Voodoo News: Saturday's Highlights, and the new Voodoo

If Friday’s weather at Voodoo 2016 is anything like yesterday’s, it will be a beautiful day for a festival—neither too hot nor too cold to preclude any costume choices. If Friday was hip-hop day in City Park, Saturday will be a day for heavy rock, from Altar openers The Pretty Reckless to headliners Tool. Even Le Plur headliners Die Antwoord will bring uncharacteristic aggression to that stage if not actual metal. 

Jazz Fest: The Second Friday's Schedule and Picks

Yesterday a friend said that many of his best Jazz Fest moments came during the rain, and I get that. There's something communal about everybody slogging it out in the rain together for a band that feels special, and the bands clearly appreciate our hardiness. Less magical is the aftermath--the mud. Let's hope for the best at the Fair Grounds today, but I can't imagine it got hot enough yesterday after the rain to dry up the mooshy spots. Fortunately, we should have a hot, relatively rain-free day to day, and that will help. 

New Orleans at Night This Week

Bluntly, there's too much to do during Jazz Fest. Too many bands, too many possibilities, too many things that might be cool. Looking at schedules can be overwhelming, so we've narrowed the choices a bit. Our choices reflect our priorities, particularly the absence of jams and ad hoc bands. My roots in punk and pop and the three-minute song are too strong to connect to something as inefficient as jamming. If that's your thing, it's easily found.

Jazz Fest: Sunday's Schedule and Picks

I have the highest hopes for today at Jazz Fest. With the exception of Janelle Monae, this first weekend has lacked musical urgency. Pearl Jam started and finished hot, but you had to be committed to get through the middle hour. Van Morrison wasn't a mess, but I'm not sure "electrifying" is in his vocabulary in 2016. Our highlights for today aren't all attention-grabbers, but they do reflect personal visions.

Jazz Fest: Saturday's Schedule and Picks

Friday was a slightly soft start to Jazz Fest. There was never enough of a crowd to create lines for anything, and only in the last hour did the schedule force any hard choices. Fortunately, the day ended with a Steely Dan set that was as musical as you'd expect, a Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings set that was a lesson in old school R&B and showmanship, and Janelle Monae's emotional tribute to Prince. It was particularly affecting to see someone as self-possessed as Monae in tears onstage as she played "Take Me with U" and "Let's Go Crazy."

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