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Jon Wayne & the Pain

If Lee Scratch Perry and Deadmau5 died, went to heaven, and recorded an album with Bradley Nowell and Jerry Garcia, they’d end up with something like Jon Wayne and The Pain’s new full length album “Surrender”. In addition to the Minneapolis trio’s signature sound of roots infused Reggae Rock, their latest release adds a bold fusion of Jam and EDM into the fold.

The trio’s previous album “Follow Through” for the most part only teases with a few subtle, dark electronic elements but stays true to the roots infused Reggae Rock sound that could be described as an ideal poolside soundtrack. Until the release of “Surrender”, their sometimes sinister combination of organic drums and guitar with electronic bass and synths could only be heard if fans could catch the band’s live act in clubs and festivals around the U.S. or sift through bootleg uploads on Youtube. Their third full length album is full of electronic instrumentals that build from entrasic dub loops (wait for the drop) then explode into high energy party anthems with intense vocals and powerful acoustic drums.

Pushing boundaries further, Jon Wayne and The Pain inject Roots, Jam, and Ska into the mix with sounds that band members Jon, Chuckie, and Teeto have grown to love while playing alongside some of the most influential musicians in the festival scene. Complete with a sanctioned Grateful Dead cover and a festie-fan shout out track “Festival Friends”, JWP pays tribute to the Jam scene in a big way. Keeping in tune with the sound that made fans rush to see Jon Wayne and The Pain since the band’s early days, heartfelt Reggae-Rock tunes are still a staple in the diverse collection of songs that make up “Surrender”

The Elovaters

Hailing from Boston, Massachusetts, original Reggae Band The Elevators have been bringing their distinctive beach Reggae sound to fans and music lovers up and down the East Coast. The group’s following has continued to grow as they introduce songs from their new record “The Cornerstone”, released on the band’s own imprint Belly Full Records. The release (titled for the band’s previous name), debuted at #5 on the ITunes Reggae charts and #9 on the Billboard Reggae Charts, while the video for one of the album’s featured tracks titled “Sunshine” has received more than 80k (eighty thousand) views on Facebook, and continues to be an anthem for youthfulness and summer fun. The band will be making their first appearance at the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival in 2017, and will be touring the West Coast and Mid-West starting in late May and lasting four weeks through the end of June. The band is no stranger to performing with other high caliber performers. They have performed with both North American and international touring acts such as Ziggy Marley, Stick Figure, The Movement, John Browns Body, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Passafire, New Kingston, Bad Fish, Anthony B, and many more. In addition to club and theater performances, the band has performed at festivals throughout the United States including Levitate Music Festival (MA), Mount Snow Reggae Festival (VT), Front Porch Fest (VA), and Frozen Harbor Music Festival (MD), Heineken Regatta (St. Marteen), and World Village Music Festival (ID).

Ras Neville & the Kingstonians

Ras Neville and the Kingstonians have deep roots in the Lawrence music scene. The band is essentially a revised version of Common Ground, the local reggae act that formed in 1981. A mix of roots reggae and dancehall party with a heavy emphasis on original material, Common Ground scored three Klammies awards for best worldbeat/reggae band in the 1990s before splitting up. Most of the lineup is back in this 10-piece expansion of the act.


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