The Maintenance Shop releases fall line-up

Celeste Welshhons

Earlier this month, the Maintenance Shop, located in the Memorial Union, released its fall schedule. The M-Shop is still celebrating its 40th anniversary this semester and will be announcing more shows as the semester progresses. Here is a full listing of all announced shows.

Steven Cooper — 9 p.m. Aug. 29. Free for ISU students and $10 for the public.

Pop and hip-hop artist Steven Cooper has been featured alongside numerous artists such as Tech N9ne and Kid Rock. His songs have been used nationally by numerous television stations including ESPN, Fox and ABC Family.

From Indian Lakes — 8 p.m. Sept. 10. $7 for ISU students and $11 for the public.

Indie-rock band From Indian Lakes pulls influence from bands such as Copeland, Radiohead, mewithoutyou and Circa Survive. Its first album, released under the label Absent Sounds, will be out Oct. 7.

Zion I and ProbCause — 8 p.m. Sept. 11. $12 for ISU students and $17 for the public.

Alternative hip-hop duo Zion I has nine studio albums under its belt already with guest appearances by The Grouch, Aesop Rock, Gift of Gab and more. ProbCause releases music that does not fall under one genre. His album, “The Recipe, Vol. 2,” features many other talents including Chance the Rapper, Psalm One and even the poet Kevin Coval.

Lenny Cooper — 9 p.m. Sept. 12. $10 for ISU students and $15 for the public.

Cooper is near the front of the up-and-coming sub-genre of country music which incorporates rapping, known as country-rap or hick-hop. He started writing songs at age 11 and began recording by 15.

Skaters — 8 p.m. Sept. 16. $8 for ISU students and $14 for the public.

“Skaters” is a punk-rock band mainly influenced by bands such as Devo, The Cars, The Ramones, The Clash, The Pixies” and a few others. So far, it has one EP, one single and one studio album under its belt.

Meiko — 9 p.m. Sept. 19. $10 for ISU students and $15 for the public.

Indie-pop artist Meiko has only two albums so far, but all of the tracks in the first album have been featured in at least one major network TV show. Her songs have appeared in “Grey’s Anatomy,” “One Tree Hill,” “Ghost Whisperer,” “So You Think You Can Dance,” “Pretty Little Liars,” “The Vampire Diaries” and numerous others.

Crystal Bowersox — 8 p.m. Sept. 20. $15 for ISU students and $20 for the public. VIP meet & greet tickets are also available for $50. This is a seated show.

Folk-rock singer Crystal Bowersox was the runner up in season nine of “American Idol.” Bowersox has since released two studio albums, the most recent of which is “All That For This,” released March 2013.

Steve Poltz — 8 p.m. Sept. 24. $10 for ISU students and $12 for the public. This is a seated show.

Folk-rocker Steve Poltz not only has a solo career but is also the founding member of the band “The Rugburns.” Poltz opened for Jewel numerous times and was even featured in her music video for the song “You Were Meant for Me.” His solo live shows are known for being one big acoustic singalong.

Harold Lopez-Nussa — 9 p.m. Sept. 26. Free for ISU student and $10 for the public.

Lopez-Nussa is a jazz pianist from Cuba. He received first place and the audience prize for the solo piano competition in Switzerland at the Montreux Jazz Festival. His most recent release, “New Day,” came out in late 2013.

Bubba Sparxxx — 8 p.m. Oct. 8. $15 for ISU students and $20 for the public.

Hip-hop artist Bubba Sparxxx released his platinum certified debut album “Dark Days, Bright Nights” in 2001. Since then, he has released four more studio albums. One of his more well-known songs is “Ms. New Booty,” which featured the Ying Yang Twins.

Stick Figure with Pacific Dub and Hirie — 8 p.m. Oct. 9. $13 for ISU students and $16 for the public.

Stick Figure was originally founded as a one-man band, but leader Scott Woodruff expanded the band in 2012. It then released its newest album, “Burial Ground.” Fellow rock-reggae band Pacific Dub is an even newer band, having released two studio albums. Pacific Dub was recently on the “Life’s a Beach” tour supporting “The Expendables.” Hirie is just more than a year old and first gained attention with the release of its first single “Sensi Boy” in September 2013.

Gardens & Villa with Sandy Alex G — 9 p.m. Oct. 18. $8 for ISU students and $10 for the public.

