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Five shows to not miss at the Maximum Ames Music Festival

The Maximum Ames Music Festival returns for the fifth time, featuring dozens of acts performing at venues around downtown Ames. Here are five shows to not miss.

The Mountain Goats

Details: 7 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church, 516 Kellogg Ave., Ames. $22 in advance, $25 at the door

Singer-songwriter John Darnielle, who headlined the first Maximum Ames, returns to his former residence to do it all again. Darnielle performs under the name The Mountain Goats whether its a solo or band show (Saturday is a solo show). In April the 15th Mountain Goats album, “Beat the Champ,” to great acclaim. Ames singer-songwriter Kate Kennedy opens.

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Grandmaster Flash

Details: 9 p.m. Thursday at DG’s Tap House, 125 Main St., Ames. $25

One of the festival’s other headliners is hip-hop pioneer and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Grandmaster Flash. In addition to his breakthroughs in DJing, with The Furious Five Flash was responsible for the hit “The Message.” There will also be a Varietease burlesque performance.

BeJae Fleming and Jackie Blount

Details: 7 p.m. Thursday at the Ames Public Library, 515 Douglas Ave., Ames. Free.

This southern blues duo returns to its former Ames homebase to get loud in the library. In addition to their great music, this concert showcases the unique spaces Maximum Ames programs shows into.

Dear Rabbit

Details: noon Saturday at Vinyl Cafe, 303 Kellogg Ave. Free.

Get a coffee, flip through some used vinyl and take in a great mix of unplugged acts at this midday show with Dear Rabbit, Lesbian Poetry, Flavor Basket, Loaf and Killa.


Details: 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Deano’s, 119 Main St., Ames. $5.

A tradition of Maximum Ames is that festival organizers Nate Logsdon and Chris Lyng the thing down with a Sunday night show at Deano’s. Helping them do it are The Olympics, The Wheelers, Johnny Habu & The Rebel Salmon.

Maximum Ames Music Festival

When: Thursday-Sunday

Where: Various venues, downtown Ames

Cost: $39.99 for a complete festival pass, individual shows vary.