All ages, all the time: all ages music venues in Ames (summer pub)

Jill O'Brien

With a thriving bar scene and local music scene oftentimes going hand in hand, finding all ages concert venues can be a drag. But fear not; here are a few of the all ages venues in Ames that you may, or may not, be too familiar with. 

The Maintenance Shop

Located in the basement of the Memorial Union, the Maintenance Shop has been around for over 40 years, hosting musicians like Robin and Linda Williams, The Civil Wars and Catfish and the Bottlemen. The M-Shop, as it’s known around campus, hosts shows on weeknights and weekends, and offers discounted tickets for Iowa State students, as well as snacks and drinks during shows. 


Since 2006, Zeke’s has been a hub for hosting quality artists at all ages shows, just a few minutes west of campus, hosting open mic nights with local bands and even college church groups. Zeke’s is also an all-volunteer organization, and, according to their official website, is always looking for volunteers to help further the Ames music scene. 

Ames Vinyl Grind 

A coffee shop, record store and live music venue, the Vinyl Grind is an intimate space located on Kellogg Avenue in downtown Ames. Step in for a cup of coffee, a variety of vinyl records and open mic nights on Sunday’s, as well as the occasional acoustic show during the week or weekend.

The Record Mill

The personal home studio of an Ames resident, The Record Mill hosts a number of intimate shows during the school year. While some shows may be listed as 21+, The Record Mill also hosts all ages shows with many local and Midwest artists.