The M-Shop was indeed an institution when I was going to I-State from '78 - '83. Lots of great indie bands and others! It was THE gathering place as soon as students finished their last class on Fridays. I hardly ever missed being there on those Fridays... and had the Saturday morning hangovers to prove it...
I would be determined to go to class, but would then run into a buddy who would say, "let's stop in for one". It wasn't just Fridays. Back then they'd make pitchers of wine coolers - red wine and seven-up. Also saw the Pousette-Dart band there. The M-shop was one of my favorite spots back in the late 70's. That, and dime draws at Granddaddy's!
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No more lunches but the concerts are still rocking. I don't know about anymore but they had some great indie shows from 2004-2009 while I was there. The M-Shop is one of the hidden gems of ISU in my opinion. It seems like so many students have never even heard of it which is a shame.
They may not serve lunches anymore, but the M-Shop is open for seating if you buy your lunch in the Memorial Union food court. I like sitting in the M-Shop to enjoy my lunch rather than trying to find a table in the food court.
I went to a play during my first semester at Iowa State as a requirement for my theater class, and Brent "Big Play" Curvey had one of the lead roles in the play. The stage at the M-Shop is small, so if one of the actors need to enter from the side, they're basically standing in the front row. At one point during the performance, I had Curvey's *** right in my face for about 3 minutes.
I used to go the M Shop frequently as I lived off campus and it was a great place to pass time between classes. I went to a few shows while I was a student from 81-85. I have since become a huge blues fan and all I can say is I missed some major shows at the M Shop. Fellow blues fans check out the acts that played the shop. Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, John Mayall I could go on. These happened while I was at ISU and I was oblivious didn't know those guys from Adam. I was probably rockin' to J Geils on vinyl at the time.
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