2016 Voice of the Wetlands Festival – October 7-8-9



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vow1Although 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.

News Flash!!!

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

630-7:45 Josh Garrett Band
8:15-9:30 Louisiana Leroux
10:00-12:00 Friday Night Guitar Fights featuring
Tab Benoit, Mason Ruffner, Josh Garrett
Jonathon Boogie Long, Jim Odom

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

1:00-2:00 Johnny Stassi & the Wild Hares
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



FRIDAY 10/7/2016
7:00-8:00 Coffee House Acoustic Set
8:30-9:15 Jonathon Boogie Long
9:45-10:45 Heath Ledet
11:15-12:15 Nonc Nu & Da Wild Matous
12:15 The Wetlands Ramble Jam Session

SATURDAY 10/8/2016
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 10/9/2016

2:00-3:00 Johnny Stassi and the 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 The Darcy Malone Band
10:00- 11:15 The Wetlands Ramble Jam Session


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




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