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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.

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