Wester Joseph’s Stereo Vudu Will Play at “Free Fridays” Friday, May 23


Coming off a string of recent spring music festivals such as the Purple Hatters Ball at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park and the Orange Blossom Jamboree music and arts festival in Brooksville Florida, Wester Joseph’s Stereo Vudu returns to the Bo Diddley Community Plaza in downtown Gainesville Friday, May 23 at 8 p.m. for a special “Free Fridays” concert. The band has recently added a few new cover songs to spice up the set list and will introduce a few new songs from their upcoming EP due out later this summer.

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.”

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

The 2014 “Free Fridays” concert series is produced by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department. The concerts will play each Friday night this year from Friday, May 2 through Friday, Oct. 24 from 8-10 p.m. at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza, which is located at 111 E. University Ave. To view the complete “Free Fridays” 2014 schedule, please visit the Cultural Affairs Division website at

 For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact David Ballard at 352-393-8746.