WVUA-FM recently attended the annual New Orleans music attraction, Voodoo Music + Arts Festival.
Dozens of bands across the musical spectrum performed on four different stages throughout the festival grounds.
The first day of the festival fell on Halloween. New Orleans goes crazy for this holiday and it made for some memorable costumes, such as a bottle of hot sauce, Chewbacca, a topless mermaid, assorted Teletubbies and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and numerous Where’s Waldo and bananas. (Two of your fellow Directors, Emily and I, even dressed up for the occasion. We went as Emily Elizabeth and Clifford, The Big Red Dog)
Friday was a day littered with nostalgia as
Newcomers, Twenty One Pilots;
Punk heroes, Rise Against;
Grunge pioneers, The Melvins;
Metal gods, Slayer; and
Hip-Hop revolutionaries, Outkast
all performed a collection of hits as well as deep cuts throughout their performances.
Twenty One Pilots played a set which consisted of
Guns For Hands
Ode To Sleep
Drunk In Love (Beyonce Cover)
Can’t Help Falling In Love (Elvis Cover. It has also been spun on 90.7 a time or two.)
House of Gold
Addict With A Pen
Holding Onto You (their biggest single to date)
Following them were Rise Against.
The change in genre from one band to the next is truly remarkable and Rise Against is a band who paved the way for modern day punk-inspired bands such as A Day To Remember and Title Fight.
Ready to Fall
Give It All
Re-Education (Through Labor)
Behind Closed Doors
The Good Left Undone
Help Is on the Way
Chamber the Cartridge
Like the Angel
Prayer of the Refugee
I Don’t Want to Be Here Anymore
Audience of One
Make It Stop (September’s Children)
(Satellite was on the setlist, but not played)
Metal bands come in all shapes and sizes, but none are quite as influential, and, well, different as Slayer.
In my opinion, they were definitely the scariest band at the festival and they were not dressed in costumes.
However, the hardcore fan-boys lined the front row of the barricade and proceeded to head bang to every song the band cranked out from their extensive catalogue which included:
Captor of Sin
Seasons in the Abyss
Dead Skin Mask
Raining Blood (Made popular by the video game Guitar Hero 3)
South of Heaven
Angel of Death
Taking a break from main stage bands, I ran over to a smaller stage tucked away in the corner of the festival grounds, The Carnival Stage, to see a staple to the Grunge scene in Seattle, The Melvins. This band is so influential, yet overlooked in modern Grunge. Kurt Cobain idolized The Melvins and even did a short stint with them in the early days of his career (so records say). Their drummer was also on an early Nirvana demo.
In the crowd, their fans ranged from twenty-somethings to old nostalgic rocker dudes who were reliving their favorite time period.
Pigs of the Roman Empire
The Water Glass
Onions Make The Milk Taste Bad
Sesame Street Meat
Moving to Florida (Butthole Surfers Cover)
Sweet Willy Rollbar
Bride Of Crankenstein
A Growing Disgust
We Are Doomed
Youth of America (Wipers Cover)
Fascists Eat Donuts (Pop-O-Pies Cover)
The last band of Friday night was the legendary Hip-Hop group, Outkast. They performed two and half hours of nostalgic tunes for their diverse crowd to enjoy. When an entire crowd sings all the words to your songs, you really have something special and something worth writing about.
Skew It on the Bar-B
Da Art of Storytellin’, Part 1
Big Boi Set:
Kryptonite (I’m on It) (Purple Ribbon All-Stars Cover)
The Way You Move (With Sleepy Brown)
André 3000 Set:
She Lives in My Lap
Elevators (Me & You)
So Fresh, So Clean
Int’l Player’s Anthem (I Choose You) (Underground Kingz Cover)
The Whole World
Day one of the festival was a good mix of genres and a great Halloween atmosphere that truly set the standard for the rest of the festival weekend.