Ames Rock Lifers The Sundogs Set To Play 80/35

May 27th, 2012 · 1 Comment

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.

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  • 1 Jack Dalton // Jun 1, 2012 at 7:59 am

    As the title suggests, but doesn’t quite say, the video features Sundogs members behind the camera and not so much in front of it. Most of the stage footage, at least in this ‘part 1′ section, is of Redzband. Here is a recording from May of last year, showing the Sundogs together again for the Freak Week Reunion show in Des Moines:

    They have played a few times since then. So why not for the MAMF in Ames?

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