2017 Voice of the Wetlands Festival – October 13-14-15, 2017

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Although VOW has received far reaching recognition through its coastal awareness efforts, for nearly a decade, it has been the annual Voice of the Wetlands Festival that has drawn both attention to the cause as well as thousands of music and food lovers to the bayou.

The VOW Festival draws heavily on the traditions of our bayou community fairs – weekend long celebrations with a perfect mix of music, food, dance and drink all within a festival atmosphere. Literally, a festival with dual purpose – providing an extraordinarily pleasant social ambiance while serving as the conscience of a struggle by America to save the history, culture and geography of a unique American place.

The first festival, though held under tent due to the remains of Tropical Storm Matthew, literally set the stage for the years to come. Great music, exquisite local food, educational and environmental displays as well as enlightening presentations create an event unique and special from the start.

Each year, the festival has showcased dozens upon dozens of world class musical artists kicking off the weekend on a serious musical note in the traditional “Friday Night Guitar Fights” with performances from the likes of Joe Bonamassa, Tab Benoit, Sonny Landredth, Paul Barrere, Camille Baudoin, Mike Zito and Joe Stark. Continuing through the weekend, we have listened to the extraordinary sounds of Dr. John, Beausoliel, The Radiators, Susan Cowsill, The Producers, Zebra, Amanda Shaw, Chubby Carrier and especially Louisiana LaRoux, whose appearances at the Festival have become a true South Louisiana must see tradition. And completing the perfect weekend, a performance by the acclaimed Voice of the Wetlands All Stars, recognized by rave reviews and sold out performances across the nation as a truly talented cultural and blues musical ensemble.

The festival’s cajun food fare teases the visitor’s palate with traditional cajun dishes like jambalayas and sauce piquantes while still offering a selection of classic American fair food.

Exhibitors educate and share their knowledge of all aspects related to coastal land loss as well as plans and strategies for sustainability. The Annual Voice of the Wetlands Festival – a balance between cultural celebration and real-world environmental awareness for a disappearing ecosystem, Coastal Louisiana.

We would like to welcome you all to the 2017 14th Annual Voice of the Wetlands Festival in Houma, LA. This year we are excited to bring you the best in Cajun Cuisine, Louisiana Crafts, Music, Art, and Good Times all wrapped in our special atmosphere. Join us on the Ponderosa in the wetlands of Terrebonne Parish at 5403 West Park, Houma, Louisiana 70364.
STAY AND CAMP – Sign up for our camping and safely stay all night and enjoy the late night jam sessions that have become the talk of the area. Sign up to camp here!

After the main stage closes we kick off the ultimate jam session at our Wetlands Rambles that run late through the night into the morning it is perfect for the campers. Come Join us on October 13, 14, and 15th for the 14th Annual 2017 Voice of the Wetlands Festival and bring the kids to our small animal zoo and kids area. Make the 2017 Voice of the Wetlands part of your October 13-15 family weekend. Come fall in love with the Wetlands and you too will see how special they are.

It all starts Friday October 13, 2017.

2017 Festival Line Up

Friday October 13

The Friday Night Guitar Fights feat Tab Benoit, Josh Garrett, Colin Lake, and Ed Wills

THE TRIO – George Porter Jr, Johnny Vidacovich, Brian Stoltz

The Fortifiers

Sam Price and the True Believers

Colin Lake

Josh Garrett

Wetlands Ramble Mid Night Till….

Saturday October 14

Tab Benoit

Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles

Honey Island Swamp Band

Don Rich

Waylon Thibodeaux

Ed Wills Band

Johnny Sansone

The Mark Stone Band

The Jeff McCarty Band

Margie Perez

Nonc Nu and the Wild Matous

Johnny Stassi and the Wild Hares

Wetlands Ramble Mid Night Till….

Sunday October 15

Louisiana’s Leroux featuring Jimmy Hall & Tab Benoit

Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band

John “Papa” Gros

Dash Rip Rock

Waylon Thibodeaux Band

Dave Jordan and the Neighborhood
Improvement Association

Danny Alexander Band

The Colin Lake Band

Nonc Nu and the Wild Matous

The Heath Ledet Band

Roland Cheramie Cajun Band

Baton Rouge Music School Presents TOAST

Nonc Nu and the Wild Matous

Wetlands Ramble 10 pm Till….

Our Location

5403 West Park, Houma, Louisiana 70364


Line-Up TBA on July 1


Voice of the Wetlands Cajun Food Experience
(Subject to Additions)

Shrimp Etouffe’

Alligator Sauce Piquante

Chicken Cajun Sausage Jambalaya

Southern Louisiana Gumbo

Southern Fried Seafood

All American Hamburgers/Hotdogs

Chili Cheese Fritos

French Fries

Homemade Desserts

Assorted Alcohol and Non-Alcohol Beverages




Order Your 2016 Voice of the Wetlands Festival Poster Early!!

The Voice of the Wetlands is proud to announce our 2016 Festival Poster Artist Steve Johannsen.

Steve Johannsen is a visionary and his art has been flown at major music venues and top festivals throughout the US. Steve’s Rock Style Art has been commissioned by The Grateful Dead, Allman Brothers, Bruce Hornsby, Jimmy Buffett plus many more. His Art has been used to promote major festivals across the US including • Gathering of the Vibes • Mountain Jam • Warren Haynes presents Christmas Jam • and now the 2016 Voice of the Wetlands Festival.

“Artistically…I guess, I never settled into a ‘niche’. I love the challenge of different and new subjects and styles. That’s why my work ranges from paintings to graphic design to portraits to rock and roll. I love the creative freedoms which rock art offers. I’ve also experienced photography, sign design and painting, screen printing posters, apparel and many related fields” …….Steve Johannsen

Read more about the 2016 Voice of the Wetlands Festival Artist Steve Johannsen here.



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