Overton Square marks 45th anniversary

Keith Sykes

Keith Sykes

The resurgent Overton Square will celebrate its 45th anniversary May 21-23 with festivities celebrating the area’s rich musical heritage.

The three-day event will take visitors through the great age of music and entertainment in the square with headliners Larry Raspberry and the Highsteppers, Keith Sykes, and the reunited Son of Slam, and others performing on two outdoor stages as well as in the district’s clubs.

The event is free and open to the public.

“Music and the Square have gone hand-in-hand since the beginning,” said Mamie Shannon, Director of Public Events for Overton Square. “Liquor by the drink was voted in, TGIFriday’s opened, and many others followed. It was a time of celebration and meeting your soul mate. We’ve jam packed three nights of live music for everyone to enjoy with their memories from over the years.”

Throughout the celebration Madison Avenue will be blocked off from Cooper on the east to Diana on the west. There will be stages on Madison Avenue and the Tower Courtyard.

Over the three days the Memphis Public Library also will be preserving the stories of Overton Square in the Story Teller’s Corner. Anyone with stories to share is encouraged to come to the Tower Courtyard Stage and record their recollections live from the stage.

The schedule is as follows:

Thursday May 21st 5 p.m.-11 p.m.

Madison Avenue Stage

Memphis All-Stars (aka, The Hot Dogs)

The Willys

Keith Sykes

Tower Courtyard Stage

Randy Haspel (from Randy & the Radiants)

Debbie Jamison

Reba & the Portables

Showing of “WKNO Memphis Memoirs: Overton Square, The Golden Age”

The Story Teller’s Corner

Bayou Bar & Grill

Mighty Souls Brass Band


John Kilzer

Friday May 22nd 5-11 p.m. 

Madison Avenue Stage

The Maître ‘D

Tony Thomas Trio

The Bluebeats

The Crime

Son of Slam

Tower Courtyard Stage

Showing of ”WKNO Memphis Memoirs: Overton Square, The Golden Age”

The Story Teller’s Corner


Jimmy Davis

Saturday May 23rd  5-11 p.m. 

Madison Avenue Stage

Pam & the Passions


Sons of Mudboy and Friends

Danny Green Band

Larry Raspberry & the Highsteppers

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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