Soulful Youngstown Rockers the Vindys Have a Date at the Music Box

Photo by Anastasia Pantsios

Fri 3/22 @ 8PM

A band named after the daily newspaper in the dying Ohio steel town of Youngstown? Doesn’t sound promising. But then maybe you haven’t heard the Vindys, who took their names from the Youngstown Vindicator, yet.

When the quintet’s frontwoman Jackie Popovec saunters up to the mic and unleashes her expressive, well-modulated howl, you know you’re hearing something special. She blends her bluesy, soulful vocals with the band’s hard-rocking sound, evoking echoes of classic R&B vocalists such as Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner in the way she can be hard-hitting while stretching and bending her vocals like molten taffy. She’s been compared to Amy Winehouse a lot, but her vocals have more stately confidence, less out-on-the-ledge/about-to-lose-control desperation.

You’ve got a chance to check out the Vindys at the Music Box Supper Club and show that Clevelanders will turn out for something other than a tribute band. You will probably want to pick up a copy of their debut album Keep Going on your way out. Be sure to get their early and catch Michael Stanley guitarist Marc Lee Shannon who released his own album Walk This Road last year.

Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.


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