Celebrating a legacy of entertainment

Some M-Shop alumni

  • Flying Burrito Brothers, 1978
  • Kenny G, 1980
  • Muddy Waters, 1981
  • Tom Arnold, 1983
  • Hoodoo Gurus, 1984
  • Suzanne Vega, 1985
  • The Replacements, 1985
  • Gregg Allman, 1986
  • Soul Asylum, 1987
  • House of Large Sizes, 1987
  • Gear Daddies, 1988
  • Branford Marsalis Group, 1990
  • Loudon Wainwright III, 1991
  • Smashing Pumpkins, 1991
  • Toad the Wet Sprocket, 1992
  • Wilco, 1995
  • De La Soul, 1996
  • The Atomic Fireballs, 1998
  • Digital Underground, 1998
  • Hank Williams III, 2000
  • The Envy Corps, 2002
  • Steel Train, 2007
  • fun., 2009
  • Enter the Haggis, 2009
  • The Civil Wars, 2011
  • The Lumineers, 2012
  • Jefferson Starship, 2013
  • Aaron Carter, 2013

Compilation of performers

Forty years ago this month, a basement maintenance area in the Memorial Union reopened as an entertainment venue. Since then, live performances and a variety of events have taken place in the aptly named Maintenance Shop (also fondly known as the M-Shop).

A series of concerts is planned as part of the 40th anniversary celebration, kicking off with a Jan. 31 show featuring Eddie Shaw and The Wolfgang (9 p.m.). Shaw, a 2013 Blues Music Award winning saxophonist, made his first M-Shop appearance in 1986.

Jim Brockpahler, entertainment program coordinator in the Student Activities Center, said the M-Shop student organizers are working to book a handful of acts this semester and next fall as part of the anniversary series. He said they are focusing on entertainers who performed at the venue over the last four decades and represent different genres.

"It's exciting to program for an anniversary season and the M-Shop definitely strives to feature a diverse line-up, running the gamut -- from blues to folk to rock to hip-hop and everything in between," Brockpahler said.

The spring performance schedule is available on the M-Shop website. Brockpahler said more shows, including anniversary series performances, will be added.

M-Shop shows are open to the public. ISU students receive discounted prices to ticketed shows. Tickets are available online and at the M-Shop box office (11 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday).