Maximum Ames Music Festival (MAMF) is returning for its eighth annual celebration September 27-30, 2018. This year’s festival will feature more than 60 acts performing at eleven downtown Ames venues. Performances will span nearly every genre, from guitar-driven rock to intimate songwriter showcases to jazz to soul and hip hop. MAMF is a community event celebrating Ames' unique spirit, culture, and history through music.
The Iowa Women of Rock Showcase and the Ames Intergenerational Song Circle, both popular events from previous Maximum Ames festivals, will return for 2018.
The festival will pay tribute to beloved Ames musician Charlie Vestal, who performed under the name Flavor Basket before his death in January 2017, with a showcase named in his honor.
Venues hosting festival performances include the Ames Public Library, DG’s Tap House, Deano’s 119 Main, Time Out Ames, Della Viti, Ames Vinyl Grind, London Underground, Wheatsfield Cooperative, Little Woods, Morning Bell Coffee Roasters, and the KHOI Radio studio.
The music festival coincides with Ames Pridefest, which will take place in downtown Ames on Sept. 29 featuring drag performances, live music and more. The overlap furthers the Maximum Ames mission of providing a safe, inclusive environment that fosters creativity and understanding through music and art.
All-weekend passes for the 2018 Maximum Ames Music Festival cost $15. Tickets for individual performances will be available through the venues hosting the events.
Performers include: The Wheelers, Electric Jury, Strong Like Bear, Jinnouchi Power, Foxholes, DJ Elliot, DJ Nash, Bitter Canyon, Crystal City, Future Babies, Universe Contest, The Rewind, Never Knows Best, Starlight Therapy, Obsidian’s Dream, Mountain Eats Mountain, Moonrabbit, Indigo Monks, Fat Sky, Bowling By Myself, The Fool Sound, Mohamed, Happy Jack, Levitation, Run On Sunshine, Chase Schweitzer, Rockets of Desire, Zap Tura, Pink Neighbor, Feed Your Head, Jon Marko, Brooks Strause, Soultru with FVNTVNV, Bleujack, Slice the Celestial Sorcerer, Ryan Sheeler, Cheshire Moon, The Coffee Committee, Michaela Thompson, Elizabeth Zimmerman, Andersen Coates, Fred Love, Ben Schrag and the Cautionaries, Holly Figueroa, Marc Bailey, Jim Coppoc, Diego Danger, Wombat, Pale Blue Erf, The Leftovers, Chase Schweitzer, Tom and Will, Good Morning Midnight, Good Saint Nathanel, Evan Campbell, Dear Rabbit, Flavor Basket All-Stars, Origami Animals, Winter Wayfarer, Volcano Boys, Great Caesar’s Goat, Honeygold, AND MANY MORE!
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