Over the weekend, the organizers of the Voodoo Music Experience followed-up last month’s top-headliner announcement with more lineup news, unveiling additional acts scheduled to appear at the annual Halloween weekend event. Joining Green Day, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Skrillex and bad MF’er Gary Clark, Jr. is a roster of usual suspects, both among local acts as well as nationally touring bands stalking the 2012 festival circuit: Jack White and Avett Brothers will each have almost a dozen fest sets under their belts when they come to town, and the electronic stage will also host ubiquitous EDM poster boys Kaskade and Borgore.
Past-Voodoo performers returning for another City Park go-round include dreamy L.A. shoegazers Silversun Pickups, French DJ team Justice and South African performance-art troupe Die Antwoord; while newcomers include The Features, Awolnation, Say Anything, Delta Rae, digital pioneer Thomas Dolby, and reggae legend Toots Hibbard and His Maytals. Big History, Royal Teeth and Supagroup join a dependable/predictable collection of standard local fare including The Revivalists, MyNameIsJohnMichael, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Debauche, Anders Osborne, Soul Rebels Brass Band and of course The New Orleans Bingo! Show.
Such a minimally-curated offering should come as no surprise as the spectrum of once unique and differentiated Weekend Music Festivals continue their topical sprints towards the middle, but with Voodoo offering on-site camping for the first time, a lineup featuring at least one mid- to upper- tier jam band seemed like a complete given.