The slow-leaking genesis of this year's Voodoo Experience lineup — the "daily" Twitter/Facebook headliner reveals, the main stage downsizing, and the fan animosity towards all of it — is complete. The festival announced its daily schedule, complete with show times.
Soundgarden closes the festival at 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, competing with DJ Mike Relm on the Le Plur stage. The busy afternoon and evening sets will push audiences to either Band of Horses or Major Lazer, Mates of State or Ani DiFranco, and other conflicts.
On Saturday, Oct. 29, Blink-182 closes the main Voodoo stage, with Girl Talk taking Le Plur. Kreayshawn and Snoop Dogg perform at the same time (on separate stages), so no real chance of a collab there. X also performs at virtually the same time.
The Raconteurs will close this year's fest at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30 on the Voodoo stage, with Fatboy Slim taking Le Plur at 7:15 p.m. The Original Meters and Cheap Trick both take stages at 6:15 p.m. Odd Future performs before TV on the Radio on the main stage, while Mannie Fresh, Dr. John, Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Morning 40 Federation represent a four-fold local contingent performing simultaneously on separate stages.
Check the full daily schedule here.
The oddball hip-hop wrecking crew Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All (or OFWGKTA, or just Odd Future) has in its roster the (comparatively) laid-back R&B crooner Frank Ocean. He kicks off his first-ever, super-limited, three-date solo tour this fall, starting in New Orleans at House of Blues on Nov. 11.
Ocean (born Christopher Breaux — Breaux!) is a New Orleans native, having left the city (and the University of New Orleans) following Hurricane Katrina, and relocated to Los Angeles, where he hooked up with teams of producers to write tracks for Beyonce and Justin Bieber, among others. He also joined the Odd Future crew, notably on the Tyler, the Creator track "She" from this year's acclaimed and controversial Goblin.
His debut mixtape features the singles "Novacane" and "Swim Good," which you can see below. The track also inspired a bounce remix, which you can download for free here.
Odd Future performs at this year's Voodoo Experience on Sunday, Oct. 30.
Updates on the Voodoo Experience 2011 are in the upcoming Gambit Fall Arts and Entertainment issue (Sept. 27). Here's a brief preview of some of the news.
-The most noticeable change will be the consolidation to one main stage instead of the dueling stages of years past. But as an interesting experiment, Voodoo will put some big-name headlining acts on other stages for more intimate shows. Those daily/stage schedules have not been announced yet.
-Collaborations are the name of the game this year. Some of the pairings include the Violent Femmes' Gordon Gano with the Lost Bayou Ramblers, Members of Morphine will back Jeremy Lyons, and alt-folk queen Ani DiFranco will perform with Ivan Neville and drummer Herlin Riley.
In the seemingly infinite saga for the full 2011 Voodoo Experience lineup, a few additions were made over the weekend and this week — legendary Kinks frontman Ray Davies, video artist Mike Relm, New Orleans revelers Morning 40 Federation, and '70s power-pop stars Cheap Trick, known for the killer live album At Budokan, mega-hits "I Want You to Want Me" and "Surrender" (and their cover of Big Star's "In the Street" for That '70s Show).
Announced today: pop-punk icons Blink-182, who recently reunited and are playing only one festival gig this year. The trio (Tom DeLonge, Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker) slumped around following their 2003 self-titled fifth album, with various solo projects and spin-offs — making nowhere a dent compared to the success of the goofball SoCal pop-punk of Blink-182.
Also added: Voodoo announced Dr. John & the Lower 911, recent Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame inductee and eternally treasured, vocabularity possessified New Orleans demi god.
If you're not following the Voodoo Experience's Twitter and Facebook accounts, you might be missing on the festival's slowly unveiling lineup. Soundgarden was announced as the first "big name" headlining the 13th annual event, followed by mashup artist Girl Talk, who'll be on the Le Plur stage.
Here's what we know thus far:
Soul Rebels Brass Band and GIVERS are the two Louisiana artists on the bill. Check out the story on GIVERS in this week's Gambit. Ozomatli will star on the WWOZ stage, and a reunited X, the legendary L.A. punk outfit, also joins the fest.
