What to expect at Voodoo Music + Arts Experience
Derek Rose

It is that Voodoo time of year in New Orleans, meaning it is the Halloween season in New Orleans. Halloween is always an extended event in the Crescent City with haunted houses, parties, and a parade through the French Quarter. The Voodoo Music and Arts Experience has become a Halloween tradition for New Orleans and one of the greatest celebrations in the country. The event promises three days of music, arts, food, demonstrations, amusements and more. The City Park Festival Grounds is a perfect venue for this event because of the convenience with parking, proximity, staging, and great vendor accessibility at the market place. Yes, Voodoo has it all going on in an advantageous way, and nothing is more special than maybe partying from your own cabana at the Altar Stage.

The Voodoo Experience opens today, and you might want to get there early to experience Bantam Foxes on the Carnival Stage at noon with their unique and interesting rock-hard sound. The group features twin brothers Sam and Collin McCabe on guitars with drummer Jared Marcell and has been described as "drippy guitar benders and wailing garage rock" by Alex Woodward of Gambit Weekly, a New Orleans publication. On the Altar Stage at 2:25 New Orleans’ own Flow Tribe will bamboozle you with a mind blow-out funky experience. Flow Tribe has been making the rounds at all the local festivals recently while still playing the club scene in the city. And, way later, you really don’t want to miss Florence and the Machine closing out the Altar. In between, again at the Carnival you might just want to stroll by to check out Jessica and the Deltas at 4:30 for a delicious look at her and an earful of them. Jessica’s voice will knock you over and yet wake you up after a few afternoon cocktails. On Halloween Saturday, it is interesting to find New Orleans jazz artist Terrance Blanchard with the E-Collective making an appearance on the Flambeau Stage at 4:15. Other Halloween mentionables include the early shows of the Wans on Flambeau at 11:30am, The Suffers at 2:15 on the Altar, and closing out the night at the Altar with the prince of darkness himself Ozzie Osborne featuring Geezer Butler, Tom Morello, and Slash. Sunday will be a very special day with the return of Fishbone and Ivan Neville with his group Dumpstaphunk, and Tysson; all performing for a Flambeau afternoon. The Cult and Third Eye Blind will be ending the Carnival Night while the Zac Brown Band graces the Altar before Deadmau5 electrifies the Altar and turns off the lights.

It is virtually impossible to see every performance throughout the weekend, but one could sure have a lot of fun trying. The Voodoo Experience website can guide you through the process of planning your strategy to take in as much as you can without getting spooked. The only thing that could put a damper on this Voodoo Halloween weekend is expected rain on Saturday. So you might expect to get a little wet. Happy Voodoo Halloween!