Pat and I talked briefly to Tim DeNardo of The Donkeys after their moving set at Huichica 2015. What a bunch of good guys. Pat was pretty blown away having never seen or heard them before. They are the kind of live band I aspire to be a part of.
If you live in the Bay Area, come see the Donkeys play at the Starry Plough in Berkeley this Saturday, October 3. Get there early to catch hot cosmic sounds from Oakland's Outer Embassy, and American folk stompers, TV Mike and the Scarecrowes.
Tim, or Tito as his bandmates lovingly refer to him, also took a DJ slot before their set at Hickey Fest 2015 the next weekend at the Peg House in Leggett, CA. It's a sweet mix, from Wham to Roy Orbison, that actually shows off The Donkeys' varied influences pretty well. Good times all around. Here's what Tito had to say about it:
I have spent a while now collecting records. With little exception the majority being of the full length variety. Regarding forty fives as an unwanted turn down a dark spiraling collectors nightmare. This summer everything changed. Sam being an avid forty five collector finally cracked me. Realizing how many great songs were out there that rarely found themselves onto great albums I became hooked. We were on tour playing at Huichica when I bumped into Graham and he had mentioned taking a turn at Hickey fest on the turntables between bands. With the romantic idea of djing a club and being able to roll up with a tiny box of forty fives lingering in the back of my mind I couldn't have been more happy to oblige. So in the time between festivals we had a few tour stops in Seattle and Portland where I was able to do a little shopping as I usually don't pack records to take on tour I needed to come up with something for Hickey fest. What was to be played that evening came from those record store visits. All in all I think it was a successful haul. Bridging the gap between extra classic and fpodbpod, from day to night. Long live 45s
Amen, brother! Enjoy.