Jon Shain and FJ Ventre


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Saturday, April 30 at 7:30pm

Jon Shain grew up in Haverhill, Massachusetts, and FJ Ventre grew up in Beverly. They began making music together in 1982 when they met in high school.

Jon headed south to Duke University in North Carolina to study American History and continue his musical journey. In addition to studying with jazz professor Paul Jeffrey, he had the good fortune to learn the piedmont blues tradition firsthand by playing in Big Boy Henry’s backing band. Jon won the 2019 International Blues Challenge in the solo/duo category. He has shared stages with the likes of Keb’ Mo’, John Hiatt, Little Feat, and Jackson Browne.

FJ went to University of Massachusetts-Lowell, earning a B.A. in Music Performance and Sound Recording. Since relocating to North Carolina,  he has been performing as a sought after sideman, engineering at his own Good Luck Studio, and operating graphic design firm Tadpole Designs.

With FJ joining Jon in North Carolina, they resumed their musical partnership. They collaborated on the 2019 CD Tomorrow Will Be Yesterday Soon and their new CD Never Found a Way to Tame the Blues, release in 2021.

Jon and FJ are Old Sloop veterans. They performed as a duo in 2016, and with blues harpist Bill Newton in 2011.

Jon Shain and FJ Ventre – April 30