5th Annual KURE Fest


Photo courtesy of KURE Fest committee. 

Emily Benda

KURE 88.5 Ames Alternative radio station will kick off its fifth annual KURE Fest on Oct. 2. This will be the first year KURE Fest is spread out over three days.

The event begins at 8 p.m. in the Maintenance Shop with an open mic night and continues Oct. 3 and 4 with bands from all over the Midwest. 

“Music festivals are more than one day long so I wanted to embody that and give students the experience. Also, Veishea was in hiatus at the time [of planning] and I was like, ‘We have to do something bigger,’” said Maggie Fischer, events director for KURE. 

Most of the bands scheduled to play are based in Iowa or the Midwest. 

Braid is the headliner band Oct. 4. They are an emo-punk band from Chicago, and have toured on and off since 1993. 

Braid is excited to come to Iowa State and share its music and enthusiasm as a part of KURE Fest.

“I can jump around like a maniac. That’s the part I look forward to. Afterwards, I can relish the interaction with the crowd,” said Bob Nanna, one of the singer-songwriters from Braid.

There are four bands set to play. Dylan Sires & Neighbors is the headliner Oct. 3, and includes Annalibera, Illium and So Happy To Be Here. Along with Braid on Oct. 4 is Lipstick Homicide, Lover’s Speed and Pelvis. 

Fischer believes putting on this event has gone smoothly because of the hard work from the KURE Fest committee and other connections. 

“Jim Brockpahler, from Student Union Board, has been absolutely fantastic. He made sure we worded things properly and wrote up all of our contracts and official offers,” said Fischer. 

Kure 88.5 is an organization run completely by students and prides themselves on being skillful and professional with clients.

KURE Fest is free and open to the public. The shows are on Oct. 2, 3 and 4 and doors open at 7:30 p.m. The show starts at 8 p.m. in the Maintenance Shop. For more details, go to KURE’s website http://www.kure.stuorg.iastate.edu