Sunday was the third and final day of the 2016 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience. The atmosphere was a lot more relaxed as crowds made their way through the gates. This chill tone mirrored the laid back acts such as Band of Horses and Arcade fire that were to come later.
The Shelters got the festivities on the Alter stage going, and then played a set at the Toyota Music Den right after. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band took to Alter next, and filled the stage with their legacy of showmanship and talent. Complete with dancers, they got the crowd excited to hear a style of music original to the city.
4B, Lookas, and Party Favor performed on Le Plur throughout the day. They kept the party and upbeat vibes going for what was to come later. Puscifer and Beats Antique both dominated the Pepsi stage. Each had their own unique sound and stage presence to bring to the table. Puscifer had a full sized wrestling ring worked into their set, while Beats antique worked belly dancing and an inflatable dragon into their show.
Band of Horses stepped onto the Altar stage wearing dog masks with movable mouths. After the first song they took them off and just let their music shine through. They closed out with “The General Specific,” and the stage was set for Arcade Fire.
At the end of the night, both Arcade Fire and The Chainsmokers performed on the Alter and Le Plur stages, respectively. Both drew equally massive crowds, and kept them engaged in different ways. The Chain Smokers enter with a band with fireworks shooting from the stage. They kept the energy going all night and closed out the Le Plur stage in style. Arcade Fire came out in colorful suits and had a playful tone set for their performance. It concluded with their hit “Wake Up,” and a storm of confetti.
Thus Voodoo 2016 came to a close, and the anticipation is already there to see next years lineup.
Photo by Emily Brauner.