The Voodoo Music Experience (Oct. 28-30; www.thevoodooexperience.com) has an impressive lineup of headlining veterans, including Soundgarden (pictured), Snoop Dogg, Blink-182 and My Chemical Romance, relatively newer bands like The Raconteurs and Band of Horses, DJs and electronic performers including Girl Talk, and an array of New Orleans and Louisiana roots music acts. One of the more prominent scheduling motifs is collaboration. Not all of the special pairings are hugely surprising, the Violent Femmes' Gordan Gano has been working with the Lost Bayou Ramblers, and the group will perform together at Voodoo. Alt-folk queen Ani DiFranco will mix it up with Ivan Neville and drummer Herlin Riley. Cajun stalwarts BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet will be joined by clarinetist Dr. Michael White. Members of Morphine will back Jeremy Lyons, and former Radiators guitarist Dave Malone will throw down with Bonerama. There's even a special performance for modern dance fans. The Trey McIntyre Project debuted a live collaboration with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band in February. A performance of Ma Maison will be presented at the Preservation Hall Tent at Voodoo. The Preservation Hall band also will perform with the Del McCoury Band — Preservation Hall issued their collaboration American Legacies in April. In a separate performance, the McCoury band will back Keller Williams.
Voodoo tinkers with its offerings every year, and some of the new attractions include a Ferris wheel and carnival amusement rides. The Vooboo children's area returns, and festival admission is free for children 10 and under with accompanying adult. Due to positive response to the DJ and dance Le Plur tent last year, Voodoo will expand its offerings. And a Deja Voodoo series of after-parties at local clubs (midnight-to-6 a.m.) will be previewed by DJ sets (as yet unannounced) on the grounds at City Park.