Ohio band makes Carson City debut Saturday

John Anthony, Jackie Popovec and Rick Deak make up the core of The Vindys who are coming to Carson City on Saturday. The band has six more players for their show.

John Anthony, Jackie Popovec and Rick Deak make up the core of The Vindys who are coming to Carson City on Saturday. The band has six more players for their show.
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Up-and-coming band The Vindys are making their way West for the first time and sharing their unique sound with Carson City. The band from Youngstown, Ohio, is set to play the Levitt AMP show on Saturday hosted by the Brewery Arts Center. Singer/songwriter Jackie Popovec said she’s ready to get in front of a new market and wants to see how Carson City reacts to their music.
“We give a different kind of vibe musically, and it’s always interesting to see the way people react to that,” she said. “That’s the most exciting part for me.”
Popovec said the music has a far reach for those who enjoy it — from younger children to older folks.
“It’s a little familiar but it’s new too, so there’s something fresh about it,” she said. “It’s really something for everyone.”
The Vindys formed in 2014. They’re proud of their hometown and named themselves after the local newspaper, The Vindicator. They’ve had tremendous growth in their home market and have been wanting to bring that out West. The pandemic put those plans on hold. Now they are thrilled to make it happen and grateful for the opportunity to play music in front of a live audience again. Carson City is the third stop on their four-city tour.
“We’re going to give it the good try,” she said. “We’re just excited to be able to play again.”
The music is a blend of alt-rock, pop and jazz. Popovec, who writes most of the music, provides a jazzy-bluesy feel with her vocals. The band’s local station WKBN-TV calls the band “… one of the hottest acts in the area… Canfield’s Jackie Popovec — her voice is a blend of Amy Winehouse and Norah Jones.”
Popovec and guitar player John Anthony are two of the original members. She said with a large touring band it’s hard to keep some players consistent, and the pandemic shuffled many things around. Since they were not touring, some bandmembers had to find other ways to make ends meet. This version of the band has been together for a solid year now, she said. It includes guitars, keyboards, bass, drums, trumpet, trombone and saxophone.
“I’m very excited to show our nine-piece band,” she said. “There’s a horn section with trumpet, sax and trombone, so we’re all coming out and we’re all going to have a good time.”
She said the bandmembers are classically trained and they are masters at improvisation.
“I let the guys go whenever they feel the spiritual need to do their thing,” she said.
The band is self-managed and self-produced. Popovec said the band has been primarily grassroots in the touring aspect.
“It has just made it a great component to what we do,” she said.
They’re touring in support of the most recent album, “Bugs,” that came out last year.
While the albums are polished pieces of work, she said the live show has a different vibe. They bring the energy to the performances, and she said no two shows are the same.
She said getting in front of people is important and that’s how the band will keep growing. She hopes Carson City will come out in full force.
“We always gain a lot of brand new fans just being in front of people in a live setting,” she said.
WHAT: The Vindys at Brewery Art Center’s Levitt AMP Concert Series
WHERE: The Change Companies Stage, 449 W. King St. at the Brewery Arts Center
WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday, July 30
MORE INFO: www.thevindys.com; breweryarts.org
Check out their latest album ‘Bugs’ on Spotify: spoti.fi/3cnrkr0


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