Wester Joseph’s Stereo Vudu to Play at “Free Fridays” June 10
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 10 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.”
Stereo Vudu is in the final phases of completing their new album titled “Vudu 2.” This album, scheduled for release in late summer 2016, includes the classic “Vudu” sounds along with some new and interesting surprises. The band will showcase songs form the new album at the June 10 “Free Fridays” concert, and plans a fall and winter tour to support their new release.
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).
The 2016 “Free Fridays” concert series is produced by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department and funded in part by grants from Visit Gainesville and Culture Builds Florida. The concerts play each Friday night this year from Friday, May 6 through Friday, Oct. 21 from 8-10 p.m. at the Bo Diddley Plaza, 111 East University Ave. in downtown Gainesville. To view the complete “Free Fridays” 2016 schedule, please visit the Cultural Affairs Division website at www.gvlculturalaffairs.org. For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact David Ballard at 352-393-8746.