Just Add Water

Donavon Frankenreiter rocks the surf-inspired tunes

SUN 3/13

Frankenreiter rides the Langerado wave this weekend.
Frankenreiter rides the Langerado wave this weekend.
When did Pearl Drums start making crates?
Mike Gorman
When did Pearl Drums start making crates?

With his '70s porn star 'stache and his acoustic guitar, Donavon Frankenreiter is the latest in a long line of surfers turned rock stars. Frankenreiter, who started getting paid to surf when he was just 13 years old and is a featured character on the Xbox game Kelly Slater's Pro Surfer, made his mark on the waves of California and Hawaii before picking up a guitar at age 18. When he heard that his buddy Jack Johnson started a record label, Frankenreiter hopped right on the artist roster. His first tour brought him to foreign places -- like Pittsburgh! But he's gotten wiser with age. Current tour dates for the 32-year-old suspiciously include only wave-drenched locales like Australia and Portugal. Sunday at 1:15 p.m., Frankenreiter drops in on the Langerado Music Festival at Markham Park (16001 W. State Rd. 84, Sunrise). Tickets cost $45 in advance. Call 800-594-8499, or visit www.langerado.com. -- Deirdra Funcheon

C.K. Is OK

Pootie Tang creator braves live audiences

FRI 3/11

In the comedy world, Louis C.K. is in a position to drop names like few others. He's been a writer for David Letterman, Conan O'Brien, Chris Rock, and Dana Carvey, and he has had his own HBO special as well. So C.K. must know what's funny, right? But on his résumé is something as difficult to overlook as a sulfur-scented supernova: C.K. wrote and directed the horrid Pootie Tang. If you plunked down $9 and sat through that movie waiting for something comprehensible, that's your loss, pal. But to his credit, C.K.'s website contains a mea culpa regarding the movie, noting that it was his first time directing and he had differences with the studio regarding the movie's direction. If you have it in your heart to forgive, you can catch C.K. Friday through Sunday at the Fort Lauderdale Improv at Paradise Live (5700 Seminole Way, Hollywood). Tickets cost $15.98. Call 954-981-5653. -- Jason Cottrell

Rhythm Nation

FRI 3/11

Peru Negro -- is that like a South American version of Norwegian rockers Turbonegro? Only on the most basic level of rebellion. If you think Marilyn Manson has it bad censorshipwise, that's nothing compared to when the slave masters in colonial Peru banned drums. Yes -- drums. But Peruvians are resourceful people, and there are plenty of other objects that can be used for percussion. Ever tried banging on a donkey jaw? Or how about those wooden crates behind Winn-Dixie? Well, Peru Negro's way ahead of you. The Afro-Peruvian group brings its tale of music history Friday to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale). Performances take place at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Tickets cost $35. Call 954-462-0222. -- Jason Budjinski

 
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