Thursdays Squared kicks off with live Mid-South music - Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Thursdays Squared kicks off with live Mid-South music

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This outdoor event will feature Mid-South favorites and national musical acts. This outdoor event will feature Mid-South favorites and national musical acts.
Photo via Memphis Heritage with credit to Special Collections at The University of Memphis Photo via Memphis Heritage with credit to Special Collections at The University of Memphis
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(WMC-TV) – Thursdays Squared begins April 17 at the Tower Courtyard at Tremble Place and Florence Street in Overton Square in Midtown.

This is a live music experience that will happen every Thursday night through August 28 from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m. The cover for opening night is $5 a person and there will be beer and wine for sale.

This outdoor event will feature Mid-South favorites and national musical acts.

The opening night is featuring Party Planet with special guests FreeSol, Patrick Dodd, Al Kapone, and Ruby Wilson. Click here for more information about Thursdays Squared.

The evolution of the square is really a rebirth of a hot spot where the pulse of Memphis once beat.

In the 1970s Overton Square was the place to be, to be seen, and to party hard. Bars began setting up shop after a referendum to allow liquor sales by the drink passed in 1969.

As part of their Memphis Memoirs series, WKNO documented the Golden Age of Overton Square. The strip of Madison Avenue was developed by four high school friends and investors.

By the spring of 1970, TGI Fridays moved in and raised the singles scene to a whole new level.

"There was a line out the door going around the corner and the line stayed where for about the next three years," says developer James D. Robinson Jr.

Other businesses would soon fill the square. The crowds just kept coming.

It was a place where it wasn't unusual for a man-made ice skating rink or theater production to pop up in the streets. You could always count on revelers to count down to the New Year.

By 1985, the four founders moved. Ownership of Overton Square was sold to two New York firms and businesses closed one by one.

In the past two years, millions of dollars have gone into returning Overton Square to its glory days. Bars and restaurants continue to set up shop. You can work out, get a new hairdo, and find something to wear for a night on the town.

The addition of the Hattiloo theater will complete a thriving theater district.

"This gives the black arts a home," says Memphis Mayor A C Wharton.

Coming soon will be the return of Lafayette's Music Room, once the sound stage for many now famous musicians.

The city's $16 million dollar 450-space parking garage can handle the crowds. Last year, the revitalized square gave Memphians a new place to ring in the New Year.

For the first time in decades, the party is back in Midtown. Overton Square is ready for a new generation to make new Memphis memories. If you missed it, Overton Square: The Golden Age can be seen again on WKNO this June.

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