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Press your hemp-woven pants, slip on those moccasins, and dirty down your favorite tie-dye T-Shirt. Jones For Revival is heading back to the Athens for a jam fest with pH Factor at Jackie O’s this Friday.
The groovy rock four-piece from Youngstown is jazzed to get back to our cozy corner of Southeast Ohio. Jones For Revival is no stranger to Athens. Having frequented here during their youthful college days, the band has established solid roots with other folk rock acts with large followings in Athens like Papadosio, The Werks and Ekoostik Hookah.
A band with musical elements ranging from folk rock to funky reggae to intricate jazz to trippy drum and bass, Jones For Revival is extremely talented with a lot to offer the Athens audience.
"It’s hard when you first start as a band and you’re trying to figure out what your sound is. Everyone’s trying to label you,” said Jim DeCapua, guitarist and lead singer for JFR. “So we just decided that our style should cover all the bases of the different music styles we all like. We took all those influences and just became a rock band with all those elements that combine into what I like to call 'groove.'"
The band delivers its best when its gets this "groove" going and delves into some passionate improvisations. DeCapua is joined onstage by great friends Dave Lynn on bass, Gino West on drums, and Jay Stephens on the organ and keys.
The four are a tight-knit group of stellar musicians who feed off each other’s energy and that of the crowd. With captivating harmonization and a driving proficiency in jazzy jam style, Jones For Revival can get a sizeable crowd on the dance floor with ease.
“When we’re killin’ it and just having a good time on stage, we try to give off some of that good energy so the people get inspired and the music hits their souls with that positive energy ... We want them to escape from the negative, even if it’s just for a little bit, find that Fountain of Youth, and leave the show feeling better about themselves,” said DeCapua.
Friday’s show is the beginning of a mini-tour through Ohio, reaching venues in Cleveland, Columbus and Kent, that will last through the month of December and lead up to the release of a new full-length album planned for Christmas day.
Recently, the band put out an EP featuring tracks from its yearly festival JONESFEST, which takes place at Nelson’s Ledges Quarry Park near Akron.
Although JFR produces original material, it loves to rock out to some jam-style covers. Jones For Revival performed a Grateful Dead tribute show for Jerry Garcia’s birthday last time it was in Athens.
Friday’s show, however, will be completely different from our other shows, according to DeCapua. The group is set to perform a few new originals from its upcoming album and has a few other tricks up its sleeve as well. “Expect the unexpected,” said DeCapua
“I hope everyone just lets loose. We’re all friends and we want to invite these people into our friendship where they can be embraced with love, have no restrictions, and just be themselves,” said DeCapua.
So if you’re feeling the love get on down to Jackie O’s Friday night at 10 p.m. for a funky, jazzy, jammy good time. Doors open an hour before showtime and admission is $5. Don’t forget to stick around for pH Factor after the show JFR.
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