VOICE OF THE WETLANDS FESTIVAL
October 13-15th...FREE ADMISSION
It’s important to keep the festival free to the public, so the information about the wetlands crisis is available to everyone,” Rueben Williams, festival promoter and VOW member explains. Donations throughout the year’s benefit events, along with sponsorship, have kept the festival running the two previous years.
Friday, October 13 - Festival Kicks Off at 5:30pm (festival hours 5:30pm to 10pm) – Community involvement and national initiatives are being addressed throughout the weekend with political stump speeches kicking off the festival Friday evening. Local politicians and wetland experts are invited to take the stage and share what actions are taking place and the involvements necessary for results. Exhibitors are being sought to provide information for the festival-goers to learn about the wetlands.
Festivities follow with the X-Treme Guitar Showdown featuring Tab Benoit. He’s inviting special guests to join him on stage for an unyielding dose of blues, rock and roots music.
Saturday & Sunday All Day Events (festival hours 12:00pm to 10pm both days) – The festival swings into full gear with local, regional and national music acts based in Louisiana’s diverse musical roots and culture. Performances include Louisiana LeRoux, Cyril Neville and Tribe 13, The Chubby Carrier Band, The Treater Band, The Waylon Thibodeaux Band, Southern Cross, The Pershing Wells Louisiana Songwriting Revue, The Dream Junkies and The Hurricane Levee Band.
VOW Allstars, which include
George Porter Jr.
Big Chief Monk Boudreaux
Festival promoters are also excited to announce Dr. John (Mac Rebennack) will take the stage with Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars as part of Sunday evening’s finale. Prior to the hurricanes, the VOW All-Stars were already working together to raise awareness of coastal erosion. Their message has become even more critical now than before with the threat of losing this area’s unique culture, heritage, wildlife, people and way of life. Each one of the musicians involved in the project appreciates the influence that Louisiana has had on them musically.