ManiFEST featuring Jon Wayne and The Pain with Nahko and Medicine for the People and Useful Jenkins CD Release Party - Nahko and Medicine for the People, Useful Jenkins
Jon Wayne and The Pain
At 26, Jon Wayne's musical journey has driven him from the frigid cold of North Dakota to the lush warmth of his Jamaican influences, with a few detours thrown in along the way. As the lead vocalist and guitarist of Jon Wayne and The Pain, Jon, with bassist Chuck Torgerson and drummer Chris Hicks, has created a unique sound that combines reggae/ska rhythms, meaningful lyrics with a set of irresistible beats. Born in Jamestown, North Dakota in 1983, Jon started playing music when he was only ten years old. He began writing his own songs when he was given his first guitar and eventually formed his first band in Fargo, ND in 2003. After moving to Minneapolis in 2004, Jon's painful battle with addiction would last over the next few years. Jon's lowest point came when he found himself pawning his guitar, homeless, and begging for money with a sign near a local highway exit.
Despite his personal struggles, Jon continued to make music, forming Jon Wayne and The Pain with Chris Hicks in 2005. Playing music influenced by ska, reggae and dub, Jon and the band soon built a large, loyal fan base in Minneapolis. Chuck Torgerson joined Jon Wayne and the Pain in 2008 and the band released their first album in the spring of 2008. Produced by Mark Murphy of Wookiefoot, the self-titled debut was released to strong reviews and a growing a fanbase for Jon Wayne and the Pain that has extended beyond the Midwest.
Finally at peace with his past and creating music that not only entertains but inspires thousands of fans across the country, Jon Wayne is embarking on the next phase of his musical journey with Chris Hicks and Chuckie Torgerson by his side. Jon Wayne and The Pain continue to spread a message of peace and recovery amidst a perfect balance of crisp sound and pure energy.
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