‘Worship the music’ at Voodoo

October 21, 2010

by Robert Wilson

Three days, six stages and more than 100 artists.

For Halloween weekend, New Orleans City Park will host some of the world’s biggest musical acts, including headliners Muse and the Prince of Darkness and heavy-metal pioneer, Ozzy Osbourne, as part of the annual Voodoo Experience.

Easily one of Louisiana’s biggest festivals, Voodoo provides more than an opportunity to bring in a large number of established and renowned bands normally out of the way for Louisiana residents. It’s also a chance to showcase more local artists such as the funk-styled Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes, cross over-artists GALACTIC and Zydepunks, a genre-smashing quintet who equally draw inspiration from traditional folk music and the Clash.

It is fitting that Voodoo is officially referred to as an “experience” rather than a “festival.” Aside from the world-encompassing range of acts, from the South African hip-hop of Die Antwoord and Macy Gray’s R&B to the Kentucky-punk of Cage the Elephant, there are numerous side attractions for festival goers to visit between sets.

This year will be the second time, according to the Voodoo website, a large-scale art exhibit will be presented, “composed of a series of interactive, site-specific installations” and curated by Stefan Beese and Voodoo founder/producer Stephan Rehage. Featuring local and international artists, the art pieces, which are experimental combinations of technology, electronic media and sustainable materials, is to help “provide another layer of a comprehensive, multi-layer ‘experience'” to further stimulate the senses of attendees and emphasize the “human element” needed to create the spirit and “essence of the music festival as a public gathering.”  

To create an environment suitable for all ages, there is a section of the park designated for VooBoo, a “family-friendly” area for children 10 and under. VooBoo features arts and crafts, face painting, education and, most importantly, music. Aside from child-appropriate musicians, some Voodoo artists are planning to make surprise visits.

Also, there will be a Marketplace, presenting international art and cultural items, as well as New Orleans art and culture.

Of course, the real attraction is the music. From the tongue-in-cheek rock of Eagles of Death Metal to Grammy-nominated rapper Drake to rising-electronica artist Deadmau5, there is undeniably something for everyone at Voodoo.

Tickets are still available and can be purchased from Ticketmaster, the Voodoo website or from participating CVS pharmacies.

For more information visit www.thevoodooexperience.com.

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