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Any Idea whether or not we will have major Bands playing this year?

In the past we have had some major entertainment like Huey Lewis and the News, Styx, Cheap Trick …….

So does any body know if we might get any other major bands or entertainers this year?


14 Replies

Josh Wiley, April 26, 2018 at 7:48 am

Quick, tell Huey Lewis that someone called him major entertainment and he might follow us to each town.


BigMiles, April 26, 2018 at 11:34 am

Huey had to cancel a July show in Grand Rapids due to hearing loss so don’t count on him in Iowa.


Sunflower, April 26, 2018 at 1:33 pm

If Maddie shows up, yes.


Don Raatz, April 26, 2018 at 7:25 pm

Had a glimmer of hope when I saw that Rick Springfield had booked a tour stop in Coralville for this summer, but unfortunately he’s playing there over the 4th of July.


jdeutmeyer, April 29, 2018 at 11:42 pm

Time for Maddie Poppe to get a main stage instead of the small town stages with her top 7 so far for American Idol.


KenH, April 30, 2018 at 8:03 am

Some of the band information has been posted:

Looks more like RAGBRAI staples than Major Bands (whatever your definition of that is) but there is nothing wrong with that. Lesser known acts that are on their way up or in the primes of their careers are often more fun to listen to than those whose luster has faded enough to make them willing to play RAGBRAI. But there are exceptions to that too, some tired, old acts are neither tired nor too old to rock ‘n roll!


jwsknk, May 3, 2018 at 8:17 am

Ames announced B2wins as the headliner (?)


Scott, May 3, 2018 at 9:04 am

The Spazmatics are also playing in Ames.


Sunflower, May 3, 2018 at 10:17 am



Sunflower, May 3, 2018 at 10:23 am


If you haven’t heard/heard of The Brazilian Twins you are in for a treat. Check them out on YouTube.

These two musicians were discovered by a public radio reporter, iirc, and that drew the attention of someone in Des Moines and they got a full scholarship to UNI for music. When they arrived they didn’t speak a word of English. Their father is a violin maker and made them practice their music with a strict hand.

This band rocks so hard you will want to be tied down lest you blow away.

These guys are pros, all of them, not a weak link in the band.


Sunflower, May 3, 2018 at 10:29 am

Here are the B2wins showing off their chops:


Sunflower, May 3, 2018 at 10:36 am

And their announcement video.

Say hello to one of Iowa’s best kept secrets, unfortunately.

If these guys opened for a “major act” it would do what the Stray Cats did when they were opening for the Stones- cause everyone to fall asleep during the main show.

This reply was modified 3 months, 2 weeks ago by  Sunflower.


Doug Kraus, May 3, 2018 at 1:44 pm

Dead & Company is wide open after they play here in Boulder July 13 & 14. Expect to see them in Ames and Iowa City. I wish.


Peter Scallister, May 3, 2018 at 3:27 pm

I think that the towns have to spend even more money to bring in the “major” bands. It is already a huge undertaking and a costly endeavor to just have some of our favorite regional bands on stage, then you add more production and hirer artist costs and it starts to get out of control. I’m super happy with what has been announced so far. Love The Pork Tornadoes and B2wins. Excited to see Johnny Holm as well!


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