Hawaii-based pro-surfer turned musician Donavon Frankenreiter wraps up his 2015 east coast tour in Key West this week with a family-friendly, early evening concert this Sunday, August 30, at the Fort East Martello parade grounds at 3501 S. Roosevelt Blvd.
Frequently referred to as the “mustachioed maestro,” Frankenreiter, whose wife and two children often accompany him on tour, is renowned for his intimate, “feel-good” music and breezy, laid back vibe that attracts fans of all ages across the globe to his shows.
Produced by Key West Art & Historical Society in partnership with Key West Concerts, the event is part of the Music at Martello Series— a program established by KWAHS to promote the arts and bring live music to the Keys. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets for the “backyard casual” setup that will include some hay bale seating. The “festival-like” atmosphere will also include art, food, and beer/wine vendors as well as a kids’ zone complete with bounce house, sprinkler station, face-painting, and castle-making.
In the family-oriented spirit of the day, events at the historic fort kick off at 3 p.m. with an ArtCamp! picnic and exhibit of some of the 5-12 year old camp participant’s creative works accomplished over a summer of local explorations. Concert grounds open at 4:30 and live music kicks off at 5:45 with opening act Cody Simpson, a young Australian performer whose signature surf sound with a catchy, pop rock flair segues into the acoustic-smooth rhythms of Frankenreiter, who will perform from nearly ten years of solo hit recordings and will feature songs from his August release “The Heart”.
Portions of the concert’s proceeds, which is sponsored in part by Pirate Radio, Florida Keys Media, We Cycle, Ecoscapes, Help Yourself, Shipyard Brewing, and WonderDog Productions, will help support KWAHS’s community outreach and educational programs. $25 advanced discounted ticket purchase is available at keywestconcerts.com. Tickets purchased on site are $30; children under 12 are free. Key West Art & Historical Society members can call 305.295.6616 x 106 for special member-priced tickets and to join KWAHS to receive member benefits.
Parking will be available for $5, bike parking is free. For more information call 305.295.6616 x 106 or visit KWAHS.ORG.
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