Maximum Ames Fest 2012’s First Line Up Announcement Is Huge

So the other day I was driving in my car listening to “Two Headed Boy, Pt. 2” by Neutral Milk Hotel, as I am wont to do. I started thinking about the opportunities I have had to see Jeff Mangum perform and have missed due to a wide range of issues. I wondered if one day he would go back into his somewhat recluse lifestyle or if maybe he would be going out for a few more shows? Then I giggled to myself and said, “Wouldn’t it be funny if they got him for, I dunno, Max Ames or something? Boy, my head would just explode like a balloon if that happened!”



Yes, for this year’s edition of the Maximum Ames Fest, September 20 – 23, the fest has upped its status significantly and landed one of the most gifted and also rare live performers in the world. Jeff Mangum is the former lead of Neutral Milk Hotel, whose albums On Avery Island and the masterpiece In The Aeroplane Over the Sea have made best of the 90’s lists all over the world and is oft pointed to as an influence for the burgeoning indie rock scene. To land a man of his stature is a rare coup, especially considering how little he plays show at this point in his life (though to be fair, it is significantly more than it was five years ago). It would be incredible if this was the only act announced, but there are more. So many more.

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Wanda Jackson has also been announced as part of the fest. Now in her 70’s, Wanda Jackson is still one of the most recognizable voices in music. “The Queen of Rocakbilly” will be playing an intimate, show singing songs form her legendary career and off her new album, produced by Justin Townes Earle.

Also booked are fellow Elephant 6 artists The Music Tapes, New Orleans Jazz Ensemble The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, indie stalwart Mount Eerie as well as a bunch of Iowa’s best.

Here is the full list announced today:

Jeff Mangum
Wanda Jackson – “The Queen of Rockabilly” – Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Mount Eerie
The Music Tapes
The Poison Control Center
The Daredevil Christopher Wright
Adam Faucett
Trouble Lights
Diamonds for Eyes
The Bootytronic Suite
Doctor Murdock
The River Monks
Peace, Love & Stuff
The Wheelers
Alex Kintzle and the Davis Brothers
Jaw Harp Potential

That’s some good stuff. All fest passes are $100 for four days of music. However, individual tickets will also be on sale soon. Head to Maximum Ames Website or click the pic to head to their Facebook page.

UPDATE: Tickets for just Saturday and Sunday are on sale for $60 as well as single show tickets for Jeff Mangum w/ Music Tapes and Poison Control Center and Wanda Jackson are on sale as well. RIGHT HERE


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