Friday, December 21, and Saturday, December 22, 6 and 9 p.m.
Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel, 304 East Third Street, Davenport IA
Two rock ensembles – one from Missouri, one from Illinois – will appear as headliners in two local Moeller Nights concerts on December 21 and 22, with performances by the acclaimed garage-trio trio of Radkey preceding concerts with The Dawn, the latter group employing their Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel sets to record a new live album.
Radkey is composed of three home-schooled brothers from St. Joseph, Missouri: Isaiah (bass), Solomon (drums), and Dee Radke (lead vocals and guitar). The young men formed their family-titled band in 2010, and played their first show in 2011 when they opened for Fishbone. With their father Matt as their manager, the siblings have since played with the likes of Jack White, The Offspring, Descendents, Black Joe Lewis, and Titus Andronicus, and have performed at festivals including SXSW, Riot Fest, Japan's Punkspring, the United Kingdom's Download Festival, and the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. In the years since Radkey's inception, the musicians have recorded two EPs in 2012’s Cat & Mouse and 2013’s Devil Fruit, and the group released its debut LP Dark Black Makeup in August of 2015. The music video for their song “Glore” was featured in an episode of Off the Air on Adult Swim, and when their LP debut was re-released the following year under the title Delicious Rock Noise, New Noise magazine wrote that with “pop culture lyrics and catchy melodies in the vein of Ramones coupled with driving rock and great lyrics, this album is a pure delight.”
Composed of Sean Ryan on guitar, Jordan VanOpDorp on keyboards, Dan Olds on bass, Josh Womack on drums, “Edub” Wilson on percussion, and Derek Fortin joining the instrumentalists on vocals, the Western Illinois-based The Dawn has been performing cutting-edge improvisational rock throughout the Midwest for more than 10 years. The critical and commercial successes of the group's Waiting on the Storm and 2015 First Light helped catapult the musicians to major festival experiences including Camp Euforia, Summer Camp, and in 2015, The Dawn's bandmates began hosting the summertime concert event the Dawn & On Music Festival, which annually gathers more than 1,500 music fans to Moline. In its review of Waiting on the Storm, Bass Musician magazine praised “every wonderful nuance and performance perk,” stating, “There is something beautiful happening within the hairpin turns of The Dawn's music.”
Radkey plays Davenport's Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel at 6 p.m. on December 21 and 22, with The Dawn taking the stage both nights at 9 p.m. Admission is $16 for the Radkey concerts and $10 for The Dawn, and more information and tickets are available by visiting MoellerNights.com.