The rest: Canada's City & Colour, pop-punk band My Chemical Romance, psych-pop outfit Portugal, The Man, soul-influenced pop ensemble Fitz & the Tantrums, and longtime Orange County punks Social Distortion.
And yesterday, Voodoo announced husband-and-wife pop duo Mates of State and Major Lazer have joined the lineup. (Major Lazer joins the Le Plur stage.)
Major Lazer is the collaborative nom de plume for super-producer DJs Diplo and Switch for their psychedelic dancehall and reggae-influenced club music. You've probably heard "Pon De Floor" somewhere in the last couple years.
The event is Oct. 28-30 in City Park. Tickets are here. We'll keep you updated with more lineup announcements as they roll out.
The Seattle rock band Soundgarden — credited as "grunge" torchbearers in the early '90s and alt-rock radio mainstays with the success of 1991's Badmotorfinger and 1994's Superunknown — are slated as one of the headliners for the Voodoo Experience, the three-day music festival held Oct. 28-30 in City Park.
Frontman Chris Cornell and guitarist Kim Thayil founded the group in the early '80s and played consistently throughout the '90s until a hiatus in 1997. Last year, Cornell took to Twitter to announce a potential reunion, and the band did so a few months later. With a summer tour in the works, the Voodoo slot marks a potential tie-in to a new album, which may surface as early as later this year or sometime in 2012.
Voodoo ticket pre-sales are open: $125 for three-day general admission, $375 for three-day LOA Lounge VIP passes, and $425 for LOA Lounge passes (with parking).
(For maps, more picks and previews, check out this week's Voodoo 2010 issue.)
Count on the MarchFourth Marching Band brigade (10:45 a.m., Preservation Hall) to ring in Halloween in true costumed pomp and performance. Add the season-appropriately named Walter "Wolfman" Washington & the Roadmasters (12:45 p.m., Soco/WWOZ) for some spooky blues-funk.
Janelle Monae , the Prince-ly, outer-space James Brown (2:15 p.m. Soco/WWOZ) performs concurrently with Minus the Bear (2:15 p.m., Voodoo), the noodley, "college dude" indie rockers.
Interpol (4:15 p.m., Voodoo), the long-running New York post-punk nü-Joy Division, meets New York's new class: the blog- and blotter-friendly MGMT (5:30 p.m., Sony), who've planted millions of earworms with the ubiquitous fauxhemian anthem "Time to Pretend":
Reigning bounce queens Big Freedia, Sissy Nobby, Katey Red and DJ Rusty Lazer take over the Bingo! Tent (6 p.m.) before they pass the baton to the tent's namesake and closing performers.
Fest closing duties go to My Morning Jacket, fresh from a marathon performance at Terminal 5, where the group performed its entire catalog over a string of dates. DJ Soul Sister's (8:30 p.m., Preservation Hall) cold funk jams kick off the afterparties.
Stay tuned to Gambit for a fest wrap-up, and have a happy Halloween.
(For maps, more picks and previews, check out this week's Voodoo 2010 issue.)
The permanently rocket-fueled Big Rock Candy Mountain (11 a.m., Voodoo) and Fatter Than Albert (11:15 a.m., Preservation Hall) put Saturday's schedule into overdrive right off the bat. And the ragtiming Luke Winslow-King (12:30, Bingo! Tent) and jazz freakouting Helen Gillet (2 p.m., Bingo! Tent) steer the Voodoo ship elsewhere.
Rebirth Brass Band (3:30 p.m., Soco/WWOZ) gets it right, and Die Antwoord (6:15, Le Plur) gets it very, very weird — the South African rave-rap meme explodes into New Orleans for the first time. (Bonus fun: The group was selected for the Guggenheim's YouTube Play. A Biennial of Creative Video, including the video below.)
The U.K.'s Florence + the Machine (6 p.m., Sony) puts its otherworldly, stagepiece pop on display — also an N.O. debut. (Read Lauren LaBorde's interview with Florence Welch here.)
Hip-hop heartthrob Drake (7 p.m., Voodoo), a DJ-only set from The Crystal Method (7:30 p.m., Le Plur), and the "How the hell is he still alive?" Ozzy Osbourne (9 p.m., Voodoo) close out Day Two. Stay tuned for more.
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