Wednesday, November 9, 2016

2016 New Orleans Trip & Voodoo Festival

2016 New Orleans Trip & Voodoo Festival

Hey Masses welcome back! I’m fresh off a mini vacation and ready to get back to it. Last weekend, Jon and I got to taste the sweet air of freedom from work, responsibilities, and Mylo (doggie son), by taking a trip to New Orleans for this year's Voodoo Fest! Since work has become the least desirable place to be for both of us, it was nice to have a moment to relax for a few days and immerse ourselves in good music and a good state of mind. After last year’s horrid experience at the festival due to rain, I was very eager to give the festival another shot and this year did not disappoint!
New Orleans has become a must go city for me when it comes to festivals. In spite of structural damages to businesses and homes due to Katrina and other natural disasters, there is a certain sense of life instilled in the city. There is a great respect for architecture with a fusion of art and that liveliness reflects in the people too. Out of all the festivals I've been to over the past 6 years, the festivals in New Orleans stand out as the best crowds which I've experienced. For me, what makes a festival great is not just the musicians, the decor, or even the elaborate light shows, it all comes down to the people. Seeing the energy of the crowd, the freedom to express themselves in a “no f**ks”type of way is what a festival should be all about! A judgment free zone.
I will have to admit: because this was the first festival since Fort Rock, I've been to with just Jon as company I was a bit nervous, simply because he's not very expressive when it comes to "having a good time." However, much to my surprise, this was one of chillest festivals for us. It gave us an opportunity to enjoy each other’s music taste and for me to "get weird," as Jon likes to put it.
voodoo festival 2016

voodoo festival 2016

Some of our favorite sets included Snakehips, What So Not, Puscifer, Die Antwoord, Rebelation, STS9, The Weeknd, and Gramatik. Though these were the stand out sets for me, all the other artists we saw put on a great show. This year there was a fun addition to the festival: a haunted cemetery complete with zombies, tombstones, a zombie horse, and a bathroom haunted house. According to the story, there was an unsolved murder which happened in the bathroom (true story) which added to the eeriness to the whole things.
voodoo festival

what so not voodoo festival 2016

g-easy voodoo festival 2016

sts9 voodoo festival 2016

snakehips voodoo festival 2016
Voodoo Festival 2016

Voodoo Festival 2016

Voodoo Festival 2016

voodoo fest 2016 cemetery

voodoo fest 2016 cemetery


Much like last year, there were free goodies for everyone. Thanks to Toyota, I walked away with a free screen printed bag and Voodoo bandanna. It sucks that you have to take part of their survey and give personal info to Toyota for the free merch though. Other than that, there was no shortage of the free bags of Funyuns or M&M's either. Despite the great sets, free stuff and fun Halloween décor, the best part of the whole festival was...THE CLEAN BATHROOMS!!! I don't know if you have experienced needing to use the bathroom at a festival but, if not, it can be a very scary place! I wholeheartedly appreciate the work that went into making sure the bathrooms were clean and in great condition all 3 days. To see more videos of some of the sets we experienced, check out my Youtube channel too see more!
Voodoo Fest 2016 screen printed bags

Voodoo Fest 2016 bandanna

Outside of Voodoo Fest, New Orleans is also a great city to explore. It's always fun to get out of the tourist areas of the French Quarters, where everything is so congested and there’s traffic from all sides from cars and people. When visiting a new city, you'll get a real feel of your destination when you get out of tourist areas. We did a bit of exploring of the neighborhood surrounding Satsuma, a gem of a café filled with local artwork, a super chill vibe, and great coffee and food. We visited Spitfire Coffee and Fairgrounds Coffeehouse; both recommended for great coffee! Also you can't take a trip to New Orleans without making a stop at Café Du Monde. Their beignets and hot chocolate is just soothing for the soul after a long night of dancing and walking.
New Orleans architecture

New Orleans street art

New Orleans street art in her we trust




New Orleans street art

New Orleans street art

New Orleans street art

New Orleans street art

32hundred New Orleans street art

Fairgrinds Coffee New Orleans


Overall this trip to New Orleans was just what I needed. Though the first night there I lost my driver's license before any fun could start, it didn't damper the mood at all. As always there is always so much to do yet so little time to get it all done. I was really looking forward to visiting the sculpture garden at City Park, as well as going to the Louis Armstrong park, but unfortunately it didn't happen this trip. I'm sure I’ll be visiting the city again sometime next year, possibly for Voodoo Fest 2017, so I’ll save these stops for another time.

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