The Mumford’s rock the Ames Progressive

The Mumford’s performed an explosively original show last weekend at the Ames Progressive.

Nate Logsdon of The Mumfords Photo by Kaleb Warnock

They played with the bands Little Teeth and Coyote Slingshot on Saturday night to an eccentric full house.

“It was really fun, people were ready to dance. It was really fun and really sweaty… everyone was totally up for it. That’s the beauty of shows in Ames, crowds really love shows that are really energetic… It was a really fun night, there was a really good feeling in the room,” said Nate Logsdon and president of the Ames Progressive.

Nate Logsdon, Ames resident and lead singer, kicked off their performance dressed completely in drag. After an elaborate spectacle of revealing his remarkable costume, Logston and The Mumford’s slammed right into their completely original set that included songs from their recently released album Eyes along with a few new ones as well.

The most notable aspect of their performance was their interaction with the crowd. About halfway through their set, Logsdon sat down at the piano as the crowd gathered around as he played piano. The scene exemplified their self-description as a rock and roll storyteller band with a horn section.

The concert is their first performance of the fall. They recently returned from their month-long summer West Coast tour and are happy to be back. “It’s just great to be back in Ames, the scene in is great. There are some really good vibes in Ames, it’s totally the place to be for good live music.” The Mumford’s will be playing frequently in Ames this coming fall and are working on a new album to be released next summer.

Cyclone Cinema progress comes to a halt

By Kaleb Warnock

The progress on the Varsity Theater has come to a halt because of potential ramifications of Campustown revitalization, says the Government of the Student Body. GSB has not gone through with the process of leasing what will become Cyclone Cinema because they are awaiting the outcome of the LANE4 discussions and the resulting plans for the Campustown Revitalization Project.

“Right now we’re just seeing what comes out of the discussion so we can be smarter when we move forward. Hopefully, we can still try to move forward in the spring semester.” Says Anthony Maly, finance director of the GSB senate and senior in political science.

GSB passed legislation to appropriate $330,000 for the project last spring and would have been close to finalizing the project with the board of regents meeting this August. GSB has not signed an agreement because potential buyers may be interested in purchasing the theater independently, according to Maly.

“We’re trying to be a little bit careful at the moment and see what happens out of the discussions” says Maly. “We are currently still planning on moving forward with a goal of opening in the spring semester. We are awaiting the Campustown Redevelopment Plan to see how our theater project fits in with the larger picture of the overall Campustown plan.” He said in a later email.

GSB still has plans to proceed with the theater project, but it also could be scrapped, but GSB President Luke Roling is optimistic. “Its a good thing that this happened when it did. The Campustown revitialization is something I’m a huge proponent of. The potential for redevelopment is a very very good thing.” said Roling. “It may turn out that our project is not going to be part of it. If that’s the way it plays out then that’s the best for everyone and we’re happy with that.”

LANE4 director of development, Hunter Harris, was also unable to give a prediction as to what could happen to the theater, but the developers currently had no plans for the theater.

“We have very conceptual plans to date.  Our efforts have been largely focused on assembling properties to do the project, and working through the preliminary goals of the City of Ames and ISU.”  said Harris.

They will have a better idea in regards to the rest of the project after the final discussions on the 28 and 29 of this month.

GSB is approaching the project with trepidation because the student body has never invested in such an expensive project, and such a large acquisition is a rare purchase for student-led organizations across the board. In other words, because this is such a large investment they want to make sure it’s a good one says Maly.

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