Head to Ames for Homegrown Tunes

Sara Routh, pictured, and J. Jeffrey Messerole will perform next week in Ames. Photo: Stephens Auditorium.

Two Iowa singer/songwriters, J. Jeffrey Messerole and Sara Routh, will perform at 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at Stephens Auditorium in Ames as part of the Iowa Songwriters Showcase series.

Messerole, with his folksy, bluesy country vibe, sings about his Iowa roots in six albums and two EPs to date. Last February he released a 4-track EP called “The Strangebird Tapes.”

Routh is a Des Moines native with a jazz-folk sound. She’s traveled all over Iowa and beyond to perform and educate young musicians. Her latest album, “Heavy Love,” was written during the pandemic and recorded in Des Moines.

Their concert will take place in the cozy Goldfinch Room, which seats just about 80 people. Reserve tickets for a four-top table for $40 or a single seat for $15.


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