Songs of September

This is the month of midtown music festivals.

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Motel Mirrors


Cooper-Young Festival

Taking place on Saturday, September 14th, this might be the city’s biggest and best street festival.

In addition to all of the other vendors and activities, the festival will feature local music on three stages from late morning to early evening. The main stage headliner will be the Motel Mirrors, a new country duet project that pairs two of the city’s most popular established roots performers — classic songcraft savant John Paul Keith and versatile upright-bass-thumping singer Amy LaVere. The Motel Mirrors released a fine, eponymous, seven-song debut EP in late August.

Among the artists joining the Motel Mirrors on the Cooper-Young main stage are the aforementioned Dead Soldiers, an increasingly polished folk-/country-rock band that’s building a considerable live reputation around town; the reggae band Chinese Connection Dub Embassy; and Merry Mobile, the latest project from talented multi-instrumentalist Paul Taylor.     

The Cooper-Young Festival will also feature a “School of Rock” stage showcasing young students from the local music school and a secondary stage jointly sponsored by the Memphis Grizzlies and the Cooper-Young-based Goner Records label and shop. Memphis garage-rock heavyweight Jack Oblivian will headline the Griz/Goner stage.

For a full schedule and info, see


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