It wasn’t until late afternoon that the skies over day two of the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience darkened eerily and the rain came, but the effect was perfect for a music festival on Halloween in New Orleans. Sure, Ozzy Osbourne and his tag-team of epic guitarists were on deck for a fireworks-and-water-cannon-blitzed finale to the night, but that was just one of the 10 coolest moments we witnessed Saturday (Oct. 31) at Voodoo 2015. The other nine? Read on, if you dare…
It’s safe to assume Jane’s Addiction can command a festival main stage. They’ve been playing them forever and, heck, Perry Farrell is the actual father of Lollapalooza. At Voodoo, that meant the crowd got good-weird vibes, timeless tunes (including “Three Days,” “Been Caught Stealing,” “Stop” and “Mountain Song”), a shirtless, shredding Dave Navarro, and a pair of women in lingerie writhing suspended from the rafters ahead of the inevitable closer, “Jane Says.”
The downpour may have delayed her set a bit, but that didn’t slow down Peaches and her relentlessly fun Kama Sutra-meets-aerobics-inspired performance. With a male and female dancer at her service, the Canadian electronic music badass bumped-and-grinded her way through explicit favorites old and new. Stand-up… er, standout track? New single “Dick In The Air,” during which she and her crew worked their way through a number of simulated sexual positions. Inevitable outcome? Peaches sending jets of foamy Champagne spraying into the already drenched crowd at the Carnival stage.
The Voodoo crowd had to battle Mother Nature most of Saturday, but Santigold had a tasty treat as a reward of sorts: free donuts. The singer's pair of backup dancers handed out the pastries midway through the set, before bringing a bunch of costumed members of the audience onstage to dance with her.
Like something right out of Night of the Living Dead, the New Orleans sky obliged with spooky weather for Halloween at Voodoo. Dark clouds rolled in in the late afternoon, the temperature dropped from hot to chilly in a matter of moments. The music played on, and as the rain came, the party continued.
The king of Halloween at Voodoo was the Ozzman himself, obviously. It didn’t hurt that he had a supergroup of solo-slinging guitarists in tow including Slash, Tom Morello, and Black Sabbath bass guitarist Geezer Butler. Together, they powered through every pitch-black headbangers’ classic you wanted to hear from “Crazy Train” and “War Pigs” to closer “Paranoid,” complete with on-stage flames and fireworks shooting out into the night. And just in case the storm didn’t make everyone wet enough, Ozzy turned a hose on the crowd and dumped two buckets of water over his own head, just to be sure.
The ponchos and rain gear may have hidden some of the festive finery, but Halloween costumes were certainly on display en masse. Troops of bananas, dinosaurs, Where’s Waldo?'s, and mimes: Check, check, check and check. A little more clever? The impressive doppelganger of artist Bob Ross, though he didn't seem to have any happy little clouds.
"Shout-out to all the furries out there!" Joywave singer Daniel Armbruster told the indie-pop group's heavily costumed crowd at the end of its afternoon set. "Let your freak flag fly!" The encouraging words drew an enthusiastic response from the audience -- especially the members dressed as animals.
“There comes a time when you just gotta say ‘f-ck it,’” Clutch singer Neil Fallon said when the rain hit their afternoon set on the main Altar stage. From that moment on, the veteran Maryland rockers turned in a hard-charging suite of jams just right for rocking out in the rain.
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