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.
The Voice of the Wetlands Festival has found a new home!!
After more than a decade of music, food and fun on the grounds of Southdown Plantation, the decision has been made to take the next step – to expand our internationally acclaimed event. Your Voice of the Wetlands has listened to your ideas and will now create a new mix to include our traditional elements like our main stage, food tents, exhibitors, Louisiana artists and our ever popular Red Dog Saloon. In addition, we will now showcase amusements for the whole family and campgrounds to accommodate those who wish to remain close to the excitement. (Campground applications, rates and rules are coming soon!)
Conveniently located at 5403 West Park, Houma, Louisiana, we are excited about taking Voice of the Wetlands to a new level. Join us!! Participate in creating the next chapter in Voice of the Wetlands history!!
Our New Location
5403 West Park, Houma, Louisiana 70364
GPS: 29°38’58.5″N 90°45’48.4″W (29.649597, -90.763448)
2014 Voice of the Wetlands Main Stage Schedule
FRIDAY OCTOBER 10, 2014
6:00 – 7:15 pm – Mia Borders
7:35- 9:10 pm – Southern Cross featuring Randy Jackson of Zebra
9:30 pm – 11:00 pm – The Friday Night Guitar Fights featuring
Lil Buck Sinegal
Michael Juan Nunez
SATURDAY OCTOBER 11, 2014
12:00 noon to 1:00 pm – Baby Bee Rock Camp
1:25 pm – 2:50 pm – Josh Garrett Band
3:20 pm – 4:50 pm – George Porter Jr and the Runnin Pardners
Houma Idol Winner Performance- “between sets”
5:20 pm – 6:50 pm – Baby Bee (Joe and David Stark)
7:15 pm to 8:30 pm – Buckwheat Zydeco
8:55 pm -11:00 pm – Louisiana Leroux w/ special guest Tab Benoit
SUNDAY OCTOBER 12, 2014
12:00 noon to 1:20 pm – Frank Ball & Friends feat Jon Smith
1:35 pm to 2:40 pm – The Heath Ledet band
3:00 pm to 4:10 pm – Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet
4:30 pm to 5:40 pm – Royal Southern Brotherhood (Cyril Neville, Devon Allman, Bart Walker, Charlie Wooton, Yonrico Scott)
6:00 pm to 7:05 pm – Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm – The Voice of the Wetlands Allstars
w/ Tab Benoit, Cyril Neville, Waylon Thibodeaux, Johnny Sansone, George Porter Jr, Johnny Vidacovich, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux
New Stage !!! “THE RED DOG SALOON”
The Red Dog Saloon Stage will feature Performances and Interviews throughout the weekend!
Friday — October 10th
7:00 – 9:00 pm CC & the Mullets feat Raymond Geaorge
9:30 – 11:00 pm THE RED DOG LOUNGE Johnny Sansone and Monk Boudreaux
Saturday – October 11th
12:30 – 2:40 pm CC & the Mullets feat. RAYMOND GEORGE
3:00 – 4:00 pm THE FUZZ – TRIBUTE TO THE POLICE
4:20 – 4:45 Guitar Slim Oral History w/ Kipori Woods and Guitar Slim Jr
4:45 – 5:45 pm Kipori Woods & Guitar Slim & Lil Buck Senigal
6:05 – 7:30 pm Michael Juan Nunez
7:50 – 8:15 pm Mardi Gras Indian Oral History
8:15 – 9:30 pm The Wild Magnolias
9:50 -11:00 pm Johnny Sansone and Big Chief Monk Boudreaux
Sunday – October 12th
1 pm CC & the Mullets feat. RAYMOND GEORGE
3:00 – 4:15 pm Dave Jordan Band
4:30 – 5:00 pm Michael Doucet and Waylon Thibodeaux – Cajun Music East vs West
5:15 – 6:30 pm Creole String Beans
6:50 pm – 8:50 pm Blue Eyed Soul Revue
(Subject to Additions)
Alligator Sauce Piquante
Chicken Cajun Sausage Jambalaya
Southern Louisiana Gumbo
Southern Fried Seafood
All American Hamburgers/Hotdogs
Chili Cheese Fritos
Assorted Alcohol and Non-Alcohol Beverages
Featured Hotels and Area Attractions
Information on the 2015 Featured Hotels coming soon!
Houma Area Convention and Visitors Bureau