Music Lineup – Evolve Bank & Trust Cooper Young Festival 2018!

Music Lineup – Evolve Bank & Trust Cooper Young Festival 2018!

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Join us Saturday, September 15 for a day of music at the biggest party of the summer.  September 15 is the date of this year’s Cooper Young Festival presented by Evolve Bank and Trust.  What a selection of music we have! Seventeen musical acts highlighting all age groups on three stages – it doesn’t get better than this.

The Main Stage kicks off with local folk singer, songwriter Tony Manard and His Big Ole Band promptly at 11:15 a.m. and goes on throughout the day highlighting some of the best of the best musicians in Memphis.  Horns, violins, blues, soul, rock and roll; get ready to experience some of Memphis’ finest.  Be sure to see new comer Jason Lee McKinney mid-day and FreeWorld celebrating 31 years together in 2018 with Dr. Herman Green on the sax at 4:15 p.m.   We are excited to have International Blues Challenge runner up Fuzzy Jeffries as our Headliner with the Kings of Memphis.  Main Stage is located directly in front of the Young Avenue Deli on Young Avenue.

The Memphis Grizzlies Stage will be highlighting artists associated with the Cooper Young recording label, 5 and Dime Recording.  Maddie Caldwell kicks off the day!  This teenage singer, songwriter is emerging as the new face of the Memphis anti-folk scene. Maddie’s music is a melodic homage to an inner-city kid’s life via banjo and ukulele.  This high energy goes all day long and at 4:30 p.m. Negro Terror will step on the stage. This band hit over 50,000 views and climbing on You Tube with their Beale Street Caravan video “Voice of Memphis” taking the Skinhead/Oi anthem and turning it on its head Memphis style.  Featured on Afropunk, their new album “Paranoia” drops September 11, 2018.   The Memphis Grizzlies Stage is located at the intersection of Young Avenue and Meda Street.

The stage located in the First Congo Church parking lot will highlight a ton of new Memphis bands many sure to change the look of music over the coming years. You don’t want to miss already popular Americana duo, Me and Leah starting at 12:15 p.m. The Rally Owls with Keytar player, Aimee Guerin, is a must see. This stage is all about the rock and roll with a little bit of country and blues thrown in.

Music Lineup

Main Stage

11:15 a.m.             Tony Manard and His Big Ole Band 
12:15 p.m.            Rice Drewry Collective 
  1:15 p.m.            Nick Black Band 
  2:15 p.m.           Jason Lee McKinney
  3:15 p.m.           The Fast Mothers 
  4:15 p.m.           FreeWorld with Dr. Herman Green
  5:15 p.m.           HEADLINER – Fuzzy Jeffries and the Kings of Memphis

Memphis Grizzlies Stage

12:30 p.m.            Maddie Caldwell
  1:30 p.m.            Ellie Badge
  2:30 p.m.           Switchblade Kid
  3:30 p.m.           The Rough Hearts
  4:30 p.m.           Negro Terror

first congo Stage

  1:15 p.m.            Shufflegrit
  2:15 p.m.           Low Country Nationals
  3:15 p.m.           Land Divided
  4:15 p.m.           Rally Owls
Cooper Young Festival is the best place to spend this day in September enjoying some great Memphis music, shopping, people watching, patio sitting, dancing and hanging out with friends.  Don’t miss the biggest most anticipated party of the summer located in Memphis’ largest historic district.
Thank you to our sponsors for making this year’s Cooper Young Festival possible.  The 2018 Evolve Bank & Trust Cooper Young Festival Sponsors are Commercial Appeal, Miller Lite, Memphis Grizzlies, Sprouts Farmers Market, Methodist Healthcare, Albert Cook Plumbing, Jim Keras Subaru, Summer Winds Resorts, Semmes Murphey Clinic, Hattie B’s Hot Chicken, Southland Park Gaming and Racing, Lasik Vision Institute, ProShow Systems, Memphis Animal Clinic, AT&T, Choate’s HVAC, Lowe’s, Focal Point, MetroPCS, Rock 102.7, 101.9 KISS FM, 600 WREC, CW 30, Local 24 and Toof American Digital Printing.
 

Festival starts at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 7:00 p.m.

For more information, visit www.cooperyoungfestival.com
 

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11the Annual Forrest Spence 5k – August 25th

11the Annual Forrest Spence 5k – August 25th

11th annual forrest spence 5k

8.25.18 – 8am -Memphis botanic garden

Forrest Spence Fund

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See first hand the impact you make when you run!

