Voodoo Fest

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Foo Fighters close out the 2014 Voodoo Fest

Posted By on Sun, Nov 2, 2014 at 11:45 PM

Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters performing at the 2014 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience. - CHERYL GERBER
  • Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters performing at the 2014 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience.

In May, Foo Fighters opened the doors at Preservation Hall and blasted amplifiers into the street. For its New Orleans pitstop on the band's countrywide road trip hitting music landmarks, the band — whose self-titled debut was released nearly 20 years ago — recorded at the intimate off-Bourbon concert hall, and once word got out that the band would play (a carefully orchestrated gig for HBO), the street filled with fans hoping to get a glimpse. 

If that was the teaser, the band's closing set at the 2014 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience, at nearly two and a half hours with 24 songs, was the main feature. (It also dwarfed the band's performance at the 2012 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.)

Sonic Highways, the band's eighth studio album out Nov. 10, is the result of that coast-to-coast tour — its accompanying HBO series is a history lesson in each city's music scenes. (The New Orleans episode airs Nov. 21.) At Voodoo, however, the band stuck to its career-spanning catalog, except for the new single "Something From Nothing," and a preview of the New Orleans-inspired song on the album. Singer and guitarist Dave Grohl gushed freely about the city.

"We have a rule, to never have a day off in this band before you play New Orleans," he said, adding that a few hours before the band's set, "three old ladies" in a French Quarter bar asked him to drink a mind eraser. The bar booed him when he declined. Then he changed his mind. "F— it," he said. "I walked in tonight feeling all right."

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Benjamin Booker performs a homecoming show at Voodoo

Posted By on Sun, Nov 2, 2014 at 10:36 AM

Benjamin Booker with drummer Max Norton. - PHOTO COURTESY VOODOO
  • Benjamin Booker with drummer Max Norton.

Back in August, Benjamin Booker was sitting at his new home in New Orleans and about to tour for the remainder of the fall. That respite followed a tour with Jack White and a string of dates after signing with ATO Records, who came calling at a Florida gig where he signed the deal in the parking lot. Booker's Nov. 1 set at the 2014 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience was his first New Orleans show as the newly signed new New Orleanian with a self-titled debut and critical acclaim. That Booker — the "everything happening all at once" 25-year-old rookie songwriter from Florida who fell hard into a press and tour circus seemingly overnight — was a mere shadow of the confident, feedback-wielding rock 'n' roll frontman on the intimate Flambeau stage. 

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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Halloween costumes at 2014 Voodoo Fest

Posted By on Sat, Nov 1, 2014 at 12:21 AM


Halloween landed on a Friday, which in New Orleans means Halloween fell on the first day of the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience at City Park. Look below for some of the costuming highlights from festgoers, from pizza and sriracha to homemade Hey Arnold! to those inflatable arm wavy things outside car dealerships.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Your guide to the 2014 Halloween music weekend in New Orleans

Posted By on Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Cliff Hines and Sasha Masakowski are Hildegard, performing at Gasa Gasa on Oct. 30.
  • Cliff Hines and Sasha Masakowski are Hildegard, performing at Gasa Gasa on Oct. 30.

From Halloween cover shows and touring artists to stacked local lineups, here's a look at some highlights from the Halloween concert calendar. Whether you're skipping the 2014 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience or looking for after-hours shows, we've got you covered. Find our complete show listings here.

Thursday, Oct. 30

Guitarist Cliff Hines and vocalist Sasha Masakowski, who have been all over the map (musically and literally — Masakowski recently wrapped a globe-trotting tour), have joined forces for Hildegard, a progressive rock outfit combining jazz, rock and other influences from their diverse wheelhouses. The band performs with Los Angeles electro-pop duo Knower and Nethfriends at 10 p.m. at Gasa Gasa (4920 Freret St.). Tickets $10.

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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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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