Java Cabana to celebrate 20 years in Cooper-Young

Java Cabana, Cooper-Young’s coffeehouse, will celebrate its 20th anniversary on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 2170 Young Ave.

There will be live music with Star & Micey and Mark Allen. The café will be showing old footage of Elvis impersonator weddings and interviews with Reverend Tommy Foster, as well as a Java Cabana short directed by James Buchanan. Amurica photo booth, owned by Jamie Harmon, will be in front of the café from 8-10 p.m. Java Cabana would love to have your picture added to the café’s wall.

To celebrate Java Cabana’s 20th anniversary, their well-loved specialty drinks, the Lisa Marie, Jerry Lee, Django and Mystery Train, will be half price all day. Music starts at 7 p.m.

Tommy Foster opened Java Cabana in November 1992 and installed the First Church of Elvis Impersonator Shrine and Viva Wedding Chapel, bringing international attention to Cooper-Young. Mary Burns, founder of open mic night at Java, bought the café in March 1998. She has now maintained the longest running open mic night in the city.

The café has appeared on the Turner South network, Craig Brewer’s $5 Cover and Morgan Jon Fox’s film Blue Citrus Hearts. And celebs Kate Moss, Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon, Slash, Sonic Youth and Ginnifer Goodwin have all graced the cafe with their presence.

Over the years, the café has exhibited numerous visual artists and has been touched by countless musicians such as Andy Cohen, Maggie Louie, Garrison Starr, Rob Jungklas, Mark Allen and Lou Bond, Zeke Johnson, One Ring Zero, Swan Dive, John Kilzer, Mark McKinney’s early years as William-Tell Routine, Eric Lewis, Valerie June, The Rays, Grooms and Kelly, Robert Belfour, Bruce Biles, Sheila Nichols, Little Wings, Calvin Johnson from K-Records, Bella Sun, Mike Joyner, Lynn Cordona, Davy Bennett, Klaudia and Rico, Holy Cole, Jon Garcia, C.J. Tucker (known as Skinny White Chick), Amy Steinberg, Brad Passons, David Brookings, Steve Lockwood, Nate Marshall, Jen Shamro, Kristen Cothron, Allyson Sields and the Jazz Box, Ronn Shorr, Pete Vescovo, and Jazz Friends, Scandaliz Vandalist, Chris Owen, Annie Crane, Dan Tedesco, Autumn Grieves, and many more.

If there are any questions regarding this event, you can contact Mary Burns at 272-7210 or email her at mary@javacabanacoffeehouse.

– By Mary Burns/Java Cabana

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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