Electronic reggae band Jon Wayne and the Pain come to Snowbasin – Standard-Examiner

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HUNTSVILLE – Teeto Miller loves it when the audience walks away with sore feet and sore legs from dancing their hearts out after one of his performances.

The drummer and vocalist

of the band, Jon Wayne and the Pain, said there’s no other experience to compare performing for a live audience.

“We are are forever grateful to live our lives sharing and connecting with everyone through the gift of music,” he said. “We feed off of you just as much as you feed off of us, so it’s a give and take relationship that is not taken for granted by JWP.”

The four member band will be performing on Sept. 18 during Snowbasin Resort’s Blues, Brews and BBQ summer series. The event runs from noon to 5 p.m. and is free to the public.


JON WAYNE AND THE PAIN

WHAT: Blues, Brews & BBQ featuring Jon Wayne and the Pain

WHEN : Sept. 18 from noon to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Snow Basin Resort, Earl’s Lodge, 3925 Snowbasin Road, Huntsville

ADMISSION: Free


The band, from Minneapolis, came together in 2007. To date, they have released three albums and are working on a fourth, due on the market in January. Miller said a lot of people refer to them as an electronic reggae-dub jam band, but he said they are even more than that.

“There’s really no box you can put us in,” he said. “We’re a heavy based reggae band that doesn’t really fit into any status you could see on paper. We do a lot of different things and we all play a variety of instruments. We’re four guys who can sound like 30 people on stage.”

The members include Miller, founder Jon Wayne, Chuck E. Torgerson and Weston Schick.

“Jon started the band. He was just a kid trying to find his way in the world,” Miller said. “He came to Minneapolis after starting a band in Fargo, North Dakota and was trying to find people who were willing to go on tour.”

Miller, who has been playing the drums since the age of 3, joined the band shortly after its drummer quit to spend more time with family.

“I was born and raised in Southern California and was blessed to be born into a musical family,” Miller said. “My father is a musician and he toured all over with a lot of bands.”

Miller’s father, Terry Miller, would take his young son on tour with him and built a fake drum set for him to beat on behind the band’s drummer.

“When I was 3, he decided I wasn’t going to do much with school, so he put me in drum lessons. He made me practice six hours a day and as I got older I had to practice eight hours a day,” Miller said. “I got to take lessons from the biggest, fattest cats in the industry and when I was 11, my dad hired me to play in one of his corporate bands.”

When he was 17 years-old, Miller won a Grammy for jazz performance at the Performing Arts High School and was invited to play with the Navy Show Band.

“I got to play with some monstrous musicians and it was such a blessing in my life,” he said. “I am so grateful to my dad for instilling his love of music and work ethic in me.”

Miller said the band is excited to return to Utah to perform and describes the audience here as “genuine.”

“I’m the most vulnerable I’m going to be when I’m up on that stage. It’s a give and take of emotion and energy and it’s euphoric. I go into another world,” he said. “Music is so important. The world would be void of emotion without music. It can make you happy, sad, angry, indifferent. It can inform you and open you up to a whole new perspective. I hope the audience will walk away feeling like they were part of a family. We thank each and every being we have and will come in contact with from the bottom of our hearts for the opportunity to tell our story and live out our dreams to remember with you. Spread Some Love.”

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