EastWave Radio

EastWave Radio


With elements of Reggae, Ska, Punk, Rock and Pop, EWR balances the essences of these styles in their music. Their live shows are energetic and memorable and their material is diverse, from roots reggae classics to upbeat dance covers to their own original reggae hybrid songs.


EastWave Radio was first formed by singer & guitarist Dave Gagne in 2006. Carrying on the reggae traditions of his musician parents, he formed his own band fusing roots reggae with more contemporary influences like Sublime, 311, The Police and The Clash. Through 2006 and ’07, EastWave Radio was a revolving cast of players, but in early 2008 the lineup solidified with drummer “Steady” Eddie Dickhaut and bassist/vocalist Johnny Venom. The band quickly grew a large fanbase with their popular performances every Sunday night at the Oasis nightclub in Portland Maine.

EastWave Radio is proud to release their debut EP “Soulful Noise”, and has a busy schedule year round, appearing at clubs, festivals and other venues around Portland, ME and New England. Fusing old and new school reggae with a variety of other genres, EastWave Radio delivers high energy reggae and rock every time they hit the stage.


EastWave Radio's debut EP "Soulful Noise", recorded and mixed at Halo Studios by Jon Wyman, released April 2009.

Full length album will be released in early summer 2010.

David Gagne - Songwriter
Along with the music video "Sty", for which he won two awards, David published a CD entitled "Man with No Name." He released this in 2004 at 17 years old. You can hear more clips and the video on his website at http://www.davegagne.net. In 2005, he also wrote and produced the theme song for "Freedom State", a critically acclaimed independent film. To hear this song, go to the address below and click on "download theme song." This will take you to itunes where you can purchase the song for $0.99

Set List

EastWave Radio plays a 1 hour original set as well as several hours of cover material, mainly in the reggae genre, although they have been know to perform material from many other genres including folk, rock, country, indie and more.

Original songs include:
Man With No Name
The Tale Of Billy Bones
Frigid Hands
Soulful Noise

Covers include but are not limited to:
Soul Rebel - Bob Marley
Trenchtown Rock - Bob Marley
One Drop - Bob Marley
Soul Shakedown Party - Bob Marley
Redemption Songs - Bob Marley
No Woman No Cry - Bob Marley
Lovesong - The Cure (as covered by 311 - reggae style)
Karma Police - Radiohead (reggae style)
I Shall Be Released - Bob Dylan (reggae style)
The Israelites - reggae standard
The Harder They Come - Jimmy Cliff
Time Tough - Toots & The Maytals
Nothing Compares 2 U - Prince, original ska arrangement
Cool You - reggae standard
50 Ways to Leave Your Lover - Paul Simon - original ska arrangement
Police and Thieves - Ju