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."

Jazz Fest News: Pearl Jam, Brandi Carlile Fight North Carolina's HB2

Pearl Jam will play Jazz Fest Saturday (Acura Stage, 4:30 p.m.), and the band was scheduled to play Raleigh, North Carolina tonight. Two days ago, Pearl Jam announced that it would join Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr and Bryan Adams and boycott the state until it overturned the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, the law that has come to be known as simply HB2 or "the bathroom bill." HB2 prohibits members of the transgender community from using the bathroom of the gender with which they identify.

Voodoo Review: Pearl Jam Goes Gleason, Voodoo Goes Noisy

Friday was the first day for Voodoo on City Park's Festival Grounds. On the plus side, you can move more quickly from stage to stage, and there few sad, lonely outposts where bands and fans seemed isolated from the rest of the festival, as could happen on the previous footprint. On the downside, the sound bleed was really rough, particularly on the smaller Flambeau and Carnival stages.

Voodoo Preview: A New Voodoo?

In recent years, Voodoo has at times felt like the festival wants to be something for everybody. This year’s lineup covers less ground. Headliners Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails and The Cure have the broad appeal of classic rock (which is what they are in 2013), and Voodoo remains committed to a wide swath of New Orleans music, including Dr. John, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Glen David Andrews, Coyotes, The Revivalists, Quintron and Miss Pussycat, G-Eazy, and Unicorn Fukr.

The Voodoo Lineup Day by Day

Now we know. Pearl Jam and Calvin Harris will headline the opening night of The Voodoo Experience, which for the first time will take place on City Park's Festival Grounds. Nine Inch Nails and Afrojack top the bill Saturday, and The Cure and Bassnectar will close out the festival on Sunday night. 

Here is the full schedule, accurate as of today. The free Voodoo app will be available for download starting today at 4 p.m. Central at the Voodoo website

Friday, November 1, 2013

The Cure to Do Voodoo

The Cure join the lineup for this year's Voodoo Music Experience, which will take place November 1-3 on City Park's Festival Grounds. The reunited British band joins a festival that includes Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails, Calvin Harris, Bassnectar, Paramore, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Afrojack, Boys Noize, Shovels and Rope, The Revivalists, Matt and Kim, How to Destroy Angels, Dr. John and many more.

Voodoo News: New Pearl Jam in Time for Voodoo

Yesterday, Pearl Jam announced that it will release a new album, Lightning Bolt, on October 15. The date roughly coincides with the start of the band's fall tour that will bring it to New Orleans for the Voodoo Music Experience the weekend of November 1-3. They've also released an audio-only video for the punky "Mind Your Manners" from the upcoming album.

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