MOUNT VERNON — “You don’t come to see a Jackyl concert. You come to be a part of it.”
This Friday at Legends Bar in Mount Vernon, fans will get a chance to become part of a Jackyl concert as the nationally known rock band will perform as part of a huge night of entertainment. Trust, out of Mansfield, kicks off the night outside at 6:45 p.m., followed by Bad Remedy. Jackyl will take the stage from 9-10:30 p.m. before the party moves back indoor. Ripcord and Core will follow Jackyl on the inside stage.
Jackyl burst onto the hard rock scene with their selftitled debut album in 1991. Hits like “I Stand Alone,” “Down On Me” and “The Lumberjack” made Jackyl a household name in the rock world. “The Lumberjack” also showed fans a new instrument — the chainsaw, which is now part of every Jackyl show.
“Does Angus (Young) wear his school boy outfit in AC/DC? Does Kiss wear their makeup? Does Iron Maiden carry Eddie around? Just like those guys have their stuff, we’ve got a chainsaw,” lead singer and guitarist Jesse James Dupree said. “It’s a definitive instrument for rock and roll. It’s loud … it’s aggressive … it’s abrasive … it’s everything that is rock and roll.”
Fans can expect to hear Jackyl’s big hits at Legends, but will also hear some songs from the new album, Rowyco.
“It’s a good long show. We’ll play the stuff that people expect to hear and we’ll play some new stuff. It’s a wellrounded show. Trust me, it’s a good way to spend your Friday night,” Dupree said. “We don’t differentiate one show from another. Whether it be in front of 500 people or 500,000 like at Woodstock ’94, we won’t play with any less interest or any less heart.
“In the middle of the set, anything can happen. One time we had some fun with some stuff from ‘Hee Haw.’ You just never know where we’re going to go.”
With a wide range of things influencing Dupree as he was growing up, it’s no wonder the band’s show can take off in any direction.
Dupree grew up listening to James Brown and Wilson Pickett, as well as Steve Marriott, AC/DC, Ted Nugent and Led Zeppelin. That range from rhythm and blues and soul music to hard rock creates a unique blend that is all Jackyl.
He also has a great connection with the people of Ohio thanks to his background. Jackyl has played everywhere from Cleveland to Cincinnati and felt right at home at every venue.
“Ohio is a second home to us. We’ve played Ohio Bike Week and some big shows in Cincinnati. Ohio is just a great rock and roll market. We look at it like a family reunion,” Dupree said. “The people (of Ohio) actually work for a living. They go and punch in for 40 hours a week. So, when they get ready to let out some steam on a Friday night with Jackyl, they do it loud, proud, hard and honest.
“I grew up pouring concrete and driving trucks. I’m very blessed to have my dreams come true. … I think it’s an honest connection from where we came from and who we are. Ohio’s just always been a great stop for us.”
The idea of Jackyl playing in Mount Vernon came from Tim Carper, owner of Legends, and Greg Culbertson. The two saw Jackyl play and knew they would be a great band to have come to Legends.
“We saw some of their shows and thought they’d be a really good fit for our crowd,” Carper said. “The whole town is excited. We’re not sure if there’s been a band this big that’s played in Mount Vernon.”
“The guys at Legends are so passionate about rock and roll,” Dupree said. “Their enthusiasm for bringing Jackyl to town just blew me away.
“I think the community will benefit from this. A lot of people will come to Mount Vernon and see what a cool town it is. Hopefully, the community will appreciate the effort these guys put in to this.”
The first three performers — Trust, Bad Remedy and Jackyl — will all perform on an outside stage at Legends. The final two — Ripcord and Core — will then come inside to wrap up the night. They’re even expecting Ronni Hunter and the Blitz Street team from 99.7 The Blitz at Legends.
After the concert, Carper is hoping to see a huge crowd head over to Yellow Jacket Stadium for the Relay For Life event that’s going on at the same time.
“We’re going to try to mix the two together and hopefully get 500 people over there to help support that cause,” Carper said. Legends has been the home of many poker runs and concerts for different charities and Carper hopes this will be another great event for a great cause.
Tickets are available at Legends.