Ames Music Walk is Thursday. Here's who will be playing, which stores are hosting them in the free event
Update: This story was updated to include additional acts that were added to the lineup.
Two of the things people have missed most during the pandemic this past year – shopping and live music – come together in Ames Main Street’s annual Music Walk, which will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.
"We had to cancel due to COVID last year," said Kim Frey, executive director of Ames Main Street. "It's such a relief to finally feel like we're getting some normalcy going. People are ready to get out, even with a mask, and see what's on Main Street."
A record number of musicians are involved with this year's Music Walk, Frey said, and each one is paired to a different downtown business.
"It's such a huge variety of genres," Frey said. "This will be the biggest event that Ames Main Street is launching so far, post-COVID.
"We really feel like this is going to bring people out – as the weather is starting to change and COVID numbers are starting to go down."
Social distancing and mask wearing are encouraged for shoppers and music lovers attending the event, which is free, family-friendly and open to the public.
Musicians will be performing on the sidewalk and within stores.
"In the year that we've all learned to adjust and change, I feel like our small businesses have done the same in what they have to offer," Frey said. "There are lots of new services in the past year and new products that businesses are showcasing. It's kind of given them time to reinvent themselves."
Which musicians are playing at Ames Music Walk and where can I find them?
- Ames History Museum, 416 Douglas Ave. – Onion Creek Band
- Ames Public Library, 515 Douglas Ave. – James VanDyk
- The Angry Irishmen, 119 Main St. – Animal People
- Brown's Shoe Fit, 306 Main St. – Jon Buss
- Cafe Diem, 229 Main St. – David Harper Quartet
- Chocolaterie Stam, 230 Main St. – Amanda Jennings
- Cornbred, 526 Main St. – Ryan Sheeler
- Cynthia Duff Plaza, south side of Main between 100 and 200 blocks – Reid Miller
- Della Viti, 323 Main St. – Elizabeth Morse
- Dog-Eared Books, 203 Main St. – Morrison & Schmidt
- Duck Worth Wearing, 232 Main St. – Rick Exner
- Emerhoff's Footwear, 215 Main St. – Larry from Redz Bluez
- Gilger Designs, 236 Main St. – Jose
- Great Harvest Bakery & Cafe, 502 Burnett Ave. – We’re No Angels
- KHOI Community Radio, 410 Douglas Ave. – Alleygrass
- Little Woods Herbal & Tea, 136 Main St. – Elizabeth Zimmerman
- The Loft, 233 Main St. – Ames High Jazz Combo
- Lott Music Studio, 401 Clark Ave., Suite 220 – Aaron Lott
- Moorman Clothiers, 226 Main St. – Perfect Strangers
- Morning Bell Coffee Roasters, 111 Main St. – 5 p.m. to 6:20 p.m., Chris Myers & the Bad Dads; 6:30-8 p.m., The Iowa No Mountain Boys
- Nook & Nest, 309 Main St. – Gratitude Girls - Sydney Curnes
- Noir, 405 Kellogg Ave. – Kyle Gowin
- Oak Lane Candle Co., 121 Main St. – The Sweet Tones
- Octagon Center for the Arts, 427 Douglas Ave. – Indigo Monks, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- Photosynthesis and Cooks' Emporium, 313 and 317 Main St. – Miles Morgan
- Skunk River Cycles, 308 Main St. – Mother of Exiles
- Torrent Brewing Company, 504 Burnett Ave. – Nick Muhlbauer
- Transform Wellness Collective, 130 Main St. – Connie Rex Younger’s “Sea Wise March”
- Tres Teal, 314 Main St. – Rollie Link
- Whiskey River, 134 Main St. – Steve Veysey