Monsters Under the Bed18.03.2014
In a place where the beers are always chilled and plentiful and the sun beats down on our hardened bare feet, the backing track for this place is provided by horizontally inclinded, indie surf scene songsmith Donavon Frankenreiter. With his island jamming acoustic cool, he’s hard not to love.
Frankenreiter is LIVE with KT Tunstall throughout March in Cape Town and with a sick line-up for the Parklife Festival in Johannesburg, then solo in Durban. We want to send you Mahala, with a pair of tickets up for grabs to each venue. Just let us know why you need this feel-good philosophy of music in your life. Be quick, competition closes Wednesday night, and send all your details (cell, email, full name and city).
Start Livin’, his latest compilation, carries Frankenreiters honey-thick vocals and bears all the intimacy of an impromptu back-porch performance which we’re hoping to get in on for his SA performances.
“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.” Despite that kitchen-sink approach his music is surprisingly crisp and clean.
On the little number “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.’”
20 March Kirstenbosch Gardens (CT) with KT Tunstall
Line-up: KT Tunstall & Donavon Frankenreiter
Venue: Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
Ticket Price: R345/person, at webtickets
21 March Parklife Festival, Johannesburg
Line-up: Donavon Frankenreiter, Frank Turner, KT Tunstall, Jack Parow, Gangs of Ballet, Al Bairre, The Plastics, ShortStraw, The Kiffness, Monark, December Streets, Newtown Knife Gang, Wrestlerish, Laurie Levine & Josie Field, and more to be announced!
Venue: Marks Park, Judith Rd, Emmarentia, Johannesburg
Tickets: R395/person, here
22 March LIVE-The Venue Durban
Line-up: Donavon Frankenreiter
Date: Saturday, 22 March
Venue: LIVE-The Venue, 166 Stamfordhill Road, Durban
Tickets: R150/person presale – or R200/person at the door
Terms and conditions apply. Competition closes end of 19th March.