Concert in Key West at Key West Theater

Looking for life, love and laughter

Like an old friend coming to visit again, musician Donavon Frankenreiter can’t get enough of Key West. Coming back for his third concert and third interview with the Keys Weekly, it’s clear the surfer songster fits in with the Key West musical vibe. At The Key West Theater on Sept. 3, expect to hear that laid-back homegrown beach sound that resonates year after year. Originally from California, Frankenreiter later adopted Hawaii as his home base and happily shares the same musical genre with musicians such as fellow Hawaiian Jack Johnson, Ben Harper and G-Love – and they all happen to be friends.

“This will be our 33rd show in a row and I am pretty sure we will be warmed up,” laughed Frankenreiter, who plans on playing a couple of hits from all his albums during the show. Afterward he will head home to Hawaii, “to get back to surfing” and hanging with his sons, who are 14 and 10 and already writing and playing music. They have a jump on dear old dad, who didn’t begin his solo career until the age of 30. Back then, although he was playing music, Frankenreiter wasn’t working on songwriting. Just for his wife, he finally wrote his first song, “On My Mind” which led to a record deal and his most popular album, “Donavon Frankenreiter,” featuring other hits like “It Don’t Matter” and “Free.”

“I escape through my music,” said Frankenreiter, “and concerts are about coming together and sharing a moment.” Who can deny that with his song “Life, Love & Laughter” a hit that generally gets the audience dancing and singing?

But Frankenreiter isn’t just playing his own hits lately; check out his new band, Jamtown. It’s a songwriting trio with Cisco Adler and fellow Key West favorite, G-Love, creating sounds reminiscent of Crosby, Stills and Nash. Frankenreiter is excited to finish up touring and begin working on the band’s first album that he hopes will be out next spring. Maybe next year, we can expect to jam down with Jamtown, as they say. Go to for details


Donavon Frankenreiter

Sept. 3, 8 p.m.

Key West Theater

Event is 21 and over.


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