On Saturday afternoon, the gates opened to the second day of the Voodoo Music and Arts experience. This was one of the most anticipated days of the festival, and that anticipation could be felt as soon as you walked through the gates. The lines were longer than the day before, and everyone anxiously waited to get their bags checked and find their way to the stages.
Church with Kidd Love b2b Charmine P Filthy, Leon, and Sexual Thunder started the afternoon on Le Plur, South Course, and Pepsi stages respectively. The Alter stage’s festivities were kicked off by The Pretty Reckless. Their driving rock and roll sound and gritty vocals got the crowd pumped for what was to come for the rest of the day. Taylor Momsen also proved her abilities as a front woman over and over.
The rest of the day was full of a wide variety of artists dominating their stages. All Them Witches, Saint Motel, Cakes Da Killa, and Snakehips were just a few highlights throughout the day filled with electronic and rock music alike. Another moment of note was when Nashville based band Bully took to the Pepsi stage. Their metal and blues influenced tone set the stage for Ghost, who was to come later in the night. Their lead singer and guitarist Alicia Bognanno also added to the festivals wide range of female fronted acts.
With alphabet blocks, a cake, and wardrobe decorations, it was obvious that the concept heavy Melanie Martinez was about to take to the Pepsi stage. After being rolled in and popping out of a crib, Martinez immediately charmed the crowd with her catchy melodies and upbeat performance. With a stark contrast, Ghost performed right after Martinez. The stage was transformed into a chapel, and the crowd was transfixed by their ritualistic stage performance.
Cage the Elephant was one of the more anticipated bands to play the Altar Stage, and they did not disappoint. They opened with “Cry Baby,” a song off their newest album, and added in classics to their set such as “In One Ear” and “Shake Me Down.” Front man Matt Shultz began the set by seeming to channel the one and only Mick Jagger, and ended by crowd surfing shirtless and getting the crowd amped in the vein of Iggy Pop. Their performance was high energy and one to remember.
The night was closed out by Tool on the Alter stage and Die Antwoord on the Le Plur. Both drew massive crowds for very different reasons. Ever the enigma, Tool played without any images on the jumbo screens and just let their music speak for itself. Tool’s loyal fan base hung on every note. Die Antwoord also has a very loyal fan base, but their stop at Voodoo is on what turns out to be their farewell tour. Fans gathered in droves to catch their act for the last time.
Photo: Cage the Elephant by Emily Brauner.