Cooper-Young Night Out celebrates third year
By Tamara Walker
Come party in Midtown at the Cooper-Young Night Out third anniversary on Thursday, April 7 from 5-9pm. Cooper-Young is the largest historic district in Memphis and is known for its eclectic mix of restaurants, retail shops, antique venues, art galleries, and bars. Every first Thursday of the month businesses stay open late to serve up discounts on everything from vinyl records to BBQ nachos. Joining us this month are the artists of the Memphis Arts Collective and CY neighborhood. Approximately a dozen artists will display their wares at booths on the sidewalk at the corner of Cooper Street and Young Avenue. Some of the artists that will be joining us are Rene Nickel, Dinah Makowsky, Chuck Parr, Billy Moore, Angie Cooper, Lisa Blake, and Jennifer Hyatt.
Starting at 5pm at the gazebo, the Dancing Fire performance team, consisting of belly dancers, break dancers, poi artists, hoop artists, jugglers, and drummers, will entertain with their unique artistic abilities that are enhanced by the manipulation of fire props. Their moves are set to music producing a one-of-a-kind performance that should not be missed. At 6pm Odd Normality, an instrumental group, will perform original music derived from rock, jazz, funk, classical, and bluegrass roots. Their unique and versatile sound doesn’t fit any mold. They’re here to create something new, funky, and very cool.
CY is full of restaurants offering sweet deals for Night Out. El Diablo, the newest taqueria/tapas shop by Chef Ben Vaughn located at 938 South Cooper, is offering $1 tacos all night long. Another addition to the CY restaurant scene is Sweet Grass Next Door at 937 South Cooper. Ryan Trimm’s new neighborhood bar will be open and offering drink and appetizer specials. Young Avenue Deli and SoulFish Café are offering a free child entrée with the purchase of an adult entrée, and don’t forget that it is Trivia Night at Young Avenue where they have beer discounts galore. The Beauty Shop has discounts on their appetizers, and Do Sushi actually creates a different sushi roll special to celebrate each Thursday Night Out event. Café Ole has happy hour margaritas all night long as well as DJ Lil Egg Roll starting at 9pm. Scoop up some half-price nachos and beer specials at Central BBQ. Cortona has their patio lit up and is the perfect place to enjoy all the Night Out music and fun, plus David is offering discounts on beer and wine.
Live music abounds throughout Cooper-Young during Night Out. At 6pm Susie and Bob Salley will be playing Irish ballads and country covers on the patio of Celtic Crossing with Jeremy Stanfill starting at 10pm. Over at Lou’s Pizza, enjoy Candy Company starting at 7:30pm and buy one pizza, get the second half price. Make you own music at Java Cabana during their Open Mic Night and get discounts on coffee drinks.
If you are in the mood to shop, Painted Planet has 50% off gallery jewelry plus complementary refreshments. Toad Hall Antiques has a shop and sip party for their guests where you can browse their newest Easter gifts, decorations, and home furnishings. House of Mews has 50% off approved cat adoptions and 20% off all retail purchases. Underground Art is offering buy one piercing get the second for half price, so bring a friend! And you can work off those extra Night Out calories at Inbalance Fitness where group fitness classes are half price and you can get $2 off any punch card purchase.
Hope to see you in Cooper-Young for all of the music, art, food, and retail fun!