PLAINS TWP. — Local musicians and residents gathered Thursday night to honor the life of late musician Janet Rains, who performed as Jane Train.
Jane Jam was held at The Woodlands, and featured 21 acts across two stages. Proceeds will be used to set up a memorial fund in Rains’ name that will go toward music scholarships and camps for children.
Rains, 48, Pittston, was best known locally as the lead vocalist of ‘80s cover group M80. She was acting as tour manager for New York-based hard rock outfit Adrenaline Mob on July 14 when the band’s RV was involved in a crash with a tractor-trailer outside Gainesville, Fla. Rains would eventually die due to the injuries she suffered.
Dawn Randazzo, who organized the event alongside music journalist Alan K. Stout and Woodlands food and beverage director Mitch Cornfeld, said the trio began planning the benefit almost immediately after the accident.
“In the first two days, we were completely booked,” Randazzo said, adding that support from local musicians has been overwhelming.
After Rains’ death, Randazzo said she reached out to musicians to finalize plans, and worked to shape what the event would become.
“When she passed, we knew we needed to be together to get through this,” she said.
The idea for Jane Jam came from Concert for a Cause, which was started by Stout and which Rains’ band M80 played regularly. Randazzo said Rains’ benefit allowed a lot of musicians to reunite and honor her legacy.
“We’re here to celebrate her life,” Randazzo said.
Jason McCloe, of Wilkes-Barre, was also hurt in the crash. A percentage of proceeds will go toward helping McCloe with his medical bills.
McCloe said he was “overwhelmed” by the way the community came together for the event, and it is a testament to Rains’ life.
“Janet treated everyone like gold,” he said. “There is so much love and respect for her.”
One of the bands performing, Iron Cowboy, toasted to Rains during its set.
“We’re going to do something positive,” singer John Davis said as he raised his glass. “God, I wish you were here.”
Also in attendance was Rains’ mother, Lucille Joyner, who said she never realized how much her daughter meant to so many people.
“I just saw her as my baby,” Joyner said.
Joyner said since her daughter’s passing, she has heard stories from numerous people about how Rains helped them.
“It simply means she was a good human being,” she said. “She was just as special to other people as she was to me.”