Lulu's Downstairs Presents
Donavon Frankenreiter, Goodnight, Texas
Wed, Mar 06
Show: 8:00 pm
Donavon Frankenreiter made an instant connection with the band Goodnight, Texas recently while out on the road, comparing them to a modern day version of The Band. He decided not only to bring them out as support for this tour, but also to have Goodnight, Texas play as his backing band alongside his longtime guitarist Matt Grundy. Incorporating their musicianship with a fresh take on Donavon’s extensive catalog, the evening will feature mandolin guitar, banjo, pedal steel, bass, drums, and more!
For nearly four decades Donavon has been traveling the globe, first as a professional surfer and now as a musician. Born in Southern California, Donavon spent most of his youth chasing waves, turning pro at the age of 16. These days instead of surf competitions, it’s concert halls that brings Frankenreiter to town, where he entertains audiences with his unique blend of laid-back grooves, philosophical lyrics and soulful delivery.
Donavon Frankenreiter has been writing, recording and touring his music for 20 years. With over a dozen full-length record releases and hundreds of songs written, the traveling troubadour has become beacon for funkified jams, stylish stomps and feel-good grooves. From his surf-inspired serenades to classic blues-rooted funk, the Donavon is always evolving. It would seem he’s just getting started…
After a whirlwind of travel and months on the road touring, Donavon cruised his way back to the studio to get crackin’ on some brand new tunes. As the amps buzzed so did the excitement. His fresh collection of hand written scribbles on loose paper started to come to life before his eyes - manifesting themselves into 4 brand new tracks: “Them Blues”, “Boom Boom”, “Is It You” and “Could Be One of Those Days”.
With the creative mojo flowing and growing, Donavon decided to keep on the gas. In July 2019, he released a new album aptly titled “Bass & Drum Tracks”. Comprised of 16 songs (13 of his most beloved, classic tracks and 3 news ones) this assemblage of stripped-down jams gives the world a whole new way to get down, get creative and get into some good ol’ fashion Frankenreiter fun.
Equal parts inventive and inclusive, this new “Bass & Drums Tracks” record allows fans and music lovers all around the world become part of Donavon’s wondrous world in their own unique way. Whether you slay it on the saxophone, sing the blues or just toot on your trusty kazoo, there’s something on this record for you… Sing along! Play along! Start a band!
To celebrate this new selection of tunes, Donavon will be promoting the release of the album and the new songs by performing it LIVE on their upcoming tours. Like usual, he plans to go worldwide for months at a time. Only this time, Donavon is bringing his love for vinyl records out on the road like never before…
His long-time obsession with analog sound and vintage record players is making its way on stage! For “The Record Player Tour”, Donavon and his long-time right-hand man, Matt Grundy, will be playing their set as dynamic duo - with their trusty record placed between them. They’ll be dropping the needle themselves, LIVE in hi-fi, spinning the analog bass and drums on wax as their backing “band”. It’s the sort of special twist that you don’t want to miss…
“We love vinyl records so much and are complete addicts when it comes to vintage players… that’s how this whole idea came to me”, beams Donavon. “I thought, why can’t we make an album available where people can jam along to it and we can also play to it LIVE too?“