This Saturday the Memphis Grizzlies and Goner Records will host an afternoon-long celebration of local music at Cooper-Young Fest. The Grizzlies will have a tent designated specifically for season-ticket holders, and Goner Records will open at 9 a.m. to kick off the festivities. While Cooper-Young Fest is normally an arts-and-crafts/drinking affair, the music on both sides of Young Avenue is also usually worth paying attention to. The Memphis Grizzlies/Goner Records stage sits at the intersection of Young and Meda and features five different brands of local rock-and-roll.
Hosoi Bros kick things off at 12:30 p.m., bringing their brand of skate-rock-meets-heavy-metal to the early hours of the festival. Hosoi Bros feature past and present members of Evil Wizard Eyes and Aquarian Blood and should pack a punch to get the show rolling. And because Hosoi Bros don't play live very often, metal fans should plan to get to the festival early. Robby Grant (Big Ass Truck, Vending Machine, Mouserocket) calms things down a bit when he takes the stage at 1:30 p.m. Grant announced earlier this year that Let the Little Things Go was his last effort under the moniker Vending Machine, so Saturday's gig could be a chance for Grant to showcase some new material.
Aquarian Blood bring their guitar-shredding garage rock to the stage at 2:30 p.m. Expect things to get weird. Mark Edgar Stuart is up next, playing at 3:30 p.m. Stuart will perform as Mark Edgar Stuart & the Hot Mess, making for a rare MES appearance with a full band. Local synth-punk band NOTS close the whole thing down at 4:30 p.m.