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The Evolve Bank and Trust Cooper Young Festival is proud to announce the Headliner for our 27th anniversary is Cory Branan performing on the Main Stage from 5:15 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

It has been said that Cory Branan has been too punk for country, too country for punk, too Memphis for Nashville, and probably a little too Cory Branan for anyone’s good. In the past 15 years, he has proven himself as a top-notch songwriter, fierce lyricist and a performer with the ability to fingerpick finer than 1960s Greenwich Village folkies and brutally strum like a proto punk shredder. Across three albums, he’s made collective struggles poetic and breakthroughs into sympathetic acts of populist heroism.

Cory Branan is a natural-born storyteller, his seemingly conversational, painstakingly crafted anecdotes benefitting from a hard-eyed stare at life experiences. Cory's gift for detail and phrase-turning is a thing of wonder. Cory has a well-documented history with groups like former label mates Lucero, musicians of his ilk who trend toward the rawer end of roots music and rock stars like Chris Carrabba who has covered Cory's gorgeous "Tall Green Grass" and been a reoccurring tour mate.

Never one to shy away from an itinerary of non-stop cross-country shows, Cory possesses a unique performance style that enables him to gravelly sing a coy double entendre in one ear of the audience, while yelling the most beautiful love song into the other.

In addition, we are pleased to highlight the following musical performances on three stages the day of the festival. The Main Stage is sponsored by Evolve Bank & Trust, Coors Light and The Commercial Appeal. The Main Stage is located just west of Young Avenue Deli.

Main Stage

11:00 am
11:15 am
Devil Train – Website
12:15 pm
Mighty Souls Brass Band – Website
1:15 pm
James and the Ultrasounds – Website
2:15 pm
Candace Ashir – Website
3:15 pm
Marcella Simian and Her Lovers - Website
4:15 pm
Darrel Petties & Strength and Praise –
5:15 pm
Cory Branan – Website

School of Rock Stage

The School of Rock is hosting the stage located in the First Congregational Church parking lot. Enjoy a presentation by these very, talented young people that love rock and roll. Music starts with a U2 Tribute, a two set show covering many of U2's greatest hits to kick off the day. The Indie Rock shows begins at 2:00 p.m., another two set show covering several different indie rock artists like Cage the Elephant, Arctic Monkeys, Lana Del Ray, Local Natives, Two Door Cinema Club, Tame Impala, etc. Finishing the day is a superset by their House Band. The House Band is made up of their top musicians and they play a mix of everything and anything that they learn at School of Rock. Be sure to stop by this stage for a listen!

12:00 pm
Tribute to U2 – Website
2:00 pm
Indie Rock
4:00 pm
School of Rock House Band

Memphis Grizzlies / Goner Records Stage

The Memphis Grizzlies together with Goner Records have partnered to present the musical talent on our east stage located at the corner of Young and Meda Street. A dazzling array of Goner music goods featuring five of their favorite groups.

12:30 pm
1:30 pm
Talbot Adams – Website
2:30 pm
Nots - Website
3:30 pm
Mark Edgar Stuart – Website
4:30 pm
Manateees - Website

Thank you to our sponsors for making this year’s Cooper Young Festival possible. The 2014 Evolve Bank & Trust Cooper Young Festival is sponsored by Coors Light, The Commercial Appeal, Christian Brothers University, Jim Keras Subaru, Memphis Grizzlies, Summer Winds Resorts, Fan Bank, Langford Market, Southland Park Gaming & Racing, Albert Cook Plumbing, School of Rock, Toof American Digital Printing, Local ABC 24, Local Cares, CW30, Delta Ice Services, 96X, Q107.5, Sports56, and Hot 107.1.