If you thought family life would slow Nate Logsdon down, you were sadly mistaken. The Ames native has brought his boundless energy and positive attitude to everything he does, which has included fronting the band Mumfords, his own solo music, booking shows for DG’s Taphouse, co-founding indie label Maximum Ames Records and running the Maximum Ames Music Festival.
After marrying Trouble Lights singer Adrian Logsdon last year (he proposed during Trouble Lights’ performance at the 2014 80/35 Music Festival), the two welcomed their son Leo into the world nine months ago.
“He’s got a really great personality,” Logsdon said of his son. “He loves music.”
Being a dad has kept Logsdon closer to home of late — Des Moines shows have become rarer, and Mumfords does not travel as much — but it has done nothing to slow his energy or work ethic, as he has thrown himself even more fully into his work at DG’s, and has helped expand the Max Ames Festival’s scope from Iowa to more regionally important acts as well. Now he is helping kick off a new residency series at Vaudeville Mews.
“(Mews booker Ladd Askland) contacted me a couple months ago about this new idea for letting an artist take a weekly slot to do bascially whatever they wanted,” Logsdon explained. “I’m going to treat it kind of as a career retrospective. I’ll play a lot of songs from my catalog, some songs that I haven’t played in a long time. I’m never going to play the same song twice over the five shows.”
Running every Wednesday throughout the month of March, Logsdon is treating the residency as a chance to reunite with some artists he has shared the stage with and also to try out new material he has been working on.
“The first week is going to be me solo,” he explained. “The second week is duets with my friends, and the third is going to be the Maximum Ames All-Stars, which is something I put together with some friends for one show, and we never played again.”
It’ll also give Logsdon the chance to do what might be his favorite thing of all: party with his music friends.
“All the shows are all ages,” he said. “It’s going to be almost like a reunion — a chance to meet up with a bunch of people who I’ve gotten to know through music.” CV