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Donavan Frankenreiter @ The Stone Pony

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Donavan Frankenreiter
7/24/09 @ the Stone Pony
Asbury Park, New Jersey
by Darryl Longo  &
Photos Austin Longo

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Donavon Frankenreiter headlined the Summer Stage at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, on Friday July 24th. However, DF’s first show of the day wasn’t on the Stone Pony’s stage. Through Twitter, a lucky few were notified of Donavon’s first set. Under a clear blue sky and on a borrowed surf board from artist/surfer Jay Alders, Donavon gave this desolate seaside town an example of world class surfing.

The Asbury Park surf was generous this day and the Pro-Surfing vet executed flawlessly on the stage he first called home. Donavon carved up the surf shredded his cut off jeans in the process and left them hanging on the tour bus for some lucky fan<. Later, in the evening, DF and his accomplished backing band performed on the Pony’s main stage and showed why his mellow/back, soul, whispering vocals have captivated a growing segment of the singer songwriter genre without becoming staid and stereotypical.

Setlist:
Pass It Around
Girl Like You
The Way It Is
Move By Yourself
What’cha Know About
Too Much Water
Sing A Song, Free
Swing On Down
Life Love & Laughter
Your Heart
That’s To Bad (Byron Jam)
It Don’t Matter E:
Call Me Papa>Simple Kind Of Man>Call me Papa

Fans took the cue as he opened with the title track to his latest release “Pass It Around” on Lost Highway Records. With catchy hooks and a subtle variety of styles Donavon quickly had the Pony audience his relaxed groove. The funky “Move by Yourself” finished with a little feedback (Donavon plays a left handed Strat strung to play righty and has sons named Hendrix & Ozzy) Switching gears DF went to the Acoustic during “What’cha Know About”. Eric Brigmond (keys) pulled out the Melodica during “Sing A Song” and the Accordion in “Free”.

Opener Gary Jules (known for his cover of Tears for Fears’ “Mad World”) joined the band for “Swing on Down”. “Life, Love & Laughter” had everyone singing along and encompassed the joy of live music and living in the moment.  Brigmond pulled out the trumpet to add a Mexican flair to “Your Heart”. That’s Too Bad (Byron Jam) pulled out all the stops and provided the best rock of the evening. A standard on the tour, DF gives some audience members a chance to sing the chorus on “It Doesn’t Matter”. On this night they didn’t disappoint, no sour notes were hit.

After a short break DF came back for an encore to perform “Call Me Papa” solo and acoustic. This almost lullaby written for his son, was an intimate moment for DF and his audience that began to build to a crescendo as the band rejoined him on stage and segued into a heartfelt version of Skynards’ “Simple Kind Of Man”. As his band mates left him alone with his people “Papa” returned and the gracious performer thanked Asbury Park for a great day. On a tour that spans the globe DF truly seemed at home with his fans in this quiet seaside town.

For updates, news, tour dates, etc – www.donavonf.comAlso check out LostHighwayRecords.com including artists Johnny Cash, Van Morrison, and Morrissey.

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