Atlanta-based funk band Voodoo Visionary has released the first single off their yet to be named sophomore album, set for release in February 2017. Recorded at WonderDog Sounds in Marietta by Mark Michaelson and Josh Thane, the album showcases not only the progression of the band’s musicianship but their exploration of new genres while staying true to the roots of funk,“Hold Tight,” the album’s first single, was the last song written for the album, completed while the band was laying it down in the studio. The high quality of the recording captures the feeling of WonderDog Sounds’ inspirational environment. A solid groove drives this funky tune through odd time signature changes complimented by uplifting lyrics.Check out your very first listen of the new track, streaming below.On Friday, November 18th, Voodoo Visionary will be performing at Variety Playhouse in Atlanta alongside TAUK and The Orange Constant. One of Atlanta’s longstanding and most beloved venues, Variety Playhouse recently underwent a $1,500,000 renovation and has a jam-packed fall and winter schedule. You can find tickets and more information here.
VESTAL (WBNG) — Binghamton University held their council meeting via Zoom on Friday. A multitude of topics were discussed. In addition, they distributed PPE to the entire student population, including off campus students. Through Sept. 14, a total of 1,339 tests were completed with 9 positives coming back. If an off campus student was found not in compliance they will be barred from in person instruction. Binghamton University also tackled the quarantine issue, they set aside three buildings to be used as isolation and quarantine areas with a fourth building becoming available in october. Housing agreements were tightened up. The university also made accomodations with a local hotel to handle students coming in from hot spot states. The university also tightened up their expectations of students through a rights and responsibilities document that had to be acknowledged by students. Additionally, waste water is tested at 13 sites once a week. Positive reinforcement was added by tokens of appreciation to students following the guidelines. Through surveillence testing the school carries out 1,000 tests per week. The university launched a campaign that showed students the right thing to do, it was carried out via social media, signage around campus, video ads and more. “We actually made arrangments with the quality inn property across the street and ultimatley 38 students chose to use that option and we provided support to them. We delivered meals to them, when the internet quality wasnt good enough we delivered hotspots to folks.” said Rose. One of those topics was how the university created a culture of compliance to make sure students do their part and follow the guidelines around COVID-19. “We tightened up our housing contract, if you dont do what your suppose to do we will remove you from housing and we’ve had to do that for 14 students so far.” said Brian Rose, the Vice President of Student Affairs. The university also trained 14 contact tracers through the department of health.