Five live shows to catch this November


The Maytags will celebrate the release of their debut EP, “Nova”, with a show at Wooly’s in Des Moines on Dec.2. 

Waylon Sternhagen

Break out your calendars, music lovers, a new month of live music offerings is upon us. There are plenty of shows around Ames this month that feature both homegrown artists and nationally touring acts. Here are five that you won’t want to miss:

Th’ Legendary Shack*Shakers:

Th’ Legendary Shack*Shakers will play on Nov. 15 at DG’s Taphouse. The band has gained the adoration of Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant, has appeared on the Grammy-nominated “True Blood” soundtrack and had a song featured in a GEICO commercial. Their high-energy live show is sure to delight fans of rockabilly, blues and punk. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. The event is only for those 21 years or older. 

Mighty Shady w/ Doctor Murdock and Pets with Human Names:

If you are a fan of jam bands with tight rhythm sections and excellent guitar work, Mighty Shady, Doctor Murdock and Pets with Human Names have you covered. These Nova Labs recording artists will play on Nov. 21 at the Iowa Music Store. Tickets for this all ages show are just $5 — a bargain for an evening of deep grooves and positive vibes. 

The Maytags w/ Jordan Mayland & The Thermal Detonators, Secret Freedom:

This Nov. 20 show at DG’s Taphouse features three of the finest bands Iowa has to offer, most notably The Maytags. The band, the latest project of songwriter Dustin Smith, play danceable tunes with beautiful horn work and soulful vocals reminiscent of the best of 50s and 60s rock and roll. This 21+ show is free, so you can’t afford to miss it.


Renowned beatboxer Heatbox will venture from Minneapolis to Ames for an experimental a cappella show on Nov. 22. Through the power of looping technology, Heatbox will fuel a dance party with his voice as the sole instrument. Tickets are $10 and the show is only for those 21 years or older.

Arthur Lee Land w/Sean Huston:

Arthur Lee Land also takes advantage of looping for his one-man show, but with an end product that is very different from that of Heatbox. The Colorado-based musician fuses electronica, bluegrass and rock and roll and bounces between instruments onstage to create impressive soundscapes entirely on his own. Land will play an all ages show on Nov. 22 at Zeke’s. Student tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.