Motel Mirrors, a country-rock combo featuring Cooper-Young’s own Amy Lavere and John Paul Keith whose debut album will be released by Archer Records Aug. 27, will headline the music stages at the annual Cooper-Young Festival on Sept. 14.
This year’s music lineup, which was released today, features a number of big-name Memphis bands drawing national attention with recent album releases and tours, including bluegrass/rock mashup Dead Soldiers and Goner Records’ garage rock powerhouse Ex-Cult.
At the Main Stage in front of Young Avenue Deli, New Ballet Ensemble and Opera Memphis will kick off the day’s events at 11 a.m. with a flamenco collaboration celebrating 30 Days of Opera in September. Throughout the day and around the festival, there will be “pop-up” opera singing and New Ballet will be jookin, a regional hip-hop dance.
Following that, blues rockers Reemus Bo Deemus will take over the stage, followed by Kait Lawson’s folk-pop, Paul Taylor’s jam-rock outfit The Merry Mobile, reggae from Chinese Connection Dub Embassy and R&B by Singa B.
At the Goner Records stage at Young and Meda, Moving Finger starts at 12:30, followed by MouseRocket, NOTS, Ex-Cult and Jack Oblivian and the Sheiks. The Grizz Girls will be on hand with Memphis Grizzlies promotional items (and expect some appearances by Grizzlies players).
Students from School of Rock will play in the parking lot of First Congo Church.
This year’s Cooper Young Festival is presented by Evolve Bank and Trust, Miller Time, The Commercial Appeal, Yarnell’s Ice Cream, Memphis Grizzlies, Gossett Motorcars, Southland Park Gaming & Racing, CVS, School of Rock, More Than Words, Langford Market, Woodland Tree Service, Atlas Men’s Health, 96X, Q107.5, Sports56, Hot 107.1, Toof Commercial Printing, Methodist Healthcare and ProShow Memphis.
Find out more at cooperyoungfestival.com.
Music Lineup for the Main Stage:
11:00 am – Opera Memphis / New Ballet Ensemble
11:15 am – Reemus Bo Deemus
12:15 pm – Kait Lawson
1:15 pm – The Merry Mobile
2:15 pm – Chinese Connection Dub Embassy
3:15 pm – Singa B
4:15 pm – Dead Soldiers
5:15 pm – HEADLINER: the Motel Mirrors featuring Amy Lavere and John Paul Keith
Music Lineup for the Memphis Grizzlies/Goner Record Stage:
12:30 pm - Moving Finger
1:30 pm - MouseRocket
2:30 pm - NOTS
3:30 pm - Ex-Cult
4:30 pm – Jack Oblivian and the Sheiks
Music Lineup for the School of Rock Stage:
11:30 am - SoR Memphis Blue Band
12:30 pm - SoR Germantown
1:30 pm - SoR Memphis Red Band
2:30 pm - SoR Germantown
3:30 pm - SoR Memphis Green Band
4:30 pm - SoR Germantown House Band