Eclectic jam band to be bring the party to KSU

Katie Young

Jones for Revival with The Five Elements

Where: The Green Room

When: Saturday, January 26 at 10 p.m.

Price: $3

Jim DeCapua, Jones for Revival vocalist and guitarist, knows that college kids like to party, which is one reason Kent State is always on his list of places to play.

DeCapua, a Kent State graduate, along with his bandmates, have lined up three shows in Kent over the next few months, including shows at the Kent Stage (Feb. 23) and the Rathskellar (April 12). The band will also be playing shows in the Cleveland and Youngstown areas.

Jones for Revival, who formed in 2004, is comprised of childhood friends from Youngstown who bonded over their passion for music. “We started out just playing in basements, and just decided to start doing shows,” said DeCapua.

DeCapua, along with fellow members Matt Hahn (bass, vocals), Drew Ridgley (keys, vocals), Fredo Burazer (saxophone, flute, vocals) and Gino West (drums/ percussion), has made an impact on the local music scene with a sound that is comprised of many different genres, including jazz and reggae. “We kind of just wanted to touch on a little of everything,” DeCapua said. “Our music is perfect for a party atmosphere and at the same time can be appreciated by musicians.”

DeCapua cites Dave Matthews, Phish, Cake and Sublime as some of the band’s greatest influences. But Jones for Revival has established a style of its own, which can be heard on their EP Outside the Box, which was released in November 2007. For those who are looking for more Jones for Revival, their full-length record is set to come out in late March. The record will contain several of the band’s older songs, but will also include new material.

The band also has a DVD out, which contains their 45-minute performance at VexFest, a music festival in Youngstown. They perform songs from their EP, such as “Cats Eye”, “She’s Crazy” and “Drift”.

If planning on attending a Jones for Revival show, DeCapua said one can expect to see “a good jam band who stretches its limits.”

“We’re fun guys,” said DeCapua “but we try to bring musical appreciation to the table as well.”

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