Low, William Elliott Whitmore, Sage Francis, Elephant Revival headlining Maximum Ames Music Fest 2014

Low, William Elliott Whitmore, Sage Francis, Elephant Revival headlining Maximum Ames Music Fest 2014

Influential Duluth slowcore rockers Low, Iowa blues/folk singer William Elliott Whitmore, rapper Sage Francis and folk act Elephant Revival will headline the fourth annual Maximum Ames Music Festival, held Sept. 25-28 at multiple venues in downtown Ames.

Low started to rise to prominence in the mid 90s with the critically acclaimed albums “I Could Live in Hope” and “The Curtain Hits the Cast.” The band’s most recent album, 2013’s “The Invisible Way,” was produced by Jeff Tweedy of Wilco.

Based in Montrose in southeast Iowa, William Elliott Whitmore regularly tours the world performing his music that combines blues and folk with punk rock ethos. Whitmore is currently working on a follow-up to his 2011 album “Field Songs.”

Related: An interview with William Elliott Whitmore.

Founder of Strange Famous Records, Rhode Island rapper Sage Francis rose to fame with his critique of 9/11 media coverage and America’s response to the tragedy, “Makeshift Patriot.” In June Francis will release “Copper Gone,” his first album after a four year hiatus.

A folk/bluegrass band from Nederland, Colo., with multiple singers that incorporates jazz standards, reggae and hip hop into its sets.

Related: Which is better: Maximum Ames vs. Mission Creek

Also announced were 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 Back, Doctor Murdock and Trigger Fish.

Around 130 acts will perform at this year’s festival. Past headliners for the festival include Jeff Mangum, Wanda Jackson, The Mountain Goats and The Zombies. A full festival pass is $50 and you can purchase it here.

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Joe Lawler covers music and more for Juice Magazine. E-mail him at joe@dmJuice.com or follow his updates on Twitter @JoeLawler

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