New Orleans/Memphis (October 17, 2005)–According to Fesitval planners, this year’s Voodoo Music Experience will return home to New Orleans for the first of its two back-to-back concerts. Originally scheduled for Halloween Weekend in New Orleans’ City Park, Voodoo Music Experience was displaced by the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina. While plans were in full swing to move forward with relocation to Memphis, community leaders in New Orleans approached festival producers about the opportunity to move the event back home for one of its two days, as a tribute event for relief workers.
The Saturday, October 29 event in New Orleans will celebrate the heroic efforts of those who have worked tirelessly and dedicated the past six weeks to the clean-up and recovery of New Orleans. The New Orleans event will be an invitation-only celebration (previous ticketholders exempt) for police, firefighters, National Guard, military and countless others who have aided in the recovery efforts of the city. The event will take place at Riverview Park behind Audubon Zoo. Performers will include Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Digable Planets, LCD Soundsystem, New York Dolls, The Secret Machines, Death From Above 1979, Sevendust, and more.
Festivities remain in place for the Sunday, October 30 event in Memphis, TN. The full concert at AutoZone Park will be in the heart of downtown. Performers at the Memphis concert include Nine Inch Nails, Secret Machines, Cake, North Mississippi Allstars, The Decemberists, Carl Cox, Mindless Self Indulgence, and more. In addition, look for a series of free concerts in downtown Memphis beginning Thursday, October 27 and continuing throughout the weekend.
“In the course of the past few weeks, the outpouring of support from not only the music industry, but from people from all walks of life, who want to come together to celebrate New Orleans has been tremendous,” said festival producer, Stephen Rehage. “The ability to move forward in two cities–with so much music history–is overwhelming to everyone involved with this year’s event. We want to thank all the artists who have shown their support by honoring their commitment to this historic event. We all look forward to making this weekend one to remember.”
Marc Geiger from the William Morris Agency added, “We’ve always supported the Voodoo Music Experience. This year, as we watched the events unfold, we knew that we had to do more to make this year special for music fans in both New Orleans and Memphis. We’re glad to be a part of bringing the music back to New Orleans.”
Tickets for the October 30 Memphis event in AutoZone Park were made available for $35 starting last Wednesday, October 12, through Ticketmaster and www.voodoomusicfest.com.
Proceeds from the Voodoo Music Experience will benefit the New Orleans Restoration Fund (NORF), a donor-advised fund of the Entertainment Industry Foundation. The remainder of the funds will be distributed directly to humanitarian organizations such as Mercy Corps and Habitat for Humanity as well as local organizations committed to restoring the vibrant cultural community of the greater New Orleans area, including: Audubon Nature Institute; Bring New Orleans Back, a non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration of the city of New Orleans; WWOZ, 90.7, New Orleans Roots Radio; and YA/YA, Inc. (Young Aspirations/Young Artists), a local organization dedicated to empowering future generations of young artists and community leaders.