Voodoo Picks- Day One

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Alejandro Escovedo (WWOZ Stage at 4:30 PM) puts on one the best shows around. He writes wonderful songs and surrounds himself with great musicians. His musical roots reflect all of the genres that are presented at the Voodoo Music Experience. He was a punk rocker in his youth, has experimented with the Tex-Mex sounds of his family roots and has emerged as a fully formed artist. His set at Jazz Fest was a highlight for me and I expect the same at Voodoo.

The TBC Brass Band (Preservation Hall Stage at 1 PM) has been tearing up the streets of New Orleans with a level of energy that rivals both the Dirty Dozen and the Rebirth when they were youngsters. The group comes on strong from the get go and doesn’t let up until everyone around them is dancing to beat the band. They are the only brass band performing today, so anyone from out of town needs to check them out.

The New Orleans Bingo Show! (Bingo! Parlor at 6:445 PM) has got to be one of the most eclectic outfits anywhere in the world. They have their own stage, which features some of the most interesting performers at the festival. Consider Ratty Scurvics who opens the stage at 11 AM. I saw this guy for the first time a couple of weeks ago. He threw spaghetti into the crowd; brought the biggest horn section I have ever seen on stage for a few songs; and broke the fourth wall to kiss an audience member. The Bingo Show! will have to out Ratty, Ratty and I have no doubt that they will.

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