The Goldfinch Room

With the support of the Ames Community Arts Council, The Goldfinch Room hosts a series of Iowa Songwriters Showcases throughout the year. Nestled inside the Celebrity Café on the ground floor of Stephens Auditorium, this listening room provides great acoustics in an intimate setting for approximately 100 people.

“There is unique magic in hearing music performed by the person who wrote it,” said Iowa State Center Executive Director Tammy Koolbeck. “The audience will learn about the song as the artists share what they are feeling as they composed the score and the lyrics. It will be a fantastic evening as they share their passion for their music.”

“I love listening rooms. I spend most of my time tending to lyrics and melodies and as a song unfolds from inspiration to completion, the final part of the process is performance,” said Iowa singer-songwriter, artist and author Chad Elliott, who has performed in the Goldfinch Room twice. “There is nothing more fulfilling to me when an audience pays attention to that work.”

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

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Ryne Doughty performs to a socially-distanced outdoor crowd at the Goldfinch Room on Tuesday, August 4.

Summer 2020 Outdoor Performances

The Goldfinch Room at Stephens Auditorium returned with a series of outdoor performances and livestreams featuring Iowa singer/songwriters this summer! To safely deliver events in the time of COVID-19, attendees are required to wear face coverings when entering/exiting the event and sit in socially-distanced shapes marked 6-8 feet apart on the lawn. Tickets are $5 per person at the door. For those who prefer to watch from home, the performances are also livestreamed for free via Facebook with a virtual tip jar to support the artists and venue.

Ticket Information

Reserved tables with seating for four (4) are available for $40 or for two (2) for $25. Food options will include cheese platters, hummus tray, popcorn, cookies, and candy, along with a selection of wines, craft and domestic beers, and sodas.

Parking Information

Parking is available in Lot F next to the venue (Stephens Auditorium, 1900 Center Drive, Ames, IA). Attendees will enter through the north doors near the ticket office and check in on the guest list.

Past Performances

Check out some photos below from opening night on January 26, 2019, featuring Chad Elliot, Tommy Lewis and Patresa Hartman!

Past performers also include J. Jeffrey Messerole and Aaron Earl Short, Kelli Rae Powell and Ben Schrag, Chris Myers and Fred Love, Society of Broken Souls, Mississippi Jake and Buz Owen, Melanie Devaney and Dan Tedesco, Chad Elliott and Ryne Doughty, Danika & The Jeb, Andrew Hoyt, and David G. Smith.

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