Three Chances to See Donavon Frankenreiter Next Week

July 17th, 2009

In the pursuit of a professional surfing career, a young Donavon Frankenreiter moved from his native California to Hawaii. Once there, he rented a room from a couple with a friendly son, Jack Johnson. The two surfed and played guitars together, and years later, Frankenreiter’s debut solo album came out on Johnson’s label, Brushfire Records. Why is any of this of consequence? Because Donavon Frankenreiter and his upbeat surfer music come to our fair town next week for a three-night residency with one show each at Mercury Lounge (Monday, 7/20), Music Hall of Williamsburg (Tuesday, 7/21) and The Bowery Ballroom (Thursday, 7/23). Check him out, above, rehearsing and playing the Band’s “The Weight” with ALO—because it’s one of the finest songs in the history of recorded music—and then, below, in the video for “It Don’t Matter” to get a sense of his easygoing vibe. And then go see him live next week.