers booked a band to play a Sunday afternoon concert — the Crazy 8s.
Described as a ska-informed, horn-driven rock band, the Crazy 8’s will bring its wild antics to stage at Oregon State University, where the band formed in 1982.
Organizers revealed the musical lineup Tuesday evening at an event at University Hero on Fifth Street scheduled to mark Leonardo da Vinci’s birthday. He was born on April 15, 1452. Considered a genius of the Renaissance, da Vinci was a brilliant inventor, painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist and writer who is the inspiration for the festival. He died May 2, 1519.
Unveiled at Tuesday’s gathering, this year’s poster features whimsical renderings of geometrical shapes, some of them flying and walking against a sky-blue background.
For this year’s festival on July 19-21, organizers have brought back the Electrathon, an electric car marathon where the prize goes to the car that can travel the farthest on a single battery charge. The cars are small, lightweight, single-person vehicles that will take a Grand Prix-style route through the Reser Stadium parking lot on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
Organizers also have planned a new exhibit featuring hang gliders and ultralight aircraft to pay homage to da Vinci’s early innovations in flight design. More information about the festival is available at davincidays.org.