April Fools’ Day to bring lots of music to DG’s Tap House


Max Goldberg/Iowa State Daily

Local Ames band Kickstart the Sun performs Jan. 15 in the Maintenance Shop of the Memorial Union as one of the four bands performing in the Ames Winter Classic Vol. 5. Once finished, Kickstart the Sun members joined the crowed and danced along to the music for the rest of the evening.

Jacob Beals

No joke, a big evening of live music will be coming to DG’s Tap House Saturday night starting at 7 p.m.

The night will kick off with an early show featuring Ames-based Americana band Great Caesar’s Goat.

After GCG rocks the stage with their alternative-country style, Strong Like Bear, Kickstart the Sun and The Native will helm the rest of the night starting at 9 p.m.

For over 10 years Strong Like Bear has rocked the local music scene. The band is made up of four Ames musicians: Bryon and Rachel Dudley, Jordan Mull and Greg Bruna. Together they have recorded music with Nova Labs and the band has sold out shows here in town. 

Joining in on the fun will be Kickstart the Sun, who have not been in the scene for as long as Strong Like Bear has. But, they have been productive in their careers as their first full length album, “Space Heroes,” came out late last year. As for their live shows, Kickstart preforms high-energy and fast-paced sets while they reach into the genres of pop, rock, punk and even electronic.

A little bit of the Des Moines scene will also fill the bill at DG’s on Saturday, as The Native will take the stage. The progressive-rock band is currently on a tour that has stretched from venues around the area to other states like Texas and California. “Prologue” was released just a couple of months ago, and it marks the band’s first full length album. 

The whole night is free, and both events are 21+ only. To find out more about this show, and all of the other upcoming DG’s concerts, visit their website