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Wester Joseph's Stereo Vudu jams out on Friday at Loosey's

Wester Joseph's Stereo Vudu performs its brand of jam sound on Friday at Loosey's. (Courtesy of Wester Joseph's Stereo Vudu)

Published: Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 1:01 p.m.

Jam band is sort of a broad term; most people think of college kids fumbling around onstage at an open-mic show with little to no musical coordination; some may think of very talented folks who for some reason just can't write a song to save their lives. Wester Joseph's Stereo Vudu is neither of those.

Born in Miami to Haitian immigrants, Joseph was raised in an interesting musical melting pot, which has culminated into the fusion of good old rock 'n' roll with Afro-beat polyrhythms and down right soulful vocals with catchy lyrics. Joseph and his crew do something that most self-proclaimed jam bands could only dream of: making songs.

Be sure to check out their set, along with the quasi-Americana quartet Thread on Friday, at Loosey's starting at 9 p.m.

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Tonight, David Mayfield Parade, the roots-rock group from Kent, Ohio, performs with locals Leela & the Rams along with Kaleigh Baker & Nate Anderson, at High Dive, starting at 9 p.m.

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On Friday at The Atlantic, local hip-hop star D.P. performs with up-and-comers MSNRA, local hip-hop duo Savvy Hooligans and Muskrat the Chosen, starting at 10 p.m.

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If you live for the performance and don't care much if the performers actually play an instrument, then Friday's Chords 4 Kids Air Guitar Championship is tailor made specifically for you. The show also has a performance by locals Pilly Wete, starting at 9 p.m. at High Dive.

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Those Parisian pop-punk metal enthusiasts, Chunk! No, Captain Chunk, perform Saturday with For All Those Sleeping, Upon This Dawning and City Lights at High Dive, starting at 6 p.m.

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Gainesville's favorite alt-country Bukowski-with-a-guitar, Devon Stuart, performs Sunday along with all-girl/alt-country rockers The Ones To Blame, Tim Barry and Lance Howell at Loosey's, starting at 7 p.m.

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Folky Brooklynite Laura Stevenson performs with fellow Brooklynites and dream-pop duo Field Mouse as well as local post-emo quartet Dikembe at The Atlantic on Tuesday, starting at 9 p.m.

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Tallahassee indie quintet Stages and Stereos performs with Up & Up, Uneven Lanes and One Hit Wonder on Wednesday at 1982, starting at 9 p.m.

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