By Alexis Simpson
The last time we covered Voodoo Fest Music + Arts Experience was two years ago, so we were anxious to come back. Voodoo Fest is an interesting mix of music, art, and local New Orleans food. Our top showstoppers for the day were: Calvin Harris, Desaparecidos, Royal Teeth, Allen Stone and Boys Noize. Calvin Harris performed at the same time as Macklemore & Ryan Lewis which was not an enviable position to be for Macklemore because the EDM music was contagious and very loud. Calvin Harris according to Forbes was the highest paid DJ the last year at 46 million so it’s safe to say that he knows how to get the people going. Desaparecidos’ Conor Oberst poked fun at EDM music by saying, “EDM stands for Erectile Disfunction Music.” Oberst was especially charismatic for his Voodoo fest as he displayed a variety of animated facial and hand gestures that were more playful than when we saw him last week in Detroit. Oberst is a Noize favorite because of his intensity as an artist. Boys Noize is always a treat, ,last time we saw him was in Ultra when he performed inside of a skull head. This time he kept his performance more stripped down but it was equally as compelling. Surprise up-and-coming standouts were Royal Teeth and Allen Stone.