I am caught in a multi-sensory spell of fine food, rich culture, great friends, enticing spirits, and irresistible music.
Today is the start of the VooDoo festival in City Park, New Orleans. For three days, twelve hours each day, six stages will host an eclectic twist of music genres meshed with crafts and interactive art installations.
A giant glow-in-the-dark paper airplane, technicolor mushrooms, illuminated hula-hoops, and a bottom-lit translucent tsunami wave bursting from a lagoon, will accentuate our playground. Vibrant pieces that fuse technology and electronic media with the nonconventional use of sustainable materials.
We'll be catching headliners Ozzy Osbourne, Muse, Drake, My Morning Jacket, Crystal Method, Weezer, MGMT, Paul Van Dyk, Hot Chip - mixed with our local favorites, Kermit Ruffins, Galactic, Trombone Shorty, Buckwheat Zydeco and Treme Brass Band.
In addition to Voodoo there's a full schedule of events including the Witching Hour Ball, Krewe Halloween parade, and the Saints game.
I will need to pace myself.