Abby Cooley –

Abby had a NICU baby and the Forrest Spece Fund helped her in incredible ways. She is now the Program Director for the Forrest Spence Fund and get’s to help and see the impact everyday!

Amanda McCollum-

Amanda lost her daughter from a complex heart problem and her third child had a heart defect and has down syndrome. Forrest spence provided so much support for this family in need.

Joel Hobson-

Joel and his wife Jennifer lost their precious little girl at two weeks and during this time Forrest Spence was not up and running. They know first-hand how helpful they would have been for them. In response, they are now are the presenting sponsor for the 5k.

about the 5k

Join the Forrest Spence Fund on August 25th at 8:00 am for a 5k run, with a 100 yard dash for kids (8 & under) at 9:15 and 1 Mile Fun Run (kids 12 & under) at 9:20 am. There will be games, bounce houses, slides, food, awards, door prizes, and more. Bring the entire family for a fun filled morning at Memphis Botanic Garden.

Forrest Spence Fund

The Forrest Spence Fund is an official 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that was founded in 2007 in memory of Robert Forrest Spence. The mission of the Fund is to assist with the non-medical needs of critically or chronically ill children and their families throughout the Mid-South.

In honor of Forrest, the organization strives to support families dealing with similar difficult situations and to give back to regional children’s hospitals like Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, Children’s Hospital at Erlanger in Chattanooga, Baptist Women’s Memorial Hospital, and St. Jude Children’s Hospital, where the amazing medical staff fights for thousands of children each year.

cityCURRENT is a privately-funded catalyst for the Mid-South and Middle Tennessee. A team of more than 100 partner companies have come together to host FREE events, along with an array of positive-oriented media and philanthropic initiatives to enrich, engage and impact the community. Our mission is to #PowertheGOOD and we invite you to join with us.

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Inside the Blues Hall of Fame // A City Treasure

Inside the Blues Hall of Fame // A City Treasure

Inside the Blues hall of fame

a city treasure

By Jerome Robinson

Sherry May and I were working on a story for the Live at the Garden Concert Series when Sherry asked me if I had any interest in the Blues Foundation.  A friend of mine Stephen Whitney had worked there in the past, so I knew of the Foundation, but I had never gone inside.  I have attended a few Blues shows by artists like Bobby Rush, I helped Judy Peiser for a bit with the Center for Southern Folklore, and as a result I got a chance to see the up close and personal struggles of Blues artists.  But I was just too stuck on my own crap to take the time to see if I could, in some small way help the Blues Music industry that itself helped to create a name for our city.  So when Sherry asked me to join her and Barbara Newman for lunch, I was filled with excitement and doubt.  Excitement in that the Blues Foundation is an amazing organization helping Blues artists all over the world, but doubtful of what my talents could really bring to the table.

Ok, this article is not about my self doubt.  There will be other articles for that.  So Barbara asked me if I was interested in joining the Board of Directors for the Blues Foundation.  This was truly an honor, after a meeting with Jeff Syracuse, who is the board chair, if was official!  I Jerome Robinson get to serve on the Board for the Blues Foundation.  Truly a moment of honor.

On the day of my appointment, it happened to also be the day of the 2018 Blues Music Awards at the Cannon Center.  So I attended my first event as a member of the board and it was amazing.  This was a $250,000 music production with guests from all over the world coming to celebrate the Blues.  This was a night where Memphis was shining.  Artist after artist performed and captured both the history and the future of Blues music.  I had the honor of seeing what Memphis could be when we put down our political views, our race issues, and we focused on all that is possible in our #BeAmazing city.  The Blues Hall of Fame and the Blues Foundation under the leadership of Barbara Newman is just that, a celebration of all that we have been as a city and all that we can be.  This isn’t just a Memphis organization, it is Memphis’s stamp on a international playing field.  This is truly a City Treasure.  But after all that I still hadn’t actually gone inside the Blues Hall of Fame!

So Barbara and I sat down with the #FunCrew of JustMyMemphis and we decided it was time we share with Memphis the amazing work that is being done in the world of Blues music.  Work that is not just keeping Blues music alive, but work that is keeping Memphis at the heart of the music industry around the world.  JustMyMemphis is teaming up with the Blues Foundation to share stories of artists along with amazing performances.  We are going to spotlight the local clubs where artists can be found sharing their craft.  We are going to travel the globe capturing the future of Blues artist young and old.  But today I want to take you inside of the Memphis treasure known as the Blues Hall of Fame.

