Five Can’t Miss Emerging Artists at Voodoo Fest
Frank Turner, Grizfolk, and more will take the stage in New Orleans
Just when you thought the outdoor live-music season was over, New Orleans’ Voodoo Music Experience sashays up, giving you one final sonic soiree infused with the spirit of Halloween. What’s thrilling about Voodoo is that, alongside all the great music, you get to experience the food, art, jewelry, drinks, dance — and the list goes on — of all things unique to New Orleans’ culture. Of course, some of the highlights are the emerging artists, which we’ve listed below. Spooky or playful or somewhere in between, these acts are guaranteed to get your adrenaline up this harvest season.
British prog-rock metalhead-turned-troubadour singer/songwriter Frank Turner returns to the stage with his support team, The Sleeping Souls, to steal our hearts this Halloween. After finding success in the early 2000s, Turner has continued to make his name touring across Europe and the U.S. for big-name festivals over recent years. Don’t miss the chance to see him perform old classics and new hits from his freshly released album Positive Songs for Negative People.
For those who love unapologetic, badass alt-rock staples but want something more, we give you Grizfolk. With members from Los Angeles and Sweden, Grizfolk gives us an irresistible fusion of messy guitar shredding and the more refined points of alternative rock. After making their TV debut last February on The Late Show With David Letterman, these guys are not to be missed. Watch them rock out to their recent single “Troublemaker,” in addition to unreleased songs from their upcoming full-length album, expected this fall.
Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas
Self-proclaimed dark soul/gothic pop group hailing from Detroit, Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas have been on the rise since the release of their debut album in 2014, Secret Evil. Bringing the perfect combination of spooky and fun, Hernandez energizes crowds with hits like “Sorry I Stole Your Man.” Her voice is strong and powerful, inspired by Aretha Franklin and Mariah Carey, infused with haunting shades of Amy Winehouse. Make sure to see this band warm up the stage at Voodoo with original hits, plus their festive cover of Le Tigre’s “Deceptacon.”
Master producer and song mixing guru Duke Dumont is a standout in his field. After starting out trying to get small DJ gigs, Dumont has revamped his tracks and earned his spot at the top of the charts in the UK several times over, and making a name for himself in the U.S. Get yourself over to Duke Dumont’s set to dance to some of his newest hits, including those off the first of his three-part series of Blase Boys Club EPs, as a partial tribute to one of the leading electronic influences of our time, Daft Punk’s Discovery.
This group, originally from Gainesville, Florida, knows how to shine bright in a crowd. In addition to having two beautiful and critically acclaimed albums, Hundred Waters are the pioneers of Form Arconsati, an annual three-day festival celebrating artists and musicians in the Arizona desert. Hundred Waters are electronic and soulful; musical and melancholy; wistful and danceable. Watch them light up the stage with their warm presence and emphatic sound at Voodoo.
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