Local string-jazz revivalists Christabel and the Jons filmed a music video recently in front of a live audience at the Capitol Theatre in downtown Maryville. A post on the band’s website asked fans to dress up in vintage finery and fill up the dance floor.
“This theater has been recently renovated and it’s gorgeous,” the post reads. “There’s a big dance floor in front that we’d love to fill with swing dancers.”
The band filmed the video during one of their swinging old-style jazz concerts on Friday, April 10, at 9 p.m.
Christabel and the Jons consists of Christa DeCicco on vocals, guitars, accordion and banjo; Seth Hopper on violin, mandolin, trumpet, accordion and vocals; Jon Whitlock on percussion and vocals; and either Josh Sidman or Vince Ilagan on upright bass. They describe themselves as a combination of folk, swing and roots music, and sound like “sweet tea on a Sunday afternoon,” in the words of Leslie Wylie of the MetroPulse. The band favors vintage clothing and props to create a swingy, old-time jazz and blues atmosphere.
Christabel and the Jons’ second and most recent album is Custom Made for You, which they are currently touring to promote. They have performed at music festivals across the country, including Tennessee’s own Bonnaroo.
To listen to songs from the band’s two records, including the radio-friendly “More Than Friends,” visit http://www.myspace.com/christabelmusic.