The last day of Voodoo Fest starts out just like the other two, great weather and top-notch music on the horizon.
People are moving slowly, looking a bit pale and trying to avoid direct sunlight….sounds like the French Quarter claimed a few victims last night. But as all true fans should be, nothing can stop them in their pursuit of the best tunes to be found, even with a throbbing head.
My first stop is at the WWOZ Stage for Groovesect, a native New Orleans funk group whose I first saw at an after hours gig at the Telluride Jazz Festival In August. Unfortunately I arrived too late to catch the whole set but hopefully they will make it through the DFW area soon to give them my full attention.
A small hike away over to the Preservation Hall Tent found me in front of Christian Scott, a native New Orleanian who graduated from the esteemed Berklee College of Music. Sweet horn action that reminds me of Roy Hargrove and Wynton Marsalis.
Back in front of the WWOZ Stage and “Trombone Shorty“, otherwise known as Troy Andrews, is getting the crowd in the groove with Orleans Ave. Troy has shared the stage with the likes of Lenny Kravitz and with this much energy and enthusiasm, he has a long career ahead of him.
Last on my agenda for the day was Marc Broussard, the sultry singing Cajun from Carencro. I saw Marc at the House of Blues back in June and why he is not more popular is baffling. Especially judging by the amount of ladies in front of the stage and the glares I got while trying to snap some pics.
Heading down to the Crescent City for Voodoo Fest was a nice break from the “Cubicle From Hell” and hanging out listening to some local music was my priority for the weekend. Fighting the crowds for a closer look of the Smashing Pumpkins or Rage Against The Machine was not on my patience meter and this is just what the doctor ordered. It will be an annual tradition along with JazzFest for sure.
I will leave you now with a bit of “lagniappe” from my walks around the grounds over the weekend.