Monday, May 8, 2023

Lighthouse Works Presents: Dave Dondero


Join us at the Ordnance on Monday, May 8, 2023 at 5 pm for a concert by modern-day troubadour Dave Dondero, hailed as one of the "best living songwriters" alongside Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney and Tom Waits by NPR.

Tickets available for $25 through Eventbrite, here.

Kids under 18 are free. BBQ included in ticket price. BYOB.



David Dondero, an American troubadour, was born in Duluth, Minnesota in 1969. His love of music began with folk rock and country of the early 70’s and evolved to include punk rock and hip hop of the 80’s. He spent his formative years in suburban Chicago and northern New Jersey listening to pirate radio and heavy metal. As a young man, music molded Dondero’s life.

Dondero began writing songs in the late 80’s while at Clemson. Initially a drummer and lyricist, he formed Sunbrain in 1991. A post-punk indie rock quartet heavily influenced by Donovan and Fugazi. Sunbrain was signed by Grass Records and they recorded 3 albums. When the group disbanded he went on to play drums for the folk punk band, This Bike is a Pipe Bomb. After 2 years he left the band and began his solo career. He’s been touring for thirty years and his music has taken him around the world multiple times.

His style and ongoing narratives are hard to fit into a particular genre. The music is inspired by heartbreak, hopefulness, everyday work and his never ending tour of life. Dondero’s lyrics are influenced by the angst of Black Flag, the wanderlust of Bruce Springsteen, the sentimentality of Paul Simon and the politics of Woody Guthrie.
He’s shared bills and tours with Pedro the Lion, The Mountain Goats, Darren Hanlon, Daniel Johnston and Against Me! In 2006 Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton of NPR put David on their list of the top ten greatest living songwriters. Aside from multiple years at South by Southwest, he was invited by Mudhoney as a featured artist at All Tomorrow’s Parties in Rye, England. God Speed You Black Emperor brought him to The Sled Island Festival in Calgary. And he played the Bellow Winter Music Festival in Australia under the recommendation of Australian songwriter Darren Hanlon.

He has split seven inches with Mischief Brew and the Pine Hill Haints. Dondero has recorded ten albums and his 11th is slated to come out on Fluff and Gravy Records in Summer of 2023. Recorded in Portland at Fluff and Gravy Studio. Dondero calls Portland, Santa Cruz and Pensacola home and is about to publish his first novel.