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Free Fridays Concert Series 2017: Bridget Kelly Band

Bridget Kelly Band is an electric blues band that rocks the house with their unique blend of hot smokin' blues. Their CD “Forever in Blues” was released in June 2014. Forever in Blues was picked by Hit-Tracks Top l00 - 26 TIPS FOR HIT-TRACKS TOP 100! Charlie Boyer from JazzandBlues Magazine says, "The CD Gods have been very, very good to us lately! The Bridget Kelly Band are going to put themselves on the map with this one. Great tunes, production, and delivery - on every single cut! And, no doubt about it... they are ALL the blues. See you at the release party..."
Their CD “Back in the Blues”, released in March of 2013 (Alpha Sun Records),contained all original blues songs couched in styles that range from Chicago and Memphis blues to Texas Blues. In live shows Bridget Kelly Band plays originals, they also perform music of B.B. King, T. Bone Walker, Muddy Waters, Etta James, and Bonnie Raitt. The band’s original compositions have been featured on WXJZ Smooth Jazz in Gainesville ,FL(on Q-quincy’s Blues Show) as well as radio shows throughout the U.S., U.K., Ireland, Canada, Italy, Germany, and France. The group performs at a wide variety of music venues -- clubs, concerts, and festivals across Florida and the US; and have shared the stage with numerous recording and touring blues artists including Albert Castiglia, Willie Green, Jeff Jensen, Brandon Santini, Biscuit Miller, & Victor Wainwright. Bridget Kelly fronts the band with sultry blues vocals and Tim Fik smokes a thrilling blues guitar. The Bridget Kelly Band won the NCFBC International Blues Challenge this year and is competed in Memphis in January 2016. They made the IBC Semifinals 2016!!! The Bridget Kelly Band were also semifinalists in the International Blues Challenge 2015 and 2016. Bridget Kelly Band was chosen top 4 by the IBBA for August 2014 and also Top IBBA pick for 2014 Best Albums. The band’s music has been gaining International recognition, and is regularly featured around the world on many radio shows including Tony Colters Bluesville on Sirius Radio, Vinny Marini - Yes! They sat on the couch and are now couch kids! Cleve Baker - Confessing the Blues, Kevin Black's "Women in the Blues“ and "Black on Blues" show (U.K.), Tony T.C. Corner’s “Blues Corner” radio show (U.K.), and many others! The BKB earned Best of 2013 CDs on John Hammer’s “Hammered by the Blues” show. The group continues to perform at festivals and live entertainment clubs/venues throughout the USA. The Bridget Kelly Band is a featured artist at the Women in Blues Showcase Memphis and is proud to support Women in Blues! Recent dates have included performances at IBC MEMPHIS - Semi-Finalists 2015 and 2016, the Hard Rock Cafe Atlanta,International Blues Challenge, Bradenton Blues Festival Appetizer Kickoff Concert, Buckingham Blues Bar, Camping with the Blues, Tangerine Festival, Rum Boogie Cafe - Women in Blues Event, Blues and BBQ Roberts Hall, Sportsmen's Tavern, Armor Inn, Simply Jazz and Blues Fest (WV), Vetfest and Bikefest (Thunder Music Park,Hampton, FL), St. John's River Blues Festival, Florida's Azalea Festival, The Blue Rooster, Aces, The High Dive (Gainesville, FL) with Albert “The Kid” Castiglia, The Dirty Martini Bar (Gainesville,FL), The Thomas Center (Gainesville, FL), Billy's Downtown Blues Bar (Palatka, FL)with Victor Wainwright, Roberts Hall (Lynn Haven, FL), Skipper's Smokehouse (Tampa, FL), Topsail Hill State Park's "Red, White & Blues" Concert (Santa Rosa Beach, FL), Ellie Ray's (Branford, FL), Bradfordville Blues Club (Tallahassee, FL), Florida Folk Festival and Florida's Blue Crab Festival... just to name a few. Bridget Kelly Band's "Back in the Blues" CD (2013) won the North Central Florida Blues Society’s regional entrant into the IBC's Best Independently Produced CD for 2013.

Wester Joseph’s Stereo Vudu to Play at “Free Fridays” June 16


GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The celebration of June’s national African-American Music Appreciation Month continues at the ”Free Fridays” concert series in downtown Gainesville Friday, June 16 at 8 p.m. with Wester Joseph’s Stereo Vudu.


Wester Joseph was born in Miami, Florida to Haitian immigrants. Being raised in such a culturally-rich atmosphere became a pivotal key in the variety of sounds in his music. He was given his first guitar at the age of 15, and has had a love affair for playing ever since. Stereo Vudu is the inspiration of Wester Joseph. Influenced by such diverse musicians as Jimi Hendrix, Curtis Mayfield, Shuggie Otis, Neil Young, Nirvana, Fela Kuti, King Crimson, Zap Mama, Sade and Bo Diddley, he envisioned organic music that crossed boundaries and blurred genres. Melding rock, soul, blues, alternative and world, Joseph has perfectly synthesized his own new sound. His music has been described as “soulful rock magic” or, as Joseph himself calls it, “vudu rawk.”


Wester Joseph’s Stereo Vudu is currently working on a new album titled Vudu 2.  The band says “It contains the classic Vudu sounds but also presents some new and interesting grooves that will make you want to get up and dance and get your vudu groove on.” The new album is scheduled for release in late summer and they are planning a fall and winter tour to support it. Songs from the new Vudu 2 album will be showcased at their “Free Fridays” concert.


Band members include Wester Joseph (lead vocals, lead and rhythm guitar), Lacy Gifford (lead and back-up vocals), Danny Rochelle (lead and back-up vocals, keyboards), Roberto Glaser (percussion), Cory Klein (bass guitar) and Josh Hintermister (drums).


Free Fridays is funded in part by Culture Builds Florida. The entire “Free Fridays” 2017 schedule can be viewed at  The Bo Diddley Plaza is located at 111 E. University Ave. in downtown Gainesville. For general information, contact Russell Etling, cultural affairs manager, at or 352-393-8532. For more information about this event, please contact David Ballard at or 352-393-8746.