Dave Dondero
Friday, April 7, with doors at 7:30 p.m.
Satori Coffee House, 5460 Old Shell Road, www.satori-coffee.com
Tickets: $5 suggested donation; free for USA students

The University of South Alabama’s Independent Music Collective (IMC) is giving Azalea City music lovers an alternative to SouthSounds, as it hosts singer-songwriter Dave Dondero for an intimate show at Satori Coffee House on Friday, April 7.

Many of the greatest songwriters draw inspiration from life. Dondero has an abundance of worldly experience from which to pull, having lived the varied life of “a carpenter, a cook, a trucker, a bartender in Alaska, a drummer in Pensacola-based This Bike is a Pipe Bomb, a solar panel installer, a day laborer, a record store clerk and a gas pumping attendant in New Jersey.”

Dondero is touring in support of his latest album, “Inside the Cat’s Eye.” This collection of songs represents a singer-songwriter who has dedicated his life to creating art on his own terms. Dondero’s talent for maintaining wistful overtones throughout each song is unique, even on upbeat tracks such as “You’ve Got Love in You” and “Rock Bottom.”

Satori’s living room-like environment should prove optimal for experiencing Dondero’s music.