Voodoo Experience 2013 Day 3 Recap: The Cure, Bassnectar Rile the Apathetic Masses
The final day of the Voodoo Experience was about as relaxed as you could get after a booze-fueled weekend in the Big Easy. Aside from headliners the Cure and Bassnectar, Sunday was dominated primarily by smaller bands. As with Friday, local fare factored heavily into a rather short day in City Park. The ever-innovative Quintron and Miss Pussycat woke up the festival with a combination puppet show, live music performance and dance party. Backup dancers shook their tail feathers and added a bit of flair to the stage-left side while Miss Pussycat and a pal shook candy-colored maracas. Quintron, meanwhile, toggled between his custom organ, signature drum buddy and a small drum kit.
Steering the festival back toward folk and rock were local acts CC Adcock and the Lafayette Marquis and the Apache Relay. Both were solid, yet they played to only a handful of people. A majority of festgoers had crowded the main stage early in hopes of staking out a prime spot for the Cure. Once the sun set, the rather chill crowds came to life for their last hurrah of Voodoo 2013. It's hard to tell which closer had a larger crowd, if only because those crammed around the stage to see Bassnectar were packed in so tightly. The Cure's fans required breathing room, stretching a good 50 feet past front of house.
Unsurprisingly, the Cure sounded fantastic, covering their back catalog and giving ample time to hits like 'Friday I'm In Love' and 'In Between Days'. Frontman Robert Smith was alight with energy and vibrato, donning his signature firetruck red lipstick and heavy black eye make-up. Just across the field, bass pumped and thumped against a rapt crowd whose molly had clearly taken hold at just the right time. Visually, Bassnectar's light show stood as the closest thing to the perfection seen during Nine Inch Nails' set the night before. Now that the Voodoo Experience has come to a close, we bring you three final observations from New Orleans.
Potty-mouth Performers: You'd expect nothing less of Kid Rock than a party fit for a trailer-park king, so it comes as somewhat a surprise that the absolutely filthiest onstage banter came from Matt & Kim. Sure, the duo are known to say a few outrageous things throughout their set, but their vulgarities were on full display Sunday afternoon. Drummer Kim Schifino gave a shout-out to tits large and small, Matt Johnson announced Kim as his partner in crime and in sex and the banter got progressively stranger as they threw old-school rap samples around like wet dollar bills at a steamy strip club.
Checking Out: No matter where you turned, not a single person seemed to really care about what was going on in City Park, be they security members, sound and lighting guys or even food vendors. A drastically shrunken line-up paired with an early night made for a bit of disinterest within the crowd as well. Folks were more concerned with meeting up with friends and just enjoying a pleasant, albeit chilly, Sunday rather than losing their minds for music.
Closing Thoughts: Though every single headliner helped in elevating the Voodoo Experience despite production issues, poor configuration and freakishly explicit greed, there's only so much a solid band can do to maintain the vibe of inclusion that Voodoo relies on so heavily. Rumors of Voodoo becoming a touring festival or permanent stages being erected in its new location inside City Park only serve as a reminder of how the festival is looking to expand before it's looking to improve. Though they most certainly made a bit more this year, the return of more music would be a welcomed change to a festival that soldiers on despite its fluctuations in quality.
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