Youngstown’s Vindys Rock the Music Box

Fri 11/1 @ 8PM

Youngstown band the Vindys now find themselves in the odd position of being named after a legacy daily newspaper from their hometown that no longer exists. Late this summer, after publishing for 150 years, the Youngstown Vindicator went out of business.

The Vindys, who formed in 2013, are nowhere near ready to pull the plug — they’re just getting started, and the buzz around the region is becoming deafening. When the quintet’s frontwoman Jackie Popovec saunters up to the mic and unleashes her wild yet controlled howl, audiences sit up and take notice. Her bluesy, soul-inflected vocals evoke 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. And somehow they jibe perfectly with the hard-rocking band. She’s been compared to Amy Winehouse a lot, but her vocals (and her stage presence) have more confidence and poise and less frantic desperation.

The Vindys return to the Music Box Supper Club this week, with AJ and the Woods opening.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

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