Voodoo Fest

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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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

2013 Voodoo Fest adds dozens more artists to lineup

Posted By on Wed, Jul 24, 2013 at 1:11 PM

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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.

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Monday, April 15, 2013

Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails headline 2013 Voodoo Experience

Posted By on Mon, Apr 15, 2013 at 12:25 PM

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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.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Watch Anthony Davis play basketball with Mannie Fresh

Posted By on Wed, Nov 7, 2012 at 11:33 AM

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.

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Skrillex commanded the 2012 Voodoo Experience

Posted By on Mon, Oct 29, 2012 at 2:25 PM

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"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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Y@ Speak: Voodoo prize bunnies, Saints defense and other misfortunes

Posted By on Mon, Oct 29, 2012 at 11:57 AM


As our friends in the Northeast began their hunkering down with the onset of Hurricane Sandy, this week we watched the final presidential debates, struggled with what to do with the bunnies we won at the Voodoo Experience, and watched the Saints lose pitifully.

Also, a message from Y@ Speak: I mined the various Voodoo hashtags for roundup-worthy tweets, which is like looking for an earring in a giant Dumpster. One thing I kept seeing were really horrible Instagram shots from Voodoo sets: a faraway shot of a blue light ("Neil Young!"), a stage obscured by hundreds of waving arms ("Skrillex!"), a pixellated zoomed-in shot of Jack White bathed in a filter that makes him look like an X-ray. Friends, it's really hard to get decent shots of bands at music festivals/concerts in general (although it's certainly possible), so instead of worrying about that, maybe just enjoy the show? People will believe that you are a human with friends who goes out and does things without your Instagram documentation of it.

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Saturday at Voodoo

Posted By on Sat, Oct 27, 2012 at 10:09 PM

Dave Stewart is joined by the Soul Rebels.
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After selling 75 million albums with Eurythmics, Dave Stewart may not be used to playing to small crowds. About a couple hundred people gathered for his set on the Le Carnival stage. Living in Southern California seems to have rubbed off on him. He covered a Tom Petty song and then sang a tribute to Stevie Nicks. Stewart drew on Eurythmics hits for the final two songs, when he invited (as announced) the Soul Rebels on stage. The two bands had not performed together before, and barely did for the first song, a faithful rendition of "Would I Lie to You." The Soul Rebels were relegated to the back left corner of the stage and chimed in quietly. When Stewart started "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)," the Rebels were still at the back of the stage. Stewart went almost entirely through the song before stepping aside and letting the Soul Rebels come to the front and do their version, and finally both bands played it together, which worked rather well.

(Update: Stewart played "Don't Come Around Here No More," which in fact he cowrote with Tom Petty. I should have given him full credit for playing his own music.)

Another good set from a Southern California band came from Chicano Batman. Dressed in matching blue tux shirts, the group played Latin grooving rock, sometimes lounge-y, sometimes flirting with psychedelia. The lower-fi it went the better. The band is in town for several more shows before heading back west.

Austin, Texas rapper Zeale promised to freestyle rap with three words the audience provided. He got "cornucopia," "rigamaroo" and either "beast" or "peace," I wasn't sure, but he used both. As for rigamaroo, he said he had no idea what it meant but rhymed it anyway and moved on.

The Silversun Pickups sounded good if not monotone. Friday night, the band members went through the House of Shock, which apparently isn't just for metal bands.

Many braved a chilly day and waited out Metallica, which was sharp and extremely loud on well known material like "Master of Puppets." It had younger and older fans pumping their fists and barking the chorus, showing New Orleans has plenty of metal fans.

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Friday, October 26, 2012

"Whac-A-Hipster" is a thing at the 2012 Voodoo Experience

Posted By on Fri, Oct 26, 2012 at 1:30 PM

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"Ever felt the urge to ‘Whac-A-Hipster?’" asks multi-billion dollar international car company Toyota, which invites music fans at Voodoo to "live our their hipster-whacking fantasies" at the Prius Family Playground.

I don't know about you, but when I've rounded up the wife and kids and need a quick break from the daily grind, nothing cools me down like a refreshing round of bloody-knuckled fisticuffs with a fashionable teen.

Me and my fellow meat-headed family men slap on our sleeveless tees, yellow sunglasses and get to work on burying our hands into the faces of quirky kids in cardigan sweaters. Thanks, Toyota, for sharing the family-style approach to beating the shit out of people I don't like.

Now that you've got my attention, what else can we check out at this year's Toyota Prius Family Playground?

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Will the Soul Rebels play with Metallica at Voodoo?

Posted By on Mon, Oct 22, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Many New Orleanians have heard the Soul Rebels cover the Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams (are made of this)," but have you heard them cover Metallica's hit "Enter Sandman"? The clip above from one of Metallica's 30th anniversary concerts in San Francisco shows the Rebels can do a pretty good job with it. The Rebels will join Eurhythmics' guitarist Dave Stewart at Voodoo for a cover of "Sweet Dreams." Should we expect a cameo with Metallica as well?

UPDATE: I spoke with Soul Rebels snare drummer Lumar Leblanc Tuesday afternoon, and he says the band would be interested in playing with Metallica, but the two bands haven't discussed it.

The video below doesn't show the bands really meshing, but they performed together at the anniversary party.

Video of the Soul Rebels covering "For Whom the Bell Tolls" and Lars Ulrich on trombone after the jump.

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