About Voodoo Visionary
“Voodoo Visionary is an improvisational funk/dance band from Atlanta, GA. A delicate balance of a tight rhythm section featuring deep grooving bass and funky drum beats met with keys to unlock your heart, masterful guitar licks, and electrifying solos create a sound the group calls psychofunk. Influenced by a wide array of artists such as Parliament Funkadelic, the Grateful Dead, Talking Heads, Lettuce and Medeski Martin and Wood, Voodoo Visionary has a uniquely blended sound that’s guaranteed to put the ‘oogie in yo boogie.
The band is made up of Dennis Dowd (keys), Vanessa Graniero (vocals), Jimmy Lynch (bass), Scott MacDonald (vocals), Mac Schmitz (drums), and Mike Wilson (guitar). Wilson, Schmitz, and Lynch have been jamming 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 joined the band in March 2014 providing a missing link that enhanced the band’s unique sound, and the group has taken off around the Atlanta music scene. Graniero is the newest member of the group, lending her vocal talent that takes the music to the next level.
Voodoo Visionary closed out their inaugural year in 2013 by performing on New Year’s Eve with Zach Deputy. They have also shared the stage with acts such as Col. Bruce Hampton, Full Service, and Futurebirds and performed at the RAW Artists Atlanta showcase in September 2014 held at Terminal West. In October, the band made a live radio and TV appearance on WUGA’s It’s Friday program. They have just finished recording their debut album, “Spirit of the Groove,” which will be released March 12, 2015.
“While genre conventions are clearly upheld, driving rhythms, blistering lead guitar, and gospelesque lyrics, Voodoo Visionary escape the generic and create their own space, capitalizing on what works within funk as a genre. These guys will no doubt jam easily into the college bar scene, keeping the waning hippie contingent well fueled with healthy servings of funk. For that matter, Voodoo Visionary maintains the spirit of bump and sway in an otherwise monolithic universe of EDM. Before robots usurped dance music, this was what you dropped doses to. This is what outer space looked like from fifty thousand feet.” – Jon Litten, The Artifact Magazine
“During their shows, Voodoo Visionary plays a variety of songs from a wide spectrum of music genres, from rock and jazz and funk, cover songs as well as their own music… But just like anything worthwhile, you get out what you put in. And that effort is paying off. They are playing more shows than they used to, and now venues are asking them to play, rather than the other way around. They are gaining followings in Alpharetta, Cumming, Atlanta and Athens.” – Jonathan Cropsey, The Milton Herald