Day 2 of the 2018 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience was just as muddy as the first, but the throngs who learned a lesson about proper footwear came better prepared. On Saturday, October 27, Voodoo Fest was marked by performances from Janelle Monáe, Marilyn Manson, Travis Scott, Ty Dolla $ign, Odesza, Tom Misch, Big Thief and more.
Big Thief, a Brooklyn based band of angels, certainly got the mood just right for a Saturday afternoon in the park. What was the mood, you might ask? Dreamy and calm, lots of love moving the crowd. These guys are kind of new to the scene, having only just crushed all of our hearts with the release of their first album in 2016. The crowd drawn to the South Course stage was not unimpressive.
Big Thief gave us all what we wanted, I even saw some tears during the much anticipated “Shark Smile” track from their 2017 release, Capacity. And they didn’t stop there. We even got a beautiful rendition of their single, “Paul,” from their first album, Masterpiece. All this exclusively for Voodoo as the band isn’t actively on tour right now. I, for one, cannot wait to see what they havein store for us next.
– Kaleena Stoddard
In case you, like myself, were wondering "wait, what has Marilyn Manson been doing since 1999?” the answer is certainly not “dying,” because he brought it so hard at the Wisner stage last night that all the pleather-clad busty swooners were calling him “Daddy” just two songs into his set (yes, those fans are still there). Although the crowd has shifted a lot, to include almost every ilk, it was obvious that the draw was the same now as it was 20 years ago.
If you hadn’t been standing there since noon, you weren’t going to get anywhere close to the stage for show time. It was impressive.
Our king of androgyny and controversial artistry was toned down in this performance, looking like some sexy grown up version of himself in classic black from head to toe and very modest platforms. Not a day of age showed up on him as he opened with “Cruci-fiction in Space,” a stellar 18-year-old track, followed by more classics from the archive including both his famous covers, “Tainted Love” and, of course, “Sweet Dreams” to close the night out. He came in hot with the
screaming industrial crunch we all love, and he left that way, leaving old heads like myself very content and the newbies none the wiser that he is, in fact, even too old to be their daddy. That was weird, and totally awesome for Voodoo to experience. A particularly New Orleans moment happened when Manson invited The Soul Rebels on stage to perform “Beautiful People.”
– Kaleena Stoddard
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