The Bowery Presents
Donavon Frankenreiter

Donavon Frankenreiter

The Breedings, SOSOS, Newfound Groove

Wed, August 14, 2013

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

Brooklyn Bowl

Brooklyn, NY

$10 advance / $12 day of show

This event is 21 and over

Donavon Frankenreiter
Donavon Frankenreiter
To create his fifth full-length album Start Livin’, Hawaii-based singer/guitarist/songwriter Donavon Frankenreiter holed up in a Southern California studio for seven days with his longtime bassist Matt Grundy—and no one else. The follow-up to 2010’s Glow, Start Livin’ is a nine-track selection of folk-infused songs that sweetly reflect the simplicity of their recording. With its smooth showcasing of Frankenreiter’s rich, honey-thick vocals and masterful guitar work, Start Livin’ bears all the intimacy of an impromptu back-porch performance and the tenderness of a treasured love letter. “Start Livin’ is basically a love album,” says Frankenreiter, who co-produced the record alongside Matt Grundy and Adam Ableman. “Most of the songs are about my wife and our two boys, and the life that we’ve built together in Hawaii.” Thanks to Frankenreiter’s infectious warmth and finely honed pop sensibilities, each of those songs has the singular effect of drawing the listener into that bright and breezy world for a blissed-out moment. Essential to the record’s playful feel is Frankenreiter’s inspired use of instrumentation. “This album’s completely unlike anything I’ve ever done before, in that we skipped the basics and went for a whole lot of different instruments,” he says. “We never brought in a drum set—instead there’s handclapping for percussion, or the two of us banging on pots and pans. We were using everything from bells to singing bowls to Zippo lighters; at one point we put some beans and salts in a can and shook it around.” Grundy played a key role in the wildly varied sounds on Start Livin’, according to Frankenreiter. “Matt was playing ukulele and lap steel guitar and banjo—he’d grab an instrument and we’d do a take live and just build the track up from that. It was a real fun vibe.” Despite that kitchen-sink approach, Start Livin’ never comes off as cluttered. Each of the songs shines with a crisp, clean sound perfectly suited to the album’s sunny spirit: “You” achieves a hypnotic dreaminess by layering lap steel over beautifully crooned harmonies and a twinkling acoustic riff; “I Can Lose” matches its island-breezy guitars with shimmering mandolin; and a gracefully plucked banjo backs up Frankenreiter’s hushed, heart-on-sleeve lyrics on the quietly epic “Together Forever.” On “Shine,” meanwhile, ocean-wave-like effects merge with a swaying melody and smitten lyrics (“You and I, girl, are like a sun and moon/Lately you’ve been in orbit in my head like a good summer tune”). While love songs serve as the album’s centerpiece, Frankenreiter also explores non-romantic love throughout Start Livin’. The gloriously ragtag “Same Lullaby,” for instance, makes a sweetly hopeful plea for world peace. “I wrote that song a little while after the tsunami in Japan, thinking how lucky I was to have a family and be alive,” Frankenreiter recalls. “The line that goes ‘I believe the world could be fine if we could all sing the same lullaby’—that’s me hoping we could all just get together and be on the same wavelength even for just one moment.” On the irresistibly toe-tapping “Just Love,” Frankenreiter turns his focus to his two sons, Ozzy and Hendrix. “Sometimes my kids’ll get scared of things in the dark—you know, the monster under the bed,” he says. “So that song’s me telling them, ‘Instead of thinking there’s something bad there, think of it as just love creeping in. Embrace it. Talk to it.’” Donavon Frankenreiter Start Livin’ Bio Elsewhere on Start Livin’, Frankenreiter hones in on more heavy-handed matters. Undoubtedly the album’s most somber moment, “A.I.” pays tearful tribute to Frankenreiter’s friend Andy Irons (a professional surfer who passed away in November 2010). “I’d never been that close to someone who passed away before. The song’s about me telling Andy that I just wish I could see him one more time,” says Frankenreiter of “A.I.,” which pairs pained lyrics (“Help me get through another day away from you”) with gentle guitar melodies and shushing percussion. Frankenreiter also says goodbye to a friend on “West Coast Fool,” but this time it’s a wistful takedown of “a Southern man with big ol’ Southern plans.” A high-minded twist on the typical kiss-off track, “West Coast Fool” pulls off the unlikely feat of seamlessly blending banjo twang with the soothing hum of a Tibetan singing bowl. For Frankenreiter, the essence of Start Livin’ is most fully captured in its album-opening title track. Accented by handclaps and a stick-in-your-head harmonies, “Start Livin’” is a feel-good, uptempo call to “celebrate tonight.” “To me the most beautiful thing about this record is it really reflects who I am today,” says Frankenreiter. “Start Livin’ means stop worrying about where you’ve been, where
The Breedings
The Breedings
Willie Breeding writes classic country songs--emotional and boozy, melodic and catchy--while his sister Erin makes them her own with a formidable voice, uniquely fitted for tragedy and perfectly suited for the lovesick. Hailing from Lexington, KY, The Breedings are a brother/sister duo steeped in the tradition of family music. Coming together with a diverse collection of influences, The Breedings create a sound reminiscent of ‘70s country and rock, when country was still defined by lyrics, and rock’n’roll was still defined by rhythm. Their new album, "Fayette", is a demonstration of this symbiosis, recorded live to showcase the energy and connection between the two siblings. The result is seemingly effortless, with ten original songs the listener is as likely to consume on a Saturday night with drinks as the next morning with the resulting remorse and coffee.
The Breedings currently reside in Nashville, TN and play live shows throughout the Midwest and across the East Coast.
SOSOS
SOSOS
Located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, SOSOS is an acoustic band who base their music around root instruments such as upright bass, pump organ, banjo, mandolin, djembe, acoustic guitars, drums, melodica, and even a box of rocks at times; thus generating their own brand of energy.

Their catchy tunes captivate audiences with smart, simple melodies that grab the average ear as well as the refined. Lush vocal harmonies, root instruments, and a diverse balance of talent guarantees to keep people groovin!

SOSOS has shared the stage with many music icons including Richie Havens, Blues Traveler, Blind Melon, Tim Reynolds (from Dave Mathews Band), and Donavon Frankenrieter...to name a few.

SOSOS music has made the back drop to many TV shows as well. PBS's "Roadtrip Nation" used four sosos songs in five different episodes. Other artists used in the show include Jack Johnson, Donavon Frankenreiter, Sufjan Stevens, Brett Dennon, Toubab Krewe, and Xavier Rudd. Networks such as NBC, WB and WGN America also found sosos music useful in some of their programs: "Friday Night Lights, Life, Jack and Bobby, and Around The World for Free".

SOSOS continues now with their latest release "for you".
Newfound Groove
Newfound Groove
Phil and Steve have been playing together for 5 years. Phil's writing and guitar encompasses everything from Blues, Funk, Groove Reggae and Rock. New Found Groove prides ourself on playing "the familiar music that you just haven't heard yet."
Venue Information:
Brooklyn Bowl
61 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11249
http://www.brooklynbowl.com/