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Cleveland’s Women of Rock and Roll

She In The CLE - May 22, 2018

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.



The Vindicator/Valley24 - April 26, 2018

So, how hard did The Vindys kill it at Federal Frenzy?

The Youngstown-based rockers gave what had to be their definitive performance before a crowd of thousands at Saturday’s festival in the heart of the city.

The band, featuring vocalist Jackie Popovec, John Anthony, Rick Deak, Ed Davis and Scott Boyer (plus horns and keys for Saturday’s show) was ecstatic after their electrifying set.



The Patchbay Columbus - April 24, 2018

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. 


The vindys' vocalist jackie popovec delivers riveting style

Canton Repository - April 12, 2018

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.

Her potent singing voice and the strong songwriting grabbed me immediately. On some of the songs, she sounded uncannily like Amy Winehouse; on others, she rocked with authority. I snagged a copy of their CD, “Keep Going,” and I’ve been a Vindys believer ever since.


The Vindys: Soundtrack for Youngstown’s revitalization

WKBN TV27 - January 5, 2018

The band with roots at Youngstown State's Dana School of Music has grown to become one of the hottest acts in the area


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Canton Repository - December 28, 2017

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 Keep Going With A New Vinyl Release

The Jambar - November 30, 2017

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.

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Vindicated: Youngstown group The Vindys fast climbing the regional music ranks

Canton Repository - July 5, 2017

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.

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Extra, extra read all about it: The Vindys play New Brighton

The Times - May 7, 2017

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.

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The Vindicator - April 20, 2017

This is a busy weekend for the Vindys. On Friday, the rock quartet will open for Hunter Hayes at Cleveland’s House of Blues. On Saturday, the Vindys will release “Keep Going,” its second album and first full-length one. Also on Saturday, the band will perform in the morning at the Record Connection in Niles as part of the Record Store Day celebration, and then play another set in the evening at the Federal Frenzy festival in downtown Youngstown.


Youngstown band finds cohesive sound on ‘Keep Going’

Tribune Chronicle - April 20, 2017

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.