Atlanta funk ensemble Voodoo Visionary will release their highly anticipated sophomore album, Off The Ground, on Friday, February 17, 2017. The group will be celebrating with a show that night at Aisle 5 in Atlanta, where they will be joined by Alabama’s Little Raine Band and Tennessee’s Opposite Box. Voodoo Visionary’s last two Atlanta shows were both sold out performances, playing at Terminal West on December 3rd where they opened for Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe with Jimmy Herring, and previously on November 18th at Variety Playhouse where they opened for TAUK.To get a glimpse of the action, Voodoo Visionary has shared a live video from the Variety Playhouse, performing their debut single “Hold Tight” from the upcoming album. You can listen to the studio version of “Hold Tight” here, and catch the live version in the video below.Voodoo Visionary is also releasing their second single from the new album, titled “Hero On The Horizon.” In March of 2015, Voodoo Visionary was approached by Austin Atteberry from the Sing Me A Story Foundation, who asked them to participate in an effort to bring the voices of children in need to the world through music. The premise behind Sing Me a Story is that children in need create stories about anything they want, and songwriters turn them into songs and send them back to the kids. In partnership with Camp Twin Lakes, a network of camps in Georgia providing programs for children with serious illnesses, disabilities and other challenges, and SweetWater 420 Fest, performing artists had the opportunity to record a song onsite at the festival.Voodoo Visionary chose a story by 11 year Noel from Camp Twin Lakes, called “A Hero On The Horizon.” In the story, Noel is a robotics genius who can talk to animals, his sidekick, Hunter, is a tiger with a robotic leg, and their nemesis is Natura, who can control nature. Noel brilliantly describes Natura’s weaknesses as a giant ego and overconfidence. After defeating Natura, Noel humbly returns home, cloaked from the public eye, and wonders if being a superhero is worth it given that his loved ones would be endangered if his secret identity was ever discovered. Just as he is about to give up his heroic antics, he gets an alert of more people in danger and knows it is his duty to rescue them. Noel’s story of adventure, internal conflict, and ultimate selflessness inspired Voodoo Visionary to adapt the story into a song, which they debuted at SweetWater 420 Fest and will include on their upcoming album.The song is available to stream and download now from the Sing Me A Story Foundation website. A minimum donation of $1 will receive an mp3 download with the donation receipt, and all proceeds are split between Camp Twin Lakes and Sing Me A Story Foundation. You can also read Noel’s original story below.Photo courtesy of Bonnie Morét.Video courtesy of Kyle Indiana Robbins.
The cast of Absolution will feature Becca Ballenger, Pedro Carmo, Katrina Ferguson and Ethan Saks. Set design will be by Lauren Mills, with costumes by Michael Alan Stein, lighting by Jamie Roderick and sound by Samuel Godin. The other productions will run at Theatre Row’s Beckett Theatre. The Frugal Repast will play a limited engagement April 2, 2015 through May 23. Devoted Dreams will begin performances on May 27, 2015 and run through July 4. Dark comedy Absolution will begin performances on December 1 and officially open on December 10 at St. Luke’s Theatre. It follows two bankers, their lovers, and the things they love the most: money, power and satisfaction. As their fast-paced games unfold, a spiral of ambition, love and betrayal unravels. Three productions by playwright Christopher B. Latro will receive their world premieres off-Broadway. All three plays—Absolution, The Frugal Repast and Devoted Dreams—will be directed by Anna Bamberger. View Comments
Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion There’s a real issue this election that the Schenectady County Legislature has truly hoarded a disproportionate share of the sales tax dollars and is shortchanging every town and the city of Schenectady.Every legislator up for election this year has failed the people who have voted them into office with the exception of Glenville Supervisor Chris Koetzle and Councilman Jim Martin — they’re the only ones speaking up. And if we want our fair share, we need to have a clean sweep of the career politicians, especially those who are double-dipping from public dollars on the county payroll.In 2004, Schenectady County sales tax revenues were approximately $48 millio. Since then, these revenues have grown to approximately $98 million. Niskayuna, Glenville, Rotterdam and the city’s share have practically remained stagnant, while these revenues have more than doubled. The bottom line is every local portion of your property tax bill could be reduced by up to 50 percent.Do you want your fair share? Vote Row B and send a message that we are mad as hell and not gonna take it anymore.Peter GuidarelliSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Anderson starts, but Dodgers finish off NLCS winTroopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stopSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positions As a former Schenectady city councilman and county legislator, I can speak from experience regarding the need for our elected city, town and county officials to fight for the people who elect them into office.