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.
Some other collaborations include Cajun stalwarts BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet with clarinetist Dr. Michael White. Cyril Neville will help funk up the Soul Rebels’ brass band sound. There’s even a special performance for modern dance fans. The Trey McIntyre Project debuted a live collaboration with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band in February. A performance of Ma Maison will be presented at the Preservation Hall Tent at Voodoo. The Preservation Hall band also will perform with the Del McCoury Band — Preservation Hall issued their collaboration American Legacies in April. In a separate performance, the McCoury band will back Keller Williams.
-Due to the positive response to the Le Plur DJ and dance tent, Voodoo will expand its offerings.
-There will be a Ferris wheel and other amusement rides.
-The Vooboo children's area is back, festival admission is free for children 10 and under with accompanying adult.
-A Deja Voodoo series of after-parties at local clubs (midnight-to-6 a.m.) will be previewed by DJ sets (as yet unannounced) on the grounds at City Park.