Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sean Canan's Voodoo Players Will Cast a Spell on Mardi Gras Weekend

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sean Canan's Voodoo Players Will Cast a Spell on Mardi Gras Weekend

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Excitement for the Muny's upcoming 100th anniversary season amps up with a little help from the Mayor's Mardi Gras Ball, Friday night at St. Louis City Hall.

Produced by Alexis Tucci and Mardi Gras Inc., the evening's entertainment will include a musical tribute to "The Wiz," one of the musicals on the Muny's summer schedule.

St. Louis band Sean Canan's Voodoo Players, featuring vocalists Laren Loveless and Coco Soul, will perform during the dance-friendly takes on Prince and other Michael Jackson songs, along with Mardi Gras classics such as "Iko Iko," "Mardi Gras Mambo" and "All on a Mardi Gras Day."

"We're going to keep the party going, for sure," Canan says. His band will play a similar set Saturday afternoon at Joanie's during the Mardi Gras celebration in Soulard.

The last few years, Sean Canan's Voodoo Players have covered a plethora of artists in concert, including Bob Marley, the Beatles, Ween, the Band, Fleetwood Mac, Phish and Jimi Hendrix. A Talking Heads night is March 2 at the Old Rock House.

Sean Canan's Voodoo Players, which have a Wednesday night residency at Broadway Oyster Bar, also enjoy playing movie soundtrack shows. They've already performed music from "Forrest Gump" and "The Blues Brothers."

Canan says taking on so many artists can be a huge headache, but he has it figured out. He has a pool of 40 to 50 musicians he can tap into when lining up a show, which eliminates one band having to cover so many other artists' material.

"I'm like the musical director," says singer-guitarist Canan, the one constant in Sean Canan's Voodoo Players. "I pick musicians from the genre, or particular fans of the genre we're doing. I picked fans who were the biggest fans of Ween to do Ween with me. I have a network, and that really helps, so I'm not putting all the weight on four or five people, and a musician may only be on one show a month. …

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