The Voice of the Wetlands festival is set for its fifth annual installment this weekend at Southdown Plantation in Houma. The lineup of free music includes Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars Tab Benoit, George Porter, Waylon Thibodeaux, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Anders Osborne, Jumpin' Johnny Sansone, Johnny Vidacovich and Kim Wilson as well as the Raditors, Amanda Shaw, CC Adcock, Papa Mali, Susan Cowsill and many more. The event is free. There is a kids' area as well as food, drink, raffles and more. Especially as storms like Hurricane Gustav ravage the wetlands, the mission of the group becomes more important. Since 1932, Louisiana has lost as much in wetlands as the entire state of Delaware occupies. Go out and have a good time for a good cause, and remember that the wetlands are a source of industry, culture and natural hurricane protection. Susan Cowsill was recently interviewed by PR Newswire about the wetlands and efforts to preserve them.