Kick it with Jones at rock fest

Thursday, May 18, 2017

By GUY D’ASTOLFO

dastolfo@vindy.com

Jones For Revival will wrap up three straight days of playing at festivals Saturday when it headlines the Big Kick It at the B&O Station.

The hard-working jam band will start its odyssey Thursday at Dome Fest in Bedford, Pa., and then head to Pomeroy, Ohio, near Athens, for Color Dance, before heading back to Youngstown. Jones is among the top-billed acts on the first two festivals and will share the headliner spotlight with Funktional Flow of Buffalo, N.Y., at the Big Kick It.

Also in the lineup Saturday are Kossuth and the Turncoat, Hypnotist, Peeker and Speedo Agreedo.

The festival, at the B&O Station grounds, also will have flow artists, live painters and vendors. Music starts at 6 p.m.

Funktional Flow is new to Youngstown but should fit in just fine, said Jim DeCapua, frontman for Jones and co-producer of the Big Kick It. “They are a little more reggae and we are a little more funk, but both bands are doing the same markets and the same venues,” he said. “It’s a nice collaboration.”

DeCapua met the act during one of his own band’s jaunts to upstate New York and decided to bring them here.

“We’ve got a really cool scene in Youngstown, and people don’t see that,” he said. “I want Funktional Flow to see it and love it.”

DeCapua said he likes to find local acts to fill the card for his festivals, and that’s what he did for the Big Kick It.

“All the other acts are local,” he said. “They are the newest up and comers that I feel match the style and are putting in the most work, that I can see. Of course, there are a lot of bands that I haven’t seen, but I like to give two or three new bands a chance to show what they’ve got.”

When it’s not on the road, Jones For Revival has been sporadically recording, and recently released a single on Spotify titled “Just a Little Lovin’.”

The band also recently posted on YouTube a version of its song “Brain Diaper” that was shot at Ampreon Recorder in Youngstown.