An Unplanned Ending the Only Blemish on Janelle Monae's Voodoo Set

[Updated] The last time Janelle Monae played Voodoo, it was located in City Park’s Marconi Meadows in 2010, She was touring behind her debut album, The ArchAndroid, and when she performed “Tightrope” to close the show, she tipped the tightrope on the ground in front of 50 or so people who supportively gave her room to move. 

Voodoo Announces Its Daily Lineup

The Voodoo Music and Arts Experience has released its day to day lineup with Mumford and Sons and Zeds Dead likely headlining the main stages—Le Ritual and Le Plur—on Friday, October 26 in City Park. On Saturday, Childish Gambino, Odesza, Martin Garrix and Marilyn Manson occupy the top slots, and Arctic Monkeys, Modest Mouse, and 21 Savage will close Voodoo on Sunday. 

Jazz Fest: David Byrne, Jon Batiste End the First Weekend on a High Note

[Updated] This first weekend of Jazz Fest will be remembered—to the degree that it will be remembered at all—for its extreme pleasantness. Whether because Festival Productions economized this year because they have their eye on their 50th anniversary in 2019 or because the right big ticket talent simply wasn’t available this year, the headliners were respectable but not spectacular draws. Sunday was the busiest day of the weekend with David Byrne and Jimmy Buffett topping the bill, but the crowds remained manageable throughout. 

Jazz Fest: Janelle Monae Says an Emotional Goodbye to Prince

Jazz Fest 2016  began with Goldman Thibodeaux and the Lawtell Playboys, Thibodeaux dressed for Saturday night on Friday morning. In long-sleeved black pearl-snap shirt, black slacks and a black fedora, he played Cajun music the way it has been played for at least 50 years. It’s the sort of sound that Jazz Fest has long maintained as its musical heart, but ironically, there are few of the old guys who can or still do play their Louisiana music the old way. Some have tried to change with the times, some have passed away. 

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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