September 27th, 2023 11pm Stage 2
Grandpa Was A Lion
Justin D’Onofrio is an American songwriter hailing from the Northeast Corner. Often drawing comparisons to the likes of Elliott Smith, Bon Iver, The Beach Boys, The Beatles and Bob Dylan, just to name a few. And while he is inspired and influenced by all those artists he has forged a sound and voice all his own. The music itself is highly emotional and vulnerable lyrically while the gentle sound powerfully weaves acoustic longing and electric ingenuity together in a beautiful symbiosis. Writing and recording under the moniker Grandpa Was A Lion, Justin has released two albums. First, “The Whalestoe Tapes” (2011) and “Mona Lisa Apple” (2012), respectively. He has since been on an 11 year hiatus, writing. and playing the whole while, although not recording or releasing any of the new material. That hiatus ends this year with the commencement of recording his third and final album “Watershed (Music of Death and Sex Songs)”. He has also begun to play live shows again in and around NY + CT.