Mat Kearney will perform at the Iowa Memorial Union second floor ballroom on April 25 as part of the University of Iowa’s RiverFest and presented by SCOPE Productions. The show will begin at 8 p.m.; doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $21 for students and $24 for the public.
A former college soccer player who changed his path once he picked up and fell in love with his roommate’s guitar, multi-instrumentalist Mat Kearney has become one of the hottest and hardest-working names in contemporary pop, combining elements of folk, rock, and hip-hop with a voice as hungry and soulful as it is unmistakable. After struggling to make it as a musician in Nashville, Kearney got his big break with major-label debut “Nothing Left to Lose” in 2006. The title track peaked at No. 41 on the Billboard Hot 100, and Kearney found himself touring with acts like John Mayer, Sheryl Crow and Train in no time flat. He followed it up with “City of Black & White” in 2009 featuring hit single “Closer to Love.”
Watch the video for “Closer to Love.”
Kearney’s latest album, 2011’s “Young Love,” is his most energetic release yet, and includes new favorites like “Hey Mama,” a bouncy clap-along pop romp, and “Ships in the Night,” a yearning ballad with a hip-hop twist.
Tickets go on sale Monday at 10 a.m., and will be available at The Hub box office located on the first floor of the Iowa Memorial Union, where students can U-Bill up to eight tickets, and at all Ticketmaster locations. A limited number of student-priced tickets will be available.