David Dondero

Astra Productions and Vega Present...

David Dondero

Wed, July 12, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$7.00 - $10.00

This event is all ages

David Dondero
David Dondero
David Dondero is an American songwriter, guitarist, former lead singer of the band Sunbrain.

Dondero started his musical career on drums at the age of 10, due in part to the fact that he "was always drumming on stuff with my hands". Dondero released four records with the Clemson, SC-based punk/hardcore band Sunbrain (three on Grass Records and one on Ghostmeat Records), before breaking up in 1995. The following year, Dondero joined This Bike Is A Pipe Bomb for nearly two years as their drummer. He left in 1998 to focus on his solo material. He has since released seven solo albums - two with Ghostmeat Records, three with Future Farmer Records and the most recent two with Team Love Records. His eighth album, titled # Zero with a Bullet, was released on August 3, 2010. Dondero has toured with such acts as Crooked Fingers, Jolie Holland, Against Me!, The Mountain Goats, David Bazan, Preston School of Industry, Bright Eyes, Tilly and the Wall, Erik Petersen of Mischief Brew, Spoon, and Willy Mason. Dondero currently resides in Austin, TX.
Eli Mardock
Eli Mardock
Eli Mardock and his band, Eagle Seagull, were cult favorites in the 00's indie scene before calling it quits in 2010. Mardock's stylish croon and dark/witty lyrics earned him comparisons to Jarvis Cocker of Pulp, Robert Smith of the Cure, and Wyn Butler of Arcade Fire.

Mardock was born in Omaha, NE and raised in both a Sufi commune in North Carolina and a small town in Nebraska. He began playing the piano, and took his early songwriting inspiration from '60's folk holy man Leonard Cohen. After moving to Lincoln, NE to attend college, Mardock picked up the guitar and began to make a mark on the city's music scene as a regular performer at various bars and clubs.

In 2005, Mardock formed Eagle Seagull with some college friends. With their art-house image and epic/atmospheric sound, Eagle Seagull became an almost overnight success in the mid 00's underground scene. Over the next five years, Eagle Seagull would continue to grow an intense cult following, their records reaching the Top 10 of various European indie charts as well as the Top 100 CMJ (US).

Yet, despite almost universal critical acclaim and a number of celebrities stating their adoration (even Florence Welch declared herself a fan), the band's breakup was both inevitable and controversial. Their much anticipated sophomore album, "The Year of the How-To Book," languished in a major label vault for more than two years before the band was able to win the right to release it. All the while, Eagle Seagull developed a reputation for sensational and sometimes terrifically unpredictable shows - becoming, as one plaudit put it, "the Brian Jonestown Massacre of Nebraska." The band finally split in 2010 after releasing two critically lauded albums.

Mardock recorded and produced "Everything Happens for the First Time", his first solo effort, in various homes in Boston, Seattle, Omaha, and Lincoln. Mixed by Justin Gerrish (Vampire Weekend, The Strokes), the album made it clear that Mardock's songwriting prowess continued to grow post-Eagle Seagull.

Mardock's newest project - the Hamburg, Germany based band The Kiez - recently released a 6 track EP called We Play and supported Monophonics on a recent European tour.
Venue Information:
Vega
350 Canopy Street
Suite 220
Lincoln, NE, 68501
http://vegalincoln.com