Bringing the Preservation Hall Jazz Band on stage to do "Highly Suspicous" is getting to be a regular thing for My Morning Jacket. It was a hit at the band's Jazz Fest set. And it worked again tonight at Voodoo, although it followed two long gothic guitar doom jams that seemed perfect for Halloween but didn't make much use of the horn section. The two bands also played "Carnival Time" and Jim James handled the vocals ably, without Al Johnson this time.
Chrissie Hynde's voice seemed ageless, or maybe her talents are timeless, singing with JP, Chrissie and the Fairground Boys. She even turned in a pretty version of Iggy Pop's "I Wanna Be Your Dog."
Janelle Monae's set was more than a half hour late starting, and it took a few songs to get going, going from lounge-y chanteuse to funk/pop instigator. She finished her set by making her way through the audience, and then returned to the stage and threw down the mic stand, which isn't quite the same as smashing a guitar, but that seemed to be what she was going for. The crowd mingling messed up her otherwise perfect hair, and it seemed to fit her mood.
Katey Red's "Punk Under Pressure" lead into a popping extravaganza by several stage guests during her set with Big Freedia and Sissy Nobby. Not a surprise event, but nonetheless rather impressive.
Minus the Bear's lead singer Jake Snider passed judgment on Halloween at Voodoo: lots of great costumes, but a few too many Waldos. He was easy to find.