Maximum Ames announces 2013 lineup


Photo: Caitlin Ellingson/Iowa State Daily

A band performs during the Maximum Ames event on Sunday, Sept. 23. Maximum Ames ran from Sept. 20-23, 2012, with more than 130 bands performing in Ames. 

Maggie Mcginity

Maximum Ames announced the lineup for their 2013 Maximum Ames Music Festival on Monday, July 15. The Maximum Ames Music Festival is a four-day music celebration taking place in Ames during Sept. 26-29.

The Zombies will headline the 2013 Maximum Ames Music Festival. One of the original British invasion bands, The Zombies are best known for their classic hits “She’s Not There” and “Time of the Season.”

These veterans of rock and roll have been making music for 50 years and have shared the stage with The Beach Boys and Dusty Springfield. Their 1968 album “Odessey and Oracle” is ranked No. 100 in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

Also headlining for the 2013 Maximum Ames Music Festival are Greg Brown and Bo Ramsey. This duo of Iowa natives features folk legend Greg Brown, a singer-songwriter from the Hacklebarney region of southeast Iowa who has been writing and performing his music for more than 30 years, and Bo Ramsey, a legendary blues guitarist and producer who helped shape eastern Iowa’s distinctive blues-rock hybrid. Their collaboration of over 20 years influences and inspires Iowa’s musical culture.

For more than three decades, the Meat Puppets, noted as an influence on Nirvana, have been combining the styles of cosmic country and punk rock. The band became well known when two of their members performed as guest musicians for Nirvana’s 1993 MTV Unplugged, and have since released 14 studio albums.

Named after a 1976 film, Indiana rock outfit Murder by Death is known for their unique combinations of genres and themes. Combining the genres of indie rock, indie folk, and alternative country, Murder by Death has created musical storytelling through their original concept albums and live shows for over a decade. Their wide-ranging music includes gothic sounds, Western references, and an electric cello.

The Hood Internet, a remixing duo made up of Aaron Brink and Steve Reidell, is also making an appearance at Maximum Ames. Hailing from Chicago, these two have been known to remix Lil Wayne, Modest Mouse, R. Kelly and Jens Lekman, among others.

After exploding with Internet popularity in 2007, the group moved on to release “Feat,” their first studio album. “Feat” included work from guests like Black Moth Super Rainbow’s frontman Tobacco, AC Newman, and Kid Static.

More bands playing this year’s Maximum Ames Music Festival include:

*BeJae Fleming

*The Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt

*Trey LaTrash & Cher Noble

*Lipstick Homicide

*The Pines

*The Beat Strings

*Eros and the Eschaton

*Brooks Strause & the Gory Details

*Obsidian’s Dream

*The Wheelers

*Little Ruckus

*Samuel Locke Ward & the Garbage Boys

*Dear Rabbit

*H.D. Harmsen & The Electrophones

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