Tuesday, November 4, 2008


What a weekend, ladies and gentlemen! If you were in New Orleans on October 24-26 this year, surely you know how much fun we had at the Preservation Hall stage. In our third year of producing an amazing local showcase at this multi-stage, genre-spanning music festival, we were graced by amazing performances from some of the greatest bastions of New Orleans music and culture, young and old. With a little help from some like-minded friends from beyond the city limits, festival-goers were treated to a true family affair. Good music, good friends, and good times. Here's what a few of our fans had to say...

From The Louisiana Weekly:
The Voodoo Experience Continues to Cast its Lyrical Spell
By: Geraldine Wyckoff, Contributing Writer
Posted: Monday, November 3, 2008, 1:10pm

The Voodoo Music Experience continues to impress with the diversity of its musical offerings as well as the efforts made to improve its layout and venues.

Particularly eye-catching was the wonderfully whimsical Bingo! Parlor’s purple and gold circus tent. The interior of the big top was equally enchanting with luxurious red curtains draped around the stage and a trapeze hanging from above. A bubble machine invited crowds to the area that remained active with groups like the Noisician Coalition; a brightly donned assemblage armed with homemade instruments, the Big Easy Rollergirls and Elvis imitators on little scooters amusingly buzzing around. You almost expected an elephant to suddenly appear from around the bend.

Also new and improved was the Preservation Hall Tent, which since its inception in 2006, had been very small, though always charming, venue that would be jammed with those wanting to hear popular New Orleans artists like Irma Thomas and Deacon John. This year, these two got to strut their stuff on a big stage, under a large tent set in a village-type section of the fest that retained the rustic charm of the old tent and reflected the spirit of the French Quarter club.
With the Preservation Hall Tent located quite near the huge, often extremely loud Voodoo and PlayStation stages, and facing the latter, one would think sound bleed would be a problem. Yet there was no disturbance even during a solo set by guitarist/vocalist, soul man Rockie Charles that opened the tent on Friday.

From Nola.com:
Rockie Charles Rocks Preservation Hall's Tent at Voodoofest
Posted by Keith Marszalek, NOLA.com
October 24, 2008, 5:17pm

From WWLTV.com:
Few Crowds Early On at Voodoo
Posted by Chad Bower
October 24, 2008, 1:24pm

I'd say it was a pretty slow, steady first two hours of Voodoo. It's almost a given that early morning Friday would see few crowds. People are still at work, and Friday is always going to be one of the slower days.

But if you're off, that means you can get to see some prime music. The crowds are pretty much non-existant at the time of this writing, so you can't get to the front of just about any stage.
I've seen two bands start to finish so far: Rockie Charles at the Preservation Hall Tent and the Sons of William at the Voodoo Stage.

Rockie, as usual, was fantastic. He's the perfect opening for the Preservation Hall Tent. It's just him on the stage, rocking, with no accompaniment at all. It's much more intimate than the other shows you'll see on the other stages. A core goal of the tent is to do give off just that feeling: they want you to feel up close and personal, just like at the Preservaiton Hall Tent. Check out the artwork in the tents, too, if you get a chance...


Check back soon for more stories from The Preservation Hall Stage at Voodoo Fest!

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