Ames Iowa Music
The studio has opened and under new ownership, there is great excitement about the future of the local music scene in Ames, Iowa. New owner Blake Delaney has shown a real passion for the scene and has started opening the tiny shop for wonderfully intimate live performances and shows.
I am very excited to have a facility that accommodates all layers of songwriters, not just in Ames but throughout the state of Iowa. The Ames High Music Department has performed excellently in musicals and other various concerts, with many compelling performances, including a recent concert at Iowa State University Music Center in Des Moines.
The weekly "Ready for Ames Fire" program, hosted by indefatigable Ames artist Paul Hertz, is also an all-Iowa music program that is fearless in its approach to music. The new music hall at Stephens Auditorium will host a series of Iowa Songwriters' Showcases. This series is made possible by the generous support of the Ames Music Department and the Iowa State University Music Center in Des Moines.
Iowa music fans will find some to like among the 20 artists featured in this special. More than 30 pianists will compete in the first Iowa Songwriters' Showcase at Stephens Auditorium. The first Songwriters' Showcase is scheduled for Saturday, September 3, at 7 p.m. at the Ames Music Department, with guest appearances from Iowa State University Music Center pianist Chad O'Brien and a number of Iowa artists.
The musical theater's greatest hits, the score reads like a collection of songs, including songs from the original Broadway production of "The Sound of Music," the last show written by the legendary duo Rodgers and Hammerstein. "Sound Music" debuted at the Lunt Fontanne Theater in 1959 and won five Tonys. His reputation was cemented by a film adaptation starring Julie Andrews. This show marks the return of touring talent to the Ames Music Department, which is open to all ages. Some of the best shows I've seen in Ames over the years have been the absolutely electrifying performances of "Strong Bear" and "Electric Jury" performed at the DG, as well as the amazing performances by pianist Chad O'Brien of Iowa State University Music Center.
Ian Hominic is director of the Ames Music Department and a member of the Board of Directors, and the performances at this venue for years in its existence have helped celebrate this wonderful institution. The artists include saxophonist and former member of the Iowa State University Music Center, John Clements. Other shows at the Lunt Fontanne Theater in Ames over the years have included "Sound Music," "Andy Warhols Kiss" with Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth, "Les Miserables" and "Queer as Queer" by comedian Samantha Irby of Kalamazoo, Michigan, as well as a variety of spoken word performances by local and national artists, including a performance by singer, songwriter and poet Sarah Silverman.
There is also the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ames, which often partnerships with the local scene. Jim teaches poetry writing in Iowa State and also takes time to read poetry at slam poetry - thematic gatherings - and play bass in his wife's band, the Gatehouse Saints. Born on New Year's Eve, Bliesener received piano lessons at the age of seven and soon got into ragtime music. His piano teacher in Burlington was Rhonda Zihlman, and he took monthly lessons with Faye Ballard of Champaign, Illinois.
After familiarizing himself with the Ames area, he thought teaching at Ames High would be his dream job. To achieve this, the band hired Jim Healey as manager and sound man, and the crew was paid $10,000 a month, or about $2,500 a week.
Till's piano, guitar and vocals were added, Jay acquired pedal steel, and Charlie picked up the violin, giving the RURAL sound a new dimension of hoedown that became a real crowd puller - and he liked it. They began rehearsals at Ames Music Hall, where they put together a diverse repertoire ranging from rock to folk to country.
Richie's father says he and his son made the decision to make Ames Music Hall a permanent home for their new band. The Iowa Music Store opened in 2011 to provide Iowa with a safe haven - music made and a place for all kinds of music lovers. They filled the space that was last inhabited by Space Ames to serve a hungry underground music crowd of all ages.
Pelvis plays a taut version of post-punk and regularly tours the country, meeting with many other rock bands. He plays in many bands, runs a home studio and plays hardcore, pop and noise shows - the sound runs through every show - you can guess it. The Ames punk scene has also gotten a boost from the Des Moines Hardcore Collective, which has two great Bookers living in Ames, performing shows for touring punks and hardcore bands in various homes, including the barn. They help to realize the scene and are regular concerts in the city - see the Pentagon this year or help a band build - to put on a show in a house or a venue.