Summer is the perfect time to grab your surfboard, hit the beach, sip on a frozen cocktail and listen to some laid-back tunes. That's just what musician and surfer Donavon Frankenreiter must have had in mind when he wrote his fifth album, "Start Livin.' "
On Saturday night, the Hawaiian-based singer will bring his soulful voice, acoustic guitar and upbeat lyrics to the Culture Room in Fort Lauderdale. Reminiscent of the work of Jack Johnson (who happens to be Frankenreiter's best bud) and Michael Franti, Frankenreiter's songs concern love, peace and, most of all, relaxation.
On "Same Lullaby," Frankenreiter croons, "When things get crazy, stand up and see it through/If you ever get lazy, don't forget what you can do." That positivity runs through the other eight tracks on "Start Livin'," which Frankenreiter will perform tonight along with some of his older hits, such as "Keeping Me Away From You," "By Your Side" and "Hit the Ground Running."
On his website, Frankenreiter calls "Start Livin' " a love album and an ode to his wife, their two sons and the "life they built in Hawaii." He co-produced the recording over a seven-day period with Matt Grundy (of the band Hovering Halos) and musician Adam Ableman.
"This album's completely unlike anything I've ever done before," he says, "in that we skipped the basics and went for a whole lot of different instruments."
Donavon Frankenreiter will perform at 8 p.m. at the Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Highway, in Fort Lauderdale. The Crazy Carls and Karina Skye will open the show. Go to Ticketmaster.com.