The best places to see live music this fall

Daniel Baldus

Looking for some live music this fall semester? The following events and venues are sure to scratch your itch for new tunes.

Maximum Ames Music Festival – The local festival’s fifth year promises an eclectic mix of popular and underground artists. Headlined by indie folk band The Mountain Goats and hip-hop legend Grandmaster Flash, the festival will rock Ames September 12.

KUREfest – This yearly ISU tradition is put on by none other than the student radio station 88.5 KURE. The festival usually takes place in the M-shop around October and features a variety of underground artists, though no details for this year have yet been announced. As always, expect the event to be free of charge.

The Maintenance Shop – This venue is nestled within the familiar halls of the Memorial Union, and hosts everything from scheduled musical performances to improv troupes to open mic nights.

DG’s Taphouse – Music fans ages 21 and over can expect to find a great lineup of local and national musicians and brews at DG’s this fall.

Wooly’s – This Des Moines club features some of the most prominent artists to appear in the Story County area. This fall’s lineup features everything from chill jams courtesy of Toro Y Moi to hardcore head bangers from GWAR.

Iowa Music Store – This venue showcases some of the best local talent around thanks to Maximum Ames Records, a label based in ISU’s hometown.

Zeke’s  – This Ames venue and community center is a great place to kick back and enjoy some of the local talent, including open mic nights. Zeke’s serves not only as a place to watch live music, but also to experience other performing arts.