Louie Dager, Violet Reverb
Thu, December 6, 2018
Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pmHigh Dive
$7.00 - $9.00
• 18 OR OVER
• NO SMOKING inside the venue.
• Smoking allowed outside in the Beer Garden!
• $3 under 21 fee charged at the door.
• All ticket sales are Non-Refundable unless the show is cancelled.https://www.highdivegainesville.com/event/1779658/
The band is made up of Dennis Dowd (keys), Jimmy Lynch (bass), Scott MacDonald (vocals), Mac Schmitz (drums), and Mike Wilson (guitar). Wilson, Schmitz and Lynch have been playing together for over 8 years, during which time they built a unique chemistry that allows for exceptional improvisation during live shows. MacDonald joined the group in July 2013 as the lead vocalist and Voodoo Visionary began writing new music and playing shows immediately. Dowd was added to the band in March 2014 providing a missing link that enhanced the band’s distinctive sound, and the group has since taken off in the Atlanta music scene. Jose Rivera (percussion), Martin Anderson (saxophone), and Ben Otieno (trumpet) are regular additions to the live show and are featured on Voodoo Visionary's sophomore album.
Voodoo Visionary released their debut album, Spirit of the Groove in March 2015. Over the past two years, while playing across the southeast, the band has shared the stage with acts such as Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe with Jimmy Herring, TAUK, Col. Bruce Hampton, Zach Deputy, Earphunk, Roosevelt Collier, Jerry Joseph, The Main Squeeze, and Futurebirds. The band has been performing at venues like Variety Payhouse, Terminal West, the Georgia Theatre, Barrelhouse South, Ringside Cafe, and Crowbar, as well as major festivals such as Counterpoint Music and Arts Festival and Sweetwater 420 Fest. The band has made live radio appearances on WUGA's It's Friday program, WMNF's In the Groove, and WPRK's Green Eggs and Jams. In 2016, they have excelled further into the regional and national music scene with festival performances at Sweetwater 420 Fest, Purple Hatters Ball, Great Outdoors Jam, Imagine Festival, Hookahville, and Backwoods Music Festival. They are scheduled to release their second studio album, “Off The Ground,” in February 2017.
Voodoo Visionary’s first album, Spirit of the Groove, draws from the various musical influences found among the band members. Elements of funk, jazz, disco and rock n’ roll combine to create an inimitable sound. Tracks such as “All Week,” “Salt” and “Parasite” have compositional elements reminiscent of Frank Zappa and Return to Forever, while “Take the Wheel” evokes a style similar to Phish. The driving grooves of “The Heathen,” “Testify” and “Dancin’ Feet” make it nearly impossible to sit still while listening, and the “Kang Gang Anthem” hints at elements of Pink Floyd while paying homage to the festival scene the band holds so close to their hearts. Spirit of the Groove was recorded live in the studio to capture the raw energy and showcase the improvisational expertise that the band brings to their live show.
The beginning lineup of the band consisted of David Rodriguez on lead guitar and vocals, Will Campbell on bass guitar and backing vocals, and Colton Thomas on drums and percussion. For a few months, the trio performed many times at the Greek restaurant Sandy's Place and a one-off show in Jacksonville, FL at 1904 Music Hall.
The second-phase of the band began when bassist and backing vocalist Nathan Hutto joined the group in late 2015/early 2016 and the band became a four-piece. With Nathan Hutto taking bass guitar duties, Will Campbell moved to electric guitar letting the band weave a "rhythm/lead" guitar dynamic.
They started the year 2016 off by recording a 5 track EP called "Cloud Heavy". The band began playing more shows at The Hardback Cafe' in downtown Gainesville, which eventually gave momentum that lead to a phenomenal summer mini-festival performance at the historic Bo Diddley Plaza, which featured and helped promote many of the band's best songs and multiple covers including, AC/DC, The Beatles, and the band's most memorable version of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Free Bird" complete with slide guitar, and dual-guitar solos.
Soon after Autumn 2016, the bands drummer Colton Thomas relocated to Colorado Springs. Quickly, the band changed gears once more and became a trio again this time with Will Campbell on drums.
After many rehearsals and rearrangements of the music, the new three-piece formation became tight enough and the band started performing regularly at the High Dive in downtown Gainesville.
Well into 2017, the band gained substantial notoriety, and performed with many shows with many great bands including The Talking Dreads, an officially endorsed Talking Heads reggae-style tribute band.
The band eventually went through a phase of reformation. Bass player, Nathan Hutto's electronic synth pop-duo "Dandelion Doldrums" took off and performed an enormous amount of shows and house-parties that put strain on the bands inner-workings and goals.
Soon after, the band's friend Chris Shaw, was recruited to play bass guitar and lend backing vocals, and they played their first debut together at Hardback Cafe'.
With the many lineup changes and evolution, the band decided to change the title of the project to "Violet Reverb" and performs many shows as a two-piece duo with David Rodriguez on guitar/vocals and Will Campbell on drums/vocals when newly found bassist Chris Shaw is unable to perform. The band is planning on recording a small "demo"/"self-recorded" album and releasing it before the year is over.