The 2013 Voodoo Experience, its 15th, was my ninth. At my first, in 2002, I naively collected "Stop Bitching, Start a Revolution" bumper stickers from the Zendick faithful before bobbing my head to 311 (for what would be one of five 311 shows I attended in a hilariously small time frame, which I'm only now comfortable sharing). In 2003, DJ Z Trip made me briefly consider blowing my carwash earnings on a turntable. In 2004, I impatiently waited for my friend's mom to give us a ride as I heard the Beastie Boys in the distance. I never saw the Beastie Boys, and I never will. I blame my friend's mom.
I paused to listen to Smashing Pumpkins play "1979" from my 1996 Toyota Camry while trying to get it unstuck from the neutral ground and lost a pair of socks in the mud getting lost while walking to Justice. I've recapped some of the highlights from the last several Voodoo Fests for Gambit.
I'm in a demographic of Voodoo attendees who have attended the festival from their early teens through their late 20s. This year's performers New Found Glory and Alkaline Trio have been performing for as long as many of today's Voodoo's attendees have been alive. New Found Glory blasted The Cure before it went on stage, and Alkaline Trio teased its audience with Bauhaus. The Cure closed out the festival, and a guy next to me in a Bauhaus T-shirt looked like he was at the best show ever. I entered a Twilight Zone episode. The one where the guy finds out he's been living inside the music festival the whole time.
Pearl Jam capped off Voodoo Music and Arts Experience's first day with an energetic set, and it hit a lot of notes. Former New Orleans Saint Steve Gleason introduced the band and watched the show from the side of the stage. At one point, Eddie Vedder called Gleason part of the band and credited him with composing the set list, which stretched over the band's career and back to its first album Ten. (Guitarist Mike McCready wore a "Defend Team Gleason" T-shirt.) Some of the bigger hits from the 1990s included "Jeremy" and
"Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town." "Daughter."
Also dating back to the early 1990s, Vedder brought up his fond memories of being arrested in New Orleans, after an incident outside a French Quarter bar. Vedder polled the audience about how many people had been arrested in their lives and a lot of hands went up. Asked how many had been arrested in New Orleans, surprisingly few hands stayed up. Vedder then asked if anyone planned on getting arrested later in the evening, and he shared a phone number for anyone in need of bail money. He said the number belonged to fellow Seattle performer Macklemore.
The band has not been shy about supporting various causes. Vedder spoke out about BP and its 2010 Gulf disaster. He gave a shout-out to the Gulf Restoration Network and criticized the oil company for spending money on public relations campaigns that Vedder said should have been spent on restoring Gulf ecosystems and coastal communities.
In a more spontaneous recurring theme, Vedder looked out over the audience and spotted a man in a bunny suit. He claimed to be unfamiliar with furries, save for a Sonic Youth song he said he heard (one wonders if flannel is a gateway fabric). Vedder asked if the man was given to the fetish, and the bunny gave him two thumbs up, but maybe he just liked the shoutout. It's hard to believe Vedder gets all his information from Sonic Youth songs, but he was tickled by the idea and kept returning to it — at one point telling the bunny and the audience his hotel room number. During the band's encore, which included extended and jubilant jams of "Alive" and Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World," the lucky rabbit came up onstage, along with a woman wearing a full unicorn head, and danced with Vedder and McCready. The crowd and Vedder loved it. Perhaps Vedder would like to meet Pierre the Pelican.
The Voodoo Music and Art Experience announced daily lineups for its Nov. 1-3 festival in City Park. Friday headliners include Pearl Jam, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Calvin Harris and Boys Noize. Saturday features Nine Inch Nails, Paramore, Afrojack, Big Gigantic and The Gaslight Anthem. On Sunday, The Cure, Bassnectar, Kid Rock, How to Destroy Angels and Matt & Kim perform. The full breakdown is here.
A three-dimensional rendering of festival stages and grounds is http://www.worshipthemusic.com/2013-experience/#grounds.
Voodoo Music & Arts Experience added Kid Rock to its lineup. He joins Pearl Jam, The Cure, Nine Inch Nails and many others in City Park for the three-day event (Nov. 1-3).
Kid Rock released Rebel Soul in November 2012 and has been on tour in support of it in 2013.
More on the Voodoo lineup here.
