Cooper Young Festival 2012 – Music Lineup

By the Cooper Young Business Association

The Cooper-Young Festival is proud to announce the headliner for our 25th anniversary is Ross Rice, who will perform on the Main Stage at 5:15 p.m. Sept. 15.

Ross Rice

Rice has been a professional musician for more than 23 years. After finishing his Bachelors of Music Composition degree at University of Memphis in 1983, he then went to the “real” University of Memphis music: the Memphis club scene. Working his way through the ranks, he ended up in a group called The Coolers, which featured Stax Records house bassist Donald “Duck” Dunn, (Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, but, most notably, Booker T. and the MG’s). This became the premier rhythm section in town, backing up Charlie Rich, Ron Wood, Jerry Lee Lewis, Joe Walsh and Luther Ingram, among many others.

After more than two years, Ross left to form Human Radio, which signed with Columbia records, and had a minor hit in 1990, “Me and Elvis,” the video of which was briefly in heavy rotation on MTV (back when they actually showed music videos).

After a coast-to-coast tour, and several years in Nashville, the band broke up, and Rice continued writing and performing, co-writing songs on albums by Susannah Hoffs (Bangles) and Adrian Belew (Talking Heads, King Crimson). A batch of publishing demos found its way to Steve Earle, who promptly signed Ross to his new E-Squared label. Ross’ CD “Umpteen” was released in 1997 to international critical acclaim (also released on Sony Japan).

Ross relocated back to Memphis, and became a mainstay on the local scene, producing and performing frequently. As a sideman, he contributed to CDs by Steve Earle, Jill Sobule, Steve Forbert, Tim Easton, Amy Rigby, Banyan (w/ Stephen Perkins of Jane’s Addiction), Garrison Starr, Swan Dive, and the Bloodthirsty Lovers. He appeared on tour with Banyan, Rob Wasserman’s Space Island, Todd Snider, Eek-A-Mouse, Scott Miller and the Commonwealth, Kim Richey, Jamie O’Neal, Willie Waldman Project, Mark Farner (Grand Funk Railroad), and most recently, Peter Frampton.

We are pleased to highlight the following musical performances on three stages the day of the festival. The Main Stage is sponsored by Miller Lite.


Music Lineup for the Main Stage

12:15 p.m. – Side Street Steppers

1:15 – The Memphis Dawls

2:15 – Patrick Dodd Trio

3:15 – Darrel Petties & Strength in Praise

4:15 – Tiger High

5:15 – Ross Rice Band


The Memphis Drum Shop Stage, located at the corner of Young and Nelson Street, will highlight some popular local favorites this year with various genres of music.


Music Lineup for the Memphis Drum Shop

12:30 p.m. – Candy Company

1:30 – Nancy Apple

2:30 – Allied Standard

3:30 – The Soul Thieves

4:30 – Harpeth Rising


The Visible Music College Stage, located in front of the Lifelink Church at the corner of Cooper and Walker, will highlight musicians, sound technicians and bands that are connected with this local Memphis College.


Music Lineup for the VISIBLE Music College Stage

12:15 p.m. – Lindsay Ritter

1:15 – The Covers

2:15 – Darien Clea

3:15 – Freakenyeah

4:15 – She Said


Author: LampLighter

The voice of Cooper-Young, a vibrant, diverse neighborhood to live, work and play, in the heart of Midtown Memphis, Tennessee.

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