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FREE SHOW: An Evening With David Dondero – [indie folk / singer/songwriter]

March 29, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

WHEN:  Wednesday March 29, 2017
DOORS: 7pm  |  SHOW: 8pm
GENRE:  indie folk / singer/songwriter
AGES:  all ages
SEATING:  seated general admission

David Dondero:


“This is the sound of a man on fire. Smart, funny and honestly out of his mind; but he comes back long enough to sing about it. One of the best singer/songwriters I’ve ever heard.”
— Bob Boilen, NPR

“Dondero is this generation’s Townes Van Zandt, a peripatetic tumbleweed casting across the country’s highways and dirt roads searching for truth and love. His reedy tenor shuffles through clever verbal forays, over raga-muffin folk, brightened by Dondero’s road-wizened stoicism”
— Houston Chronicle

“He has a terrific ear and eye for simple detail, for spinning songs out of the mundane just as deftly as standards like love and loss.”
— David Bevan, Pitchfork

David Dondero has been touring and releasing music since 1999 (via self-releases and independent labels like Ghostmeat, Future Farmer and Team Love).

His new 6-song EP “With Love” will be released this Friday, November 4th on Total Treble Records, a label co-run by Laura Jane Grace and her Against Me! bandmates.

Dondero’s history with Against Me! frontwoman Laura Jane Grace dates back to the start of both of their musical careers, when the two played together inside a laundromat in Gainesville, Florida in the late 90s. They’ve been friends and occasional tourmates since, so when the invitation was extended to visit Grace’s studio in 2012, Dondero didn’t hesitate to say yes.

“It was a happy accident,” the singer/songwriter admits. “I just came in, checked out the studio and she was like, ‘You wanna play a couple songs?’ So I played these songs, then had to go on to Orlando, and that was that. We ended up recording all six songs in just about an hour. I think we did them all in one take and then they were shelved when the studio closed after being crushed by a falling tree.”

The session sat untouched until Grace unearthed it in early 2016 as she was preparing for a slate of solo shows with Dondero. The idea was pitched to release it on Grace’s label, Total Treble, as a sonic snapshot of a traveling musician doing what he does best in the most intimate possible setting. “I’m really thankful she’s putting this out.” Dondero says. “I like the songs better with no revision to the lyrics…It’s more truthful to the original idea. I like what we did to them on This Guitar, too, but the original versions I think are a little more to the heart.”


March 29, 2017
8:00 pm