In other fall festival news, Pondarosa Stomp is Oct. 3-5, with two evening concerts (Oct. 4-5) at Rock ’N' Bowl. Headliners include The Sonics, Chris Clark, Ty Wagner, The Sloths and others.
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation's Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival is Oct. 18-20 in Lafayette Square. The lineup features Shemekia Copeland, James Cotton, Johnny Lang, Mighty Sam McClain, Mel Waiters, Sonny Landreth, Tommy Malone and others.
The foundation's Treme Creole Gumbo Festival is Nov. 9-10 in Louis Armstrong Park, and performers include Glen David Andrews and John Boutte.
The English post-punk band, fronted by Robert Smith, was founded in the late-'70s and is responsible for a solid string of influential, romantic gothic pop albums and singles, from the landmark 1980 sophomore LP Seventeen Seconds to 1989's remarkable Disintegration and its recent "comeback" efforts.
Though riddled with transformative periods and brief hiatuses, the band has performed some of its largest gigs in recent years, from performing entire albums in hours-long concerts to headlining massive festivals around the globe. It most recently performed this month at Lollapalooza in Chicago.
The 2013 Voodoo Experience is Nov. 1-3 at City Park. Find more lineup information here.
The 2013 Voodoo Experience already includes headliners Pearl Jam and Nine Inch Nails, among others, but this morning — as the event begins in 100 days — Voodoo announced more artists to the schedule, including Matt & Kim, New Found Glory, Anamanaguchi, C.C. Adcock, and several local artists, among others.
The new additions also include Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Dirty South, Beats Antique, Savoy, Delta Rae, Moon Taxi, Allen Stone, Youngblood Hawke, GTA, ZZ Ward, Rudimental, The Revivalists, Shovels & Rope, The Olms, Keys N Krates, L.P., G-Eazy, He's My Brother, She's My Sister, Hockey, A Silent Film, The Virginmarys, The Apache Relay, Those Darlins, Reignwolf, Ruby Amanfu, Flow Tribe, Royal Teeth, Quintron & Miss Pussycat, Roll The Tanks, Dan Dyer, The Purrs, Andrew Duhon, The Breton Sound, Poof! The Pop Show with Carmine P. Filthy & A Boy Named Ruth, The Scorseses, Big History and Coyotes.
The festival is Nov. 1-3 at City Park. Find the full lineup and ticket information on its website.
The 2013 Voodoo Experience announced a handful of its headliners for the November music festival. Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails, Calvin Harris, Bassnectar, Paramore, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Afrojack, Boys Noize, The Gaslight Anthem, Big Gigantic, How to Destroy Angels, Cults, Alkaline Trio, Desaparecidos and Robert DeLong are among the first-announced headliners for the 15th annual event. Voodoo will announce more in the coming months.
The 2013 Voodoo Experience is Nov. 1-3 at City Park. Find tickets and more information here.
New Orleans Hornets forward Anthony Davis will miss tonight's game with the Philadelphia 76ers — Davis suffered a minor concussion against the Utah Jazz last week. The team bounced back without Davis and defeated the Chicago Bulls 89-82 on Saturday, Nov. 3, putting the team at 2-1.
Before his injury, Davis visited the 2012 Voodoo Experience, hung out with 93.3-FM DJ Slab 1, and played a hilarious one-on-one with producer Mannie Fresh on Magazine Street.
Davis said he has "zero" hip-hop skills, but told Slab he wants to be a rapper. Watch Davis talk about his first impressions of his new town, take on Fresh, and try to freestyle rap.
"Who's ready for the greatest artist in this industry?"
That was Israeli dubstep producer giant Borgore, wrapping up his set at the 2012 Voodoo Experience and introducing his colleague Skrillex, who closed the Le Plur stage. Borgore let out an "Oh, fuck" when his question was answered with the loudest response of his entire set.
The crowd, mostly chain-smoking teenagers in sunglasses, pushed in and tripled in size. Double-fisting drinkers elbowed their way to a better viewing spot. A mustached man, easily the oldest guy there and wearing a serape and bandana, paced the crowd and announced he had "molly and mushrooms."
Nobody was buying — though I'm sure he found a few customers among the few thousand people gathered for Skrillex. But this being a stage sponsored by an energy drink, nobody needed anything — and judging by the guy behind me ("I've had like three Red Bulls"), who narrated his brain fart commentary aloud and into my ear, this was "the hottest thing right now."
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