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Take a trip: Maximum Ames Music Fest set for this weekend


The Maximum Ames Music Festival kicks off this Thursday, bringing the likes of Sage Francis, William Elliott Whitmore, Low and many more to Ames, Iowa for a four-day music blowout.

Unfortunately, not all of us in Iowa City can drop what we’re doing and make the trek over to Ames to attend the four-day event. So if you can only make it out for one day, make it Sunday: MAMF is (arguably) saving the best for last, with The Depaysement and Mumford’s closing out the festival at Deano’s (119 Main Street, Ames, Iowa).

The Depaysement is a funky-punky band from Japan who want nothing more than to entertain you. The youthful quartet have only released one album thus far, 2011’s Ipoh Horg Fung, but plan on releasing new material later this year. Their studio recordings should be listened to with a grain of salt though — the band has become known for taking their live shows in unpredictable directions.

Mumford’s, on the other hand, are a fixture of the MAMF and the Ames music scene at-large. The self-proclaimed “dramatic party rock / psychotic folk” band are regulars throughout Iowa, and are currently promoting their latest album, Immediate Family. The band touts more than a dozen active musicians, with wild (and sweaty) live performances to boot. Indeed, frontman Nate Logsdon promises to bring “maximum heat to Maximum Ames” for their beloved hometown.

The opening acts are The Wheelers, Nato Coles & the Blue Diamond Band, and Electric Jury. For those needing a GPS address, Deano’s is at 119 Main St., Ames. The show starts at 5:30 p.m. The show is ages 21+ and costs $7. Festival passes are still available as well.


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