Hi Records legend Otis Clay will return to Memphis this fall to headline the annual Cooper-Young Festival.
Organizers recently announced the complete music lineup for this year’s festival, which will be held September 19th in Memphis’ national-recognized historic neighborhood. Topping the bill on the main stage is Clay, a Grammy-nominated Chicago soul singer (originally from Bolivar County, Mississippi) who recorded for Memphis’s Hi Records in the 1970s, scoring, among others, such hits as “Trying to Live Without You.” Clay performs with the “Take Me to the River Band,” an all-star band, inspired by the recent music documentary of the same name, under the music direction of Royal Studios Boo Mitchell.
The Cooper-Young Festival, presented by Evolve Bank and Trust, will present three stage of live music. The main stage will be located in front of Young Avenue Deli and includes an eclectic line-up of rock, soul, and more, including a set from “American Idol” alum Alexis Grace.
At the other end of Young Avenue at Meda Street, the Memphis Grizzlies have teamed up with the garage rocker scene over at Goner Records to present a roster of rock bands, including songwriter Mark Edgar Stuart and female-fronted punk band Nots. Also expect to see surprise appearances by the Memphis Grizzlies and enter to win signed promotional items and meet the Grizz and Grizz Girls.
The School of Rock hosts the festival’s third stage in the First Congo Church parking lot. The music academy will showcase some of talented its talented students in tuneful tributes to Tom Petty and Nirvana.
The free festival starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 7 p.m.
11:15 a.m.: Deering and Down
12:15 p.m.: Maitre D’s
1:15 p.m.: Alexis Grace
2:15 p.m.: Will Graves and Soul
3:15 p.m.: Fast Mothers
4:15 p.m.: Chinese Connection Dub Embassy
5:15 p.m.: Otis Clay and the Take Me To The River Band, featuring Charles Hodges, the Hi Rhythm Section, and Stax Alumni
Memphis Grizzlies/Goner Record Stage:
12:30 p.m.: Hosoi Bros
1:30 p.m.: Robby Grant
2:30 p.m.: Aquarian Blood
3:30 p.m.: Mark Edgar Stuart & the Hot Mess
4:30 p.m.: Nots
School of Rock Stage:
Noon: Tribute to Tom Petty
2 p.m.: Tribute to Nirvana
4 p.m.: The 901: School of Rock Memphis House Band