**The Daniel Donato show originally scheduled for April 28 in the 9th Ward in Buffalo has been postponed. We are working on a new date and it will be announced as soon as possible. All tickets for the original date will be honored for the new date. If you have any questions, please contact the Babeville box office firstname.lastname@example.org **
Tuesday, April 28
7pm Doors, 8pm Show
Tickets (on sale Fri. Jan 17 11am) : General Admission standing tickets $10 advance, $12 day of show at Eventbrite.com, or the Babeville Box Office (M-F 11a-5p)
Instrumentalists bear the burden of communicating musical ideas without the aid of lyrics or storytelling proper. For many years, that’s how 2018 Americana Award nominee Daniel Donato operated as the guitarist for Nashville acts like The Wild Feathers, Paul Cauthen and The Don Kelley Band.
From age 14, Donato has developed his brand of crisp, soulful, on-the-edge telecaster picking under bar lights, honing his skills and proving his mettle within the city’s prominent live music scene. All the while, a growing love of songwriting mirrored the pace of his ever-improving guitar chops.
Now, a short three years after his departure from Kelley’s classic country outfit, the 23-year-old is signed to William Morris Endeavors as an artist with a docket of jam-ready country and bluegrass songs. Backed by his three-piece “Cosmic Country Band” – cosmic country is a catch-all term for experimental roots music, often assisted by electronic sounds – Donato stands at the frontier of his career with characteristic intrepidity, no longer bounded by the expressive limitations of his instrument.
His strident voice and explorative songwriting carry his music into new territory, offering bold ideas to his fan base while staying true to what drew them to him in the first place: a palpable love of music delivered through excelled craft. With one eye on the night’s gig and another on the ages, Donato is continuing his journey down country music’s long and winding road, leaving no stone unturned.
Gabriel Kelley opens the show
“Find the music that makes the hairs stand up on the back of your neck.”
That was the sound advice a music teacher gave Gabriel Kelley when the Georgia folkie was just a teenager, still discovering the joys of music, developing his own particular tastes, and only beginning to realize that he could do more than just play along with his favorite songs. Those words have become Kelley’s life mission not only as an avid listener but also as a singer-songwriter who writes from the heart and strives to connect with his audiences on a deeply personal level.
That mission has taken him around the world: from the family farm in rural Georgia to music school in Sweden, from a songwriting company in Nashville to street corners and clubs in every city in America. Along the way he played more shows than he can count, some on street corners and other in concert halls. With a voice defined by its plaintive grain and a lyrical style that is both evocative and straightforward, Kelley has recorded the critically acclaimed album It Don’t Come Easy, with another—Lighter Shades of Blue—on the way this fall. Most of all, he has matured into a homegrown artist with a grassroots following.
“There was a moment when I decided that if I didn’t mean what I was saying, I have absolutely no reason to be onstage,” he says. “That was a defining moment, and it’s tattooed on my heart.” And now he’s embarking on a new act in his picaresque career: a new album coming out this fall, a new tour of Sweden, and a feted appearance on the award-winning television show Jills veranda, hosted by the Swedish country singer Jill Johnson. Yet, even with all that he has accomplished, Kelley remains a student: always open to new lessons, new challenges, and new inspiration. “All I’m doing is trying to write the most heartfelt songs I can. I’m getting up every day and doing that in as many places as I can and in as many ways as I can.”
Date(s) - 04/28/2020
341 Delaware Avenue