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SOLD OUT: Daniel Donato’s Cosmic Country at HI-FI
November 3 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm EDT
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2023
DOORS: 7:00 pm | START: 8:00 pm
THIS SHOW IS SOLD OUT. JOIN THE OFFICIAL WAITLIST VIA THE TICKET LINK
* DANIEL DONATO
When people first meet Daniel Donato, they’re not fully braced for this walking tornado of creative energy. “They think there’s something that tips the scale in ways they don’t understand,” says Donato about his over-the-top, slightly manic vibe. “But what actually tips the scale is the amount of thought and analysis I put into my work and art, all of which is taken from the lessons of my life.”
Donato, a 25-year-old Nashville native, has distilled those life lessons into his debut album, A Young Man’s Country, his proper introduction to the general musical audience. Recorded at Nashville’s Sound Emporium in a mere two days and produced by guitar-ace Robben Ford, the record weaves outlaw country, Grateful Dead-style Americana, and first-rate songwriting into a singular form Donato calls “21st-century cosmic country.”
It might surprise some that the Telecaster-wielding wunderkind, who at 16 became the youngest musician to regularly play the iconic honky tonk Robert’s Western World while gigging with the Don Kelley Band, began his musical journey in a purely millennial fashion. Before he ever picked up a guitar, he discovered he had an aptitude for music via the video game Guitar Hero. At the time, he didn’t feel compelled to try his hand at the real thing until one day, about the age of 12, he heard the electric perfection of Guns ‘N’ Roses’ “Paradise City” blast from a set of speakers and his world was changed forever.
“It was the first time I ever had a vision for my life,” says Donato, who was partly drawn to music because he sucked royally at skateboarding. “I then took one of my dad’s old guitars . . . and I literally fell in love with it.” From then on, Donato lived and breathed music, practicing his chops around the clock. He’d play before school, during his lunch break, and in the evenings at home, sometimes falling asleep with the six-string in his hands.
It wasn’t long before he was busking on lower Broadway in Nashville, playing eight hours a day on weekends for tips. It was after one of those day’s sessions that he got a wild hair and snuck into Robert’s on a night when house act the Don Kelley Band was playing and his wig-dome was blown. “It was the first time I ever saw a band that was that good up close,” Donato said. “So I’m literally watching them play and I’m crying. I decided right then that I wanted to be the best guitar player in the world.”
ABOUT THE VENUE:
HI-FI is located inside the historic Murphy Arts Center in the heart of Fountain Square. The entrance is located at the front of the building on Virginia Ave and the Indianapolis Cultural Trail.
ID/Age Requirements: Check individual listings for age requirements, as these can vary depending on the show (18+ / 21+ / All Ages). Valid ID is required for entry to ALL HI-FI shows.
Upgrades: A limited amount of VIP seating upgrades (21+) are available for select shows. Contact the box office to purchase or check availability: [email protected].
Ticket Support: Box Office opens 1 hour before published door time. For ticket related questions please email [email protected].
Parking: Street Parking, Bike Parking
Refund Policy: All tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable unless the show is canceled. Shows affected by Covid-19 pandemic will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Contact the box office with any questions: [email protected].