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The Rock-itt : February 2012
This month the charismatic surfer come singer/songwriter and musician, Donovan Frankenreiter, thanks to the generosity of "The Corona Team", will give a free concert for the patrons of the Newport Arms Hotel. The L.A. based entertainer is visiting our shores, I expect to mix a bit of work with pleasure and it's the Beaches good fortune that he will sling his guitar and showcase his talents at "The Arms" on Saturday 11th February at 5:00 pm. Donavon has been involved in both surfing and music most of his life, obtaining his first surfboard at ten and his first guitar at sixteen. Obviously he was skilled at both and over the years has blended them soulfully together to come up with a unique brand of music. Growing up in southern California, Frankenreiter was drawn first to guitar gods like Clapton and Page, then to songwriters like Dylan and Marley. Ska-punk soundtracked his moves in surfing films, but his first high school band was so inspired by Pearl Jam, they named it Peanut Butter and Jam. His next outfit, a southern rock group, scored a spot on the Warped Tour and was promptly pummelled with debris whenever their harmonies followed acts like Sick of It All. He continued to play rhythm guitar with a cover band, staying comfortably out of the spotlight, until one day something clicked: he needed to branch out on his own. Good pal Jack Johnson was starting up Brushfire Records, and offered Frankenreiter a shot, producing his first album of folk songs --- including the hit "Free" --- along with famed Beastie Boys collaborator Mario Caldato, Jr. Frankenreiter followed his 2004 self-titled debut with a full- band record, 2006's Move by Yourself (Lost Highway), where he plugged in and chronicled his life on the road. Joe Chiccarelli (The White Stripes, My Morning Jacket) produced 2008 disc Pass It Around, which featured guests Ben Harper and G. Love, and marked a major musical turning point for Frankenreiter Donavon has cut a whole swag of tracks over the years, relying on real life experiences to fuel his music and guide his pen. To have him here at 'The Arms' in person to see and hear him live, is really something else. Now the word is out, I wouldn't dally on Saturday the 11th about get along to the Arms to get a good possie before they all go. This is a unique opportunity not to be missed. See you there..............cheers, Pete.