Voodoo 2007 | 10.26 - 10.28 | NOLA

Words by: SuperDee

Voodoo Music Experience :: 10.26 - 10.28 :: City Park :: New Orleans, LA

New Orleans Bingo Show :: By Zack Smith
New Orleans and Halloween go together like boudin and maque choux. One would even venture to say that the spirit of Halloween lives in the Big Easy year round with local weirdos and pranksters finding countless reasons to dress up in costume and have a good time all the time. In its 9th year, the Voodoo Music Experience was the epicenter of activity in New Orleans this Halloween weekend. Taking place in the beautiful City Park, festival-goers could enjoy plenty of local flava on the WWOZ stage - Trombone Shorty, Dr. John, and Deacon John among others - and at the New Orleans Bingo! Parlour where the freak flags were flying high. You might have come to Voodoo to see resident superstars Quintron & Miss Pussycat, while just on the other side of the grounds, The Black Crowes were soul singin' and Common was breakin' hearts. Voodoo Fest infused the city with an impressive amount of rock featuring Rage Against the Machine and Smashing Pumpkins, indie with Spoon and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, and general uber-coolness with M.I.A. and Mute Math. And, of course, the almighty Wilco. As a lover of the Crescent City, I found myself craving the action on Frenchman Street for late night shows at DBA with Rotary Downs on Saturday night and on Sunday, an all-star lineup of George Porter Jr., Ian Neville, Ivan Neville and Russell Batiste.

Halloween and New Orleans is prime time for eye candy so I'd like to now share some photos taken by New Orleans' own Zack Smith and JamBase resident snapper Dave Vann.

Photos by Zack Smith:


Welcome to the Bingo Tent


New Orleans Bingo Show


M.I.A.


Galactic with Boots Riley


Wilco's Jeff Tweedy


Andre Williams with Ryan Scully of Morning 40 Federation


Common


Quintron and Miss Pussycat


Earl Greyhound

Photos by Dave Vann:


Rage Against The Machine


New Orleans French Quarter


Ben Harper


Tony Hall - Dumpstaphunk


Spoon


Smashing Pumpkins


Rotary Downs at DBA


Happy Halloween


Clap Your Hands Say Yeah


Fall Out Boy


Jon Cleary


Paolo Nutini


The Black Crowes


Irma Thomas

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Comments

thecurtainhasclosed Mon 11/5/2007 04:23PM
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thecurtainhasclosed

damn, i was hoping for a little more on this, what a great fucking weekend, NOLA + Halloween= freakfest (pure gold).

johnnygoff starstarstar Mon 11/5/2007 09:44PM
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johnnygoff

^^^kolmah beat me to it...

no offense here ak and jambase, but is it time jambase paid for staff to attend/review a festy or two? VEgoose had a sweet ass writeup. why not voodoo in NOLA? kinda disappointed in this.

great pics nonetheless.

dinophoto starstarstarstarstar Tue 11/6/2007 08:38AM
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dinophoto

Great job guys!

AZ~*Droo* starstarstarstarstar Tue 11/6/2007 11:23AM
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AZ~*Droo*

wish i coulda made this! lets hope they do it again next year!

gmoo Tue 11/6/2007 12:14PM
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gmoo

Fallout Boy?

triad1 Wed 11/7/2007 05:24AM
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triad1

The weather was perfect!!! More festivals should consider the weather. Only went the 1st day. Kings of Leon = very good, Rage = totally sick! Still a lot of work to do in NO. Keep re-building.

aaronjl1 starstarstarstarstar Wed 11/7/2007 09:34PM
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aaronjl1

wow, triad 1, i'm wondering if you attended the same festival i did because i remember the kol blowing a** and making a snide remark to the crowd before leaving the stage. they had absolutely no stage presence and were rock star enough to blame the crowd for it. ratm rocked but played a rather square set... nothing compared to the last time i saw them at city park (lolla circa 199whatever). this set was more like "some of those who burn crosses are the same ones who show up late and leave early". they still rocked, though.

on the whole voodoo was LAME. many stages were riddled with tech difficulties (especially the local stage); there grounds went to shit (neglible crew); there were no garbages other than the ones already in the park; the lines were long; the bathrooms literally went to shit; they ran out of food and water; very few of the merchants were local - most corporate (playstation, crocks???); it was everything nola is not - and it rubbed off on a ton of fans and most of the musicians. Ben Harper was shockingly bad. it's amazing he could sound so tired right after releasing an album (which was pretty damn good). even "his steal my kisses" fans seemed mystifyingly bored.

if you're looking into visiting nola don't waste money on voodoo fest. it is a commercial machine that primarily supports corporate juggernauts. there's noting nola about it, and it won't help us rebuild. voodoo is certainly one of the most commercial and unquestionably the most horribly managed festivals in america.

nsafay Thu 11/8/2007 03:59PM
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So, you had a good time there aaronjl1!?! You really think Voodoo is more commercial than what's become of Vegoose and Bonaroo? $uperfly? Naw......

