The Sundogs are one of the longest-running rock bands in Ames. Founded in 1988, they have survived through the decades, spreading their psychedelic style of reggae-inflected rock.
This year they will be making their debut at 80/35 in Des Moines. Ames is well-represented at the festival and the inclusion of The Sundogs in the lineup connects contemporary Ames bands with our legacy of rock.
The Sundogs were regulars at an annual spring music festival in Ames called Freak Week that ran from the mid-’70s through the mid-’90s. It was an outdoor fest in the Arboretum, just west of the ISU campus that was conceived as an alternative to Greek Week and featured a big lineup of Iowa bands each year.
Here is a vintage video of The Sundogs
rocking wandering around at* Freak Week in 1989. Catch them at 80/35 this year to see a veteran Ames act representing the ongoing history of our local scene.