Wester Joseph’s Stereo Vudu Will Play at “Free Fridays” Friday, Oct. 16


 Wester Joseph’s Stereo Vudu returns to the "Free Fridays” concert series in downtown Gainesville Friday, Oct. 16 at 8 p.m.

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.” While taking the summer off from touring, Joseph is currently in the studio with his band Stereo Vudu writing and recording songs for their new album due out in early of 2016.

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” was delayed this year due to the closure of the Bo Diddley Community Plaza for renovations. The City of Gainesville has purchased a mobile stage which is located in parking lot no. 10 at the corner of Southwest Second Avenue and Southwest Second Street in downtown Gainesville. This is the same location that the Union Street Farmers Market occupies on Wednesdays and is across the street from the Southwest Downtown Parking Garage. The public is encouraged to bring chairs, as there is no existing seating at this temporary site.

The 2015 “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 will play each Friday night this year from Friday, Aug. 7 through Friday, Oct. 23 from 8-10 p.m. at Southwest Second Avenue and Southwest Second Street in downtown Gainesville. To view the complete “Free Fridays” 2015 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.