Thursday, November 12, 2009

VOODOO Press Redux!

Ladies and Gentlemen, if you were in New Orleans for Halloween weekend, we hope that you were able to come visit us at the 2009 VOODOO Experience in City Park. It was another wonderful festival, with another amazing roster!

If you weren't able to make it in person, here's a small taste of what you missed:

Preservation Hall gets plugged in front of an unlikely audience at Voodoo
By Keith Spera, The Times-Picayune
October 31, 2009, 9:58PM
"As soon as Jane’s Addiction crashed to a close at the Playstation/ Stage, thousands of folks turned around and headed toward the main Voodoo Stage across the field. Facing them was a black curtain spelling out “KISS” in enormous silver letters – and, on the video screen affixed to the left speaker stack, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s creepy-cool new animated video..."

Voodoo Experience / 10.30-11.01 / New Orleans
c/o JamBase / New Orleans
Words by: Wesley Hodges

Images by: Dino Perrucci & Adam McCullough
"...The vendor street is the backbone and spinal center of the Voodoo Experience, adding some local color and the "Voodoo Eats" area was an olfactory overload of Cajun goodness beckoning the streaming crowds to come sample. Nearby local bluesman Little Freddie King was preaching about a bad women who done him no good, so we dropped in for a minute. In a 180 you could only pull off at a festival, after a few minutes singing the blues with Little Freddie, it was time to leave the Preservation Hall Tent to check out the Euro club scene...

Written by Carolina Gallup
Saturday, 31 October, 2009

"After listening and grooving to Ledisi I found myself at the Preservation Hall Tent listening to Lil Brian and the Zydeco Travelers. They were awesome. The Pres Tent is one of my favorite tents on the ground. At this point I cannot stop moving. You walk from one stage to the next and you have great music, art & food at every turn..."

"...Walked back to Preservation Hall Tent and heard the Preservation Hall Stars do their thing. OMG!!! If you get a chance to hear the band play, please go. I always feel as if though my soul has been cleansed when I hear them play...."

A slow march around the grounds reveals Voodoo's range
By Alison Fensterstock
October 30, 2009, 4:06pm

"In one march, we heard the full range of Voodoo's carefully curated booking pastiche. At the Preservation Hall tent, Lil Brian and the Zydeco Travelers funked up the traditional Creole rub board and squeeze box with hints of hip-hop and soul, plus a cover of Parliament's "Up for the Downstroke" reimagined as "Up for the Zydeco..."

Tao Rodriguez-Seeger Band :: Preservation Hall :: 4:15pm
Words by Eggs

"While still awaiting the arrival of our other BOTheads, Toast and I headed closer to the main entrance to meet up. While waiting, though, we meandered towards the Preservation Hall where the Tao Rodriguez-Seeger Band were a few songs into their set. Simple folk melodies matched with clever instrumentation were the backbone of Rodriguez-Seeger's group, and it was a nice change of pace from the hip-hop set we just witnessed. Grandson to famed folk singer Pete Seeger, Tao is carrying on the family torch with an updated form of his grandfathers music. We didn't have the chance to stay long, but I left impressed with his work and with the plan to check out more upon my return home."

Words by Toast
One thing you can always expect at Voodoo is an excellent mixture of traditional and modern local music. The Preservation Hall-Stars are a perfect example of that. Their Friday set at the Preservation Hall stage (Of course it was) was a booty shaking good time. As the crowd began to form under the tent, the set began with a New Orleans styled parade that continued throughout the majority of the set. This got the crowd moving as rain began, which would be steady throughout the rest of the night, making things a little sloppy. I stuck around for a little while, but had to cut out a little early to make it to The Black Keys. The large group took turns putting their skills on display as each of them performed skilled solos. My short time at the show was good way for me to get into the swing of New Orleans, sending me off into the cold, wet night.

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