Published on November 3rd, 2016 | by Thomas Ritchie0
Jon Wayne and the Pain: Taking the jam band to new heights
Electronic, reggae, funk combo plays Vangarde Arts Saturday
Minneapolis musical innovators Jon Wayne and The Pain have carved out a niche that few can touch. They’ve laced together a blend of reggae, electronic beats, and psychedelic funk that when squeezed through the sausage maker comes out as cosmic ear candy. OK, that’s a mouthful, but this jam band really has a lot going on in its songs, and has been mesmerizing fans at live shows for nearly a decade.
The Twin Cities based ensemble burst onto the scene in 2007, following their debut self-titled album. Since then, they have been building a dedicated Midwest following with extensive touring. This Saturday, they’ll grace the stage at Vangarde Arts, 420 Jackson St., at 8 p.m. in Sioux City for the second time. And their live set is a must-see for jam music fans.
Over the past few years, the band has gained momentum with invitations to some of the nation’s most renowned music and art festivals, including Electric Forest, Summer Camp, Cali Roots and Wakarusa, to name a few.
We caught up with Jon, the band’s front man, to talk about the band, inspirations and life on the road.
Question: Jon Wayne and the Pain has developed a sound unequalled across the Midwest. Who or what inspires you each day?
Q. If you could open for any major musical act in history, who would it be and why?
A: I would wanna open for Red Hot Chili Peppers at Red Rocks. Not sure why, just think that would be great. They also defy any specific genre as we do.
Q. What was the first album you bought as a kid? What inspired you to buy it?
A: First album I bought was Pearl Jam 10 in 1992. It was around christmas and I got it from a Sam Goody record store. It was a cassette tape and played the shit out of it. Still love Pearl Jam to this day as well as Eddie Vedder’s solo stuff.
Q. What’s the most negative musical critique you’ve received in your career and what did you learn from it?
Q. What 3 bands are getting the most play in your iPod right now?
Atmosphere – When Life Gives You Lemons
Q. You’re on the road a lot – what’s your favorite road food and why?