Java Cabana open mic brings out Cooper-Young talent
By Kelsey Semien/MicroMemphis reporter
March 7, 2013 - Cooper-Young's quaint little coffee shop, Java Cabana, showcases the longest running open mic night in Memphis, according to Gabriel Valdez, the host.
"I used to come when it was just two people reading poetry ... Eventually I started playing and more and more people started playing," says Valdez.
Now the show consists of mostly music and poetry. Pierce Duncan of the band Tax BrandyWine heard music coming from the coffe shop and walked in. He is traveling the United States to promote his band.
Tony Hall, another walk-in, says he's been playing for over 12 years and was inspired by Jimi Hendrix.
Twelve-year-old Adam Miles rocked the house with his acoustic soulful sounds. He's been playing since he was 5 and hopes to become a professional musician.
The only rule at Java Cabana is 'be nice.' It is located at 2170 Young Ave.
Java Cabana hosts open mic night every Thursday.