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The Goldfinch Room returns in September

Where:  Stephens Auditorium Lawn, Ames, IA
When:  Tuesday, September 15;  Tuesday, September 22;  Tuesday, September 29
Time:  5:30 pm
Tickets:  $5 per person

The Goldfinch Room outdoor series featuring Iowa singer/songwriters will return in September on the Stephens Auditorium front lawn for the following dates:

Tuesday, September 15 – Matt Woods

Tuesday, September 22 – J. Jeffrey Messerole

Tuesday, September 29 – Rob Lumbard

The lawn will open at 5pm with socially distanced seating areas and music will start at 5:30pm (please note the time change from previous events). Free parking is available in Lot F, just west of Stephens Auditorium. Entry is $5 per person at the door. The event will also be live streamed for free on the Goldfinch Room Facebook page with a virtual tip jar that will give listeners an opportunity to support the artist and Stephens Auditorium.

To safely deliver events in the time of COVID-19, the following procedures will be followed:

-No advance ticket sales – pay upon arrival ($5 per person)
-Social distancing shapes will be marked on the lawn for up to 4 people. Parties will be asked to stay within these markings as we’ve allowed 6-8 feet between shapes. If you are part of a larger group, please email the Ticket Office at by Monday at 2pm and we will adjust the size of the shape to accommodate your group.
-Bring your own lawn chairs and/or blankets. Pop-up tents/umbrellas will be allowed in the outer social distancing shapes.
-Face coverings will be required when entering and exiting the event as well as when moving around to restrooms or to purchase food and beverage. Face coverings will not be required once you are seated.
-We will be offering beer, wine, soda and water at an outdoor bar area. Outside food and non-alcoholic beverages may be brought into the event.
The Traveling Pig Food Truck and Catering will be on site offering yummy menu items beginning at 5pm.
-Restrooms will be open inside Stephens Auditorium and we will ask patrons to follow directional signage when entering and exiting the venue.
-In case of inclement weather, the outdoor portion will be cancelled and moved to a live stream only with no audience. A decision will be made by 3pm on the day of the performance and an announcement will be made via email and Facebook.

For more information, contact the Stephens Auditorium ticket office at

This program is made possible with the support of Bonnie and David Orth and the Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau Community Grant program.

Tuesday, September 15 – Matt Woods

Matt Woods is both a native of Iowa and a longstanding purveyor of its diverse music scene. As a seasoned performer of many local, regional and national venues, Matt has developed a distinct style while staying true to his love of traditional American music. Woods is well-versed in the many shapes this music can take, from traditional delta, hill country and urban electric blues to gospel, country and folk music.

In addition to performing 100+ shows per year as a solo act, playing with several roots oriented bands and backing up some of the finest songwriters in the Midwest, Matt can often be found in the studio, adding guitar parts to a diverse array of recordings.

Tuesday, September 22 – J. Jeffrey Messerole

Multi-award winning songwriter J. Jeffrey Messerole is an Americana musician from Des Moines, Iowa. From the depths of his Iowa roots, Messerole masterfully blends the sounds of his guitar with engaging lyrics, and often a harmonica, to tell gritty American tales that are bound to evoke emotion from all of his listeners.

Jeffrey Messerole has garnered awards and distinctions that have landed him in the same company as John Prine, Jason Isbell, and John Hiatt. Fans of the aforementioned artists will find satisfaction in Messerole’s songs as well. Whether solo, or with his road band “The Stone Horses,” Messerole is happy to share his original folk, blues, and alternative country music that’s cultivated right here in the heart of the Great Plains.

 Tuesday, September 29 – Rob Lumbard

Rob Lumbard received his musical education in the barrooms of Forest Avenue in his home town of Des Moines, Iowa, sitting in with the likes of Rose Marie Webster, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, and Luther Allison. His songwriting is influenced by Texas songwriters and is laced with self-deprecating humor.

During the 80s, he barnstormed the Midwest in The Wapsie River Band, then in 1990 went back to playing solo, opening up for Lyle Lovett, The Band, John Hiatt, The Austin Lounge Lizards, Dr. John, Dan Hicks, Jerry Jeff Walker, Norman Blake, Steve Forbert, Leon Redbone, and dozens of Blues acts. This, coupled with a legendary weekly gig at Flanagan’s, lead to recording three CDs on the Hot Fudge label and being a part of the trio Two Bobs and a Babe that included label-mates Bob Dorr and Molly Nova.

Tammy Koolbeck, Iowa State Center, 515-294-8809, email:
Sydney Upah, Iowa State Center, 515-294-2509, email:

Submitted by Stephens Auditorium, Iowa State Center

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