Oct 29, 2011
The first day of Voodoo Music Experience started with wonderful weather. With a little rain from 10:00am to 10:30am, the air turned cool and truly wonderful for an enjoyable first day at City Park. Walking through the park with fresh air, the water, art, and music turned into the ultimate experience. Everything from the location to each area of the arts create such an experience that surely should leave anyone in a great mood. Each year I have a great time at Voodoo as well as meet many people from New Orleans and all over the country who feel New Orleans and Voodoo is like no other they have ever experienced before. If you get a chance to make it out this weekend, make sure to do a little wandering and enjoy the scenery!
Something new came to Voodoo Music Experience this year, Amusement Park. There were several rides out there that I haven’t had the pleasure of enjoying since my youth! Such rides out there as the Blades of Fire which Im extremely scared of. Close to the Voodoo Stage you will find about five rides. Also, in the Kids Section rides, Haunted House, even a sand castle section is available!
The art installations found throughout was truly wonderful incorporating, light, water and colors. My favorite has to be the Fountain De Lis by Richie Jordan which is a 30ft tall fleur de lis made from recycled bicycle frames from New Orleans own, Plan B. Another phenomenal piece not to miss is the Heron by Christina Sporrong, which is a crane like bird sculpture. Another favorite was Tree of Words by neon artist, Jerry Theriot which consisted of neon letters hanging in an oak tree. So many art installations throughout Voodoo for you to check out. Other exhibits you will find are Pinwheel Garden, Fish, Teradactyl, Tornado, Color + Air, The VMX Knot, Fledging, Sparkie Tout Taux, Live Mural Paining, Cone V2 and The Passage.
The first day had national and local music acts that satisfy your every music need. King Britt hit the stage, who was recently down here for Sister Gertrude Morgan Experience at Contemporary Arts Center. Also on stage was New Orleans own bounce artist Cheeky Blakk as well as New Orleans DJ Quickie Mart & Tony Skratchere. Others who hit the stage included Ani DiFranco, Honey Island Swamp Band, the great Kora Konnection, and even Quintron & Pussycat. The crowd grew as the evening came for such performances as Soundgarden, My Chemical Romance and Band of Horses. The music found throughout the park came with such excitement from the crowd with visitors and locals alike. A performance I truly enjoyed was Natalie Mae & Her Unturned Tricks who definitely gives me a New Orleans type of feel with her folks/root music.
Today, I’m looking forward to enjoying New Orleans Bounce artists, Snoop Dogg, Blink-182 and definitely the Soul Rebels Brass Band With Cyril Neville. If you are out at Voodoo Today make sure to enjoy the Treme Brass Band as well on the Preservation Hall Stage at 1:45pm.