Doubleheader: Donavon Frankenreiter and Megan McCormick
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A love of life and the ocean provides Donavon Frankenreiter inspiration for his laid back, acoustic music. He stresses that the most simple things in his life- surfing, music and his family- keep him grounded and happy. Frankenreiter started surfing early and after gaining a sponsor for himself at only thirteen he landed in Hawaii where he rented a place from Jack Johnson's parents. Johnson and Frankenreiter became instant friends and spent much of their time surfing and making music. By the time he was in high school, Frankenreiter formed his own band, Peanut Butter and Jam and later helped form the band Sunchild, which gained acclaim for its laidback style. The professional surfer became increasingly drawn to music due to its overwhelming ability to define communities while inspiring thousands. Inspired by artists like Clapton, Page, Dylan and Marley, he strived to embody a sense of positivity in California kissed folk tunes. Eventually going solo, the soulful and charismatic individual reunited with the now successful musician and label owner Jack Johnson in order to release his debut self-titled album. Though he broke away from Johnson's Brushfire Records in favor of Lost Highway for his second studio effort "Move By Yourself" he maintained his signature acoustic sound with gem after gem.
After collaborating with the likes of Ben Harper and G.Love for the "Pass It Around" album, Frankenreiter returns with two new albums for the year. The first, Revisited, warmly pieces apart the tracks from his debut album, re-recording the songs with a complete Hawaiian approach. But while Revisited was a warm blast from the past, he also busily put together a set of new tracks on Glow. And again, he blends together the perfect concoction of hope, warmth and simplicity.
Stemming from a vibrant lineage of jazz musicians in Alaska, Megan McCormick was struck by the wondrous effect both her family and artists like Bonnie Raitt and Steely Dan had on her. Picking up her first guitar at age 9, she studied everything from folk to blues to alt-country, and eventually branched out to play the mandolin, bass and lap-steel. But from a highly inquisitive and determined child, she has become a strong 23 year old singer, songwriter and instrumentalist. Though still young in age, McCormick's musical gravity tends to delve into unexpected worlds of darkness, intimacy and reflection. Such emotional outpouring lines rock and indie-pop structures in what McCormick refers to as the "never-ending search for self-understanding." Her beautiful yet raw and heavy style has already reeled in two International Bluegrass Music Association Awards for Recorded Event of the Year in 2006 and again in 2009.
Currently based in Nashville, she teamed up with Grammy Award winning producer Dave O'Donnnell in piecing together a strong outfit of tracks for her debut album "Honest Words." It is an album that immediately drives into the soul with talk of love, addiction, obsession, family, and every common thread of hope and struggle that ties people together. She is unquestionable a bold character for reaching so far within on her debut, but the recipe of honesty seems to strike a resonant chord with all those who listen.
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PARKING NOTICE and Directions
Due to the construction in the area, free parking is no longer available for XPN Free At Noon shows. Metered parking on 31st street is no longer available, and metered parking on Walnut Street is extremely limited as a result of the closure and reconstruction of the South Street Bridge, and the rerouting of traffic onto Walnut Street.
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WXPN and NPR Music Live Friday Free At Noon Concert Archives Include:
Dr. Dog, Carrie Rodriguez, Annuals, DeVotchKa, Adele, Angel Taylor, Winterpills, Sharon Little, Ollabelle, Andrew Lipke, The Low Anthem, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Sean Lennon, Chris Smith, California Guitar trio, Joan Osborne, Disco Biscuits, Damien Rice, Cold War Kids, Marc Broussard, The Slip, Arlo Guthrie, Alice Smith, The Dears, Barenaked Ladies, and more...
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