Revival to perform at Kent Stage

By Kelly Maile | Staff Writer Published:

Jones for Revival, of Youngstown, started as a college jam band in 2004, and since then has been playing gigs all over the U.S. from Youngstown, Kent, Pittsburg, Cleveland and Akron to as far as Oregon and Florida.

"The band started in Kent, actually," said Jimmy DeCapua, the bands lead vocalist and guitarist. "The original members and I would get together at Holly Park on the weekends and jam for fun, then when college was over we decided to start booking gigs and taking it a bit more serious. Although we still try not to take it dead serious."

Jones for Revival is on a spring tour to promote their latest album titled, "YOUniverse," which was released last February.

As a part of the tour, the band will stop by the Kent Stage, 175 E. Main St., to give a special performance at 8 p.m. Saturday.

On their latest album, the band explores themes of nature, traveling, human interaction, meditation and the quest for knowledge.

"We are a funky jam band with lots of soul," DeCapua said. "Our main thing is creating a live experience that the audience can mentally take home with them. We are healing through music, shedding skin, call it what you will."

The band's main influences are The Grateful Dead, String Cheese Incident, Phish, Steve Kimock, just to name a few.

DeCapua, who has been playing guitar for 20 years, said the musicians he listened to as a child influence him the most.

"Jerry Garcia is a great guitarist and Robert Hunter was a great lyricist and poet," DeCapua said. "I am tremendously inspired by this duo, but there are many great influences in my life from the time I was a little boy. I grew up to the guitar work of Clapton, Hendrix and Page."

With five members-DeCapua, keyboardist, organist and backup vocalist Jay 'Word' Stephens, synth player, percussionist and backup vocalist Pj Rosenburg, bassist Andre Ptichkin and drummer Gino West-inspiration often flows from different channels within the band, but DeCapua said it is all positive.

"Inspiration comes from many sources, some musical, some nonmusical," DeCapua said. "Plus we have five members, so we take whatever inspiration we have and try to put that into songs. Sometimes inspiration comes from another bands song or from being together in nature or when we are on the road just hanging out feeling free, but overall I think positive energy is the main theme here."

Jones for Revival's live performance radiates high energy, freedom and positivity, with a touch of crazy.

"We hope that the listener gets what we get when playing the music by listening," DeCapua said. "We are merely a channel that passes energy through our finger tips and hopefully we do a good job of channeling."

The band is honored to be a part of this year's May 4 rememberance in Kent.

"The Kent Stage invited us and it happened to be right when we were looking to do a show in the area," DeCapua said. "It is an honor to play in Kent on May 4. When I attended (Kent State University), I was very intrigued by the whole history of the day. I wasn't born yet when it happened, but I think it's important that we remember what happened, so that we can learn from it."

Tom Simpson, co-owner of the Kent Stage, said Jones for Revival usually plays the Kent Stage when they play in Kent.

"They have played here for years," Simpson said. "We love to have them back every time, and this show is special because we will also be remembering May 4. We had wanted them to play here May 4 and it just happened to work out and the guys are really excited."

Simpson said he expects the number of attendees to be in the hundreds Saturday night.

"It's one night where the entire community can come together, and enjoy some really great music," Simpson said.

Youngstown-based band Demos Papadimas, recently hailed by Cleveland's Scene Magazine as No. 2 on their "13 Bands to Watch in 2013," will open for Jones for Revival.

Tickets for the show are $8. Ages 18 and over are welcome.

For more information, call 330-677-5005 or visit kentstage.com.

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