Donavon Frankenreiter

Donavon Frankenreiter

J.S. Ondara, Lisa Bouchelle

Fri, Aug 31, 2018

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Higher Ground Ballroom

$20 advance | $23 day of show

Tickets at the Door

This event is all ages

Donavon Frankenreiter
Donavon Frankenreiter
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.

A decade into his career, Donavon Frankenreiter has learned to listen to his ticker above all else. Doing so has allowed the light to come in from all the corners of his world, even those where there is darkness. Sharing the load with those he trusts, and especially with those he loves, he has seized the opportunity to take control of his craft, on his own terms, and to follow his own beat.

"I went into this album saying I wanted to make songs I love," he says. "Whatever feels right, go ahead and record it, and worry about what happens after, afterwards. I'm proud of it. I go back to the title of the album, and in the song 'You and Me,' that chorus: 'It's gotta be from the heart/for it to start'... There's so many things going on out there, everybody's moving to the beat of a different drum, but I feel like all good things start from the heart."
J.S. Ondara
Lisa Bouchelle
Lisa Bouchelle is one of those rare artists who can make you laugh out loud one moment, as on her light-hearted duet with John Popper, “Only The Tequila Talkin’,” and have you in tears the next, such as on her moving ballad “Where You Are,” about losing her mother to alcoholism at a young age. She’s been compared to artists such as Jason Mraz and Sheryl Crow, but with nods to classic artists such as Tom Petty and Neil Young.

Lisa’s latest EP, “Lipstick Tomboy,” has over 1.5 million streams on Spotify; was awarded the “Disc of The Day” by tastemaker Robert Oermann at MusicRow; “Highly Recommended” by Goldmine Magazine; and the legendary late syndicated radio host Pete Fornatale said, “Lisa can stand toe-to-toe with any of her songwriter contemporaries.”

Lisa has sung backup for Bruce Springsteen, dueted in concert with Jon Bon Jovi, and has toured with and/or opened for Blues Traveler, Meat Loaf, Bryan Adams, Train, Ingrid Michaelson, Don Felder, America, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Jason Mraz, and many others. She also hosts the syndicated TV show “Rock Star Kitchen,” which is seen twice weekly on The Comcast network in the mid-Atlantic region.
Venue Information:
Higher Ground Ballroom
1214 Williston Road
South Burlington, VT, 05403
http://www.highergroundmusic.com/