Discovering Jackson’s Hidden Tracks

Growing up, I had a strong musical influence. My two older sisters and I loved to sing and perform, and because of our love for performing, we all have a deep appreciation for music of all kinds. 

For her graduation gift, me and one of my sisters, Lyndsay, convinced our parents to let us go to the Lollapalooza Music Festival in Chicago. I remember the first day of the four-day-long festival. We stayed at the same stage all day and saw some of our favorite artists perform. This was when I really became passionate about the music concert scene, and it soon began to affect all areas of my life. 

I toured Union University during the fall of my senior year of high school at a campus preview weekend. This weekend was full of activities to keep a bunch of high schoolers busy and convince them that Union was the best place to be. One of the events was a concert of a band whose sound and energy was spectacular! Some of the Union students talked about how the concerts in the on-campus coffee shop were one of the best things Union has to offer, and that was all I needed to hear to make the decision.

Moving from Illinois to Tennessee, I was worried the only concert opportunities in the area would be country music. I soon learned that while country music is inevitable in Tennessee, I had nothing to worry about when it comes to diverse musical talent.

During the fall of 2019, my sorority hosted a Halloween date party at Hub City Brewing. I had been to Hub City Brewing a few times, so I was excited to dress up and bowl with my friends. The party’s theme was Greece vs. Grease, so my boyfriend, Nick, and I dressed up as Sandy and Danny from the movie Grease.

I had never seen the venue as packed as it was that night. I figured it was because my sorority and all their dates were present, but in the background I could hear music ‒‒ music that was not country music.

Nick and I walked around the corner to the music hall to see what all the fuss was about. I stood there in my leather pants and red lipstick, amazed as I listened to one of Jackson’s finest musical groups, Cooper the Band.

Cooper the Band is exactly the type of band I enjoy. They have an authentic, upbeat sound similar to some of my favorite groups such as Walk the Moon and Vampire Weekend. I could not believe I was experiencing such great music in the little town of Jackson, TN.

My friends and I had signed up for bowling, so we left the concert for a while. Even over the sound of the bowling ball striking the pins down, I could still hear the musical sound of greatness from across the room.

About halfway through our game, Nick told me that the girl performing on stage now, whose name was LOLO, sang and wrote songs with Panic! At the Disco. I stopped bowling. I had to see this.

It may sound cliche, but I literally heard the voice of an angel. LOLO has such incredible talent, her voice was so strong and powerful like that of Adele or Leona Lewis. 

Once again, I could not believe I was experiencing music I loved and related to in Jackson, Tennessee. It reminded me of the songs me and my sisters listen to, and the music I heard that night gave me a sense of home I had been missing since starting college. 

That concert experience made me conclude that Jackson has something for everyone. No matter the age, background, interests, or music preferences, you are bound to find something to love about this city.