July 16, 2012
Maximum Ames is thrilled to announce the first round of artists for our second annual Maximum Ames Music Festival from Sept 20-23.
This year’s lineup features a mix of internationally renowned artists and homegrown Iowa talent. The artists span an enormous range of styles and genres; folk, rock, punk, pop, rockabilly, funk and so much more! This announcement is just the beginning, as the festival will feature over 130 acts playing in over twenty different venues around Ames.
Jeff Mangum has earned millions of avid fans around the world as the songwriting force behind the groundbreaking band Neutral Milk Hotel. Mangum’s music and voice possess a captivating force that has entranced listeners for years. Neutral Milk Hotel is a founding member of the famed Elephant 6 collective of Athens, GA that has revolutionized pop music in the past two decades.
After releasing three influential records, including the modern classic “In An Aeroplane Over the Sea,” Mangum took almost a decade off from playing shows. Since returning to live performance last year, fans have flocked to witness his powerful stage presence. This show will also include a performance by The Music Tapes, another original project of the Elephant 6 collective whose members have also played in Neutral Milk Hotel. Years ago, The Music Tapes played a show in the Ames home of Patrick Tape Fleming of The Poison Control Center, a classic local rock band that also has ties to the Elephant 6 crew. The PCC will open this once-in-a-lifetime concert.
2009 INDUCTEE TO THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME
Wanda Jackson is an icon of American music. She is known as “the Queen of Rockabilly” and universally acknowledged as a rock and roll pioneer. Now in her seventies, Jackson is still going strong and delivering the fiery vocals and stage presence that have influenced generations of artists. This October she is releasing a new album produced by Justin Townes Earle. This is your chance to see a living legend in an intimate environment.
Mount Eerie also has ties to Ames. Years ago, Mount Eerie frontman Phil Elverum played a house concert under his previous moniker The Microphones at the iconic underground venue The Practice Space. That show is widely considered to be one of the greatest performances in the history of the Ames underground scene. Elverum made a name for himself in the indie rock scene under this moniker, accredited for his exceptional production and equally impressive songwriting skills. After the release of his album “Mount Eerie,” Elverum adopted the new project name for future performances and releases.
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band is a classic New Orleans ensemble celebrating 35 years as a band. Their show is renowned around the world for showmanship and musicality. This show will be free, all ages and open to the public and will certainly entertain and astonish music lovers across the generations.