aaronjl1 Thu 11/8/2007 05:02PM
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aaronjl1

ha! i've never gone to vegoose, but i'd certainly say that voodoo is more commercial than bonnaroo. at least they spared expenses for food, water, grounds, and disposal @ roo. voodoo was certainly a cut and run job. i've been virtually every year, and i can certainly say that it's going down hill. they def got their asses handed to them last year, but i wrote that off to the chilli peppers factor and that they were probably not expecting a sizable turnout due to the katrina factor. after this year's fest it's obvious that wasn't the case as it was even more ill prepared than last year's. after this year's turnout, i've decided to boycott voodoo - regardless of who plays.

also, to say that i expected this year's fest to be much different (given the fest's history) would be a lie. i made sure to sneak in enough food and water so that i wouldn't have to wait in those ridiculously long lines or waste a ton of cash on overpriced shite

nsafay Thu 11/8/2007 09:05PM
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OK. I understand and totally get what you're saying. I am really dissapointed about where Voodoo has gone. You stating the history behind it and sadens me even more. Of course, I was there '97-99 and '01. Those were some of the best music times of my life with my friends along with Jazz Fest '01. I also respect and take into consideration that fact that so many of you have experienced much more than I have, but I've been around the block in many cities in many countries too. It's not a competition.

The thing is, about how Voodoo has developed in the aftermath of Katrina, we need support the economical development of a local economy that has treated so many of us with great hospitality in the past and has had to rise from such depths. Failed on all levels; federal, state and local. It's gone back to it's roots. And if having some mainstream artists perform at a venue (many venues) that was once featuring bands like MMW, Mule, Project Logic, The Slip in their making, WSP, Denson, Walter's Congress, Vida, those amazing superjams and the so many other bands that I just don't feel like typing out right now, well, maybe it will bring that back. I really think that we're close to having that happen again. Nawlens is the type of place where all that can happen. Unfortunately, because of what happenned there, it needs a little time.

Now, I'm speaking of times that may not have been Voodoo. Just those amazing five day sessions over the Halloween or pre-Halloween weekends.

What has happenned to Bonnaroo and Vegoose (already!) is depressing to me to compare a festivel from it's inceptional line-up to what $uperfly gives us now. Nawlens is such a special place that I hope you and others will have hope and give support to achieve what once was.

I support you're views on this topic and I hope you will give it a couple more chances.

nsafay Thu 11/8/2007 09:09PM
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OK. I understand and totally get what you're saying. I am really dissapointed about where Voodoo has gone. You stating the history behind it and sadens me even more. Of course, I was there '97-99 and '01. Those were some of the best music times of my life with my friends along with Jazz Fest '01. I also respect and take into consideration that fact that so many of you have experienced much more than I have, but I've been around the block in many cities in many countries too. It's not a competition.

The thing is, about how Voodoo has developed in the aftermath of Katrina, we need support the economical development of a local economy that has treated so many of us with great hospitality in the past and has had to rise from such depths. Failed on all levels; federal, state and local. It's gone back to it's roots. And if having some mainstream artists perform at a venue (many venues) that was once featuring bands like MMW, Mule, Project Logic, The Slip in their making, WSP, Denson, Walter's Congress, Vida, those amazing superjams and the so many other bands that I just don't feel like typing out right now, well, maybe it will bring that back. I really think that we're close to having that happen again. Nawlens is the type of place where all that can happen. Unfortunately, because of what happenned there, it needs a little time.

Now, I'm speaking of times that may not have been Voodoo. Just those amazing five day sessions over the Halloween or pre-Halloween weekends.

What has happenned to Bonnaroo and Vegoose (already!) is depressing to me to compare a festivel from it's inceptional line-up to what $uperfly gives us now. Nawlens is such a special place that I hope you and others will have hope and give support to achieve what once was.

I support you're views on this topic and I hope you will give it a couple more chances.

RothburyWithCheese starstarstar Fri 11/9/2007 03:20PM
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RothburyWithCheese

RATM and black Crowes. 2 good bands? damn, that's worse than that one festival in Vegas. i forgot it's name though?

aaronjl1 Fri 11/9/2007 07:48PM
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aaronjl1

i hear exactly what you're saying. i was at those voodoos and jazzfests too, and they were awesome. the main difference between the old voodoo and the new voodoo is that the old voodoo wasn't so blantly commercial. there was as much better sense of comradery there too. these past few fests have been strictly about the $$$. and i don't mind the mainstream artists if they bring people to nola. what does get me is that when a band like the chili peppers brings an estimated 90,000 to the city, that the festival showcase nothing local. and the park is dirty. and the lines are long. and the food runs out. and the bathrooms are a wreck. etc. etc. etc. there is no authenticity to voodoo anymore. it's become... get the biggest bands and skimp on everything else to maintain a profit margin. really, are getting bands like rage and the chili peppers worth, not hiring a sanitation crew? maybe for a while, but as the weekend lingers on and trash piles up and the grounds go to shit because there aren't any trash cans and nobody bothered to hire a grounds crew, the whole festival atmosphere goes to shit. and it's obvious; people get tired and frustrated; the artists sound tired and frustrated, and i complain on this forum. whatever. i know it sucks to cut out local merchants and all, and maybe food and water aren't really that necessary, but things would have been so much better if there would have been people working to keep it clean. that's all i really would have liked (not to have had to keep my trash in my backpack because there wasn't any place to put it).