Music & Heritage fest fills downtown with Southern culture over Labor Day weekend
Sep01

Music & Heritage fest fills downtown with Southern culture over Labor Day weekend

This month, the Center for Southern Folklore in downtown Memphis will transform two blocks of Main Street into a living, breathing, creative display of the arts, music, and heritage of the Memphis and the Delta Region. Founded in 1972, the Center for Southern Folklore is a nonprofit organization that documents and presents the music, culture, arts, and rhythms of the South. The center’s annual Memphis Music & Heritage Festival...

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Deejays spin in gazebo

WQOX 88.5FM’s House In The MidSouth (HITM) deejays will be playing music at the Cooper-Young Gazebo on Saturday, April 2nd and Saturday, April 9th.  The music begins at 7 p.m. at the historic corner of Cooper and Young. Come out and enjoy a mix of dance, disco, and house music and meet the HITM DJs. 88.5 FM brings music that appeals to the whole family. House in the MidSouth can be heard every Friday night from 10 p.m. to midnight and...

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Find your tribe: No matter your interests, Cooper-Young  Has A way for you to get Out & Get involved
Mar02

Find your tribe: No matter your interests, Cooper-Young Has A way for you to get Out & Get involved

By Kim Halyak Whether you’re a longtime resident of Cooper-Young or new to the neighborhood, there are many groups and organizations that welcome your membership, ideas, and participation. Resolve to get more involved in your community while actively pursuing your passions. Key: (FB=Facebook page; ND= Nextdoor event; MU=Meet-up Memphis, join through http://www.meetup.com/cities/us/tn/memphis/. (Call ahead to confirm meeting)....

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CYBA kicks off holidays at December 3 event

Celebrate the holidays in the Cooper-Young Historic District on December 3rd 5:30-6:30 p.m. Local businesses will be lighting up their windows and outdoor displays for the annual Cooper Young “Unwrapped” contest hosted by the Cooper-Young Business Association. Our special guest judge this year is Shelby County Commissioner Reginald Milton. Milton will be making the final decision at 6:15 p.m. with prize presentation afterward. At the...

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Cash-ing In: Cooper-Young tunes up to honor Johnny Cash
Nov10

Cash-ing In: Cooper-Young tunes up to honor Johnny Cash

By Mike McCarthy and Chip Armstrong In December 1954, Johnny Cash, Marshall Grant, and Luther Perkins stepped into the Galloway United Methodist Church on the corner of Cooper and Walker in the historic Cooper-Young neighborhood of Memphis, Tennessee, to play their first paid performance together for a women’s church function. And the rest, they say, is music history. That’s right. Our own Cooper-Young neighborhood helped launch the...

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The Baptism of the Man In Black:  More than 60 years ago, Johnny Cash played his first show in Cooper-Young
Nov10

The Baptism of the Man In Black: More than 60 years ago, Johnny Cash played his first show in Cooper-Young

Though he would go on to have a profound influence on rock-and-roll and country before passing away in 2003, Johnny Cash considered himself first and foremost a gospel singer. That was how he first pitched himself — unsuccessfully — to Sun Records impresario Sam Phillips. So it was fitting that, no matter how far away from his gospel roots his music may have ultimately taken him, it was in a church that Cash played his first gig, a...

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