2016 Voice of the Wetlands Festival – October 7-8-9
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
2016 Festival Line Up
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7
630-7:45 Josh Garrett Band
10:00-12:00 Friday Night Guitar Fights
Tab Benoit, Mason Ruffner, Josh Garrett
Tyrone Vaughan, Bart Walker, Jonathon Boogie Long
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8
1:00-2:15 Heath Ledet
2:45-4:00 Waylon Thibodeaux
4:30-5:45 Dave Jordan and the NIA
6:15-7:40 Mason Ruffner
8:10-9:30 The Batture Boys Tommy Malone (The Subdudes) and Ray Ganucheau (The Continental Drifters)
10:00 – 11:30 Tab Benoit
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9
1:00-2:00 The Young Nation Band
2:30-3:30 BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet
4:00-5:00 Randy Jackson of Zebra
5:30-6:30 Mike Zito
7:00-8:00 Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band
8:30-9:45 Royal Southern Brotherhood
THE RED DOG SALOON!
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7
7:00-8:00 Coffee House Acoustic Set
8:30-9:15 Jonathon Boogie Long
9:45-10:45 Heath Ledet & Friends
11:15-12:15 Nonc Nu & Da Wild Matous
12:15 The Wetlands Ramble Jam Session
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8
2:00-3:00 T-Bois Gras Cajun Band
3:30-5:00 Jonathon Boogie Long
5:20-6:30 Mitch Woods
7:00-8:15 The Claude Bryant Reggae Allstars
8:45-10:00 Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles
10:30-11:45 Nonc Nu & Da Wild Matous
12:00 The Wetlands Ramble Jam Session
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9
2:00-3:00 Johnny Stassi & Wild Hares
3:30-4:50 Sally and George feat Joel from Sol Driven Train
5:20-6:30 Margie Perez Band
7:00-8:15 Marc Stone Band
8:45-9:30 Darcy Malone and the Tangle
10:00-11:15 The Wetlands Ramble Jam Session
(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
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
***ORDER YOURS NOW & RECEIVE IT ONE WEEK FOLLOWING THE FESTIVAL***
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