Win Tickets ($60): Donavon Frankenreiter @ Aladdin Theater | w/ Grant-Lee Phillips, Soft Rock, Surf Rock, Portland 2017 St. Patrick’s Day

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Donavon Frankenreiter @ Aladdin Theater on March 17. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, March 13.


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Donavon Frankenreiter
March 17, 2017
Doors 7p.m., Show 8 p.m. | $25 ADV, $30 Doors | All Ages
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Aladdin Theater
3017 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, OR 97202

Donavon Frankenreiter’s new album, “The Heart,” officially marks the start of the singer-songwriter’s second decade as a solo recording artist. It’s been over ten years since the release of his self-titled debut, and in that time he has grown, not only as a musician, but also as a man. He’s raising a family and nurturing two creative careers-one onstage, one in the waves-but on top of all that, he’s still learning what makes him tick. And so, naturally, he named his album after his ticker.

All these songs are as close to me singing from the heart as I can,” says Frankenreiter. “It’s a complete record; the songs are intertwined. I had to call it ‘The Heart,’ that was the theme of the record.”

The songs here are seriously sentimental, without question the heaviest material he has released to date. Part of that inspiration came from his co-writer, the prolific songwriter Grant-Lee Phillips, with whom Frankenreiter had collaborated in the past on his album “Pass It Around.” He recognized the ease with which the two worked together and sent Phillips a handful of new tunes and ideas. He was astonished at the brilliance of the songs that came back, and so quickly, but also by one of Phillips’ suggestions in particular.

“Grant told me, ‘You should make the most intimate and honest record you’ve ever made,'” says Frankenreiter. “So these songs are simple and intimate and honest, they aren’t cheeky. There’s some ups and downs-I love writing positive songs and happy tunes, but there are some downers here. I feel like it’s where I’m at, 42 years old. Every one of these songs means a lot to me. They’re from the heart.”

To record them, Frankenreiter booked two weeks of studio time in May of 2015 at Blue Rock Studios in Wimberley, Texas. But unlike the privacy afforded by most studios, these sessions were to be live-streamed on the Internet in a soul-baring exhibition for his fans-talk about intimate and honest. With just two bandmates and a studio engineer, Frankenreiter knocked out a song each day and recorded the entire album in full view of a watching public. He had never been so inspired, and embraced every aspect of the situation: the landscape, the lodging, the isolation, the overall challenge.

“We went in saying, ‘Let’s make the best record we can that we enjoy,'” he says. “And not that I didn’t feel that way about my other albums, but this was the one that felt the most natural. Even the way we made it, too, a song a day. I went into it feeling a little pressure, this whole live-streaming thing; if we hit a rut the first day, we’re screwed. But the first day we cut ‘Big Wave,’ and it was off to the races.”

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15 Responses to Win Tickets ($60): Donavon Frankenreiter @ Aladdin Theater | w/ Grant-Lee Phillips, Soft Rock, Surf Rock, Portland 2017 St. Patrick’s Day

  1. Kelly March 7, 2017 at 9:46 am #

    Would love to see Donavan again. Super talent.

  2. Natalie March 7, 2017 at 12:14 pm #

    Would love to see Donavan! My sister is in town and begging to get out and see some great music here. Would make me so happy to take her.

  3. Cory March 7, 2017 at 12:31 pm #

    I love Franks n Beans!!!

  4. Carla March 7, 2017 at 1:00 pm #

    I just am transported to the beach when he sings, such a beautiful sound

  5. Emily March 7, 2017 at 1:31 pm #

    Super chill for St Pat’s Day! I would love this.

  6. jennifer March 7, 2017 at 6:32 pm #

    PICK ME!, PICK ME! I would love to see this show.

  7. bobby March 7, 2017 at 6:42 pm #

    Oh man! I need some beachy tunes to heat me up after all this rain! PLEASE ME!

  8. Linda S March 9, 2017 at 3:41 pm #

    We need this. I would like to go.

  9. James March 9, 2017 at 4:24 pm #

    What a great songwriter. Thanks for the opportunity.

  10. Dave G. March 9, 2017 at 6:04 pm #

    Cool hat!

  11. Judy March 9, 2017 at 11:08 pm #

    Donavon sounds like a really neat guy, humble and someone I would love to hear

  12. Jamie Adney March 10, 2017 at 3:06 pm #

    I LOVE Donavon!

  13. Aleks March 11, 2017 at 7:51 am #

    Sounds fun!

  14. Kathy Rankin March 11, 2017 at 10:13 am #

    I love surf guitar, and would like to see him and his early influences, possibly to Dick Dale?

  15. Robert March 12, 2017 at 1:20 am #

    What a treat!

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