April 24, 2009 -
The Knoxville Museum of Art’s Alive After Five series of live music presents the sultry Southern acoustic swing of Christabel & The Jons on Friday, May 1, from 5:30 – 8:00 pm.
Christabel and the Jons is a southern swing band based in east Tennessee that blends familiar standards with modern vintage sounding originals. Since the spring of 2005 this quirky band has been performing and recording their distinctive and colorful style of acoustic music which blends Appalachian mountain music and vintage swing. The band is typically fitted in vintage period evocative of an era when the slow burn of torch-y jazz was not a cliché, but rather a dark, quiet way to enter into a world of storytelling and romance. Lead singer and guitarist Christa DeCicco steals hearts with her sensual vocals, come-hither delivery and charismatic stage presence. The band includes Seth Hopper (violin, trumpet, mandolin, accordion, vocals), Jon Whitlock (drums, percussion, vocals), and Josh Sidman (upright bass).
In November of 2006 they released their first full-length album, "Love and Circumstances.” Their newest album, "Custom Made For You," was released last December. Christabel & The Jons were popular favorites in numerous Knoxville nightclubs and performed at such venues as The Bijou Theatre and “Sundown in the City” on Market Square as well as “Alive After Five” at Knoxville Museum of Art. Nowadays, the group spends more time touring outside of Knoxville, mostly around the southeast region, but with periodic voyages to the northeast, southwest, and pacific northwest.
For more information about Christabel & The Jons, visit www.myspace.com/christabelmusic
Admission to this performance of Alive After Five is $8 for non-members, and $4 for museum members and college students with ID. Ages 17 and under are admitted free. Alive After Five is sponsored by Cherokee Distributing Company, Knoxville News Sentinel, WVLT-TV8 and WDVX-89.9FM. For more information about the Alive After Five series, please contact Michael Gill at (865) 934-2039.