Wednesday, July 25, 7:30 p.m.
The Redstone Room, 129 Main Street, Davenport IA
With ClashMusic.com praising the venue's headliner for her “honest, emotive songwriting,” “stirring, affecting work,” and “remarkable sense of depth,” Davenport's Redstone Room hosts a July 25 concert with alternative-folk and rock musician Maggie Koerner, whose talents inspired ItchySilk.com to rave, “There is something Janis Joplin about Koerner, whose ability to tear into songs is aural ecstasy brimming with controlled power.”
A native of Shreveport, Louisiana, who earned a 2009 bachelor's degree in psychology from Louisiana State University, Koerner returned to her hometown after graduation inspired to instead make music, purchasing a keyboard with which, as she told Gonola.com, “I taught myself to play in two weeks.” Writing material in between shifts waiting tables, Koerner began releasing YouTube videos that eventually caught the attention of producer Brady Blade, who worked with the singer/songwriter on her first album Quarter Life that she released in 2011. During that period, Koerner also met musicians Kristin Diable and David Shaw from the New Orleans-based rock band The Revivalists, and decided to move to New Orleans in order to progress beyond four-hour bar gigs in Shreveport.
Koerner and Shaw went on to write a pair of popular songs for the New Orleans-based funk band Galactic – “Hey Na Na” and “Dolla Diva” – while Koener also released her sophomore album Neutral Ground, a work that led LiveForLiveMusic.com to call the artist “a force to be reckoned with.” The album's success, combined with Koerner's electrifying stage presence, led to Galactic hiring the musician as a lead vocalist for several years, at one point performing alongside vocalists Macy Gray and Mavis Staples on Galactic's 2015 album Into the Deep. Now touring as a soloist in support of her EP Dig Down Deep, Koerner has performed at major North American music festivals including New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Austin City Limits, and the Pemberton Music Festival, with her critical raves including LiveForLiveMusic.com's accolades for her “ease on stage and a voice that naturally transcends from one genre to the next.”
Admission to Maggie Koerner's 7:30 p.m. Redstone Room concert is $8-10, and more information on, and tickets to, the July 25 event are available by calling (563)326-1333 or visiting RiverMusicExperience.org.