Songs & Stories with David G. Smith, Alicia Michilli & Shannon LaBrie
Friday, July 31, 2020 8:00 PM
$15 adv / $18 day of show
7pm / Show:
This is an all-seated show. All tickets are general admission.
This is an "in the round" style event whre each artist will take turns performing songs as well as collaborating.
David G Smith
Raised in a musical family in northeastern Iowa, David G Smith
began writing songs and playing music as a teenager – and it’s become a life sentence, having written over 1,000 songs. Early on Smith toured with bands in Iowa and Colorado (Clay Mills, Robin Banks, Pangaea)
until his passion for songwriting compelled him to move his young family to Nashville.
"I didn't choose writing, it chose me...”
In Nashville, he was a student determined to “learn to write the best song I can write,”
studying technique from mentors (Hugh Prestwood, James Dean Hicks) and working with co-writers (Barry Dean, Angela Kaset, John Schweers.). His song catalog began to explode, until…
"I started losing my soul writing material that didn't speak to me
in the name of writing songs for others to sing.”
In 2009, Smith reluctantly ventured on yet another songwriting retreat – which unexpectedly changed his life when Darrell Scott and Mary Gauthier looked him straight in the eye and challenged him to stop writing songs for others, to stop chasing Nashville, and to write and perform his
songs. Their real challenge to Smith - to write the truth!
In a few months, Smith finished his first full-length album, Non-Fiction,
with a special guest appearance by Gauthier. Non-Fiction
presented 13 compelling songs clearly demonstrating Smith’s ability to write the truth
. Debuted to sold-out crowds (The Redstone Room/Davenport, The Bluebird Café/Nashville), Non-Fiction
“[Non-Fiction] a much-needed release from the commercial candy
that clogs our radios and record stores," - Mike Willis, artist
“David G Smith is a major find,”
wrote Robert K Oermann, Music Row/Nashville,
and awarding Non-Fiction
his DisCovery Award.
Since then Smith has released: Live From the Ellen Kennedy Fine Arts Center; Live From Nashville; One House; The Family Smith: LIVE @ The Redstone Room; First Love; Who Cares.
His most enduring collaboration was with the late Blue Miller (Bob Seger, Albert King
, Isaac Hayes
, India Arie) who produced Smith’s last 3 studio albums.
Smith’s albums have reached #1 Roots Music Report’s Alternative Folk and Top 50 Iowa Album Charts and No Depression/Lee Zimmerman’s “10 Terrific Albums To Listen To Right Now”:
“[Smith] comes across with the same sort of weathered resolve that best exemplifies
fellow travelers like Kris Kristofferson and Townes Van Zandt.” -
Smith's songs have been featured on TNT Network, Travel Channel, and Lifetime. "Made for You”
won 1st Place in the International Song Competition/country category. “Doesn’t Take Much Light”
went viral in the Boy Scout community and Smith performed it to 5000 Eagle Scouts.“Angels Flew”
is included in the 9/11 Memorial Museum’s Artist Registry.
“Like John Prine and Guy Clark, David G Smith draws inspiration from his life and those
around him. His songs capture the drama and good times, the laughter and loss that
are the components of the modern world”
– Tom Wilks/ICON Magazine/icon.com
A major component of Smith’s career is “give-back” which includes raising and donating time and/or money to St Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Boys Town, and others in need.
Alicia Michilli is an R&B /Soul artist from Detroit, MI. Most widely recognized for an impressive run on the popular national television show, AMERICA’S GOT TALENT, this Nashville transplant was raised on the Detroit Motown sounds. Those influences are undisguised in her music. Her soulful and powerful vocals have gained the attention and support of many fellow writers and performers. She's had the honor of opening for artists such as, Andra Day, Nelly (for Nick Cannon Rocks Times Square in support of St Mary's Children's Hospital), and most recently her long time hero, Keb' Mo'. She had the privilege of singing back round vocals, as well as opening for, Taj Mahal and Keb' Mo' for their TajMo tour.
Alicia released a new single entitled, "Crazy." It can be found on ITunes and Spotify. Her sophomore EP, "Letters from the Edge" was released on Nov. 29th, available on ITunes, CD Baby, and Spotify. For more information on tour dates and releases, visit aliciamichilli.com and sign up for her mailing list.
