By GUY D’ASTOLFO
When the organizers of Vexfest decided to sideline the annual downtown rock festival, Jones for Revival stepped up to fill the vacuum.
The veteran jam band’s inaugural Revive Music and Arts Festival will be Saturday at the B&O Station complex, near downtown. The first band will start at 3 p.m.
Jones will headline, playing from 11 p.m. to whenever they quit. The bill also includes Hoss and the Juggernauts, 5 Elements, Winslow, Zach Paxson, Jackie Popovec, Shiloh Hawkins, Baker, Lethal FX, Universal Pulse and more.
Bands will play on two outdoor stages with DJs inside the B&O building until the wee hours. The DJs include DJ Addison, Ludo, Gravity and Tha Yogert, who will play electronic funk and house.
One part of the park-like B&O grounds will be set aside for artists, including Vincent Krivda, Kareemah Johnson, Anadono, Eric Alleman, Christina Salata and Krisite Gearhart. Infini-Tribe will be on hand to give fire and hooping performances throughout the night.
Beer and food vendors will be lined up along the wall at the entrance to the grounds.
The main stage is between the B&O station and the Boxcar Lounge, with the second stage on the deck overlooking the Mahoning River. Only one band will play at a time outdoors.
Revive is just one highlight in Jones for Revival’s summer schedule.
The band recently completed a 21/2-week tour that took it to Colorado. It returned just in time for its Jonesfest on July 18 at Nelson Ledges Quarry Park.
After Revive, the band will head to Canada for the Collaborate and Listen festival in New Brunswick.
Jones for Revival has became a recognizable name on the festival circuit, but getting an invitation to play Collaborate and Listen is a new high-water mark for the band.
“It will be the most epic thing this band has done,” said Jim DeCapua of Jones for Revival.
“These last couple of years we’ve been getting compensated a little more, but we’ve never been outside the country. We’ve toured and had Jonesfest, adding Revive to our potentially annual events. But going to Canada pushes us more forward because in the eyes of venues and promoters, it’s a pretty big leap. We were asked to play this thing, and we’re honored that someone from outside the country was interested.”
Papadosio is headlining Collaborate and Listen, and Jones is among the featured acts.