The Vindys & Claire Vandiver

August 22nd, 2022 7pm   Stage 3

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The Vindys

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The Vindys have become one of the most sought-after bands in the Northeast Ohio area with their unique blend of alt-rock that Cleveland Magazine says, “…reminds us of the Black Keys,” and “…make us want to dance, whether we’re in a grimy dive bar or a field in Lake County.” Their album, Bugs, is out now.

The Youngstown, OH based band is led by powerhouse singer / songwriter / guitarist, Jackie Popovec who The Repository says “…uncannily evokes Amy Winehouse on the more retro songs while going full-tilt rock ‘n’ roll on the harder, moodier numbers.” WKBN-TV (CBS) 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.” The Beaver County Times boasts “…Popovec will grab you immediately. She sounds sweet and sultry, vulnerable and persevering.” Rounding out the band is John Anthony on guitar/harmony vocals, and Rick Deak on guitar/harmony vocals. All are classically trained musicians who combine their skills, Popovec as the primary songwriter, and arrangements by the band, resulting in a depth and maturity in their music that is intricate, yet relatable. Their longtime drummer Ed Davis recently went on hiatus from the band to focus on his family, and bassist Matt will be focusing on his solo music career.

Because they are passionate about representing Youngstown as a place where the music scene is thriving. Their name pays homage to their roots by drawing influence from Youngstown’s daily newspaper, The Vindicator. Brad Savage, program director of The Summit 91.3 FM, explains, “To me, they really personify Youngstown and northeast Ohio. They’ve got depth and substance and are instantly likable. Their songs get stuck in your head after one listen.”

The band has performed at various festivals including WonderStruck, WonderRoad, Three Rivers Arts Festival, LaureLive, Winnetka Music Festival, and Summerfest where the band won the first day of the Emerging Artist Series selected by voters on Twitter. Additionally, The Vindys have shared the stage with Pat Benatar, Orianthi, The Drive-By Truckers, Judah & the Lion, Hunter Hayes, Reeve Carney, and more.

Currently the Vindys are endorsed by Earthquaker Devices, Heil Sound and Ultimate Ears Pro.

Claire Vandiver

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Claire Vandiver was born in Nashville, Tennessee and raised by parents who were both musicians. Now living in Central Florida, Claire has spent the past decade honing her craft as a musician and songwriter. She's previously released one EP and several singles recorded by multi-platinum producers ZK Productions in Atlanta, finding her own unique sound along the way.

Claire’s voice is equal parts angelic and electrifying; soft and welcoming one second to, edgy and commanding the next. Blending a wide array of influences ranging from indie rock, to modern pop, she has crafted a unique sound that is truly fresh. While most of the world was languishing in lockdown during the pandemic, Claire spent her time co-producing and recording her latest batch of songs with NYC based composer/sound designer, Keller McDivitt. Wall-of-sound guitars, hard-hitting bass, spacey synthesizers, and thunderous drums provide the backdrop for Claire’s soaring vocals on her latest upcoming EP, “...Even When it Hurts.” Here, Claire sings songs about passionate relationships, mental-health and codependency, and all the spontaneity and complexities of an ephemeral youth.