Wally Neal and the Cloud-Hidden Singers - 7pm
Alleygrass - 8pm
Matt Woods - 7pm
The Rush Cleveland Trio - 9:30pm
Ben Schrag - 5:30pm
Courtney Krause - 6:30pm
Dave Slade Trio - 6:30pm
No Good Deeds - 7:45pm
Atlas Support Group - 9pm
Fat Sky - 7pm
Contact: Fred Love, Maximum Ames Music Festival, 515-291-6315, firstname.lastname@example.org
AMES, Iowa – The Maximum Ames Music Festival is back and ready to celebrate its 10th anniversary Sept. 15-18. Albeit with an asterisk.
Maximum Ames Music Festival organizers announced more than 40 acts for the 2022 festival, including some of Iowa’s best-known musicians in a range of genres. The lineup features legendary Iowa blues musicians (Rush Cleveland), heartfelt singer-songwriters (Courtney Krause and Elizabeth Zimmerman), Americana rock bands (Brother Trucker and Great Caesar’s Goat), electronic dance music (DJ Elliot James), Iowa indie rockers (Annalibera and Miss Christine) and much more.
The Maximum Ames Music Festival debuted in 2011, and festival organizers planned to celebrate the festival’s 10th iteration in 2020. But the coronavirus pandemic forced the festival to schedule only livestreamed events that year and a scaled-back live event in 2021. In 2022, however, the festival is back to four days of live music across Ames, and organizers are picking up where they left off with plans to celebrate a decade of Maximum Ames.
That’s where the asterisk comes in.
“The pandemic kept us from celebrating the 10th anniversary of Maximum Ames the way we wanted to, so we’re just going to celebrate the milestone this year,” said Maximum Ames Organizer Fred Love. “We’re using an asterisk in a lot of our marketing because it isn’t technically ten years this year, but this festival means a lot to many people, and we think it deserves the 10thanniversary treatment.”
Festival shows will take place at seven venues across Ames, many of which have been venues in previous years, including the Angry Irishmen, Alluvial Brewing, KHOI, the Ames City Auditorium, London Underground and Della Viti. The festival will break new ground by partnering for the first time with The Goldfinch Room, the songwriter spotlight concert series at Stephens Auditorium. The Goldfinch Room will host songwriters Elizabeth Zimmerman and Liv Carrow on Sunday, Sept. 18.
Unlike previous years, the festival will not be selling passes that get fans into every show on the bill. Instead, the majority of programming will be free to attend. Some venues may decide to charge a cover at their discretion, but festival goers will be able to attend most performances at no cost.
A $3,350 grant from Discover Ames provided an essential financial boost for the festival as it sought to return to a four-day event.
“The Maximum Ames Music Festival has always made community a top priority, and we’re so grateful to have the community support from all our venues and from Discover Ames,” Love said. “We’re so excited to finally celebrate Max Ames #10, even if it took a couple extra years to make it happen. We invite everyone to embrace the asterisk and celebrate a decade of Maximum Ames with us!”
Here are the confirmed acts for the 2022 Maximum Ames Music Festival:
Annalibera, Brother Trucker, the Rush Cleveland Trio, Miss Christine, Eleven Moons, Alleygrass, Atlas Support Group, Marc Bailey, Bleujack, Liv Carrow, Casual Disasters, the Dave Slade Trio, Fat Sky, Fred Love and the Bakersfield Brawl, Great Caesar’s Goat, Tom Hummer, Hot Kunch, Indigo Monks, DJ Elliot James, Johnny Rocket, Courtney Krause, Adam Lyons, Moonrabbit, Moscow Puzzles, Mr. Softheart, MSGW, No Good Deeds, Pink Kodiak, Jeff Schipull, Ben Schrag, Seth Chloe and the Silver Linings, Stateparks, Teri Underhill, Wally Neal and the Cloud-Hidden Singers, Matt Woods, Wiitch Tiit, the White Chickens, Zap Tura, Elizabeth Zimmerman
The full schedule with set times will be released on Aug. 25.