Maximum Ames Music Festival unveils its 2016 lineup – DesMoinesRegister.com
Live music is set to invade every nook and cranny ofÂ Ames this fall withÂ the return of Maximum Ames Music Festival.
Headlining this year’s festival âÂ which organizers say will host more than 100 acts throughÂ its durationÂ âÂ is Seattle-based groupÂ Lavender Country and DJ Yella of NWA fame. The sixth edition of the Maximum Ames Music FestivalÂ kicks off September 15 and runs through September 18. Between 2,500 and 3,000Â people have attended the event in past years, festival organizer Nate Logsdon said.
“I think it really showcases a lot of diversity in terms of both styles of music and the backgrounds of musicians,” said Logsdon, whoÂ co-foundedÂ Maximum Ames, the record label behind the festival. “The musical genres on display are all over the map, but they are all united in being visionary and high-quality.”
Lavender Country released its acclaimed self-titled LP in 1973; a record credited by the Country Music Hall of FameÂ as being the first openly gay country album. The group re-issued the release in 2014.
DJ Yella, a 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, is best known as a member of influential west coast hip-hop group NWA. DJ Yella produced music for the likes of Eazy-E, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony and more in the 1990s.
He was portrayed by Neil Brown Jr. in the 2015Â blockbuster film “Straight Outta Compton.”
Logsdon said he doesn’t look for the festival to compete with other eventsÂ in central Iowa, but to add something distinctive and new.
“It’s a signature event in our historic downtown that features 100% original music,” he said.Â “We bring all these different venues and sponsors and promoters and artists under one big umbrella over four days and it becomes like a little guided tour of downtown Ames; you see the community through the eyes of music.”
Baby Dee, Kansas City-based blues artist Danielle Nicole, Des Moines’ own The Maytags, Simon Joyner, Dressy Bessy and more round out the lineup. See a full list of the announced acts atÂ maximumames.com.
Passes to the festival can be purchased via Midwestix.com.