DRIP DROPS of HIP-HOP from CHATTANOOGA
By Sammy Lowdermilk
VooDoo Festival is a music & arts event in New Orleans, typically close to Halloween. My wife and I had every intention of attending the 2017 festival but were unable to go, so this year's festival was eagerly anticipated. VooDoo Fest was a new one for us. We'd been to JazzFest in New Orleans before, but this was a MUCH DIFFERENT experience. This was, in fact, a much different experience than any other festival we'd been to. Take an eclectic group of music lovers, add Halloween costumes, and place them in New Orleans and you get the VooDoo Festival.
So before I dig into the acts, I should definitely recommend going to this festival. We plan to go back again next year. I would also recommend going down a night or two early to get the full New Orleans experience that's outside of the festival (I'll speak to that a bit later). We tried to hit hot spots, especially eateries and bars before and after the music; namely Dot's Diner, the local Waffle House-esque 24/7 diner, which we hit every night after the festival. The staff was genuine, as was the food. I digress. Let's get back to the music.
While we went to as many shows as we could and experienced a wide-range of genres, I'll only highlight a handful of hip-hop and R&B acts. This is a hip-hop blog after all. I doubt anyone wants to hear about Mumford & Sons or Third Eye Blind. The great thing about this festival is that there's something for everyone.
Day Two, Next Up: Janellle Monae
Janelle Monae was a breath of fresh air at VooDoo Fest. This might have been my favorite performance of the festival. The dancing, the music, and the entire production was quite impressive to watch. From the time the music started until the last note sang, I felt called back to the Rhythm Nation days. That's Janet Jackson for you young folks. There was even a bit of Michael thrown in here and there, even his signature Moonwalk. She sang of love, and female empowerment (even wearing some very yonic pants during one song).
Day Two, The Finale: Travis Scott
First off, the PRIMARY reason I wanted to go to VooDoo Festival was to see Childish Gambino but due to a foot injury he was replaced by Travis Scott. I was only disappointed for so long because Travis put on an AMAZING show. It's been a long time since I've seen that many people going that crazy at a show. Fresh off his new album Astroworld, Travis Scott mixed in his new bangers with a few throwbacks. The show was electric - fireworks, crazy lighting, and a hyped-up Travis Scott. I've always liked his music, but he now has a fan after seeing this performance. I'd love to see him again.
VooDoo Festival also included artists like Ty Dolla Sign, 21 Savage, Duckworth, and Tinashe. The entire experience was unforgettable and we plan to go back again in 2019! Join us!
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