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.
It’s A Free Festival!
Announcing the 2014 11th Annual Voice of the Wetlands Festival on OCTOBER 10, 11, 12 2014 on the Southdown Museum Grounds in Houma, LA. One of the most important Louisiana festivals returns with an exciting Musical line-up, great Cajun Cuisine, Louisiana Craftsmen, Louisiana Artist, something for the Kids, but more importantly an opportunity to learn and discuss the ever changing coastal issues that Louisiana and the world face.
Join us for great Food and Music feat – Buckwheat Zydeco, Tab Benoit, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Louisiana Leroux, The Voice of the Wetlands Allstars , plus many others.
It’s a Free Festival!!!
2014 Voice of the Wetlands Main Stage Schedule
FRIDAY OCTOBER 10, 2014
6:00 pm to 6:45 pm – Mia Borders
7:05 pm to 8:35 pm – Southern Cross featuring Randy Jackson of Zebra
8:55 pm to 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 to 2:25 pm – Josh Garrett Band
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm – George Porter Jr and the Runnin Pardners
4:35 pm to 6:50 pm – Baby Bee (Joe and David Stark)
7:15 pm to 8:30 pm – Buckwheat Zydeco
9:00 pm to 11:00 pm – Louisiana Leroux w/ special guest Tab Benoit
SUNDAY OCTOBER 12, 2014
12:00 noon to 1:00 pm – St. Lucy Choir
1:25 pm to 2:25 pm – The Heath Ledet band
2:45 pm to 3:45 pm – Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet
4:05 pm to 5:05 pm – Royal Southern Brotherhood (Cyril Neville, Devon Allman, Bart Walker, Charlie Wooton, Yonrico Scott)
5:25 pm to 6:45 pm – Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band
7:05 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!
Saturday – October 11th
1 pm CC & the Mullets feat. RAYMOND GEORGE
2 pm Frank Ball and Friends feat Jon Smith
4 pm – 5:15 pm The Fuzz
5:45 pm – 6:15 pm Guitar Slim History Interview
6:15 pm 7:15 pm Kipori Woods & Guitar Slim Jr
7:40 pm – 9 pm Michael Juan Nunez
9:20 pm – 9:45 pm Indian History Interview
Over at 11pm Wild Magnolias Mardi Gras Indians
Sunday – October 12th
1 pm CC & the Mullets feat. RAYMOND GEORGE
3 pm Dave Jordan Band
4:30 pm – 5:45 pm Creole String Beans
6:05 pm – 9pm Blue Eyed Soul Revue
Guitar Slim Jr and Kipori Woods – Guitar Slim History
Michael Doucet and Waylon Thibodeaux – Cajun Music East vs West
Chubby Carrier – Growing Up On Zydeco
Tommy McClain and CC Adcock – Swamp Pop Louisiana Gold
Randy Jackson – Zebra
(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
Fairfield Inn & Suites in Houma
Houma Area Convention and Visitors Bureau