by Amber Autumn
November 1, 2010
During the last weekend in October, City Park becomes home to the Voodoo Experience. Half of the park is transformed into six stages of non-stop music; a unique craft, merchandise, and art market; and a row of New Orleans' famous foods. When you go to buy your tickets, I would buy them online rather than get them at the front gate because they're cheaper online. A day ticket is about $60, a three-day pass is $150, and tickets to the Loa Lounge is about $500 (not sure if this is per day or the weekend price).
The two most popular stages are in the Le Ritual Section: Sony's Make Believe Stage and the Voodoo Main Stage. Major headliners like Weezer, Muse, My Morning Jacket, and Ozzy Osborne performed here. If you're willing to spend a lot of money and want the best seats to see these two stages, then you might want to get a weekend or day pass to the Loa Lounge. It's a V.I.P lounge that has a second story balcony view, a place to get a free hair makeover from Garnier Frutis, and any drink you want. If you travel south to these stages, you'll come to the next stage, Le Plur, the electronica/DJ music stage. Some artists this weekend were The Crystal Method DJ Set, Afrojack, Paul Oakenfold, and Deadmau5.
Across the way from Le Plur, you can hear more recognizable New Orleans-style music at the Preservation Hall. The actual Preservation Hall band performed this weekend, as well as the Treme Brass Band, Paul Sanchez and the Rolling Road Show, and the Honey Island Swamp Band. Next to Preservation Hall in the Le Flambeau area is the SOCO (Southern Comfort)/ WWOZ stage. The music here is a variety of rock, some soul, Louisiana music, and jazz. I was able to see Macy Gray and the Voice of the Wetlands All Stars (with Dr. John, a famous New Orleans musician)here.
If you go north from the SOCO/WWOZ stage, you'll get distracted by Sony's Bloggie Borrow Bar, where you can borrow a Bloggie touch camera for free and upload your Voodoo Experience pictures online. Next to it is also the PlayStation Headquarters where you can play the new Move motion controller with the latest 3D action. Sign in and you could win several prizes. If you're not interested in video games, or uploading photos to the web, you head into Le Carnival where there's the Bingo! stage, the Miller Lite Rock N' Roll Karaoke and Sports Bar, and Nola Foods Experience. Nola Foods has specialties from Cafe Navarre, Rebirth Foods, the Mellow Mushroom, the Hard Rock Cafe, and some other restaurants. The Bingo! Stage had acts like The Vettes, and the Fleur de Tease Burlesque Revue.
Although most of the festival-goers were mostly adults, Voodoo also welcomes children of any age. Children under ten years old get in free. On Saturday and Sunday from 4pm, VooBoo is open to children and invites them to get their face painted, play with hula hoops, get a new hairdo at the Rock N' Roll Hair Salon, and make plenty of crafts. VooBoo is next to Le Plur. And for older children, at the Toyota Prius Playground, you can generate enough energy on a see-saw to power an ice machine to make a snowball, and ride a bike to charge a cell phone.
From journal The Big Easy