We had a blast this Halloween weekend hanging out in New Orleans’ City Park for the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience! This was GRN’s 10th year as a non-profit partner of the festival, and we were focused on talking to the hundreds of thousands of festivalgoers and many musicians playing the fest about how they can help defend the music and defend the coast.
The Gulf is facing sea level rise, coastal wetland loss and ongoing environmental disasters fueled by the oil and gas industry. Oil and gas must pay for its damages and now is the time for our region to transition away from destructive industry and to a clean energy economy.
The good news is that the people at Voodoo, including many artist playing the fest, were ready to join the movement to defend our coast – our homes, our culture, our food and our music!
Devon Baldwin and Breton Sound hopped in a plane with us for a bird’s eye view of Louisiana’s disappearing coast, the impacts of oil and gas and restoration efforts. Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Saint Motel, Sir the Baptist and Babygirl joined us for photoshoots to defend the coast. Thanks ya’ll!
And thanks to Pippin Frisbie-Calder for donating the use of her amazing artwork on our water bottles. Thanks to Southwings for providing flights. Thanks to all the great vendors who donated free or discounted goodies to our members including Blue Oak BBQ, Bud’s Broiler, Café Du Monde, Crêpes à la Cart, Ernst Cafe and Koz’s. And of course thanks to the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience for hosting us, and all the wonderful festivalgoers who joined the fight to defend the coast!
Raleigh Hoke is GRN’s Campaign Director.