Beyond Silent! The Cameraman with Jon Shain and FJ Ventre
Before talkies, there was the genesis of film – the Silents! Buster Keaton scores again with his 1928 comedy “The Cameraman”. Comic enjoyment ensues after Buster becomes infatuated with a pretty office worker for MGM Newsreels. He trades in his tintype operation for a movie camera determined to impress the girl (and MGM). This film was added to the National Film Registry in 2005, being deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” We’ve partnered with The Cary Theater to bring this classic film to life with a new score written by the Triangle’s own Jon Shain.
After the movie Jon and FJ will perform a concert.
Jon Shain is a veteran singer-songwriter who’s been turning heads for years with his words, his fiery acoustic guitar work, and his evolved musical style – combining improvised piedmont blues with bluegrass, swing, and ragtime.
Shain cut his touring teeth from 1989-1998 founding the Chapel Hill, NC folk-rock group, Flyin’ Mice and their spin-off group, WAKE. The band performed with acts such as David Grisman, Tony Rice Unit, Hot Tuna, and the Dixie Dregs, released four CDs, and played clubs, schools, and festivals up and down the East Coast, building a legion of fans.
After his band’s breakup, Shain went solo, returning to his roots in the folk and blues circuit. In addition to the new album with Joe Newberry, and a live album with Jon Shain Trio, Jon has released eight studio albums, working with studio luminaries such as Dave Mattacks, Tom Dube, and Chris Stamey, along the way. In addition to festival slots and headlining club dates, the last few years has seen Shain playing esteemed listening rooms and opening sold out theatre shows for John Hiatt, Keb’ Mo’, Little Feat, and others. When Shain is not recording or performing, he stays busy giving private instruction in Piedmont blues fingerstyle guitar, and teaching group workshops in songwriting and blues guitar.
Joining Jon and Wyatt will be outstanding bass player and vocalist F.J. Ventre. F.J. attended the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, earning a B.A. in Music Performance and Sound Recording. He remained in the Boston area, performing in the city’s vibrant music scene. Since relocating to Chapel Hill, NC in 2000, Ventre has performed with his own group The Swang Brothers, as well as The Stars Explode, Rebecca and the Hi-Tones, and Matt Hill. In addition to performing as a sought after sideman, he spends his time behind the mixing board, engineering at his Good Luck Studio and operating his graphic design firm Tadpole Designs.