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Headliners announced for Music Under the Canopy and Maximum Ames Music Festival

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Through multiple announcements over the last few days, we now know the headliners and many of the other musical acts for the next two Music Under the Canopy music festivals and the 2014 Maximum Ames Music Festival.

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The revamped Brenton Skating Plaza just held their Music Under the Canopy Americana Music Festival last weekend. The festival was headlined by The Jayhawks, John Hiatt, and Jason Isbell. The next Music Under the Canopy event, the Singer Songwriter Music Festival from July 11 through July 13, will have John Waite, Anna Nalick, and Greg Brown as headliners.

Greg Brown will headline Friday, July 11. Brown is a National Association of Independent Record Distributors Award winner and a Grammy nominee. He has recorded more than two dozen solo albums and has been featured on the radio show "A Prairie Home Companion". The Fairfield, Iowa native grew up in a musical family, and he has carried on that tradition—he is married to fellow folk singer Iris Dement and his daughter, Pieta Brown, is also a folk singer. Brown's frequent collaborator, Bo Ramsey, just happens to be his son-in-law (Pieta's husband), as well. Ramsey performed at the first Music Under the Canopy festival.

Anna Nalick will headline Day 2 of the Singer Songwriter Music Festival on July 12. Nalick is best known for her 2004 smash "Breathe (2 AM)" off of the album Wreck of the Day. The single climbed to #4 on the Adult Contemporary chart and #6 on the Adult Pop chart and sold more than three million copies worldwide, while the album topped out at #20 on the Billboard 200 and achieved gold status. Nalick has since recorded an EP and an acoustic album, and she is currently working on a new full band, electric album that she hopes to release in the near future.

John Waite will headline Sunday, July 13. He is, perhaps, the most well-known of the three headliners. After two minor hits with the British band The Babies, the English musician hit it big on his own with the #1 single "Missing You" off of his second solo album No Brakes. Waite would later go on to front the rock group Bad English and hit #1 again with "When I See You Smile". All together, Waite has amassed eleven Top 20 singles between solo and group projects. The singer released his 18-song greatest hits collection Best earlier this year.

The Music Under the Canopy Singer Songwriter Festival has also announced performances by Mary McAdams and Coles Whalen. Expect the rest of the festival's lineup to be announced by the end of the month. Three-day reserved seat festival passes are $60 ($90 for premium seating), and single day passes are $25 to $35 ($50 for VIP) through MidwesTix. All three days of the festival are open to all ages.

Music Under the Canopy's Jazz Music Festival will take place on from August 1 through August 3. Those headliners will include Hiroshima, Arturo Sandoval, and Dominick Farinacci. The event will help celebrate the Civic Music Association's 90th Anniversary and will also feature performances by World Port, Parranderos Latin Combo, Des Moines Big Band, the Iowa Jazz Hall of Fame All-Star Band, and others. The complete music lineup should be announced in the coming weeks. Advance tickets for single-day events are $30 ($40 for premium seating) for Friday and Sunday and $40 ($50 for premium seating) for Saturday's acts. Three-day advance festival passes are $85 ($100 for premium seating). All tickets/passes will be handled by MidwesTix when they go on sale.

Los Angeles-based jazz group Hiroshima fuses jazz, pop, R&B, new age, adult contemporary, and world music into a unique sound all their own. The Grammy-nominated group released their 19th album, J-Town Beat, last fall. This year Hiroshima will celebrate 40 years of making music.

Arturo Sandoval has won 10 Grammy Awards, 6 Billboard Music Awards, and an Emmy Award. Sandoval was also named the 2013 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Cuban jazz trumpeter, flugel horn player, pianist, and composer was a protégé and colleague of the great Dizzy Gillespie, and their relationship was recently chronicled in the book The Man Who Changed My Life.

When he was just 17, Dominick Farinacci performed with Wynton Marsalis on a PBS Special at Lincoln Center. Shortly thereafter, Farinacci was selected as one of eighteen musicians worldwide to be part of the inaugural class of the Jazz Studies Program at Juilliard. He would go on to top the Jazz charts in Japan and win numerous awards, including the International New Star Award in Japan and the Disney New Star Award.

In other music news, organizers of the Maximum Ames Music Festival announced the initial bands for the 2014 festival to be held on September 25 through September 28 in Downtown Ames. Those bands announced today include The Depaysement, Secret Freedom, Brooks Strause & the Gory Details, Adam Faucett, We Are the Willows, Holly & the Night Owls, The Lowest Pair, BeJae Fleming, Bombardier, The Lonelyhearts, TIRES, Gloom Balloon, Mr Nasti, Nato Coles & the Blue Diamond Band, Doctor Murdock, Trigger-Fish, and headlining acts Low, William Elliott Whitmore, Sage Francis, and Elephant Revival.

Minnesota indie rockers Low have released ten studio albums and a number of EPs, live albums, and 7" singles. The band has performed at festivals all over the world, including SXSW, End of the Road, the Primavera Sound Festival, Rock the Garden, and more. Low has had a number of songs used on television and in movie soundtracks, and two of the band's songs were covered by Robert Plant on his 2010 solo album Band of Joy. Low released their latest album, The Invisible Way, last year.

Southeast Iowa-based folk singer William Elliott Whitmore has toured the nation playing his combination on folk, blues, and punk music. Playing most shows with just a bass drum and a banjo, Whitmore has grown a cult following of loyal fans. He is currently in the studio working on his eighth album.

Rhode Island rapper Paul "Sage" Francis has been making music for two decades and is founder of Strange Famous Records. The rapper released his sixth studio album Copper Gone earlier this month.

Colorado's Elephant Revival combines rock, folk, alt-country, bluegrass, and gypsy music to create their unique sound. The band won the "Best CD" award for their 2011 album Break in the Clouds from the Indie Acoustic Music Project. The band is known for their unforgettable stage shows and their work with a number of non-profit organizations. Elephant Revival's latest album These Changing Skies debuted last year.

The 2014 Maximum Ames Music Festival will total more than 100 musical acts in all, so follow their Facebook page to keep up with all the additions to the festival's lineup. Festival passes are $50, and they are available through MidwesTix.

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