Blues foundation

There was only one person who could truly share with us what the Blues Hall of Fame was really about.  So let me send a big thank you to Barbara Newman for her personal tour of the Blues Foundation.  Memphis the Blues Foundation is one of our city’s true treasures.  I invite you to sign up today to become a member.  I invite you to take your friends and family on a tour of the Blues Hall of Fame. When you bring guest into our city, be sure and bring them down to the museum that is the Blues Hall of Fame.  This is just our first feature on the Blues Foundation, I am very excited to invite you to follow me on my journey of exploration into the world of Blues music.  Till next time, Keep on Keeping on and get your groove on with a few Blues tunes today.

Monday – Saturday
10:00am – 5:00pm (last admission at 4:30pm)
Sunday
1:00pm – 5:00pm (last admission at 4:30pm)
Call 901-527-2583 ext. 13 or email elizabeth@blues.org for more information and to schedule your event today

421 S. Main StreetMemphis, TN 38103

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2018 
Live at the gardens lineup

  • May 26th - SUMMER SYMPHONY AT THE LIVE GARDEN
  • June 1st - RASCAL FLATTS
  • June 20th - MIDLAND with Trent Harmon
  • June 29th - TRAIN
  • July 12th - BOY GEORGE & CULTURE CLUB with the B52'S
  • July 28th - GLADYS KNIGHT
  • Sept 7th - BIG & RICH

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Annual Empowerment Luncheon Announcement

Annual Empowerment Luncheon Announcement

Annual Empowerment

Luncheon Announcement

By Memphis Urban League

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The Memphis Urban League (MUL) will host its Annual Empowerment Luncheon on Thursday, August 23, 2018 from 11:30AM – 1:00PM. This event will be held at the University of Memphis Holiday Inn located at 3700 Central Ave with Michael P. McMillan, President & CEO of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis as the Keynote Speaker. Not only this, but Jerome Robinson will be hosting this wonderful event!

McMillan will address the legacy of the Urban League Movement; the essence of its empowerment and the change that empowerment brings to future generations. As an accomplished civic leader, an advocate for social and economic empowerment and a public servant, McMillan oversees the largest and highest rated Urban League affiliate in the country. During the Ferguson uprising, tear-gassed and arrested, McMillan a foot soldier for justice sought to bring peace to a torn community. In the aftermath of the Ferguson crisis, McMillan helped to organize resources for the community to address the immediate needs. McMillan, a true soldier in the Movement.

The Memphis Urban League will graciously bestow its Community of Champions Award – honoring individuals, organizations and corporations whose mission aligns with that of the Memphis Urban League, and those that lead and advance efforts to serve residents who live in underserved communities in Memphis and Shelby County. The prestigious “I AM EMPOWERED” Award will be presented to one who has made a mark of empowerment and a tremendous impact in the movement to secure equality, power and civil rights for all.

The luncheon will feature a delicious meal, amazing talents, radiant sounds of music, and testimonials of those whose lives have been empowered and changed through the Memphis Urban League. You do not want to miss this spectacular event! Come and Be Empowered!

Tickets for the Memphis Urban League’s Annual Empowerment Luncheon can be purchased online at www.mulempowerment75.eventbrite.com Event proceeds support our continued work of Empowering communities and Changing lives with various programs and initiatives through the Memphis Urban League. #MUL75

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MICHAEL P. MCMILLAN
PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Michael P. McMillan is the President and CEO of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, Inc., a nonprofit organization that has been providing social services to the metropolitan St. Louis community since 1918. The Urban League is the largest affiliate of the National Urban League movement, headquartered in New York City. The Urban League’s mission is “to assist African Americans and others throughout the region in securing economic self-reliance, social equality and civil rights.” Each year, the Urban League serves more than 100,000 residents with economic opportunity, educational excellence, community empowerment, civil rights and advocacy programs. As an advocate for social and economic parity, McMillan speaks on behalf of Urban League constituents.
In response to the crisis in Ferguson, McMillan created the Save Our Sons program in St. Louis County to help 500 African-American men and others find jobs and wrap-around services. He recently opened the Ferguson Community Empowerment Center in partnership with the Salvation Army Midland Division. This center houses the Save Our Sons program in addition to programs offered by the Salvation Army, Lutheran Hope Center and the University of Missouri Extension. In 2017, McMillan and the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis hosted the largest National Urban League Conference in the history of the movement with nearly 25,000 in attendance.

