Most iconic music venue in Ames

The Maintenance Shop (M-Shop) hosts many shows throughout the year and is as iconic today as it was in 1974. ISU students who are members of Student Union Board (SUB) provide much of the work and leadership necessary to keep performances running in the space. In addition to booking nationally touring artists, the M-Shop today hosts many of SUB's multicultural and theatrical performances, including the popular improv group Grand Mojo's, Open Mic Nights, and comedy shows. Come and see live entertainment like never before with the best seats you could ever imagine.

    “I wanted to be at every show, whether I was working or not. You never know what night is going to be a really special experience.”

    Hassein Rife, previous lead audio engineer

    A map showing the location of the M-Shop

    Where to find us

    2229 Lincoln Way Ames, IA 50014

    The Maintenance Shop is located on the ground floor of the Memorial Union. To easily access the venue, enter in the west entrance located along Morrill Road. Patrons may park in the ramp located adjacent to the building. Metered parking spots are available along Morrill Road but are limited during shows. Additional campus parking spots become available after 5:30pm. 

    Celebrating 50 Years

    The Maintenance Shop opened in 1974, and now, 50 years later, the iconic stained-glass window still casts its orange glow behind the stage.  January 2024 marked the 50th anniversary of the M-Shop, where some of the greatest music legends and underground up-and-comers have performed. Beyond the music scene, you'll also find comedians, improv and open mic nights gracing the M-Shop stage today. There is something for everyone to enjoy in this iconic venue.

    M-Shop 50th Anniversary
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