Weekend event watch: 6/9-6/11

Jill O'Brien

Here’s the lowdown on local music and events this weekend around Ames: 

Friday, June 9

Hot Tamale & the Red Hots

Snus Hill Winery, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

A memorable band dedicated to “Keeping the Blues Alive!” 

Turnpike Troubadours 

Simon Estes Amphitheater, 7 p.m.

Hailing from Nashville, this country music band will be playing Nitefall on the River at Simon Estes Amphitheater tonight in Des Moines. 

Saucy Jack 

Ames on the Half Shell, 5-8 p.m. 

The Ames Jaycees will be welcoming Saucy Jack back to Ames and Ames on the Half Shell as part of a “kickoff to summer.” Admission is $5, and cold beverages and food will be available for purchase at the event. 

Saturday, June 10 

Ames Grand Prix day one

Race around downtown Ames at the Ames Grand Prix. Categories range from children, to men and women. Races begin at 3 p.m. Info can be found at Ames Velo’s website.

The Nadas

Nitefall on the River, Simon Estes Park, 7 p.m. 

Iowa’s “signature alt-rock-country band” will be playing Nitefall on the River this Saturday at Simon Estes Amphitheater. The band will be joined by the Tom Fuller Band on the evening of the show. 

The Other Brothers

Mother’s Pub, 9 p.m. 

The Other Brothers are a rockabilly blues band straight out of Des Moines. According to their Facebook page, their interests include “Beer, Smokes, Rocking and Women. Not necessarily in that order.” Sound interesting? Catch them at Mother’s on Saturday night. 

King of the Tramps/Crystal City/The Fuss

DG’s Taphouse, 9 p.m.


DG’s welcomes back King of the Tramps and Crystal City, and The Fuss will be making their DG’s debut that very same night, kicking off the show at 9 P.M. 

Sunday, June 11 

Ames Grand Prix day two

Race around ISU’s Research Park in this race. Categories range from children, to men and women. Races begin at 9 a.m. See Ames Velo’s website for more info. 

Argentine Tango Walk-In

Learn to tango every Sunday in Room 3215 of the Memorial Union. Offered by Workspace, this tango class begins at 4 p.m. and teaches beginning dance moves. From 5-7 the floor is open for free dancing with guidance from an instructor. A pass must be purchased before or at the beginning of class. See more info here.

Brian Holtz Band

Suns Hill Winery, 2-5 p.m.

Brian Holtz retired from law enforcement in 2005 and pursued his passion for music after his retirement. After teaching himself several instruments and getting together with notable Des Moines musicians, he’s now got his own R & B/blues band playing a show on Sunday. 

Vinyl Vagabonds

Roosevelt Summer Sundays, 7 p.m.

Another rockabilly/blues band from Ames, Vinyl Vagabonds will play in Ames’s 15th annual Summer Sundays free concerts series at Roosevelt Park. 

Larry Myer

Prairie Moon Winery, 3 p.m.

According to the Des Moines Register, “Myer’s voice is the trademark of Iowa’s best acoustic rock.” Catch the singer-songwriter at Prairie Moon this Sunday afternoon.