Previously for almost seven years, McMillan served as the License Collector of the City of St. Louis, administering an annual budget of over $60 million. Prior to serving as License Collector, McMillan was Alderman of the 19th Ward for a decade supporting $1.25 billion in economic development and neighborhood revitalization. He was the youngest person elected as an Alderman and License Collector in the history of the City of St. Louis.
McMillan has received over 150 awards and commendations from various organizations and was recognized as one of the Ebony Power 100 Most Influential African Americans in the United States. Additionally, he
is a member of the International Civic Rights Walk of Fame in Atlanta and a recipient of the 2013 Trumpet Award for Community Service; the Whitney M. Young and the John Mack Leadership Awards from the National Urban League; an Honorary Doctorate from Webster University; Chairman’s Award presented by the St. Louis Minority Supplier Development Council; a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Montford Point Marines and for the Salute to Women in Leadership Awards program.
McMillan is a member of 15 Boards of Directors including Children’s Hospital, Reliance Bank, The St. Louis Zoo, St. Louis Regional Chamber, The Sheldon, Grand Center, Ranken Technical College, Heat Up St. Louis, Inc. (Cool Down St. Louis), The St. Louis Community Foundation, The DESE Task Force, The Muny, Greater St. Louis Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the Workforce Investment Board of St. Louis County.
Michael P. McMillan is a graduate of Saint Louis University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in African American Studies and a minor in Political Science with an emphasis on Finance. Additionally, McMillan
is an Eisenhower International Fellow and an alumnus of the American Council of Young Political Leaders

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AWAKEN space – shop opens on Friday, August 3rd, 2018

AWAKEN space – shop opens on Friday, August 3rd, 2018

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shop open on friday, august 3rd, 2018

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Launch of new women’s health and parenting focused educational space
Local doula opens intimate space for women and families to learn and create community
 
AWAKEN space + shop opens on Friday, August 3rd, 2018 within the Jay Etkin Gallery in Cooper Young. The space offers childbirth education, pregnancy and new mom groups, women’s health workshops, parenting classes, fertility coaching, relationship coaching, and much more.
AWAKEN space + shop is owned by Zoë Etkin, who has recently returned to Memphis after having established a thriving doula & women’s health practice in Los Angeles.
Etkin’s inspiration for opening AWAKEN space is her own motherhood journey. She realizes the importance of new moms having support and companionship while they navigate the care of their baby, their relationship, and who they have become after birth. Along with new and expectant parents, the inclusive space caters to those who seek education on women’s health and fertility, intimacy, and embodied creativity.
Learn more and register for August offerings at www.awakenspacememphis.com
Location: 942 S. Cooper Street, Memphis, TN 38104
(901) 336 4168 – awakenspaceshop@gmail.com

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Finding Community at the Pitter Potter

Finding Community at the Pitter Potter

finding community

at the pitter potter

Dr. Matthew Brewer

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We had passed the place many times.  In fact, it is located near one of our favorite spots.  During our courtship and the first year of our marriage, we had many long discussions and evenings at the nearby Pizza Hut which has since been torn down.  And now, only a couple hundred feet from where our favorite old worn red booth used to be, there is a place where family happens and community is fostered.  The Pitter Potter.

My wife had told me on a few occasions that she wanted to go there.  I didn’t think much of it.  In fact, what I did think was that must be a great place for women to hang out. One thing about it, I was not interested in going and painting or making anything.

Then it happened.

A couple weeks ago, I got off work pretty early and knew we would have a long evening available to us.  I was thinking about going to dinner and a movie, but that is something we do regularly.  I then thought about going to the batting cages, but it was too hot to consider that.  I was driving down Germantown Parkway when I thought, hmmm, I know my wife would enjoy going there.  I decided to send her a text and asked her to meet me at an address – 845 N. Germantown Parkway.  I did not tell her the name of the place, only that we could have a date night there.  She agreed to meet me without asking many questions, but then about 3 minutes later she sent me a text with lots of smiles and hearts that said, “We are going to the Pitter Potter?!”.  She was excited.  This made me happy, as I love to find ways to make her smile.

