An Evening with Daniel Donato’s Cosmic Country in the Ivy Ballroom at Surf Hotel

Article Contributed by Brand + Bash | Published on Wednesday, January 3, 2024

The Surf Hotel is honored to present An Evening with Daniel Donato’s Cosmic Country, in the Ivy Ballroom on Sunday, January 7th. The acclaimed singer-songwriter and guitar virtuoso will make his Ivy Ballroom debut on the heels of his sophomore album Reflector, released November 2023, and as one of the first shows kicking off his 2024 tour.

Daniel Donato’s cosmic country blends key elements of Southern rock, bluegrass, classic country and honky-tonk with Southern California folk and Northern California musical exploration, all revolving around a foundation of melodic songcraft.

At the age of 12, Donato first discovered he had an aptitude for music via the video game Guitar Hero, and later found his calling after picking up one of his dad’s old guitars. At the age of 16, he became the youngest musician to regularly play the iconic honky tonk Robert’s Western World while gigging with the Don Kelley Band.

The Telecaster-wielding wunderkind started his young career busking outside arenas before John Mayer and Phish concerts and it was then, while playing on Broadway, that he’d give Don Kelley his business card every Saturday night, hoping for a chance to audition. One day, while still a junior in high school, he got the call to come play. Donato was more than ready, and he delivered the goods in spades. He was so good, in fact, that he became a regular member of the band, performing four nights a week for more than 450 shows with the group.

His latest album, Reflector, is a true masterpiece that showcases Donato’s well-developed musical tastes and influences. From the first note to the last, he pours his heart and soul into his fiery instrumental arrangements, keeping the listener engaged for over an hour. His music is inspired by a range of artists, from the jam-heavy Grateful Dead to the crooning country of Willie Nelson.

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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 which features a sense of luxury without pretension.