Voodoo too?

Voodoo.jpgAustin360 is reporting that Austin will become temporary home to another music festival. The Voodoo Music Experience has been washed out from its regular digs in NOLA, so the organizers are turning the event into a fundraiser and taking it to higher ground. If this comes together, it’ll be a great music event for a great cause.

There is a little question of logistics, however. According to E! Online (?), some sort of gentlemen’s handshake with the city has VME using “stages already in place for the Austin City Limits festival.” They don’t mention Zilker explicitly, but Waterloo and the secondary parks are probably too small, and Southpark Meadows is about to become a big box extravaganza. Unless live music is about to return to Auditorium Shores, I don’t see too many alternatives to Zilker Park. Since Voodoo Fest is supposed to take place October 29th and 30th, does this mean we keep the SBC Stage et al in place for another month?

If Voodoo happens in Zilker Park, it adds another major event to Austin’s crown jewel. Between ACL, Trail of Lights, and 4th of July alone, Zilker hosts an amazing tally of 595,000 guests per year. The Kite Festival, the Botanical Gardens, and Blues on the Green also generate loads of traffic for special events. Maybe Austin PARD should just turn control of Zilker over to Ticketmaster?

Update: Toss another concert onto the Zilker Park calendar. Sheryl Crow is playing a free show on October 2nd to celebrate hubby-to-be Lance’s cancer survivorship and seventh Tour victory.

Update 2: Austin360 is backpeddling from the earlier story. Charlie Jones of CSE indicates he’s had talks with Voodoo organizers, but with no current plans. Austinist indicates things are even less likely according to their sources near CSE. In either case, “Jones said the stages would not stay up for the weeks in between festivals.”

3 Comments so far

  1. M1EK (unregistered) on September 21st, 2005 @ 3:46 pm

    I guess the volleyball nets are gonna be down for the rest of the year :+(


  2. wae (unregistered) on September 21st, 2005 @ 5:17 pm

    On the upside, the courts may be available after all [Update 2]. On the downside, they might also be pretty drenched after this weekend …


  3. omit (unregistered) on September 22nd, 2005 @ 3:30 pm

    It’s in Memphis. E! Online gets it wrong again.



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