By McCray Sutherlin
Since its inception in 1999, Voodoo Fest has hosted over 2000 artists and nearly a million music lovers. This year, the New Orleans festival is home to massive headliners such as the Foo Fighters, OutKast, and Skrillex. Although, we encourage you to look past the star-studded headliners, and dig deep into the incredibly rich line-up throughout the weekend. Here’s a few artists we feel you shouldn’t miss out on.
Relatively unknown until recently, this talented young bluesman burst onto the scene earlier this year with his debut album, Happy Home, via ATO Records. Born in in Tampa, now residing in New Orleans, Booker had the opportunity to tour with one of his childhood inspirations, Mr. Jack White.
“To have somebody’s poster on your wall when you’re like a 13-year-old to then be playing shows with them is pretty intense, especially because we’d only been playing together for like a year,” Booker said.
In addition, Booker has been making his rounds on major TV and radio outlets, giving incredible performances on the “Late Show with David Letterman”, “Conan”, and BBC Radio.
Booker’s smooth guitar work, coupled with his uncannily raw vocal capabilities make his sound stretch far beyond his years.
In the words of DIG contributor, Parks Vincent, “For the young Mr. Booker, there is a bright future for an old soul.”
Be sure not to miss him on Saturday at 8:30 PM- 9:30 PM.
Check out this video of Booker performing with an acoustic guitar before his discovery by ATO Label manager Jon Salter — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKRVSxiUt0A
This Atlanta rap duo, made up by Andre 3000 and Big Boi, incorporate elements of Hip-Hop, Soul, Funk, and so much more, garnering 6 Grammy’s and millions of fans over the years. Since embarking on their 20th Anniversary tour earlier this year, OutKast has performed at nearly every major festival in the country, including Coachella and Hangout Fest. Considering OutKast hasn’t been to New Orleans in over two decades, this is sure to be something special for the fans.
As NPR puts it, it may be “their last chance to see one of the most-respected and best-loved rap groups of all time together.”
Don’t miss out on this potentially once in a lifetime experience, kicking off Friday at 9:20 PM.
Here’s a classic video from the rap legends.
John Butler Trio
This eclectic Australian group is led by guitarist and vocalist John Butler. The band’s last 3 album’s under ATO Records have topped the Australian charts and they have received numerous awards. Simply put, John Butler is an animal on the guitar. With tracks like “Ocean”, a song that he once sold via cassette tapes while busking on the streets, he showcases an incredible knowledge of the instrument. With frighteningly quick guitar licks, and percussive elements intertwined, this track stands out as one of his most special pieces of work. More vocally dominant tracks such as “Used to Get High” reflect on Butler’s previous life, and incorporate themes that thousands of fans around the world have related to over the years.
Check out this live performance at Red Rocks Ampitheatre, and be sure not to miss John Butler Trio at 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM on Sunday.
Hailing from Houston, this indie rock group has developed a nation-wide audience and toured all over the country since 2012. In addition to the unique instrumentation provided by bassist Tom Nguyen, guitarist Adam Martinez, and drummer Justin Martinez, vocalist Asli Omar is simply impossible not fall in love with. Rapper Bun B has referred to them as the “best band in Houston”.
They’ll be performing on Sunday from 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM.
Here’s the official video for “Golden”.