Cooper-Young gazebo hosts free Rocktober concert series

Tony Manard kicks off Rocktober in the Cooper-Young gazebo.

Tony Manard kicks off Rocktober in the Cooper-Young gazebo.

By Tamara Cook

 It is Rocktober in the Cooper Young Historic District! In October, join us for a whirlwind showcase of some of the top local musicians in the area. Sixteen different solos, duos, and groups will play for free at the intersection of Cooper and Young at the Gazebo on Monday through Thursday nights from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for four weeks.

Starting October 5th, Tony Manard, a life-long Memphian will entertain us with his folksy twang with a side of blues. Posessing quick right hand and a lyrical middle finger, Manard’s songs feature marginal and marginalized characters from history and the imagination. He released his first collection of original songs, Nothing I Want to Talk About, in November of 2014 and is working on a follow-up expected in this fall.

 Rocktober’s music menu has rock-and-roll, blues, soul, country, rockabilly, and garage rock with a little Creole thrown on top.

Other musicians and groups to follow are:

Loveland Duren

Loveland Duren

October 6th: Davy Ray Bennett

October 7th: Nora & Chuck Retroactive

October 8th: Subtractions

October 12th: Switchblade Kid

October 13th: Marcella Simien

October 14th: Cherry Brooks and Cal Jackson

October 15th:  Dan Montgomery

October 19th: Richard James

October 20th: Loveland Duren

October 21st: Anne Schorr

October 22nd: Nancy Apple

October 26th: Justin Bloss

October 27th: Josh Threlkeld

October 28th: The Sheiks

October 29th: Toy Trucks

Please join us for this free Rocktober Music Series sponsored by Central Automotive. Bring your children, pets, and lawn chairs and get set up to enjoy some great original Memphis musicians in one of the “Top Ten Great Neighborhoods in America.”

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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