Voodoo Fest

Thursday, September 4, 2014

2014 Voodoo Fest releases daily schedule and full lineup

Posted By on Thu, Sep 4, 2014 at 11:08 AM

click image Andre 3000 of Outkast performed with the duo at Tad Gormley Stadium in 2003. - TULANE
  • TULANE
  • Andre 3000 of Outkast performed with the duo at Tad Gormley Stadium in 2003.

Daily lineup schedule "cubes" are now available for the 2014 Voodoo Experience, held Oct. 31-Nov. 2 at New Orleans City Park. Outkast, Slayer, Zedd, Melvins and Rebirth Brass Band will close out Friday, Oct. 31; Arctic Monkeys, Skrillex, 30 Seconds to Mars, Lauryn Hill, Big Freedia and Benjamin Booker will close out Saturday, Nov. 1; and Foo Fighters and Pretty Lights finish the fest on Sunday, Nov. 2.

Three-day general admission passes are now $175, and single-day tickets are $73. Tickets are available here.

Other interesting programming notes: Sturgill Simpson, whose 2014 album Metamodern Sounds in Country Music has won heaps of critical praise, has an early Friday set on the smaller Flambeau stage Friday, Oct. 31. Rapper Action Bronson is scheduled to perform before Melvins on the Carnival stage. The recently revived Death from Above 1979 performs before Lauryn Hill on the main Ritual stage, and the continually growing EDM-centric Le Plur stage hosts 23 performances over the weekend, more than any other stage.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Lauryn Hill added to 2014 Voodoo Fest

Posted By on Wed, Aug 13, 2014 at 2:37 PM

click image Lauryn Hill in 2007. - DAIGOOLIVA/FLICKR
  • DAIGOOLIVA/FLICKR
  • Lauryn Hill in 2007.

Lauryn Hill
has been added to the 2014 Voodoo Music Experience, with previously announced headliners Outkast, Foo Fighters and Skrillex.

The Grammy Award-winning artist, now known as Ms. Lauryn Hill, was a member of seminal hip-hop ensemble The Fugees and earned heaps of critical praise for her 1998 debut solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. The album received a Grammy for Album of the Year and Hill was named Best New Artist. Not long after its release, however, Hill disappeared from the spotlight and has performed infrequently (including at the 2011 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival) though she hasn't released a follow up to her 1998 breakthrough — her 2013 single, "Neurotic Society (Compulsory Mix)," is one of only a handful of releases from the artist. She also served a brief prison sentence last year for tax evasion. This year, she performed at Bonnaroo (where she performed Miseducation tracks) and is on tour throughout the summer and into September.

The 16th annual music festival is Oct. 31-Nov. 2 at City Park. Tickets are on sale on its website.

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Tickets on sale for Voodoo 2014

Posted By on Fri, Jun 27, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Foo Fighters
  • STEVE GULLICK
  • Foo Fighters

Tickets are now on sale for the 2014 Voodoo Experience. The annual festival — which features headliners Foo Fighters and Outkast for this year's event — returns to City Park on Halloweend weekend, Friday-Sunday, Oct. 31-Nov. 2.

Three-day general admission passes are $150. Three-day Loa passes are $350, and Loa VIP passes (with parking) are $400. A "super VIP" Rites of Passage pass for the weekend is $2,500 — which gets you "special backstage access and additional exclusive privileges."

The Camp Voodoo pass for luxury festival-glamping for two is $3,500. These include artist credentials as well as safari tents with beds, linens, furniture, electricity, parking and bathrooms, as well as "breakfast, late-night snacks and more."

Tickets are available on the Voodoo website.

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Voodoo 2014 lineup is out; Foo Fighters and Outkast headline

Posted By on Thu, Jun 19, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Foo Fighters
  • STEVE GULLICK
  • Foo Fighters

Foo Fighters head back to New Orleans this fall for the 16th annual Voodoo Music Experience, which also features the recently reunited hip-hip duo Outkast, as well as Arctic Monkeys, Skrillex, Slayer and many others.

The three-day festival returns to City Park on Halloween weekend, Friday, Oct. 31-Sunday, Nov. 2.

Check the full lineup after the jump.

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

What does your favorite band cost?

Posted By on Thu, May 22, 2014 at 4:56 PM

Bruno Mars performs at the Smoothie King Center June 7.
  • Bruno Mars performs at the Smoothie King Center June 7.

The website priceonomics.com  posted a list of what its source says is a third-party booking agency's menu of fees for a long list of popular bands. It includes many recent New Orleans Jazz & Heritage FestivalVoodoo Music + Art Experience and BUKU Music + Art Project performers. For example, the list says Bon Jovi asks for more than $1 million for a concert. New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation IRS form 990 for 2011 lists Bon Jovi Tours Inc. as an entertainment expense of $990,000.

It should be stressed that these are figures provided not by the bands, but by a third-party booking agency that specializes in college markets. And that they are essentially asking prices. Priceonomics also was skeptical about some numbers based on comparisons to a Forbes list of top grossing entertainers. The priceonomics list puts Bruno Mars around $500,000, but this Celebrity Talent International site says more than $1 million.

But here are some of its fees for acts that visited New Orleans recently:

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Monday, November 4, 2013

Voodoo 2013: reflections on the "experience"

Posted By on Mon, Nov 4, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Lost in the crowd at The Cure at the 2013 Voodoo Experience.
  • ALEX WOODWARD
  • Lost in the crowd at The Cure at the 2013 Voodoo Experience.

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.

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Saturday, November 2, 2013

What did we learn about Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder at Voodoo?

Posted By on Sat, Nov 2, 2013 at 12:34 AM

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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.

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

2013 Voodoo Experience announces daily lineup

Posted By on Thu, Sep 5, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Pearl Jam performs Friday at Voodoo Music and Art Experience.
  • Pearl Jam performs Friday at Voodoo Music and Art Experience.

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.

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Kid Rock joins Voodoo lineup, and other fall festival updates

Posted By on Mon, Aug 26, 2013 at 11:03 AM

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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.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The Cure joins 2013 Voodoo lineup

Posted By on Wed, Aug 14, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Festival organizers announced The Cure will join the headlining lineup at this year's Voodoo Experience, alongside previously announced acts Pearl Jam and Nine Inch Nails.

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.

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