2012 Voodoo Experience: New Orleans, Louisiana, October 26-28, 2012
Marcia Ball's short 30 minute set on the WWOZ Stage was long on quality. The boogie woogie keyboardist killed on "I'm Still Your Girl," "Stop, Look and Listen," "Look Before You Leap," "That's Enough of That Stuff" and "Mama's Cookin'" while the audience members danced and bopped back and forth between the stage and the open field.
Melding traditional Cajun music with rock 'n' roll, the Lost Bayou Ramblers with Tao Rodriguez-Seeger (Pete Seeger's grandson, who played a gold Les Paul) and members of GIVERS lit up the Preservation Hall Stage with an unbelievable version of the Who's "My Generation."
Prog-metal superstars, Coheed & Cambria brought its epic mythology to the Le Ritual Stage. Touring behind the Afterman: Ascension album (Everything Evil/Hundred Handed Inc., 2012), the band proceeded to provide the crowd with exactly what they expecteda show that detailed the continuing saga of The Armory Wars the science fiction narrative (authored by singer/guitarist Claudio Sanchez) that encompasses each of the group's albums, numerous comic books, and a novel co-written by Peter David. The music was big, loud and superb.
Preservation Hall Jazz Band played its namesake stage with Big Al Carson on vocals. The highlight of the bouncy and jumping set was "Goodnight Irene."
Jack White closed out the final night of the festival with a show mixing songs from all phases of his career. Backed on Le Ritual Stage by the Buzzards, his all-male band dressed in dark natty suits (he also has an all-female backing groupthe Peacocks who were not called on to perform on this evening), White showed off his musical IQ with a cover of the Dick Dale Surf classic "Miserlou." He also performed the White Stripes tracks "Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground," "Fell In Love With A Girl" and "Seven Nation Army" (which featured the crowd singing the song's classic riff); the Dead Weather's "I Cut Like A Buffalo," The Raconteurs' "Top Yourself" and "Steady As She Goes," as well as "Missing Pieces," "Sixteen Saltines," "Freedom At 21," "Love Interruption" (on which he was joined by Ruby Amanfu, who also sang on the studio recording) and the title track from his solo album Blunderbuss (Columbia/Third Man Records, 2012).
All Photos: Christine Connallon
[Additional article contributions by Christine Connallon].