NEW ORLEANS, LA: Voodoo Musical Experience emerges this year as a 3-day
musical journey featuring 3 stages, more then 80 artists and a massive
90 hours of music.
Voodoos inaugural evening coinciding with All Hallows
Eve, this former one day event will entice thousands visiting
from all over the country to join the many musical ghosts and goblins
in New Orleans City Park Friday, October 31 through Sunday, November
Last years event deemed us as a Halloweentradition, this
years event will solidify us as a 3-day world class music experience
not to miss, comments Steve Rehage, President Rehage Entertainment,
Inc. Our weekend line-up showcases some of the best talent in
todays industry and allows us to pepper the weekend with some
of musics rising stars.
"New Orleans is known as a leading festival and cultural tourism
destination because we cater to the senses with our great music, food
and just plain fun, added C. Ray Nagin, Mayor of New Orleans.
"We are thrilled that premier events like Jazz Fest in the spring,
the Essence Festival in the summer and the newly expanded Voodoo in
the fall help to enhance the internationally recognized New Orleans
brand and attract new visitors to our city year after year."
Launched in 1999, Voodoo has captivated more than 250 thousand attendees
and cast its spell on music worshipers across the country in just five
short years. Veteran performers such as Eminem, Tool, Snoop Dogg, Stone
Temple Pilots, Missy Elliot, Black Crowes, No Doubt, 311, Garbage,
Ben Harper, John Mayer, Counting Crows and Macy Gray have all been
spell bound by Voodoo and its magical breadth. These are just a few
of the artists that have become part of the historic backbone defining
ever-popular event. The 2003 Voodoo talent line-up demonstrates the
festivals commitment to musical diversity and variety. To view the
2003 lineup, go to the Official
Voodoo website: www.voodoomusicfest.com
Three (3) day passes for Voodoo (which
will only be available in advance and not during the festival weekend)
go on sale Friday, August 22, for $80 and can be purchased online at
www.voodoomusicfest.com, or by phone at 1-800-594-8499. One day passes
will be available during the festival.
TODAY IN THE DEEP SOUTH
remarkable ceremonies known as voodoo are deeply ingrained in Southern
culture in more ways than commonly believed. Real Voodoo dolls can
be purchased at Barrister's Gallery in New Orleans, a city where Voodoo
is almost mainstream. It's not unusual to view a Voodoo event in progress
in The Big Easy.
fun, though, is in the rural South. Demopolis, Alabama folk artist
Jessie Lavon paints scenes of Voodoo
practitioners who perform their rituals today much like the pure African
Georgia was home to Tobie Grant, a delightful "Magic Woman",
as she was called by her admirers, including local police who hired
her for crime investigation.
a recent Associated Press story in the Atlanta JournalConstitution
reports that the mother of an accused murderer was seen "breaking
eggs, spreading voodoo powder and chicken feathers" in a courthouse
restroom in Sandersville, Georgia, perhaps in an effort to effect
the outcome of her son's trial. Voodoo lives!
Yes, the Voodoo subject is fascinating and you'll
marvel at the revelations and original photographs in Doc's original
browsing Doc's News, don't missthe
page on Barrister's
Gallery in New Orleans with
its fine collection of folk art, as well as African and voodoo artefacts.