Review: Voodoo Music + Arts Experience 2016
Those who live on the Gulf Coast but have not attended the annual Voodoo Music + Arts Experience are missing out on a truly unique city festival. The lack camping is made up for with the stunning location in the public park, adjacent to the New Orleans Museum of Art. As such, music fans are only a short ride from the French Quarter should they decide to continue their revelry into the wee hours of the morning.
Voodoo is an experience for the senses, beyond just the aural. Patrons can taste fantastic Cajun cuisine from food vendors, view and purchase works from a number of regional Louisiana artists, attend meet and greets with musicians, and much more. Additionally, NOMA remains open during the day, with attractions like the sculpture garden, and famous works by Monet, Georgia O’Keeffe, Manet, Picasso, and more attracting guests for a worthy visit. Of course, attendees can enjoy the rich culture of New Orleans during their experience as well, provided they do not party too hard on Bourbon Street at night.
More experiences include walking amongst the numerous large installations and sculptures which adorn the festival grounds. There is also a large midway, with vendors, rides, and merchandise that many guests enjoy as part of their weekend ritual. Of course, there is always a great number of Halloween costumes, both on members of the audience and band’s alike.
2016 brought a stellar lineup to the Altar Stage, with headliners such as Tool, The Arcade Fire, Cage The Elephant, and The Weeknd. However, there was plenty to be seen on the smaller stages as well, such as the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan’s side project Puscifer.
Voodoo Altar Stage
Due to the event’s proximity to Halloween each year, the dates for each experience are pretty predictable. The next event has already been announced for Oct. 27-29, 2017. It is not too early to make plans for the next Voodoo, as early bird ticket buyers not only get the worm but also bargain prices. A limited amount of three day general admission passes will go on sale Dec. 9 at 10 a.m. central.
So Mobilians who are looking for something extra special to stuff in a concert-lover’s stocking this Christmas need look no further than: https://www.voodoofestival.com No matter what the 2017 lineup turns out to be, rest assured a number of great genres will be represented in a big sonic gumbo that will leave fans satisfied long after they depart the Big Easy.
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