Gardens & Villa originally started as a punk band, but after one member decided to take a break, it reformed as an indie-rock band. It released its second studio album, “Dunes,” in February. Sandy Alex G will be opening for Gardens & Villa.

Passafire with Tugg — 8 p.m. Oct. 22. $7 for ISU students and $12 for the public.

Reggae rock band Passafire has toured with bands such as 311, Rebelution, Matisyahu, Slightly Stoopid and others. The band’s fifth album, “Vines,” went straight to No. 1 on the Billboard Top Reggae Albums chart. Tugg has toured with many of the same bands as Passafire and it has also had numerous songs make it onto the Billboard Top Reggae Albums chart.

Tyler Hilton — 9 p.m. Oct. 24. $15 for ISU students and $20 for the public.

Singer-songwriter Tyler Hilton is probably known equally as well for playing the character Chris Keller on “One Tree Hill.” As for his musical career, Hilton’s music falls into the indie-rock genre. His most recent release is the deluxe edition of his 2012 album “Forget the Storm.”

Willie Watson with Mikaela Davis — 9 p.m. Oct. 25. $12 for ISU students and $15 for the public.

Willie Watson is a co-founding member of the Americana band Old Crow Medicine Show, but he is touring right now to support of his solo career. Watson just released his debut solo album, “Folk Singer Vol. 1,” which is said to be a combination of folk standards and more offbeat songs. Mikaela Davis is a harpist and vocalist. She has four releases — “Fortune Teller,” which came out in January, is the most recent.

Set it Off — 8 p.m. Oct. 26. $8 for ISU students and $14 for the public.

My Chemical Romance, Four Year Strong, All Time Low and A Day to Remember are just a few of the bands that pop-punk band Set it Off has credited as influences. The band formed in 2008 and is about to release its latest album, “Duality,” on Oct. 14. 

The Dodos — 8 p.m. Oct. 30. $10 for ISU students and $15 for the public.

Indie-folk band The Dodos is known for its interesting playing techniques. Drummer Logan Kroeber plays without a bass drum, has a tambourine taped to his foot and, during most live performances, the duo brings in a third member to play the vibraphone among other things.

James Armstrong — 8 p.m. Nov. 5. $8 for ISU students and $10 for the public. This show is seated.

Blues guitarist James Armstrong released his first album in 11 years in 2011, titled “Blues at the Border.” His first release was in 1995. He has also had songs used in the soundtracks of the films “Speechless,” “Hear No Evil” and “The Florentine.”

Chadwick Stokes — 8 p.m. Nov. 10. $14 for ISU students and $18 for the public.

Stokes is the front man of the band State Radio as well as the band Dispatch. Right now, he is back in the studio working on a follow-up to his 2011 album “Simmerkane II,” which will likely be released sometime this year.

Judah & the Lion with Joseph — 8 p.m. Nov. 12. $7 for ISU students and $12 for the public.

Judah & the Lion’s latest effort is its EP “Sweet Tennessee,” which placed at No. 2 on the Bluegrass Albums Billboard chart and No. 15 on the Folk Albums Billboard chart. It is now working on its debut album, “Kids These Days,” due out on Sept. 9. Joseph — a trio of sisters who just released its debut album, “Native Dreamer Kin,” this March — is opening.

Anna Nalick with Leslie DiNicola — 9 p.m. Nov. 14. $8 for ISU students and $13 for the public. Meet and greet tickets are available for $38 for ISU students and $43 for the public.

Singer-songwriter Anna Nalick is most widely known for her song “Breathe (2 AM)” which was featured in the show “Grey’s Anatomy.” The album “Wreck the Day,” from which “Breathe (2 AM)” comes, is a gold certified album. Leslie DiNicola will open the show.

The Greencards — 8 p.m. Dec. 5. $12 for ISU students and $16 for the public. This is a seated show.

The Greencards is a bluegrass band with six albums and numerous Grammy nominations. Right now the band is touring in support of its latest Grammy nominated album, “Sweetheart of the Sun.” This show also serves as the 40th anniversary celebration for the M-Shop.

Drew Baldridge — 9 p.m. Dec. 9. $8 for ISU students and $10 for the public.

Country singer Drew Baldridge has shared the stage with other artists such as Justin Moore, Alabama, Dustin Lynch, Phil Vassar and others. He released his EP “All Good” in November 2013.  

Tickets can be bought for any of the shows at the Maintenance Shop through, by phone at 515-294-8349 or at the box office located in the M-Shop.