It’s a new footprint, it’s a new lineup, it’s a new Voodoo Music Festival, and it’s this Friday-Sunday in City Park. There are lots of ways to prep for a fest — pull out the tie-dye shirts, knock the caked mud off the sandals from the last fest, and get pumped on the music you’re about to hear live. Over the next three days, we’ll be featuring a video playlist that highlights some of the must-see bands each day of the Voodoo “Experience.” So listen up and re-configure your fall cubes:
1. Andrew Duhan
Starting early, take advantage of your all day ticket and catch Andrew Duhan at 11:45 AM at the Ritual Stage. Duhan is the perfect way to ease you fest mode — with a soulful energy that takes full advantage of guitar, harmonica, and vocals for a stripped down but full sound. Plus, it’s always good to start with a local act, right? Listen to “Too Late” for a taste.
Jumping a few rungs in the lineup ladder, how often do you see a guitar player, playing the drums? Enter the grit country rock duo Shovels & Rope. The male-female harmonies are made possible by this husband and wife combo from Charleston, South Carolina. The group comes through NOLA now and again to play the St. Claude venues, crossing the neutral ground from Allways Lounge to Siberia, and on Friday they take the Ritual Stage at 4:45 PM. Try “Gasoline” to preview these versatile folk.
3. Boys Noize
Le Plur stage starts to get real serious around 6:15 PM with an electronic musician who’s been around the block. So naturally, he’s German. With tons of original songs to choose from, including recent successes, let us return to a classic remix that never gets old: Boys’ take on FrankMusik’s “When You’re Around” … which is actually FrankMusik’s take on the The Stranglers’ ‘Golden Brown’. #Connections. Check ‘em all.
It’s a double header on Le Plur, with Calvin Harris jumping in right after Boys Noize. Seeing Harris play BUKU last year confirmed his ability for charismatic, high-jumping fun. One man up on a stage making thousands of people freak out … this is the best thing since Darude. And you’ve got to have balls to get up there and do it … which Harris proved by titling his 2007 debut album I Created Disco… not so sure about that, dude! We all know the big hit(s), but few know that Kelis jumped in a track with this Scottish DJ for “Bounce.” Don’t miss his energy starting at 7:30PM.
Stage hopping to catch a different type of EDM, this chiptune rock band from NYC is hitting the Carnival Stage at 8:30PM. These guys made music instruments out of video game parts, in efforts to recreate those old school sounds we know and love from the old ’80s’ Nintendo console. Mixing those original parts with conventional tools (guitars, bass, drums), Anamanaguchi own the saying “Huge in Japan,” and their popularity is growing on domestic surf. These guys are also seasoned NOLA-giggers, but have yet to lay down the tracks off their new record ENDLESS FANTASY live. Check out the album’s title track and hi-res vid. And if you miss the set, you can always find them getting daiquiris at Gene’s before or after the show.
Local Act part II — the man who passed the ultimate test, getting clean and still killing it. GDA takes the Flambeau Stage at 9 PM. See what you may have only heard on the radio — Andrews playing an in-studio set on George Ingmire’s “New Orleans All The Way Live”on WWOZ.
7. Pearl Jam
Get your GDA fill, but then you know how you gotta close out the night … they start at 9 PM, but they’ll still be playing at Ten.
Listen to all the songs here:
*Check back tomorrow for Saturday’s Lineup picks