The musical spirits of Third Eye Blind, Wyclef Jean, Moby, and the Roots will be getting restless in the swamps of the Big Easy next month as part of the first annual Voodoo Music Festival being held, appropriately enough, on Halloween.Ben Folds Five, George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic, the Marvelous 3, Train, and Citizen King will also come for the All Hallows Eve concert, which is expected to draw an estimated crowd of 30,000 to New Orleans’ City Park. Despite an earlier MTV report to the contrary, original Parliament-Funkadelic bassist Bootsy Collins and keyboardist Bernie Worrell will not be appearing as part of Clinton’s funky all-star crew for the show. The inaugural event will feature performances across three stages in the City Park; the musicians will be split between two main stages, and a third stage will be dedicated to honoring New Orleans’ distinct cultural background with dance and theatrical presentations. The one-day festival will
also include an area set up as “The Village,” a marketplace setting for local artists and merchants representing African, French, Spanish, and Native American influences on the city. Based on how the ’99 staging comes off, organizers say they are planning to expand the scope of the Voodoo Music Festival from a Halloween concert into a three-day civic event over the course of the next few years. For more information and artist updates about the first Voodoo Music Festival, be sure to check out the concert’s official website (www.voodoomusicfest.com).
— David Basham