Voodoo Experience 2013 Day 2 Recap: Delta Rae Shine, Nine Inch Nails Make Wondrous ‘Black Noise’ + More
Day 2 (Nov. 2) of the 2013 Voodoo Experience saw quite a few production improvements in addition to a standout performance from headliner Nine Inch Nails. As with yesterday, Southern rock and twang dominated the daytime slots. L.A. band He’s My Brother She’s My Sister were particular highlights. Who wouldn’t start dancing after seeing their tap-dancing drummer or hearing their killer harmonies?
On similar ground stood Delta Rae, a true testament to keeping it in the family. Composed of brothers, a sister and friends, the band upgraded their set from last year and appeared a far more confident outfit. From the smaller Flambeau stage to the electronic beeps and bloops of the Le Plur stage, there wasn’t a single weak performance. Even Paramore surprised and delighted. Below, we present three more highlights from City Park in New Orleans.
Friendly Fans: The sense of community in New Orleans has and always will be a strong one and that definitely translates to Voodoo. It’s difficult to keep track of how many new friendships were made, beers were bought for strangers and new dance partners came together to groove through the festival grounds. Where else are press photographers offered food — the creme de la creme, crawfish nachos with all the fixings, no less?
Production Promotion: Thanks go out to whoever is in charge of the main stage’s LED panels. Not only were they properly calibrated for every single act, but the stage-left side was no longer flickering, and the picture looked spotless. Though Voodoo may not be as large as Coachella or Lollapalooza, there are still plenty of fans getting a majority of their visuals from the screens rather than the stage. Add to that far more controlled audio, and you had a main stage more than ready for the heavy aesthetics of Nine Inch Nails.
Nine Inch Nails: Trent Reznor has quite the history in New Orleans. “I had some of the worst times of my life here, and I found salvation here,” Reznor said during the tail end of a thunderous performance to close out Day 2 of the Voodoo Experience. Surprise tracks like ‘The Frail’, ‘Wish’ and ‘Black Noise’ made for an industrial-strength set that was for Reznor both cathartic and pleasurable. Rarely do you see the NIN mastermind enjoying himself onstage, and with the comforts of a place he once called home, he was having the time of his life playing in what has become a personal and musical touchstone.
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