The Voodoo Music + Arts Experience plays host to a variety of musical acts and artists every year. This time around is no exception. Here are just a few artists you can expect to see at this year’s festivities.
One of the three headliners for this year’s Voodoo Experience is Canadian natives Arcade Fire. Formed in 2001, they now have four albums and 16 various awards under their belts. This Grammy-winning group of artists’ lineup has changed many times over the years, but husband and wife team Win Butler and Régine Chassagne along with their brother Will Butler have remained constants. Arcade Fire are no strangers to Louisiana. They’ve played various shows and festivals here, and even lead a parade in David Bowie’s honor through the streets of New Orleans earlier this year. The band is working on a follow-up to their 2013 release “Reflecktor,” and it is set to be released next year. Be sure to catch Arcade Fire’s set if a fun and artistic take on rock and roll suits your fancy.
If the electronic and more experimental are your speed, Porter Robinson set will be for you. Originally from North Carolina, Robinson began producing music as a preteen. His debut album called “Worlds” released in 2014 when he was 22. He has come in at number 7 on Billboard’s 21 under 21 list, and has co-written songs with other EDM musicians like Zedd. He has also done remixes for high profile artists like Lady Gaga. Robinson announced earlier this year that he’s working on new music, and putting out a follow-up album to “Worlds.” Be on the lookout for his set if you’re looking to get groovy.
If good old fashioned rock and roll is what you’re after, Cage the Elephant are sure to deliver. The Kentucky-based band will be returning to Voodoo Experience this year after gracing the stage at the 2010 ritual. They consist of brothers Matt and Brad Shultz, Jared Champion and Daniel Tichenor. Since forming in 2006, Cage the Elephant have put out four albums and have had two singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Cage the Elephant are a bit infamous for their high energy live performances, so their set will be a good addition to anyone’s Voodoo experience.
Louisiana and Missouri natives Mutemath will also be gracing the stage this year. This Grammy-nominated band consists of Paul Meany, Darren King, Roy Mitchell-Cárdenas and Todd Gummerman. They formed in New Orleans in 2002, and have been releasing music and touring consistently ever since. Mutemath is known amongst their fans for their fun and energetic live performances, so add them to your Voodoo Experience schedule if you are into upbeat, multi-influenced rock.
Look no further than Preservation Hall Jazz Band as a local staple at Voodoo this year. The lineup has changed many, many times over the years, but this group of traditional jazz and brass musicians has been operating out of New Orleans since 1963. Originally, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band was formed to revive the jazz scene in New Orleans, and the legacy has been carried on though countless talented musicians from all over the world ever since. They have won both a National Medal of Arts and an NAACP Image Award. This band has played at several Louisiana events, and their set should be a must see.