Minneapolis based reggae-rock group, John Wayne and The Pain, was started up in 2005 and has been taking the nation by storm ever since. Being a part of the Minneapolis music scene helped them develop connections to play at more well-known venues and provided opportunities to play with bigger name artists. The groups frontman, John Wayne, has a story much like the late Bradley Nowell, Sublime’s former frontman, because Wayne is a recovering addict. Their songs often reflect on the struggles that Wayne had with addiction and how he dug his way out to see the light of redemption. However, their goal is to break free of the drug stereotype that is often associated with reggae music by solely promoting positive vibes to their audiences. The other two members of the group are Tito Miller (drummer) and Chuck Torgerson (bassist). Their sound is much like that of Sublime and Slightly Stoopid. The message they convey is something like Matisyahu or Wookiefoot would express in their songs. John Wayne and The Pain’s blend of electronic dub-style sounds with powerful lyrics is what sets them apart from other reggae-rock groups of today.
The sole reason for their reggae-rock style is to spread the love and unity that reggae music has to offer, to bring the audience together as one. They will be taking the stage tomorrow, Friday, March 8th, at Gabe’s. The show begins at 10 PM and will be available for ages 19 and over. It’ll be $7 to get in so be sure to not forget that. So if you’re either looking for some redemption or a good time, be sure to check out John Wayne and The Pain tomorrow at Gabe’s!
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