The Ames Scene: July 29, 2016

Sherrinford/Noun Project

Electric Jury Album Release Show at DG’s

The Ames prog-metal-via-the-blues quartet Electric Jury is celebrating the release of its first LP (on Nova Labs) at DG’s Tap House this Saturday night. The band creates a spooky context for their performances, or “demonstrations” as they call them, with an eerily calm, digital female voice – kind of a hacked Siri – who delivers cryptic messages seemingly to improve morale and convince the audience of her refrain: “You Are Important.” EJ’s music lashes out at that sedate, autocratic machine with a blistering onslaught of muscular guitar riffs, chugging rhythms, enveloping synths and consistently massive vocal performances from lead singer Dylan Boyle. The roots rockers King of the Tramps and Ames indie favorites Strong Like Bear open the show. There will be a listening party to hear the album in its entirety at 6 pm before the live music begins.

BeJae Fleming at Prairie Moon Winery

BeJae Fleming and Jackie Blount were regulars in the Iowa blues scene for years when the lived in Ames and since moving to Ohio have maintained a consistent presence in the area thanks to BeJae’s active tour schedule and a devoted fan-base in Ames that is always hungry for her masterful guitar playing, vivid lyricism and a winning, self-deprecating Southern humor that radiates charisma and pleasure. She’s at Prairie Moon Winery this Sunday as a part of the weekly Live at the Crib series from 3-6 pm. The singer-songwriter Holly Figueroa – herself an Ames favorite who has kept up her presence since moving recently – opens the show.

The Maytags Record Release at Wooly’s

The outstanding Des Moines soul ensemble The Maytags are celebrating the release of their new record “Love Lines” tonight at Wooly’s in the East Village. From sexy slowjams to hopping rock’n’roll numbers, singer Dustin Smith leads this big band with a total confidence and ease that you just can’t learn or teach.


Nate Logsdon is a writer, editor, and indexer from Ames. He was a founding editor of the Ames Progressive and contributing editor at the Iowa Informer.