Voice Of The Wetlands 2015 Festival Is Set
Moves To A New Location With 145 Acres
The Fall Event Will Have Camping, Food and Music!
Houma, LA – The Voice Of The Wetlands (VOW), a 501-C-3 non- profit organization announces its 12th Annual 2015 Voice Of The Wetlands Festival to be held October 9-11, 2015 at its new location at 5407 West Park Ave in Houma, Louisiana. This new location is 145 acres of beautiful field located in the heart of the Wetlands between Houma and Thibodaux, LA. Festival-goers from all over the country annually attend the festival, to celebrate and experience a taste of Louisiana culture. The VOW Festival has always been and remains free to the public.
This year’s festival has been expanded to include tent and RV camping, more exciting events and extended hours of music. Moving to a different location will offer the organization an opportunity to develop and offer festival-goers a greater experience. Those interested in camping can visit the organization’s website for more information: www.voiceofthewetlands.org
Also for the first time this year VOW and Southern Oaks Golf Club join forces to host a 9-Hole Wetlands Scramble Golf Tournament and After Party Jam Session on Monday, October 12th with a 4:30 PM tee time. The course is located at 923 Bayou Black Dr. in Houma, LA and participants can call the club for more information at (985) 851-6804 or visit: http://www.sogolfclub.com
Music has always been the centerpiece of the VOW Festival showcasing acts that come from many genres; blues, jazz, rock, country and Cajun. Again there will be two stages that will allow music to be heard continuously, the main stage and the popular Red Dog Saloon stage. Friday and Saturday Night’s Jam Open Sessions will go to the wee hours on the Red Dog Saloon Stage.
Tab Benoit, VOW president, explains his and the organization’s motivation for putting on a festival to highlight and bring attention to the environmental plight of Louisiana coastal wetlands:
“I live in the heart of it…I grew up on 300 acres. We have 40 left. That’s a big deal. You tell anybody who has 300 acres of land in 20 years you’re going to have 40. It’s not that somebody took the land. It’s not land anymore. It’s open water. The places I wrote my first songs are gone. The places I learned to play and camp and hunt and fish are gone. It’s open water now. It used to be cypress swamps and bayous and trees. That hits home when it happens so fast.”
Over its twelve-year history, the festival has brought in a wide array of Louisiana Music as well as national acts to entertain. Local cooks and chefs prepare the region’s eclectic cuisine ranging from crawfish to alligator to gumbo; right in front of you. For the art collector, VOW presents some of the region’s top artists and craftspeople with their work in a market setting.
With the expansion of the festival in its new pastoral location to include carnival rides and camping, this brings the unique group closer to their goal. Their desire to present the festival as a more enjoyable experience for the locals and others who attend from throughout the U.S.
The Voice Of The Wetlands Organization was founded pre-Katrina in 2004 by local musicians, activists and businesspeople when little attention was being focused on Louisiana’s coastal crisis. Their continuous efforts have resulted in a greater awareness of South Louisiana’s disappearing wetlands, gaining international notice through the press, radio, and television. One of the most visual presentations was the Imax/Universal movie “Hurricane On The Bayou” narrated by Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep and featured Tab Benoit himself. The Voice Of The Wetlands has used culture and music to bring the message to the world that the South Louisiana’s Wetlands are worth saving.
VOW is a volunteer operated and run group that works tirelessly all year to bring awareness to their land. The annual festival lets them share their culture with the rest of the world and say thank you.
Please stay tune to more information about the festival by visiting them on their website at www.voiceofthewetlands.org and social media platforms: Facebook – Voice Of The Wetlands Facebook and Twitter – @VOWetlands
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