Music by Nashville chanteuse Shannon LaBrie defies genre and brings to life insightful stories of a woman who remains true to herself in a life where uncertainty is certain. The Lincoln, NE native instantly became a favorite among music fans and critics alike with her powerful 2016 album War & Peace. With lead singles, "Alcohol," and "It's Political" the independent release reached inside the Top Ten on iTunes, Spotify's US viral chart and Triple A Radio charts. Famed music blogger Bob Lefsetz wrote, “This track affected me. Made me believe like the great singer-songwriters of yore, maybe this woman has something to say. That in this crazy, mixed up, shoot-up world she can illuminate her story and people can relate.”
Tracked live at Nashville’s House of Blues Studio D with producer Tom Michael, War & Peace is an emotionally-charged collection of deep Americana soul that gives voice to the love and loss LaBrie experienced throughout her life.
The title track "War & Peace," is inspired by the unwavering love and commitment she experienced while dealing with a tragedy that continues to shake LaBrie’s heart to this day. “I feel very fortunate that I made it through the past five years.” LaBrie continues to explore love in the stirring rocker “It Took My Whole Life.” The smooth and steady “Crumble” addresses how consuming love can feel, and the soulful “Ain’t Just a Feeling” captures the solace love provides. “There was a time when love was a far-off dream,” she says. “Feeling good, feeling like a woman, feeling beautiful wasn’t something that came easily. ‘Ain’t Just a Feeling’ came from a moment when I was able to step out of the sadness and just be happy.”
LaBrie calls out American politicians in the fiery opener “It’s Political,” while “American Dream,” celebrates feeling thankful to live in a country that offers its citizens a life of endless possibility as a basic human right. Anchoring the soul of the album are the deeply emotional “Alcohol” and "Heaven Crashed Down.” “Alcohol” is a moving ballad about trying to save a loved one from a life of addiction, but in trying, only kills the savior. In “Heaven Crashed Down,” LaBrie gives a visual account of the painful loss of her father to cancer when she was only 13.
Rolling Stone, compares LaBrie, to the great late Jeff Buckley saying “her songs unfold with style and subtlety, coasting over the albums lush arrangements via LaBrie's gorgeous voice. It's as if Jeff Buckley and Norah Jones started a band that went a tiny bit country." CMT says "She's part Tom Petty, part folk goddess, with Dylanesque lyrics."
With over 6 millions streams on Spotify and Apple Music, she has toured over 500 dates. Amongst those she has opened for Gabe Dixon, Phoenix, ZZ Ward, Billy Bob Thornton, Rayland Baxter, Robert Randolph, The Head and the Heart, The Wild Feathers, Michael Franti and Valerie June. Her résumé now includes her first album cut, which is the lead single on Robert Randolphs newest album "Got Soul." The album just received a Grammy nomination for "Best Contemporary Blues Album."
The Redstone Room at River Music Experience is a standing room only concert venue. All tickets are General Admission unless otherwise stated. For the comfort of our guests, a limited amount of seating is available on a first come first serve basis:
- Reserved Tables: a limited number of tables are for sale in advance, sold through our ticketing service. You will need to add both your General Admission tickets AND your Reserved Tables to the cart for purchase. Reserve Tables come with 4 seats to a table.
- General Admission Tables: A number of tables are available when doors open. First come first serve.
- Disability: If you require handicap accessible seating, you will need to purchase your General Admission ticket first, and then call the box office to reserve up to 2 seats. Tables must be purchased separately.
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TICKETS MAY BE PURCHASED AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS
River Music Experience
129. N. Main Street
Davenport, IA 52801
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Fri: 12pm - 6pm
Sat: 12pm - 6pm
*Box Office hours may vary due to event schedules
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
Most shows in the Redstone Room are 19+, unless otherwise noted, but minors may attend if accompanied by a parent or guardian.
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
RME & The Redstone Room are in the heart of downtown Davenport, and accessible by public transportation or cabs & ride-share apps (Uber, Lyft). There is a paid parking garage right next to the RME that only costs a couple of dollars for an evening. When using the ramp, make sure that you prepay at the pay stations in the garage stairwell or on the Parkmobile app. Free street parking is available, but sometimes hard to find on concert nights.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
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What's the refund policy?
Purchased tickets are nonrefundable.