If you go
What: Live on the Levee
When: 6:30 p.m. Friday
Where: Haddad Riverfront Park
FYI: Friday's lineup features 600 lbs. of Sin followed by the VooDoo Katz
Mark Davis is thankful for his band's Friday night gig kicking off Live on the Levee.
Sure, it's nice that the VooDoo Katz get to play to a receptive hometown crowd.
It's also nice not to do things the way he did when he was 19, "and hopped in a van, hoping I'd make money." And ate a lot of French fries.
Much easier to head down to the riverfront and make that joyful noise that is uniquely VooDoo Katz - lots of Caribbean and African tunes sprinkled with some rhythm and blues and a bit of hillbilly, just for fun.
The band formed rather by accident in 2000, when percussionists Davis and Ammed Solomon were asked to play music in conjunction with a slave ship exhibition in Charleston.
"They wanted some traditional African music," Davis recalled.
Things just fell into place afterward. Guitarist Andy Park, who had been in the just-disbanded Crazy Jane with Davis, was looking for a new band. They tracked down a bass player - and found two, in Kai Haynes and Deron Sodary - and saxophonist Jason Gay. Derrick Kirk later took over on the sax until his death from cancer. Today Brandon Willard plays steel drums instead.