PREVIEW: Voodoo Experience

October 21. 2011 | By April

Halloween is almost upon us, which also means the 12th annual Voodoo Experience is hitting New Orleans’ City Park, October 28-30. With more stages added seemingly every year as well as the introduction of Deja Voodoo featuring artists from fests’ past, it’s hard to keep straight which bands play what day and really who to see. The Owl Mag’s got you covered with daily recommendations and even a roving band!

Friday: Fitz and the Tantrums (6:45pm Le Carnival Bingo! Parlor stage)

To play Voodoo Experience once is pretty awesome but to be invited back for the second year running is truly spectacular. Proving their worth yet again is one of the hardest working bands in the business, Fitz and the Tantrums. A real treat will be seeing if the Raconteurs (who close out the festival on Sunday night) catch Fitz and the Tantrums’ set, as “Steady As She Goes” has become a favorite cover for the band.

Saturday: NOLA Bounce Azztravaganza Feat. Katey Red, Vockah Redu, Cheeky Blakk, DJ D Lefty Parker, and Special Guests (5pm at Le Carnival Bingo Parlor stage)

New Orleans is the birthplace of a variety of influential genres of music and the latest to claim its place in the world is sissy bounce. Hitting the Le Carnival Bingo Parlor stage is the NOLA Bounce Azztravaganza, featuring a variety of sissy bounce artists. Prepare for ass-shaking beats, booty battles, and much more.

Sunday: TV on the Radio (5:15pm Le Ritual Voodoo Stage)

As I’ve said before with TV on the Radio, the band is a masterful mix of eclecticism. Drawing from a diverse variety of genres, the music collective brings their brand of indie magic to the main stage and should make for a fantastic finish to a music-filled weekend.

Daily at 10am: Noisician Coalition

Best described as sounding like “a marching band side-rolling over an embankment into an oncoming police car, but in a good way,” New Orleans’ own Noisician Coalition is the marching band you want by your side for the impending zombie apocalypse and beyond. NoiseCo’s responsible for the annual NoiseFest here as well as numerous ear-blaring marches in second lines, Mardi Gras parades, and through their annual August Underwear March. Though they’ll be fully-clothed for Voodoo Experience, Noisician Coalition is a can’t-miss roving band marching daily in the early morning. Blast away that hangover and join in.

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