Comedy and a number of genres of tunes highlight Nova Labs’ spring function

With 8 music functions and comic Max Power as emcee, Ames-based mostly report label Nova Labs is completely ready to celebrate spring with an night of laughter and tunes, together with the debut of two new community bands.

The celebration “Nostalgia in Reverse” will be held Saturday, March 26, starting off at 6 p.m. at Ames City Auditorium and moving to The Angry Irishmen on Principal Road for a two-band after-social gathering.

Max Power

“The Tuesday right before March 26 is the very first day of spring, so I began searching at offers about spring,” Nova Labs operator Bryon Dudley reported. “Then I came across this Nabokov quotation about nostalgia in reverse, and my mind just kind of lit up.

“It ties in, also, to the full concept that we have been wanting back again, processing everything for the duration of the pandemic. … But it would be pleasant to start seeking forward all over again, and ‘nostalgia in reverse’ appeared like a fantastic way to place that.”

The musical lineup at Ames Town Auditorium, 520 Sixth St., consists of Fred Really like, 11 Moons, Wally Neal & the Cloud-Concealed Singers, Matt Woods, Bleujack and Slice the Sky.


Nearby comic Molly McDonald, whose phase name is Max Electric power, will emcee Nostalgia in Reverse and will also carry out a standup set. Comedian Ben Bolluyt will also execute a standup schedule, and one more comedian is however becoming included to the lineup.

With a lineup of comedy, solo acts and bands, Dudley claimed he needs the celebration to really feel like a selection exhibit.

Great Caesar's Goat

The afterparty at The Angry Irishmen, 119 Main St., will function Wonderful Ceasar’s Goat and Obsidian’s Desire.

“Obsidian’s Aspiration is the longest-operating band in the lineup. They’ve been participating in considering that the early 2000s,” Dudley claimed. “They’re form of a jam band. They don’t go off on any super long, prolonged jams, but the really feel of the music is like a concise jam.”

Wally Neal and The Cloud-Concealed Singers will debut at Nostalgia in Reverse.

Ames-based Nova Labs presents Nostalgia in Reverse, an evening of music and comedy, on March 26 at Ames City Auditorium and The Angry Irishmen.

“This is Wally’s chamber-pop band,” Dudley stated. “They’ll have cello and violin, and he’s taking his songs and earning it extra of a chamber songs sort of a thing.”

One more debut will be Slice the Sky, which is a collaborative project among Slice the Celestial Sorcerer, a hip-hop artist with a jazz affect, and Unwanted fat Sky, a groovy jazz band.

Obsidian's Dream

“So this will be hip-hop and jazz all collectively. I can’t wait for them to toss down,” Dudley stated. “Slice is an Iowa Condition lecturer, educating engineering, so his lyrics are tremendous nerdy and sciency. And I just adore it.”

The new band 11 Moons is also on the Nostalgia lineup. Vanessa Ellsbury, Vedran Surlan and Will Pett have not long ago fashioned a psychedelic rock trio, and Nostalgia in Reverse will be their most significant gig to day.


“All a few of them are great musicians, and they just jam collectively. There is unquestionably a ‘60s psychedelic experience to it,” Dudley reported.

“Bleujack is people and hip-hop merged. With Matt Woods we have got blues. With Fred Really like as a soloist and Fantastic Ceasar’s Goat as a band, we have acquired Americana. So I really feel like we’ve checked a great deal of bins of genres,” Dudley extra.

Tickets to the demonstrate at Ames City Auditorium are $5. A hyperlink to acquire tickets is offered at

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11 Moons

The after-celebration at The Indignant Irishmen is slated to commence at 10 p.m. and there is no deal with charge.

Nova Labs is an Ames-centered independent history label Dudley established in 2013. The firm has aided an eclectic list of initiatives in a selection of genres, largely serving to “Iowa bands in the margins of the scene find an audience.” Nova Labs has launched extra than 150 initiatives and made a lot of live gatherings since its inception.

Matt Woods

“We desired Nova Labs to be a house for Iowa artists. So the only actual thread that goes in between all the stuff we have produced is that they all have a incredibly potent Iowa connection,” Dudley mentioned.

This is the very first calendar year for Nostalgia in Reverse, which could grow to be an yearly celebration, Dudley explained.

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Fred Love

“We want to give audio fans in Ames and beyond something to get energized about,” Dudley claimed in a penned statement. “A lot of individuals come to feel a feeling of nostalgia for the pre-pandemic globe, but we want to search forward and permit men and women know that spring’s here and we have received a good deal of causes to snicker and rock out. And one of the reasons at the best of that listing is that we’re fortunate to dwell in a local community entire of proficient artists and performers.”