Donavon Frankenreiter Backed by Goodnight, Texas With Madeline Hawthorne Will Perform in the Ivy Ballroom at Surf Hotel

Article Contributed by Brand + Bash | Published on Tuesday, February 27, 2024

The Surf Hotel is honored to present American roots musician and pro surfer, Donavon Frankenreiter doing a special full band set backed by storytelling folk rock band Goodnight, Texas in the Ivy Ballroom on Saturday, March 2nd. Special guest Madeline Hawthorne, a Montana-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist will open the show.

Donavon Frankenreiter made an instant connection with the band Goodnight, Texas recently while out on the road, comparing them to a modern-day version of The Band. He decided not only to bring them out as support for this tour, but also to have Goodnight, Texas play as his backing band alongside his longtime guitarist Matt Grundy. Incorporating their musicianship with a fresh take on Donavon’s extensive catalog, the evening will feature mandolin guitar, banjo, pedal steel, bass, drums, and more. For nearly four decades Donavon has been traveling the globe, first as a professional surfer and now as a musician. Born in Southern California, Donavon spent most of his youth chasing waves, turning pro at the age of 16. These days instead of surf competitions, it’s concert halls that bring Frankenreiter to town, where he entertains audiences with his unique blend of laid-back grooves, philosophical lyrics and soulful delivery.

“Donavon Frankenreiter is a legendary figure in the surfing and music worlds. He has been touring heavily for years and we’ve always wanted to host him at the Surf Hotel in Buena Vista. We are so happy to have finally made this a reality,”  said Eddie Sandoval, Concert Manager & Talent Buyer for Surf Hotel. “I’m probably most excited to just experience Donavon live. I’ve been listening to him for a long time and love his studio recordings, but sometimes you can’t fully understand and appreciate an artist until you are in their presence. His music is so positive and soulful, and it will be amazing to see that unfold on stage,” he said.

The band backing Donavon Frankenreiter - Goodnight, Texas - is a tough-to-define storytelling folk rock band whose strength lies in unexpected sweet spots. Drawing their name from frontmen Avi Vinocur and Patrick Dyer Wolf’s onetime geographic midpoint (the real town of Goodnight in the State of Texas, a tiny hamlet east of Amarillo directly betwixt San Francisco, CA and Chapel Hill, NC), the five-piece band also exists at the center of its songwriters’ contrasting styles — via a 1913 Gibson A mandolin and a 2015 Danelectro Baritone Guitar, at the crossroads of folk and blues and rock ‘n’ roll, in a place where dry wit and dark truths meet hope and utmost sincerity.

Madeline Hawthorne, who will open the evening, asserts herself as a 21st-century troubadour. This Montana-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist is a powerhouse who takes her audience on an intriguing journey with her unbridled attitude and wide-eyed adventurous spirit, turning every show into a celebration.

Tickets may be purchased at -

About the Surf Hotel: The Surf Hotel is a boutique hotel located in the adventure town of Buena Vista, Colorado which features two state-of-the-art music venues. Inspired by the understated elegance of European hospitality and the spectacular natural beauty of its home in the Rocky Mountains, the Surf offers a unique perspective and location that features a sense of luxury without pretension.