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.
Alright, now things are picking back up. “Are you ready for the heat?” These Youngstown rockers sure are, delivering an antagonizing, boom-clap rocker that’ll have you sweaty dancing before you even put out that hot summer fit for a night on the town.
Youngstown rock-and-soul band The Vindys know how to sell out their Northeast Ohio concerts, and they’ve done so at their two headlining Cleveland Sessions shows. Led by powerhouse singer Jackie Popovec belting out catchy choruses, the band’s infectious music is the kind of thing that gets stuck in your head after only one listen
“Are You Ready” will be released on all digital and streaming platforms April 5.
That’s the same day The Vindys will make their debut on Friday Night Rocks, which is a series of segments that are interspersed into Pittsburgh Pirates telecasts on AT&T Sports Network on Fridays throughout the baseball season.
Here at She In The CLE, we love to shine the spotlight on the fantastic and empowering women of Cleveland. In a special Spotlight feature, we were fortunate enough to sit down with two of Cleveland’s women of rock and roll: Jasmine Sims of Montage and Jackie Popovec of The Vindys.
Read below to learn what it’s like to be a woman in rock ‘n’ roll today, how they got started in the music industry and what advice they have for the future women of rock ‘n’ roll.
For the first Patchbay post it only felt right to tip my hat off to some undeniably talented artists from my neck of the woods. Youngstown's very own, The Vindys have been brewing up a unique sonic stew suiting the taste of a wide range of palates. The Vindys stir up a well proportioned blend of rock, jazz, pop and funk, toss in a generous heap of soul, and bring it all up to a fine simmer. Salt and peppered to taste. Vocalist Jackie Popovec's subtle rasp brings all the warmth but ditches the harshness as she sings with power and finesse.
At Cleveland’s Beachland Tavern for a concert last May, a friend and I arrived early to snag seats at the bar. Suddenly this girl and guy walked in looking way cooler than anyone else in the room, and we tried to figure out what was their deal. Then showtime arrived, the lights dimmed and we got our answer. They were the lead vocalist, Jackie Popovec, and lead guitarist, John Anthony, of the opening band, the Vindys from Youngstown. I’d never heard of them.
THE VINDYS: “Keep Going.” The superb debut album from this rising Youngstown band (catch them live!) showcases vocalist Jackie Popovec, who uncannily evokes Amy Winehouse on the more retro songs while going full-tilt rock ‘n’ roll on the harder, moodier numbers. Choice cuts: “Bang,” “Wrong With Me.”
The Vindys are continuing their span of shows to promote their recent vinyl release of their album “Keep Going,” with a show at the Birdfish Brewing Company in Columbiana tonight. “Keep Going” was originally released in April, but the band decided devolving to vinyl had its benefits for listeners.
When singer/songwriter Jackie Popovec was around 10 years old, her mother had a unique way of keeping her daughter occupied during summer vacation. While ironing, cooking or doing other household chores, mom set up a karaoke machine that she had bought for young Jackie to give her a constructive activity to burn time. Whether it was standards, oldies or top 40 pop tunes, Popovec became somewhat obsessed with perfectly mimicking the songs she heard.
I automatically like any band named after its hometown newspaper. And if you check out The Vindys, I think you’ll enjoy them, too. Find out Friday, when the Vindys bring their soulful, bluesy, toe-tapping rock to Wooley Bully’s in New Brighton. The striking voice of The Vindys’ Jackie Popovec will grab you immediately. She sounds sweet and sultry, vulnerable and persevering.
The first thing heard on The Vindys’ debut full-length album, “Keep Going,” is Jackie Popovec’s unaccompanied vocals.It’s a voice that sounds like Adele after a couple of whiskeys or a narcotics-free Amy Winehouse. Two lines into “Save Me,” Ed Davis’ drum kicks in and the rest of the band and a horn section soon follow, establishing a funky, soulful, rock groove maintained over 10 songs.