I arrived at the Pitter Potter about 20 minutes before she did and Samantha welcomed me in.  It was a very friendly and welcoming environment, however with me being 6’5″ and 2** pounds, I truly felt like a bull in a fine china shop.  There were little pieces of pottery everywhere.  I would pick one up to look at it and quickly try to put it back down without breaking anything.   I kept looking out the window because I wanted my wife to get there.  What seemed like an hour for her to arrive was really only 20 minutes.  I was glad to see her.   As soon as she walked in, she looked at me and said, “I love this place!”  Little did I know by the end of the evening, I would have the same sentiment.

Artistically speaking, my creativity has always been restricted to the realm of musical talent.  I had never had any success in painting anything or making any piece of art beautiful.   Now, my wife, she is a different story.  She touches something and it becomes beautiful.  She has so much talent in her fingertips, and I have to admit at times I am jealous of her incredible gift.  However, she continues to encourage me in everything I do so that day she encouraged me to believe that I could make something beautiful.

We both picked out the pieces that we would be working on.  Samantha showed us the system and how everything worked.  She introduced us to the paint bar and showed us all the supplies, and we were ready to begin.  I chose a plate and chalice and Jennifer chose a cross and a vase.    The Pitter Potter is nice and roomy so you can be as close as you want to be to someone, or if you need a more quiet time you can isolate yourself into one of the corners.  We sat at the window and began to work on our creations.

There was a mother and her daughter painting at the table beside us.  She looked at us and told us she wished her husband would come and do this with her like I was doing with Jennifer.  We smiled and complimented them on their fine crafts.  Of course, I was feeling like “Husband of the Year” after that comment.

As the evening continued, I was having a blast.  There was so much fun to be had and I was having it with my wife…my best friend.  After being there a little while, we began to mingle more.  We met some wonderful people that evening.  We met some people with amazing talent.  Two that come to mind are Ida and Lynette.  These two women are so talented and they quickly welcomed us into the Pitter Potter Family, giving us suggestions, and sharing some ideas with me about how to add flair to my craft.  We began to share personal stories and got to know each other.  It was a fantastic evening for both Jennifer and myself.   It was getting very late so we turned in our items for glazing and firing, and as we left we both agreed that we would come back again soon.

We waited a long time before our next visit….nearly 16 hours.  Yes, it’s true, we went back the very next day and enjoyed the same gracious and warm atmosphere.  This time we brought 3 friends with us.  I wanted others to experience the community that is found in the Pitter Potter so we invited our friends Ginger, Aphra, and Janie.    We had already told them of our awesome experience so they were excited to join us.    We worked for hours – I think we were there 5 hours that day.  Jennifer and I branched out from pottery into canvas painting.  She is a talented painter, but as for myself…well, let’s just say I had a great time and I was actually pleased with how mine turned out.   Vincent, the resident artist, walked around offering encouragement and creative help to patrons.  This is so helpful to us novice painters.

Our new friends Lynette and Ida also came in to continue to work on pieces they had previously started.  All of us talked and shared as though we had been friends forever.  Connections were made that day and friendships formed.  A few days later when we went to pick up our pieces, when we drove into the lot, I said that looks like Janie’s car.  It was – when we walked in, there was Ginger and Janie working on new pieces.   They are hooked, just like we are.

The Pitter Potter is a ministry for families and individuals who are looking for a place to belong.   There is a community there.  There is a family friendly spirit there.  There is friendship to be found there.   Jennifer the owner, Samantha, and Vincent are an awesome trio who make people feel welcome and accepted.   They are there to help and assist, but there is not any intrusiveness on their part.   I don’t know if their goal was to be a ministry, but it definitely feels that way when I walk in the door.   On our last visit, my wife and I purchased the Pitter Potter year-long family pass.   Let the creative juices flow.

Hopefully, we will see you at the Pitter Potter soon.

Dr. Matthew Brewer

Matthew Brewer has been in the Memphis area since 2003, and in that time, he has been no stranger to the wonderful southern cuisine found here in the Mid-South.  He graduated from West Liberty State College, received his masters from University of Louisiana at Monroe, and his D.Min from Andersonville Theological Seminary.  He is employed by Shelby County Schools as a PLC Coach, pastors Grace Gathering Church, and in his spare time, does marketing for his Wife, Jennifer’s custom Jewelry Company, Jentegrity Jewelry, located in Cordova.  He enjoys spending time with his wife, quiet evenings at home, dinners with friends, and lots of family time.

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