Local world beat band the VooDoo Katz will give a concert at West Virginia State University on Thursday that doubles as a shoot for a music video.
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Concert and video shoot
WHERE: Davis Fine Arts Theater, West Virginia State University
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Thursday
TICKETS: WVSU students free with ID; general public, $5
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia State University welcomes students back to school this week with the Voodoo Katz and a special performance at the Davis Fine Arts Theater on Thursday.
Instead of separating the band from the audience, the crowd will take the stage with the world beat band. What sounds like a recipe for possible disaster is really just a plan for a good time, said Becky Park, wife of VooDoo Katz guitarist Andy Park.
She helped coordinate the event with WVSU. "We're putting the band up on risers and placing lights under some of the risers for the dancers."
Park said this, along with the music, would create an unusual dance experience.
"It's a small stage," she said. "We hope, by bringing the dancers in close proximity to the band, there will be that much more good energy."
The band also will be recording material for a music video. Interspersed between the band, the lights, the risers and the dancers will be photographers and videographers.
Park acknowledges that, with too many people, things could get chaotic, but she said she doubts there will be too much mayhem.
"We'll want to watch our numbers," she said, "but we do not intend to have any accidents."
Vital gear like the band's soundboard will be kept on scaffolding away from the crowd, and Park said they've considered barricading the edges of the stage to protect other equipment.
She added that the concert with the Voodoo Katz fits in well with the "Windows and Mirrors: Reflections on the War in Afghanistan" exhibit that will be on display across the hall. It consists of 45 large-scale paintings by artists all over the country and from high school students in Afghanistan.
"I think it fits in great with what the Voodoo Katz are about," she said. "They've always had a message of tolerance and love for our neighbors, as well as a love for our world neighbors. I think the concert and the exhibit go hand in hand. The exhibit injects some seriousness into the celebration."
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